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This funk-rock track is the lead single from LP1
, the fifth studio album by English soul singer-songwriter Joss Stone. The long player was the first release through her own Stone'd Records and was recorded in just a week at Blackbird Studios in Nashville. Stone fought a legal battle with her record company EMI to release her from her contract, to the point that on her last album she opened with Free Me
, a song that had her wailing, "Free me, EMI!" The LP1
album title signifies the fresh start the singer felt she was making.
The album was produced by Dave Stewart
. Stone and the Eurythmics founder go back a long way having worked together on the soundtrack for the 2004 Alfie
movie. They are also both involved in the group Super Heavy, which also includes another contributor to the Alfie
soundtrack, Mick Jagger.
LP1 came about as a result of an unexpected phone call from Stewart. Stone explained to Billboard magazine: "I was traveling in Europe in my van with my dogs, and I went to Spain to help clean my friend's boat," she recalled. "Then Dave called me, randomly, and was like, 'Joss, I've got a really fun idea... Why don't we go to Nashville for six days and just play around with this really cool band that I worked with on (his solo album, The Blackbird Diaries). They're around and available this week, and I thought it would be fun just to go there and make an album or whatever you want.' So I did. I went there two days later with one song and we went there and recorded 16 songs and had a really good laugh and a chuckle and played around like little children, and when I came home I had an album. It was really crazy and really fun."
This song was written about Stone's boyfriend whom she's known since their schooldays. It's one of several other songs about him on LP1 - others include "Landlord" and "Last To Know." She told the Mail On Sunday's You Magazine: "Oh, he laughs about all the songs I write about him. I've known him for a long time and he's a good person, someone who sees me as me, not as Joss Stone."
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