Talizman – Only You

One of my favourite dance tunes ever is Talizman’s ‘Only You’. I tried to find out more about the history of the song.

Talizman recorded Only You originally in 1993. This is a song you probably heard but never knew what it was called. That was certainly the case for me. I remember hearing it when I was out – somewhere in Chester. This would have been, probably, in around 1997 or 1998. I can clearly vividly recall walking down the stairs when it came on and asking one of my friends if they knew what it was. They didn’t. But it was somehow etched into my brain. And I didn’t hear it again until 1999 when a cover version came on the radio. We were on a minibus on our way to a nightclub somewhere or other.

This version of the song has been viewed over 310,000 times

Flying high and I’m feeling fine

Kick off your shoes and let’s blow our minds together

The cover version was by Ca$ino and I thought it was great. It was a song a played a lot. There was something about it that I loved – you didn’t often hear a male voice on a dance tune. Maybe it was that?

There was always a nagging feeling that the Ca$ino version would do but it wasn’t the one I remember in the club.

I want your love

I want it right now…

Because in my world there’s only you

I was determined to track down the original and eventually I managed to connect it to a song by Talizman. I think it was when I was using Limewire and I was trying to digitise my music collection. But the version of song by Talizman was nowhere near as good. I couldn’t understand – the version I recalled was SO much better than this. I later bought the CD and the version I remembered was not on there either.

I don’t know how or when I realised that the version I loved was the Chris & James Remix but I am glad I did! If you can track it down, the Chris & James Old Skool Baleric Remix is the one you want.

So why has this amazing tune never made it big?

According to Discogs, the song was first released in 1993. It was written by A. Webb and C. Martin. It would appear that this was the only song they wrote, although, of course, they are credited as the writers of the Ca$ino cover.

Presumably these guys are Martin and Webb?

It must have been re-released as it then charted at Number 88 in 1994. This was its only foray into the charts.

The 1995 re-release

It was re-released in 1995, this time with the Chris & James remixes. There was also a Grinstretcher Club Mix too. Not sure what that sounds like.

And that’s it. It has appeared on a compilation in 2012 (not sure which version). And that’s it.

I honestly can’t get it. This is a tune I love and I think is amazing but it’s like no one else has ever heard of it!

Update July 2020

Not long after writing this post another cover of Only You was released. This time, dance artists Cahill released a version, featuring Craig Smart on vocals. It has more of a beat than the Ca$ino version but is still nowhere near as good as the original. The Apple Music song info reveals a little bit more information about the composers: their first names! Apparently it’s Ashley Webb and Colin Martin.

The WhoSampled page says that the song samples the Talizman original. This is all of the information that I can find out!

Update: October 2020
It was interesting to discover this interview with the remixer Chris, from Chris + James:

Talizman – only you, it sounds at first like its going to be a bad karaoke attempt, but it develops into what is a beast of a track unlike any other out there. What was it like working on it?

We used to play the original mix years ago in warm up sets and it stood out as being incredibly different even then, but it was way too slow for peak time. Charlie Chester rang me up and asked if we’d be interested in doing it……..we were dead keen but the vocals were so off key in places that it wouldn’t be straight forward at all. Once the parts arrived it was almost painful to listen to the acapella! Anyway I had an idea for making the ultimate Balearic house track – utilising the Bocca Juniors ‘raise’ piano line and the Bassheads ‘Is there anybody out there ‘ bassline…..thankfully James Wiltshire managed to work out some chord sequences and we had it nailed within a day and a half. Unfortunately James Bradley was absent for the making of this, first he heard was when I played the finished mix back to him.

It’s not surprising that mix has stood the test of time – people have covered it and remixed it without even getting close to the C+J mix- a classic case of remixers bringing far more to the remix than just a few loops!”

(Charlie Chester was the co-owner of Cowboy Records, James Wiltshire was one half of Phats & Small and James Bradley is one half of Chris + James)

Music Flashback: 2010

Here are my most played songs from 2010.

