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P.M. Dawn - "Set Adrift On Memory Bliss" (16:9 HD) /1991/ (3.58) (youtube.com)
"Set Adrift on Memory Bliss"

Single by P.M. Dawn
from the album Of the Heart, of the Soul and of the Cross: The Utopian Experience
B-side "For the Love of Peace"
Released October 5, 1991
Format CD maxi, 7" single, 12" single
Genre Hip hop, new jack swing
Length 4:10
Label Gee Street, Island
Writer(s) Gary Kemp
Attrell Cordes
Producer(s) P.M. Dawn
P.M. Dawn singles chronology
"A Watcher's Point of View (Don't 'Cha Think)"
(1991) "Set Adrift on Memory Bliss"
(1991) "Paper Doll"
(1992)
"Set Adrift on Memory Bliss" is the signature hit by P.M. Dawn from their debut album Of the Heart, of the Soul and of the Cross: The Utopian Experience. Writing credit is given to Attrell Cordes (Prince Be of P.M. Dawn) and Gary Kemp of Spandau Ballet, as the song is built around samples of their 1983 hit "True," as well as samples from The Soul Searchers' "Ashley's Roachclip." The main drumbeat also samples from Eric B. & Rakim's "Paid in Full". Spandau Ballet lead singer Tony Hadley made a cameo in the video to this song, appearing near the end of the video.

This song was the group's first (and only) #1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100, and also reached #3 in the United Kingdom. It ranks #81 on VH1's 100 Greatest Songs of Hip Hop. The song was the first number one song after the debut of the Nielsen SoundScan system, which monitored airplay and sales more closely than before, when Billboard had to rely on humans to report sales and airplay data. According to the test charts of the SoundScan system, "Set Adrift on Memory Bliss" was at number one for at least three weeks, but officially has a one-week reign at number one.

Contents [show]
Lyrics[edit]
The opening verse is influenced by the Joni Mitchell song "The Boho Dance". The original "A camera pans the cocktail hour / Behind a blind of potted palms" becomes "The camera pans the cocktail glass / Behind a blind of plastic plants", and the line "Subterranean by your own design" is echoed as "Subterranean by design". In the second verse, they mention two hit songs from 1985. "Careless whisper from a careless man" refers to "Careless Whisper" by George Michael, and "A neutron dance for a neutron fan" makes reference to "Neutron Dance" by The Pointer Sisters. The line "Christina Applegate, you gotta put me on" is a reference to the song "Bonita Applebum" by A Tribe Called Quest. ("Bonita Applebum, I gotta put you on")

Cover versions and uses in the media[edit]
In 1992, a remixed version of the song under the title "Set Adrift on Memory Bliss (Richie Rich Mix)" was featured on the charity album Red Hot + Dance.
The song was covered by the Backstreet Boys in 1996, and appears on their second album Backstreet's Back (1997).
The song appears in the 2007 film I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry during the middle portion and the end credits.
The song "True" by Spandau Ballet, which P.M. Dawn sampled, would also be used by Lloyd in the remixed version of his song "You" featuring Andre 3000 and Nas. Razah in his 2009 song "Letter" featuring Nelly, and Nelly for his 2005 song "N Dey Say" would also sample the original song from Spandau Ballet.
The music video was featured in The Brothers Grunt episode "The Ceremony".
The song was featured in the movie Seeking a Friend for the End of the World.
The song was featured in the movie The Tuxedo.
The song "True" by Spandau Ballet was also featured in the movie "Sixteen Candles" (1984).
Cultural references[edit]
The song has been parodied in the 1994 hip-hop mockumentary film and its soundtrack album, Fear of a Black Hat as a solo single for rapper Tone-Def (Mark Christopher Lawrence) in oft-scatology terms, "I'm Just A Human."

