Single Of The Week
Single Of The Week is where I review a single I'm particularly enamoured of at the moment. It might be a brand spanking new release, or a classic from decades past that I just feel like going on about.

SELECTED 25/06/02

Get Over You/Move This Mountain
Sophie Ellis Bextor
570 849-2

Starting your career as the featured vocalist on a dance hit can have mixed results. If you're lucky, you can move on and develop your own solo career (as both Lisa Stansfield and Yazz did after recording with Coldcut). If you're not, you just end up doing other guest slots on less successful dance hits.

Sophie Ellis Bextor, who first got noticed on a wide scale when she guested on Groovejet's 'Spiller (If This Ain't Love)', seems to be going down the Stansfield path. 'Get Over You/Move This Mountain' not only has the distinction of being the first double-sided single to be featured on Gusworld, it's also the fourth release in a row by Ellis-Bextor to have gone top 3 in the UK. If she could just crack the US, there'd be big money in it.

In a bid to crack Australia, where 'Murder On The Dancefloor' hit big but its predecessor 'Take Me Home' tanked, this latest single features all kinds of extras. As well as the customary video for the song (well, for one of them), there's a remix of 'Murder' thrown in for good measure, and a poster as well. Gusworld can recall when throwing a poster into a single was a common promotional tactic, but this is the first one we've seen in a while. It's a pity the record company couldn't have picked something more original than the album cover artwork for it, though.

But selling albums is probably the point. Ellis Bextor's debut disc Read My Lips has been reissued with 'Get Over You' as a bonus track, along with a live version of 'Groovejet'. Not quite enough to make me go out and buy it again.

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