Flashback Friday – Adele

by Gino on April 14, 2017

in Front Page News,Gino and The Magic Morning Show

For the final FLASHBACK FRIDAY of the season, we are going to highlight the one and only, Adele.

This is where we play for you the MOST recent song of an artist and then have a “FLASHBACK” and play their very FIRST song.

So let’s get to it…First, we have “Water Under The Bridge”.

 

It was released November 4th, 2016 and was the 4th single from her 3rd album, “25”.

Adele wrote this for Simon Konecki, her longtime partner and the father of her son, Angelo. “It was sort of about a relationship suddenly getting really, really serious,” she told Rolling Stone, “and then getting a bit frightened by it, and then realizing that, ‘I think this must be right. This is the relationship that I want to be in for as long as I can possibly be in it.'”

The song is one of three 25 tracks that Adele penned with Greg Kurstin. The American producer also collaborated with the English singer on “Hello” and “Million Years Ago.”

Adele expanded on the song’s meaning to The New York Times. “It’s about making a relationship work, about wanting to make a relationship work,” she said. “All relationships are up and down, and that’s part of a relationship – the tapestry of it and the muddiness of it. That’s part of it, and that’s as thrilling for me as the kicks I used to get out of a relationship falling apart. Overcoming those things – I think they make me feel powerful. They make me feel loved by him and make me love him more when we overcome stuff. I would much rather do that than just sit in the dark.”

 
And now for your “Flashback” to 2008 for Adele’s first mainstream song, “Chasing Pavements”.
 

 

It was released on January 14th, 2008 and was off her debut studio album, “19.”

This hymn to lost love and regret was described by Adele as: “It’s me being hopeful for a relationship that’s very much over. The sort of relationship you hate when you’re in it, but miss when you’re not.”

Adele explained to the Sun newspaper January 18, 2008 that “Chasing Pavements” is about splitting up with her ex and having her heart broken for the first time: “That song is about should I give up or should I just keep trying to run after you when there’s nothing there? I was only with him for four months but when I signed my record deal I had to write an album, as I hardly had any songs, so I wrote about him.”

She then revealed: “I couldn’t write songs for ages because I found it really hard writing songs for fun or writing them because someone had invested a lot of money and time in me. I just couldn’t do it. And then I met my ex-boyfriend and it was great to begin with and then it was really sh—y. And then I wrote about ten songs in about five weeks. I love him still and I got an album out of him. I used him more than he used me. And he loves it. It’s not bitter. He loves it when the song comes on the radio. He says: ‘It’s about me.’ And I’m like, ‘It’s a song about heartbreak, you fool!’

Adele told Q magazine May 2008 that the song’s lyrics were inspired by an argument with a boyfriend in a London West End bar, after which she stormed out and began running down Oxford Street. She added, “He didn’t chase after me! So I was running, just looking at these big wide pavements stretching in front me.” Two days later she wrote this song.

Adele performed this on Saturday Night Live in October 2008. Sarah Palin, who was running for Vice President, made an appearance on the show, giving it a huge ratings boost and lots of exposure in the States for Adele. >

At the Grammy Awards in 2009, Adele won for Best New Artist, and this song won Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. She performed this song at the ceremony.

The phrase “Chasing Pavements” is not common, and Adele used it to indicate a hopeless endeavor. In the United States, there was some speculation that the phrase meant chasing gay men, and that the song was about being gay. At the Mercury Music Awards in London, Adele addressed the issue, saying, “Some weirdo on the Net wrote that ‘Chasing Pavements’ was about being gay, which isn’t true at all. The guy wrote it on Urban Dictionary, which I’ve used for years, and ‘chasing pavements’ was never on there before.”
 
Adele’s former boyfriend demanded a slice of the royalties from 19, after learning several of the tracks were inspired by their break-up. She told British newspaper The Sun, “For about a week he was calling and was deadly serious about it. Finally, I said, ‘Well, you made my life hell, so I lived it and now I deserve it.’ He really thought he’d had some input into the creative process by being a p—k. I’ll give him this credit – he made me an adult and put me on the road that I’m traveling.”

*All facts are according to Songfacts*

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