Friday, 19 December 2014

N-Trance featuring Rod Stewart 'Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?'

Chart Peak: 7
N-Trance's update of Rod Stewart's 'Da Ya Think I'm Sexy' crashed into the chart at No. 7 on 26th October '97... Their other big hits include 'Set You Free' and 'Stayin' Alive'
Speaking of old songs from the 1970s with the word "sexy" in the title... Indeed this was also in the chart at the same time as the Clock and Hot Chocolate versions of 'You Sexy Thing'. Ignoring his uncredited vocal for Glass Tiger on Now 20,  Roderick returns to the Now series for the first time since the very first album; and does so via one of several attempts by N-Trance to repeat the successful formula of 'Stayin' Alive' by taking a danceable but uncool oldie and updating the style with new rapped verses by Ricardo Da Force. Unusually this version actually samples the original chorus vocal - hence the featured credit - and parts of the backing track. It's a silly version of a song that was already pretty laughable (Stewart's cowriter Duane Hitchings claims that it was always supposed to be a parody) though it does drop the lyrical idea of the couple being shy or nervous.

This version is one of those tracks that is sort of rubbish but mildly enjoyable, although it does suffer from the sense that they'd already tried this trick a few times too many. It's not as good as 'Stayin' Alive' but I would take it over more "credible" N-Trance songs like 'Set You Free'.

Rod Stewart also appears on: Now 1
N-Trance also appear on: Now 30, 32, 50
Available on: A Night At The Roxbury (Soundtrack)

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