|Single by Suzanne Vega|
|from the album Solitude Standing|
|Suzanne Vega singles chronology|
"Tom's Diner" is a song by American singer and songwriter Suzanne Vega. Written on November 18, 1981, it was first released as a track on the January 1984 issue of Fast Folk Musical Magazine .Originally featured on her second studio album, Solitude Standing (1987), it was released as a single in Europe only in 1987 following the success of her single "Luka". It was later used as the basis for a remix by the British group DNA in 1990, which reached No. 1 in Austria, Germany, Greece and Switzerland.
The song is known for its use in testing various digital compression schemes during the development of the MP3, earning Vega the title of "Mother of the MP3".
The "Tom's Diner" of the song is Tom's Restaurant in New York City,a mid-20th-century diner on the northeast corner of Broadway and West 112th Street. Singer and songwriter Suzanne Vega was reputedly a frequent patron during the early 1980s when she was a student at nearby Barnard College. The diner later became famous as the location used for the exterior scenes of Monk's Café in the popular 1990s television sitcom Seinfeld .
The song begins with the narrator stopping at a diner for a cup of coffee. The song mentions reading a newspaper as well as seeing two women, one who enters the diner and one who stands outside in the rain. The ringing of bells at a nearby cathedral causes the narrator to reminisce about an unnamed companion and a midnight picnic. At the end of the song, the narrator leaves the diner to catch the train after the coffee is finished.
Vega wrote the song based on a comment by her friend Brian Rose, a photographer, who mentioned that in his work, he sometimes felt as if "he saw his whole life through a pane of glass, and [...] like he was the witness to a lot of things, but was never really involved in them". She attempted to think and write in this fashion (including a male perspective ) while sitting at Tom's Restaurant. The "bells of the cathedral" that she remarks hearing in the song are those of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, located one block to the east.[ citation needed ]
An article on Suzanne Vega's official websiteuses clues in the song to determine the exact date that Vega wrote it.
Vega said that she wrote the song in 1982; Brian Rose has said that it was written sometime between mid-1981 and mid-1982. The lyrics refer to a rainy morning, when she was at the diner on the corner, reading in her newspaper of "a story of an actor / who had died while he was drinking", and afterwards "turning to the horoscope / and looking for the funnies". Only two newspapers in New York City carried comic strips, or "funnies", in 1981 and 1982, and only one, the New York Post , featured a front-page story of the death of Oscar-winning actor William Holden, whose body was discovered on Monday, November 16, 1981. In a 2008 essay for The New York Times , Vega confirmed that Holden was the actor whose death she had read about and inspired the line in the song.
Vega conceived "Tom's Diner" as a piece for voice and solo piano. Two versions feature on her album Solitude Standing; the album opens with an a cappella version, and closes with an instrumental version played on keyboards, with guitars lending support.
During the 2006 Major League Baseball season, Cincinnati Reds player Ryan Freel used this song as his entrance song when he came to bat.[ citation needed ]
"Tom's Diner" was used by the researcher Karlheinz Brandenburg as a reference in developing the MP3 audio compression scheme. He recalled: "I was ready to fine-tune my compression algorithm...somewhere down the corridor, a radio was playing 'Tom's Diner.' I was electrified. I knew it would be nearly impossible to compress this warm a cappella voice."
In a 2009 documentary about the history of the song by Swedish SVT, Brandenburg said: "I was finishing my PhD thesis, and then I was reading some hi-fi magazine and found that they had used this song to test loudspeakers. I said 'OK, let's test what this song does to my sound system, to MP3'. And the result was, at bit rates where everything else sounded quite nice, Suzanne Vega's voice sounded horrible."