At the time, I didn’t know how much I was going to love Avicii’s music. Seek Bromance was the start of this (although I didn’t know that Avicii was Tim Berg. This is a classic song!
This song makes you want to dance!
I loved McFly’s music. This is one of their finest and it was even better because they teamed up with Taio Cruz. Whatever happened to him?
A great remix of a great song!
An underrated dance tune!
I’m not sure why this is in my top ten most played songs of 2015. It’s great but I don’t know why I played it so often!
Such a brilliant song. I remember hearing it for the first time and couldn’t believe the whole song was sung by the same man. And what an album, too!
This song still gives my goosebumps. One of the best rap songs ever.
Classic Rihanna, back when her songs were good because they had a tune.
One of Eminem’s finest.

Hyde Family Jam

I’ve been clearing out a few CDs from my car and found a copy of York band Hyde Family Jam‘s 2018 album, It’s Alive!!

If you’ve not been to York (one of my favourite cities) then the trip to try and catch Hyde Family Jam busking is worth the visit alone.

You won’t find a band with as much energy and passion with such an eclectic repertoire of songs as these guys.

Take It’s Alive for example – there are covers of Rihanna, Britney Spears, Dolly Parton, The Crickets, Vance Joy, Blink-182 and The Undertones!

The one time I caught them live was in 2018 and we saw them perform Havana which was amazing. I bought the album hoping it would be there but it’s not on.

I want to try to track down all of their albums on CD as that’s the only way to buy the songs at the moment.

You can check out a few of their performances on YouTube!


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The Wonder Years

I remember that Scott Mills used to have a feature on his Friday afternoon Radio 1 show called The Wonder Years. Each week he would play tunes from each year to get you in the mood for the weekend. I’m going to try to create and share my own Wonder Years playlist each month.

I use Apple Music so will embed the playlist here. Hope it works and that you love it!

On my own playlist I may have added songs that don’t appear on the public version. This is annoying, so sorry.

Music Flashback: 2015

Over the year I’m going to share ten songs from years in the past. I am going to pick the songs based on the ten most played songs on my Apple Music account from that year. First up is the year 2015.

My favourite song from 2015 is Faded by Alan Walker. There is something about this which makes it feel familiar and yet completely different to everything else. The various remixes are good, including the Luke Christopher remix where someone raps over the top. I love this!
This song is here due to the number of times that our daughter has asked for it to be played. To be fair, it’s a great tune. It proved that a great tune with a strong melody can be a smash hit.
Jess Glynne with another fantastic song. Very uplifting, fun and catchy. I’m not surprised I’ve played it loads.
I thought this was a bit cheesy when it was first out (in fact, that’s still true) but it really grew on me. A great song to sing along to.
Hopefully this IS the radio edit like it says because the full version is pure filth. The dirtiest song I’ve ever heard. And it’s amazing!
Such an amazing song. I felt that it didn’t get the recognition it deserved in 2015. It’s a shame because it is amazing.
Although the producer probably asked their young child to spell the name of it, this is a great song. Check out the Pep & Rash Remix.
Probably the most financially responsible song ever. A classic.
There is something amazing about this. One of the best cover versions ever.
Just fantastic! I really wanted to include Peanut Butter Jelly too, but it ended at Number 11.

Songs of the Decade (2010s)

The 2010s has been a decade of two halves. It began with some unbelievable music which seemed to become popular organically – because people liked it and chose to buy it. Later in the decade the whole chart scene changed because people didn’t need to choose what to buy as it was streamed instead. People began to simply subscribe to a playlist which chose the music for you. So for large amounts of the year the chart has been slow paced and full of tuneless dirge.

