Retro Chart 2000: DJ Spiller’s “Groovejet” gives Sophie Ellis-Bextor her only number one single


1 Groovejet (If This Ain’t Love) Spiller

Out Of Your Thoughts True Steppers/Bowers/Beckham

3 Rock DJ Robbie Williams

4 I Flip To You Melanie C

5 Fortunate Britney Spears

6 Freestyler Bomfunk MC’s

7 7 Days Craig David

8 Time To Burn Storm

9 Doesn’t Actually Matter Janet Jackson

10 The Actual Slim Shady Eminem

“Groovejet (If This Ain’t Love)” began life as an instrumental monitor on a 1999 EP launched by Italian digital music DJ and report producer Cristiano Spiller. The title got here from the title of a South Seaside, Miami nightclub known as ‘Groovejet’.

Spiller’s British report label Positiva Information – a subsidiary of EMI – noticed additional potential within the monitor and requested Sophie Ellis-Bextor to supply lyrics and vocals.

Ellis-Bextor (daughter of Blue Peter presenter Janet Ellis) had fronted indie band Theaudience from 1996 to 1999, however determined to embark on a solo profession after they break up on being dropped by their report firm Mercury Information.

“Groovejet (If This Ain’t Love)” was a serious hit, promoting over 2 million copies and reaching primary within the UK, Eire, Australia and New Zealand. Within the UK the tune was launched in the identical week as Victoria Beckham’s first solo single “Out Of Your Thoughts”. British press overrated the “battle” between Beckham and Ellis-Bextor, however whereas “Out Of Your Thoughts” was forward within the charts mid-week, “Groovejet…” sealed the highest spot on Saturday with 20,000 extra gross sales. Beckham’s single by no means reached No. 1.

“Groovejet (If This Ain’t Love)” has the excellence of being the primary tune to be performed on an iPod, particularly on an Apple prototype of the machine in 2001.

In April 2015, the Official Charts Firm introduced that “Groovejet…” was the biggest-selling vinyl single of the millennium within the UK.

The tune was ranked at quantity 486 in Pitchfork Media’s checklist of the Prime 500 Tracks of the 2000s.Mixmag included it of their checklist of “30 finest vocal home anthems ever” in 2018. And in 2003, Q Journal ranked it at quantity 782 of their checklist of the “1001 Greatest Songs Ever”.

Cristiano Spiller’s follow-up single “Cry Child” reached quantity 40 in each the Irish and UK charts in 2002, however he has not had another chart success thus far.

Spiller is famous for being the tallest DJ on this planet at a top of 6 ft 9 inches. When “Groovejet…” topped the UK chart, he grew to become the tallest artist to have a No. 1 in Britain, overtaking 6-foot-7-inch Lengthy John Baldry, who had reached the highest of the charts in 1967 with “Let The Heartaches Start.”

Sophie Ellis-Bextor’s subsequent two singles “Take Me Residence” and “Homicide On The Dancefloor” each reached No.2 within the UK charts. She has but to attain a second chart-topper.

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