Brandenburg adopted the song for testing purposes, listening to it again and again each time he refined the scheme, making sure it did not adversely affect the subtlety of Vega's voice. While the MP3 compression format is not specifically tuned to play the song "Tom's Diner" (an assortment of critically analyzed material was involved in the design of the codec over many years), among audio engineers this anecdote has earned Vega the informal title "The Mother of the MP3".
|UK Singles (OCC)||58|
|"Tom's Diner (DNA Remix)"|
|Single by DNA featuring Suzanne Vega|
|Released||July 16, 1990|
|Suzanne Vegasingles chronology|
"Three years later, I heard that two young English guys called DNA had put a beat to it – and I cringed. I'd just had a big hit with "Luka", which – unfortunately, despite its dark subject matter, child abuse – lent itself to all sorts of parodies and covers, most of which I hated. I feared more of the same, but to my great relief I loved what DNA had done. I thought it would be played in a few dance clubs and that would be it, but it surpassed everyone's expectations. I even got a plaque for it being one of the most played R&B songs – funny for a folk singer."
—Suzanne Vega talking about the song.
In 1990, two British record producers under the name DNA remixed "Tom's Diner", grafting Vega's vocals onto a dance beat from Soul II Soul ("Keep On Movin'") and turning her simple ad-libbed outro – "Do do do uh, do da-do uh" – into the song's driving hook. It was impossible to get a whole song into a sampler, so they spent evenings and weekends cutting Vega's vocals into little bits. [ citation needed ] and release the remix rather than take DNA to court for copyright infringement.Without permission from Vega, her record label, or publisher, the duo released the remix on a limited basis for distribution to clubs as "Oh Suzanne" by "DNA featuring Suzanne Vega". Vega's record company of the time, A&M, decided to buy
A&M struck the deal after consulting with Vega, who liked the interpretation, [ citation needed ] Vega told a British columnist, "(A&M) asked me what I thought of it and I told them it was really kind of nice. So I said, 'Go ahead and release it.' I wasn't expecting it to be successful-I never thought it would be that popular. It just seemed very charming." The remix became a much larger hit than Vega had with the song originally, peaking at number two on the UK Singles Chart and number five on the US Billboard Hot 100, and it became one of a handful of tracks to chart in the top 10 of both the Modern Rock Tracks (number seven) and Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Tracks (number ten) charts. The remix also reached number one in Austria, Germany, Greece and Switzerland.and DNA, who conducted the transaction through intermediaries without revealing their true identities.
The remix of the song is written in the key of F♯ minor in common time with a tempo of 99 beats per minute. Vega's vocals span from F♯3 to E4 in the song.
Larry Flick from Billboard commented, "Don't miss the exceptional 'Tom's Diner', by DNA featuring Suzanne Vega." He noted that the Brit outfit had placed "a slammin' Soul II Soul-flavored swing instrumental" underneath Vega's song,and also described the track as "indelibly infectious." Student newspaper Columbia Daily Spectator named it a "surprise hit". Marisa Fox from Entertainment Weekly complimented its dance beat as "mesmerizing". Patrick Goldstein from Los Angeles Times said, "Strange but true-almost." He added that the "waif-like pop songstress" has suddenly become the "queen of London's trendy club scene, thanks to her sinewy, Soul II Soul-style dance hit". Everett True from Melody Maker commented, "This is so f***ing smooth. You know the original, I'm sure Suzanne's unaccompanied tale of everyday morning life in the big city in the wake of a break-up, incisively, poignantly observed. Magical. Now imagine it set to an unobtrusive, mellow backbeat which slips down even easier. F***ing superb! What is it about today? Single of the week. No shit."
A reviewer of Music & Media found that "the lonely vocal part is perfectly complemented by the Steely Dan type horns and the grinding hip-hop beat. A fine version."Music Week ranked the song number-one in their Top 10 list, "Pick of the Year - Dance". Diane Tameecha from The Network Forty felt the connection of Vega's "sensuously soft voice and the unlikely rhythm (for her music, anyway) is startlingly vibrant, and its jazziness is an instant ear-catcher." Mandi James from NME named it Single of the Week, writing, "A strange record, if only for the fact Suzanne Vega has previously failed to move me in anyway, except to get up and leave the room. Dropped against a sensual, tactile beat those irritatingly vacant girly vocals are miraculously transformed into a hypnotic, bitter sweet ballad. The crushing folking bore has been given a new lease of life and should be eternally grateful to plastic surgeons DNA. The nearest thing to perfection I've heard all week." Smash Hits's reviewer said remixes like this one "end up sounding far better than the originals and the result is rather refreshing." Alec Foege from Spin remarked that "Tom's Diner" was an international hit "only after DNA did a dance remix".
