Singles of the year: #29

29. Girls (rex the dog mix) – The Prodigy

1999: Re-Rewind The Crowd Say Bo Selecta – Artful Dodger
1994: Sweetness – Michelle Gayle
1989: Lullaby – The Cure

Of the astonishingly few straight-up utilitarian dance tracks which came my way in 2004, this is the only one which made me wish that I still went clubbing, just so that I could experience it “in context” (shall we say). I particularly like the fractured staccato cut-up nature of the first couple of minutes, which conjure up certain experiences which I may or may not have had on a fairly regular basis in the mid-to-late 1990s particularly vividly.

As for The Prodigy’s original version, of which this is a “mere” remix: I’ve only heard it twice. To be honest, it sounded like a pointless breakbeaty remix of the Rex The Dog version. I fully realise that this viewpoint wouldn’t stand up in court, but there you go.

(Oh, and that early 1980s soul/funk sample which crops up a few times on both versions: it’s D-Train’s “You’re The One For Me”, isn’t it? Anybody?)

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