Killer

Album: Liveandirect (1990)
Charted: 1
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  • British House music producer Adamski (Adam Tinley) recorded an instrumental called "Killer" in 1990 and he decided to look for a singer to front it. The singer he hired was a pre-famous Seal, although he wasn't credited on the single. Seal wrote his own lyrics, and despite the fact that "Killer" doesn't appear in the lyrics and the words make no hint of it either, Adamski decided to retain the original title. Adamski said in 1000 UK #1 Hits by Jon Kutner and Spencer Leigh, "I met him in a club where he approached me to tell me he was a singer. Just hearing the things he was talking about, I thought he was brilliant, so I became friends with him. He wrote the lyrics to the song and then recorded it in one take."
  • This was the first time Seal was involved in a chart entry.
  • In 1991 once Seal had become a successful solo artist in his own right, he re-recorded this song as the lead track of an EP, Killer, and it reached #8 in the UK. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Edward Pearce - Ashford, Kent, England, for all above
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  • Dave from Cardiff, WalesThe first of several big hits for Seal between 1990 and 1995 - the others included "Crazy", "A Prayer For The Dying" and "Kiss From A Rose". Adamski's only other big hit was club anthem "NRG", which actually preceded "Killer" and peaked at UK No.12 in March 1990 - a week later, "Killer" entered the UK Top 40, and less than a month after that it was Number 1. No-one knows what happened to Adamski after that, but Seal'r recording career has continued until the present day, though he's struggled in the last decade to equal those releases from the first half of the 1990s. German dance act ATB's (best known for 1999 No.1 "9PM ('Til I Come)" cover version returned the song to the UK Top 10 in 2000, exactly a decade after original...
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