In 2004, Q magazine featured the DNA remix of the song in their list of "The 1010 Songs You Must Own".
A music video was produced to promote the song, directed by Gareth Roberts.It doesn't feature Suzanne Vega.
|United Kingdom (BPI)||Silver||200,000^|
|United States (RIAA)||Gold||500,000^|
^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.
|Single by Giorgio Moroder featuring Britney Spears|
|from the album Déjà Vu|
|Released||October 9, 2015|
|Giorgio Moroder singles chronology|
|Britney Spears singles chronology|
For the release of his fourteenth studio album DéjàVu on June 12,2015,record producer Giorgio Moroder included a remake of the song,featuring American singer Britney Spears on his album as the eighth track.It was later released as the album's fourth and final single on October 9,2015,with two new remixes included,marking the second release from Spears in 2015,following "Pretty Girls",and additionally her first featuring participation since "S&M (Remix)" in 2011.
Despite being a non-single track at that time,it became Moroder's best-selling digital song to date,debuting and peaking at number 38 on the Billboard Dance/Electronic Songs chart,and number fourteen on the Billboard Dance/Electronic Digital Songs chart,during the week of July 4,2015.
|Lebanon (Lebanese Top 20)||11|
|Ukraine Airplay (Tophit)||26|
|US Hot Dance/Electronic Songs ( Billboard )||38|
|US Dance/Electronic Streaming Songs ( Billboard )||14|
|Ukraine Airplay (Tophit)||149|
|Various||October 9, 2015||Digital download|
|Italy||October 16, 2015||Contemporary hit radio|
|Russia||October 29, 2015||Sony|
|Single by AnnenMayKantereit and Giant Rooks|
|Released||June 28, 2019|
German groups AnnenMayKantereit and Giant Rooks covered the song in 2019. The cover went viral on TikTok in March 2022,reaching more than 120 million views on TikTok and 45 million streams on Spotify.
|Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)||45|
|Canada (Canadian Hot 100)||38|
|Germany (Official German Charts)||76|
|Global 200 ( Billboard )||66|
|Netherlands (Single Tip)||19|
|New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)||16|
|Sweden Heatseeker (Sverigetopplistan)||7|
|Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)||86|
|UK Singles (OCC)||63|
|US Billboard Hot 100||78|
|US Hot Rock &Alternative Songs ( Billboard )||8|
|US Hot Rock &Alternative Songs (Billboard)||27|
|Canada (Music Canada)||Platinum||80,000‡|
|United States (RIAA)||Gold||500,000‡|
‡ Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.
The song spawned a number of hip hop,dance,and rock remixes and remakes from artists such as Peter Behrens (drummer from Trio) and Bingo Hand Job,a whimsical one-time collaboration between Billy Bragg and R.E.M. It was also sampled in songs by Public Enemy,Nikki D,2Pac,Twin Hype,Yo Gotti and Lil' Kim,among other hip hop acts.
In 1991,Vega,noting the huge number of remakes of the song,released Tom's Album,a compilation of different versions of the song,spanning a variety of musical genres,including a parody by Mark Jonathan Davisthat worked in references to I Dream of Jeannie called "Jeannie's Diner",which Nick at Nite would use to promote its airings of the show. The album also featured another DNA remix of one of her songs,"Rusted Pipe". On the album's sleeve,Vega wrote:"A small song about eating breakfast became a song about accidental pregnancy (Daddy's Little Girl –Nikki D.) and the recent war in the Gulf (Waiting at the Border). One version incorporates forgotten bits of pop culture (Jeannie's Diner). All of them surprised me;a couple made me wince. I include them anyway."
