Throwback Tuesday : Sheryl Crow’s ‘All I Wanna Do’

‘All I wanna do is have some fun!
I got a feeling I’m not the only one..’

It’s been a minute since we last heard from 9-time Grammy wining singer/songwriter/rock-star extraordinaire Sheryl Crow.

Her last release, 2010’s sorely¬†under-appreciated and overlooked ‘100 Miles From Memphis‘, her 7th full-length studio album, debuted at an impressive # 3 on the Billboard 200 Albums Chart, and sunk without a trace – selling a measly 150,000 units in the US.

Of course, 17 years down the line, after she conquered the world with the controversy-ridden ‘Tuesday Night Music Club‘ in 1993, 150,000 copies seems ok(ish) – considering that there was no hit single supporting the album, and the blink-and-you-miss promos did approximately nothing to sustain sales in the long run.

Well, it’s painfully obvious. Good music rarely sells these days (Hallelujah, Adele).

Surprisingly though, almost all of Sheryl Crow’s albums from her extensive discography have enjoyed a prolonged run on the charts, slow-burning their way to multi-platinum status. She has yet to earn a Billboard # 1 album, going as high as # 2 with four consecutive releases (Rihanna should understand her pain), 2002’s ‘C’mon, C’mon‘, 2003’s ‘The Very Best Of Sheryl Crow‘, 2005’s ‘Wildflower‘ and ‘2008’s ‘Detours‘. Save for ‘Detours‘, all the albums have reached platinum or multi-platinum status. No surprises there, considering that Mizz Crow boasts of over 50 million albums sold worldwide.

Today’s Throwback Tuesday gives a shout-out to the very track that introduced Sheryl to the world as a classic rocker, a song that remains a remarkable testament of her immense talent as a storyteller, as well as a solid example of her vocal chops, and her biggest hit till date – the notoriously addictive ‘All I Wanna Do‘.¬†

The instantly identifiable guitar riff and the endlessly repetitive bass was what got this song stuck in my head back in the day. Somehow, the song, the arrangements and the vocals (and the entire album for that matter) purposely lacked a sheen, and its general rough-around-the-edges vibe was what set the entire record apart from its contemporaries. Sheryl was quintessentially the anti-diva to Celine and Mariah’s polished, rousing ballads and slickly produced pop-gems that were dominating the airwaves back then.

I love the bluesy, casual feel to the song. My fave part? The barely-there-yet-definitely-there gruffness with which she declares ‘All I wanna do, is have some fun..until the sun comes up over Santa Monica Boulevard‘. Sublime!

All I Wanna Do‘ peaked at # 2 on the Billboard Hot 100, and at # 4 on the UK Top 40. And of course Sheryl dominated the Grammys the following year, winning the prestigious Record Of The Year, Best New Artist and Best Pop Vocal Performance Female trophies at the ceremony.

Slip it into your playlist, and experience the blues like you’ve never before. Otherworldly!