Track listings[edit]
CD maxi
"Set Adrift on Memory Bliss" (radio mix) — 3:58
"Set Adrift on Memory Bliss" (extended mix) — 6:03
"Set Adrift on Memory Bliss" (LP version) — 4:12
"For The Love of Peace" — 3:29
7" single
"Set Adrift on Memory Bliss" (radio mix) — 3:57
"For the Love of Peace" — 3:29
12" single
Side A:

"Set Adrift on Memory Bliss" (extended mix) — 6:04
"Set Adrift on Memory Bliss" (radio mix) — 3:57
Side B:

"A Watcher's Point of View (Don't 'Cha Think)" (youth extended mix) — 6:05
"A Watcher's Point of View (Don't 'Cha Think)" (youth radio mix) — 3:58

"Of the Heart, of the Soul and of the Cross: The Utopian Experience"

Studio album by P.M. Dawn
Released August 6, 1991
Recorded Berwick Street Studios and Gee Street Studios in London
Genre Hip hop[1]
Length 54:11
Label Gee Street, Island
Producer P.M. Dawn
P.M. Dawn chronology
Of the Heart, of the Soul and of the Cross: The Utopian Experience
(1991) The Bliss Album…?
(1993)
Singles from Of the Heart, of the Soul and of the Cross: The Utopian Experience[2]
"A Watcher's Point of View (Don't 'Cha Think)"
Released: May 1991
"Set Adrift on Memory Bliss"
Released: August 1991
"Paper Doll"
Released: October 1991
"Reality Used to Be a Friend of Mine"
Released: February 1992

"Of the Heart, of the Soul and of the Cross: The Utopian Experience" is the debut album by American hip hop group P.M. Dawn. It was recorded at Berwick Street Studios and Gee Street Studios in London.[3] The album features soul vocals and stream-of-consciousness raps by Prince Be and unconventional samples by producer DJ Minutemix.[4]

Of the Heart, of the Soul and of the Cross was released by Gee Street Records in September 1991 to rave reviews from music critics.[5] It became an immediate commercial success with the help of its single "Set Adrift on Memory Bliss", which was also praised by critics.[6] The album produced four hits and sold 850,000 copies by 1993.[7] Of the Heart, of the Soul and of the Cross has sold one million copies.[8]

Background[edit]
In 1989, P.M. Dawn's debut single "Ode to a Forgetful Mind" was released by Warlock Records, but it went unnoticed. The label that released the single in England, Gee Street Records, found greater success. Gee Street mixed and marketed the song so that it earned considerable attention from music reviewers, and P.M. Dawn found themselves courted not just by Gee Street's head, John Baker, but also by most of the major record labels in England. Gee Street brought the group to London in 1990 to record tracks for an album, however, the label found itself facing bankruptcy during the recording. The entire Gee Street operation—along with P.M. Dawn's contract—was sold to the highest bidder, Island Records. Island issued a few more singles in England before releasing Of the Heart, of the Soul and of the Cross: The Utopian Experience as P.M. Dawn's debut album.[9]

Track listing[edit]
All songs written by Attrell S. Cordes, except where noted.[3]

"Intro" (Attrell S. Cordes, Chick Corea) – 0:56
"Reality Used to Be a Friend of Mine" – 4:40
"Paper Doll" – 4:51
"To Serenade a Rainbow" (Cordes, Hugh Masekela) – 3:48
"Comatose" (Cordes, Sylvester Stewart) – 4:53
"A Watcher's Point of View (Don't 'Cha Think)" (Cordes, Tom Johnston) – 4:13
"Even After I Die" (Cordes, Dennis Coffey) – 3:57
"In the Presence of Mirrors" – 4:01
"Set Adrift on Memory Bliss" (Cordes, Gary Kemp) – 4:10
"Shake" (Cordes, Todd Terry) – 3:17
"If I Wuz U" – 4:43
"On a Clear Day" – 5:21
"The Beautiful" – 5:21
Sample credits[3]
"Intro" contains a sample of "Imps Welcome" performed by Chick Corea.
"To Serenade a Rainbow" contains a sample of "Child of the Earth" performed by Hugh Masekela and a sample of "Din Daa Daa" performed by George Kranz.
"Comatose" contains a sample of "Thankful and Thoughtful" performed by Sly and the Family Stone and a sample of "Walk On Guilded Splinters" performed by Dr. John.
"A Watcher's Point of View (Don't 'Cha Think)" contains a sample of "Feelin' Down Farther" performed by The Doobie Brothers.
"Even After I Die" contains a sample of "Garden of the Moon" performed by Dennis Coffey.
"Set Adrift on Memory Bliss" contains a sample of "True" performed by Spandau Ballet.
"If I Wuz U" contains a sample of "Pocket Calculator" performed by Kraftwerk.
Personnel[edit]
Credits are adapted from the album's liner notes.[3]

Cally – art direction
Andy Earl – photography
Scott Harding – engineering
Frankie Laine – photography (assistant)
P.M. Dawn – production
John Sherwood – engineering
Tyrell (The Computer Wiz) – engineering
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