In 2015,sound artist and composer Ryan Maguirereleased the track "moDernisT" (an anagram of "Tom's Diner") as a part of his project "The Ghost in the MP3". "moDernisT" is composed exclusively of the sounds deleted during MP3 compression from the song "Tom's Diner",known as the mother of the MP3. A detailed account of the techniques used to isolate the sounds deleted during MP3 compression,along with the conceptual motivation for the project,was published in the 2014 Proceedings of the International Computer Music Conference.
In 2020,English producer Robbie Doherty remixed the song with artist Keees,titling it "Pour the Milk",launching it to No. 44 on the UK Singles Chart.
To date there exist over 50 known versions of Tom's Diner.
American rock band Fall Out Boy used an interpolation of "Tom's Diner" in their song "Centuries".
In 2022,music duo Sofi Tukker sampled the song on their single "Summer in New York".
Suzanne Nadine Vega is an American singer-songwriter best known for her folk-inspired music. Vega's music career spans almost 40 years. She came to prominence in the mid-1980s,releasing four singles that entered the Top 40 charts in the UK during the 1980s and 1990s,including "Marlene on the Wall","Left of Center","Luka" and "No Cheap Thrill". "Tom's Diner",which was originally released as an a cappella recording on Vega's second studio album,Solitude Standing (1987),was remixed in 1990 as a dance track by English electronic duo DNA with Vega as featured artist,and it became a Top 10 hit in over five countries. The original a cappella recording of the song was used as a test during the creation of the MP3 format. The role of her song in the development of the MP3 compression prompted Vega to be given the title of "The Mother of the MP3".
"Take My Breath Away" is a song written by Giorgio Moroder and Tom Whitlock for the 1986 film Top Gun,performed by American new wave band Berlin. It won the Academy Award for Best Original Song as well as the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song in 1986.
"I Feel Love" is a song by the American singer and songwriter Donna Summer. Produced and co-written by Giorgio Moroder and Pete Bellotte,it was recorded for Summer's fifth studio album,I Remember Yesterday (1977). The album concept was to have each track evoke a different musical decade;for "I Feel Love",the team aimed to create a futuristic mood,employing a Moog synthesizer.
"Flashdance... What a Feeling" is a song from the 1983 film Flashdance with music by Giorgio Moroder and lyrics by Keith Forsey and the song's performer,Irene Cara. Moroder had been asked to score the film,and Cara and Forsey wrote most of the lyrics after they were shown the last scene from it in which the main character dances at an audition for a group of judges. They felt that the dancer's ambition to succeed could act as a metaphor for achieving any dream a person has and wrote lyrics that described what it feels like when music inspires someone to dance. The song wound up being used for the scene they watched as well as during the opening credits as the main character is shown working as a welder.
DNA was the name taken by English electronic music producers Nick Batt and Neal Slateford,best known for releasing a remix of Suzanne Vega's "Tom's Diner" in 1990.
"Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)" is a song by the British new wave music duo Eurythmics. It was released as the fourth and final single from their second album,Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This),in January 1983. It was their breakthrough hit,establishing the duo worldwide. It reached number two on the UK Singles Chart in March 1983,and number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 six months later;it was their first single released in the US.
"Love to Love You Baby" is a song by American singer Donna Summer from her second studio album,Love to Love You Baby (1975). Produced by Pete Bellotte,and written by Italian musician Giorgio Moroder,Summer,and Bellotte,the song was first released as a single in the Netherlands in June 1975 as "Love to Love You" and then released worldwide in November 1975 as "Love to Love You Baby". It became one of the first disco hits to be released in an extended form.
"I Specialize in Love" is a song written by Lotti Golden and Richard Scher. Mixed by Tee Scott,the song was a club hit in the early 1980s when recorded by American singer Sharon Brown,the niece of songwriter Phil Medley. Released as a single in March 1982,by Profile Records,it spent three weeks at number two on the US Hot Dance Club Play chart,her only song to reach this survey. The single also charted on the UK Singles Chart,becoming an international club hit. A remixed version of the song was released in 1994,entering the UK Singles Chart for a second time.
"Bounce" is a song by Scottish DJ Calvin Harris. The song features American singer Kelis and is a move away from Harris singing,concentrating more on production. It was released on 10 June 2011 as the first single from Harris's third studio album,18 Months (2012).