But there have been some fantastic tunes:

Avicii – Wake Me Up (2013)

Sigma – Nobody To Love (2014)

Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams – Get Lucky (2013)

Rudimental featuring John Newman – Feel The Love (2012)

Route 94 featuring Jess Glynee – My Love (2014)

Disclosure featuring Sam Smith – Latch (2012)

Coldplay – Sky Full Of Stars (2014)

Florence + The Machine – Spectrum (Say My Name) (Calvin Harris Remix) (2012)

Neiked featuring Dyo – Sexual (2016)

Pharrell Williams – Happy (2013)

David Guetta featuring Sia – Titanium (2011)

Armin Van Buuren featuring Trevor Guthrie – This Is What It Feels Like (2013)

Ed Sheeran – Thinking Out Loud (2014)

Justin Timberlake – Can’t Stop The Feeling! (2016)

Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars – Uptown Funk (2014)

DJ Fresh featuring Rita Ora – Hot Right Now (2012)

Alan Walker – Faded (2015)

Swedish House Mafia featuring John Martin – Don’t You Worry Child (2012)

OneRepublic – Counting Stars (2013)

Carly Rae Jepson – Call Me Maybe (2011)

Rihanna & Calvin Harris – We Found Love (2011)

Clean Bandit featuring Jess Glynee – Rather Be (2014)

George Ezra – Shotgun (2018)

Walk The Moon – Shut Up And Dance (2014)

Pitbull & Ke$ha – Timber (2013)

Gary Barlow – Let Me Go (2013)

Alesso featuring Tove Lo – Heroes (we could be) (2014)

McFly featuring Taio Cruz – Shine A Light (2010)

Omi – Cheerleader (Felix Jaehn Remix) (2015)

Matoma featuring Ja Rule and The Notorious B.I.G. – Old Thing Back (2015)

Ellie Goulding – Burn (2013)

Naugty Boy featuring Beyonce & Arrow Benjamin – Runnin’ (Lose It All) (2015)

Ed Sheeran – Castle On The Hill (2017)

Ed Sheeran – Sing (2014)

Pink and Nate Ruess – Just Give Me A Reason (2012)

The Script – If You Could See Me Now (2013)

SecondCity – I Wanna Feel (2014)

The 1975 – Chocolate (2013)

Bruno Mars – Just The Way You Are (Amazing) (2010)

fun. featuring Janelle Monae – We Are Young (2011)

Keala Settle & The Greatest Showman – This Is Me (2018)

Kygo featuring Conrad Sewell – Firestone (2014)

Adele – Rolling In The Deep (2011)

Passenger – Let Her Go (2014)

Plan B – She Said (2010)

Tinie Tempah featuring Eric Turner – Written In The Stars (2010)

Imany – Don’t Be So Shy (Filatov & Karas Remix) (2016)

Sigala – Easy Love (2015)

Ed Sheeran – Perfect (2017)

The Chainsmokers & Coldpay – Something Just Like This (2017)

Christina Perri – A Thousand Years (2011)

Disturbed – Sound Of Silence (2015)

Imagine Dragons – Radioactive (2013)

Maroon 5 featuring SZA – What Loves Do (2017)

Ella Henderson – Ghost (2014)

8 Underrated Christmas Songs

Everyone likes the big ones – you know, the same ones we play every year. But here are the eight most underrated seasonal songs!

Gwen Stefani & Blake Shelton – You Make It Feel Like Christmas -An absolute belter – why don’t more people know this?

Bryan Adams – Christmas Time – a big sing along Christmas song that you never get to sing along to because no one ever plays it!

Kelly Clarkson – Underneath The Tree – surely this would get you up and dancing – if it was ever played!

Coldplay – Christmas Lights – Another Coldplay anthem. Well, it would be if it was played more.

Sheena Easton – Christmas All Over The World – A Christmas song from one of the best ever Christmas movies – Santa Clause: The Movie

Leona Lewis – One More Sleep – Ok, so this is finally picking up traction (peaking at Number 8 in 2018). But this deserves to be a classic and one of the most played on your Christmas playlist. Check out the awesome Cahill Remix!

Cliff Richard – Mistletoe And Wine – So it’s perhaps a bit odd that a Christmas Number 1 is on this list. But M&W gets tarred with the same ‘Cliff Richard is not cool’ brush. And it’s not fair as this is a classic.

The Waterbabies – Under The Tree – Originally used in a Vodafone advert, this will make you feel Christmassy – if you ever get to hear it!