Stellify

Album: My Way (2009)
Charted: 31

Songfacts®:

  • This is the first single from former Stone Roses frontman Ian Brown's sixth solo album, My Way. Brown explained the song title to Clash Magazine: "On each album, I try and get a word in on a Pop song that I've never sung before... that's right back to 'Waterfall' and 'Roses.' I've never heard the word brigantine in a song before and it's like find the word and on this one it was 'inclement,' like this inclement weather. I'd never heard before and then I came across 'stellify,' the one before that was 'solarised'. Yeah, I just try and put one in each album."
  • Brown told Clash Magazine that this song is, "probably about being a young guy, and probably the most important thing in the world is women." He added: "It's kind of a love song, and I don't feel like I've ever written a proper love song before. I 'ave done but, I sort of consciously sat down and decided to write a love song, it's the feeling when you first meet someone."
  • Brown revealed to XFM that this song was originally intended for Rihanna. The track was co-written with his frequent collaborator Dave McCracken, who had just been signed to Jay-Z's Roc Nation company. "I co-wrote 'F.E.A.R.' with Dave and he's had a hand in all my albums in some way," Brown told XFM's Pete Mitchell. "He got asked to write a song for Rihanna, so he wrote 'Stellify'. At teatime, he thought she's gonna kill this song. Next morning, he thought I need a tune for myself, I'll keep it. Six piano notes repeating, how did we get away with it?"

Comments: 1

  • Darren from Aberdeenshire, United Kingdompure catchy!!!! - last album was dire but this tunes leeting us know what we're in for with his new one!!!

    hail hail
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