"Turn Me On" is a song by French DJ David Guetta from his fifth studio album Nothing but the Beat. Vocals are provided by rapper and singer Nicki Minaj,whose second studio album Pink Friday:Roman Reloaded features the song as a bonus song on its deluxe version. It was written by Ester Dean,David Guetta and Giorgio Tuinfort,with a rap written by Minaj.
"Eat,Sleep,Rave,Repeat" is a song by Fatboy Slim,Riva Starr and Beardyman. It features vocals from Beardyman who improvised all of the lyrics and vocals in one take. It was released on 20 June 2013. Aided by a remix by Calvin Harris,the song reached number 3 on the UK Singles Chart,becoming Fatboy Slim's first top ten hit since "Star 69" / "Weapon of Choice" in 2001. A remix by Dimitri Vegas &Like Mike and Ummet Ozcan was released on 23 December 2013.
"Midnight" is a song by British rock band Coldplay for their sixth studio album,Ghost Stories (2014). It was written and produced by band members Guy Berryman,Jonny Buckland,Will Champion and Chris Martin,with production assistance from Paul Epworth,Daniel Green,and Rik Simpson,and co-production from Jon Hopkins,who also received songwriting credits. A music video was released on 25 February 2014 as teaser for the then-unannounced album,while a promotional 7-inch vinyl single was pressed by Parlophone for Record Store Day on 17 April 2014.
The discography of American singer Suzanne Vega consists of nine studio albums,four acoustic albums,two greatest hits albums,one box set,seven live albums,one extended play,and 23 singles.
"Right Here,Right Now" is a song recorded by Italian producer Giorgio Moroder,featuring the vocals of Kylie Minogue,for Moroder's studio album DéjàVu. The song had a minor impact on singles chart in Europe and attained the top position of the US Dance Club Songs.
"DéjàVu" is a song by Italian disc jockey producer Giorgio Moroder,featuring vocals from Australian singer Sia. The song is the third single on Moroder's 2015 album,DéjàVu. It was released on 17 April 2015,as a digital download via iTunes.
DéjàVu is the fourteenth studio album by Italian DJ Giorgio Moroder:his first album,after a 23-years hiatus,since Forever Dancing (1992). It was released on 12 June 2015,and features collaborations with:Kylie Minogue,Sia,Britney Spears,Kelis,Charli XCX,Mikky Ekko,Foxes and Matthew Koma,among others. On 20 January 2015,the collaboration with Kylie Minogue,"Right Here,Right Now",was officially released,along with a video teaser.
AnnenMayKantereit are a German rock band founded in Cologne in 2011. Their songs are predominantly performed in German,but the band also occasionally publishes cover songs in English. A notable feature of the band's music is the distinctly rough voice of the singer Henning May.
"Breakdance" is a song written by Giorgio Moroder,Bunny Hull,and the song's performer,Irene Cara. Moroder's obsession with the dance hit "Rockit" by Herbie Hancock fueled his composition of the music,and Cara was inspired by the street performers she saw growing up in the South Bronx to write lyrics about what was then called breakdancing. Released in March 1984,it was the third single that originated on her What a Feelin' LP and her first to make the top ten in the US since the album's title track went to number one almost a year earlier. "Breakdance" also charted in several other countries and had a dance remix that was also well received.
Giant Rooks are a German indie rock band from Hamm,Germany founded in 2014. In 2019 they won the 1Live Krone Award and the Preis für Popkultur. Their debut album Rookery was released on 28 August 2020.
"Smile" is a song by American singer Katy Perry for her sixth studio album of the same name (2020). It was released on July 10,2020 by Capitol Records as the second single from the album,along with the album's pre-order. Musically,it is a nu-disco song which samples Naughty by Nature's 1999 song "Jamboree". On the song,Perry talks about expressing her gratitude for changes in her life. A version featuring American rapper Diddy is featured on some vinyl versions of the album,while remixes of the song by Giorgio Moroder and Joel Corry have also been released to promote the song.