Who is DJ Sammy?
No, really...who is "he"?
Lately, it seems, almost everyone is raving about DJ Sammy. Man, who
doesn't dig his newest cut featuring Yanou? "Heaven" has torn up the
international as well as domestic charts as of late. I think it's
cool. I dig this tune.
I was recently vacationing in Cancun. Had a great time. But the music
down there is all dance. You've got house, techno, jungle, the list
goes on. I still have visions of sitting by the pool, a cerveza in one
hand and a daquiri in the other. So calm...except for the constant
boom, boom, boom, boom of the kick drum on those dance cuts. One just
stuck out, though. It was "Heaven." I dug the tune quite a bit.
When we returned to the States, the song was nowhere to be found. Until
one day I'm cruising the radio stations...and BAM!! There it was. At
first I liked it because it reminded me of Cancun. But the song kinda
grew on me.
Now, before anyone starts to think I'm just writing this to kiss
someone's ass, I'm just getting to the point.
You ask 10 kids on the street about this tune and at least 8 of them
will think that (1), DJ Sammy is a girl, and (2), 'she' wrote this song.
FYI, this song was first written by Canadian rocker Bryan Adams. And it
was done on his album, Reckless, back in 1984. The song brough him
moderate fame, but the song, "Summer of '69" was on the same album and
eclipsed the track. Needless to say, 1984 was a great year for Bryan
Also, DJ Sammy is a Spanish born DJ that released HIS first single, "Any
Questions" in 1994. He had been working clubs for about 6 years before
that as well. He had a few hits around Europe and down into Australia.
When he began work on "Heaven" he got permission from Bryan Adams.
Adams is even quoted as saying, "Tell them I love it, Sammy!"
So, sounds great, right? Well, it is. DJ Sammy is even going to work
on a record with Bryan Adams here soon. Here's what pisses me off,
Last night, I'm listening to the radio. On comes the THIRD remix of
this song that I've heard! There's the dance version, a guitar version
using the guitar effect that made an impact in the 'original' dance
version, then there's this third one. It's Yanou, the vocalist on the
track, accompanied by a piano. It sounded pretty good. But it was the
DJ that spun the track that got me going.
"This one's got the phones ringing. I predict this to be THE wedding
song for 2003." Then it goes into this new cut of "Heaven." So, 19
years after it was originally released it's finally okay to use it in a
wedding?!? Poor Bryan Adams is stuck up in Canada writing and
performing his OWN songs while some DJ from Spain waltzes right in and
suddently makes his old hit a real hit!! That's bullshit!! I'm as a
big a fan as any when it comes to tributes and covers, but when retarded
f'n DJ's start saying stupid crap like this...it pisses me off!!
So, as happy as I am for DJ Sammy and Yanou, I really hope that the
culturally dimwitted and forgetful Americans that buy music can pull
their heads out of their asses and realize that there is more to this
track than they think. The 2 lessons I want the morons out there to
realize are: DJ Sammy is A MAN, and "Heaven" was written nearly 20
years ago by Bryan Adams...not some chick named Sammy.