PopEatsPop

This site is dedicated to documenting pop songs that have been covered by another act. A covers project? No not quite. PopEatsPop is not really about famous songs being covered but rather when a pop act usually in a distant country records a song that is then swiped by another who tends to have a larger record company behind them! Any suggestions would be great! Drop a line at cartharsispopboy@hotmail.com

Monday, September 18, 2006

Always been told that I've got too much to ride...












Sheryna Dyer-Show Me Love Original version of the hit single
Robyn-Show Me Love(BlackLite Mix) Stunning radio edit
Robyn-Show Me Love(Paul Andrews Mix) So Gay So Good

To celebrate Robyn's new single GirlieStyle with Teddybears, PopEatsPop thought it would be nice to go back in time and remember her first huge and only real hit in the UK Show Me Love. But...was it hers? Was she the original singer of the song? In fact it was originally by an English singer called Sheryna Dyer who some might better recall as a singer in the Sugababes-ilk girlband Made In London.

Initially though Sheryna Dyer started out as a solo act, young, sweet and possible star of MTV. Her look preceeded that of Melanie B and at various London pop radio PA's she promoted Show Me Love as her new single. It got played once, yes just the once, and wasnt heard of again. I'm told that there was some U.S promotion either planned or completed as Show Me Love screamed success. A video was apparently shot but this remains lost. A Cd was released in some European country but try as i might to research more on the matter I've never found it.

Robyn was a star in Sweden by this time and had already released her Robyn is Here(were talking circa 1995). It didnt however include Show Me Love. When it was time to launch Robyn in the U.S the Swedish record company wanted a hit. So while Robyn and her producers remixed some of the songs from the Swedish version of the album for its re-release they also found Show Me Love which had hit written all over it. Robyn recorded her version and bumped off a rather mundane track called Where Did Our Love Go. It would then go onto to become Robyns signature song and highlight of the 1997 re-release of her debut album...

After Dyer some years of wilderness picked herself up and managed to secure another record deal with RCA as a singer in the fiesty girlgroup Made In London. They released two singles and were then sadly dropped.

Now the original version includes a very strange lyric that is slightly different in Robyns cover. If someone can explain what "always been told that I got too much to ride" I'd appreciate it muchly. Is she complaining about horse-riding? A large sex-toy? It seems Robyn and team were just as perplexed as me and thankfully changed the starting lyric.

Dyers version lacks that typical Max Martin/Cheiron sound that was so popular at that time. There is none of that combination of brilliant harmonies, keyboards and kick-back baselines that we so loved about Robyns hit single. Instead Dyers original sounds more electronic and gospel. There is more depth in her vocals but it seriously feels like its too fast for its own good. I really feel like it sounds like a track from the Australian pop girlband Girlfriend. Which, in other words, means it sounds dated but ever so sweet. Robyns mix on other hand sounds as fresh as it does today. Go and play it now. It hasnt aged one bit.

It must have been annoying for Dyer to see some other girl go big with a song that she'd first recorded and promoted. However history repeated itself when a song she'd written and released with Made In London was later taken by the girlband Bardot. Dyer then is a true victim of PopEatsPop. Thankfully though, unlike the Robyn success, Bardot split their ways before they could have a hit single with Dirty Water. Silverlining perhaps but true...

Today we have Dyers ultra ultra ultra ultra rare version of Show Me Love and a beautiful version of the Robyn hit which is so All Saints it hurts. Also included is a camptastic club mix of Robyns hit single.

7 Comments:

  • At 2:28 AM, Blogger xolondon said…

    The Blogger as Archivist! Very good!!

     
  • At 9:49 PM, Blogger PinkieDust said…

    Thankx Next up is some JLO!

     
  • At 6:16 AM, Blogger J'ason D'luv said…

    Pinkie, isn't the line actually "Always been told I've got to much pride"?

     
  • At 6:18 AM, Blogger J'ason D'luv said…

    Yeah, just had a listen to the Robyn version and she's definitely saying "pride," which, obviously would make more sense...

     
  • At 10:06 AM, Blogger PinkieDust said…

    Jason, i was quoting the unusual line from the Dyer original ;)

    Dyer clearly doesnt say pride. Maybe she's saying hide? I cannot say 4 sure

     
  • At 1:38 AM, Blogger beketaten said…

    Dyer one doesn't work anymore :o

     
  • At 7:21 PM, Blogger El MarvelOso said…

    Hey there,

    Just wanted to let you know how surprised I was to find my mix mentioned on your blog. Thanks!

    By the way, how did you get a copy of it? (Paul Andrews mix)

     

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