Holiday

Album: Tongue "N" Cheek (2009)
Charted: 1

Songfacts®:

  • Like Rascal's 2008 UK #1 single, "Dance Wiv Me," this is a collaboration with electro producer Calvin Harris.
  • R&B vocalist Chrome, who also performed vocals on "Dance Wiv Me," sings the hook on this song.
  • Dizzee told the NME June 13, 2009: "it's some knight in shining armour s—t. It's got some trance sounds, but the tempo is quite slow-its danceable, though it's got a really summery feel." Harris added: "I don't sing on it, which is a bonus for everyone I think - I'm just producing it, and I wrote the music."
  • Harris originally penned this song for British five-piece girl group The Saturdays. He told The Independent on Sunday August 2, 2009 "But they didn't like it. Or their A&R guy didn't like it. But Dizzee liked it. It happens."
  • Rascal told The Sun August 28, 2009 about the song's music video, which shows Dizzee partying in Ibiza surrounded by bikined beauties and 1990s drum'n'bass star Goldie. He said: "I was looking for a Boogie Nights feel."
    Dizzee is clad in an Oswald Boateng white suit: "I had to look around for that one but I had my little discount because I'd seen him (Boateng) that week backstage at a Lenny Kravitz concert. He was cool."
  • Tongue N' Cheek marked Dizzee Rascal's move away from his Grime roots, in favour of more mainstream Pop music. He explained to The Daily Telegraph August 10, 2009: "'I live in a country house in Kent now, big pond, big fish, big whatever, and when I first moved in, I had a little pool party kind of thing. Where I lived before I didn't really invite anyone round, but this time there were about 20 people there, and I suddenly realised that what I needed to do was make an album you could play all the way through without spoiling the party."

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