It’s gonna be a mellow Throwback Tuesday y’all, as the absolutely lush voice of Leigh Nash is here to melt your hearts the way no other love song from the 90’s possibly could! Sixpence None The Richer are in the house people!
In the middle of the relentless mass hysteria unleashed by boy-bands and girl-bands and the sugary sweet candy-pop of 1998-99 (‘Quit Playing Games‘ anyone?), a velvety smooth number called ‘Kiss Me‘ appeared on the soundtrack of the Miramax film ‘She’s All That‘ starring teen heart-throbs Freddie Prinze Junior and Rachael Leigh Cook. In barely no time at all the song became a rage, receiving a ridiculously high amount of airplay on radio and appearing on every major chart on the planet, peaking at # 2 on the Billboard Hot 100, # 4 on the UK Top 40, and # 1 on the Australian Charts. In short, a global sensation! The track belonged to the then relatively unknown band Sixpence None The Richer, and was included on their self-titled 3rd studio album that had been released more than a year ago in 1997, with barely any credible sales.
‘Kiss Me‘ was the song that paved the way for the band’s global success that followed. With the song being certified Gold in the US following the inclusion on the soundtrack of ‘She’s All That‘, the album sales shot up, and ‘Sixpence None The Richer‘ eventually went Platinum in the US, and earned the band a Grammy nomination. The band would go on to release a string of hit singles including ‘There She Goes‘ and ‘Don’t Dream It’s Over‘, before disbanding in 2004. In fact the band maintained its intrinsic ability to effortlessly and masterfully blend melodies and elements of soft rock in their follow-up album ‘Divine Discontent‘ as well, an album that remains a personal fave.
There’s something about the melody and the textured orchestration of the song along with Leigh’s plaintive vocals that gave an ethereal feel to the song. Being released during an era when cotton-candy love songs were ruling the game, this song easily stood out. Lush, and definitely NOT a cheese-fest.
If you’ve been fan of the band, then you might wanna celebrate a bit. The re-grouped Sixpence None The Richer’s new album is scheduled for a May 2012 release. Is there anybody NOT re-uniting or making a comeback this year?