THE 1000 BEST SONGS IN THE WORLD EVER.
1995-Number 1 single.
Best Bit-At 1.15.After years of waiting to find a Simply Red song that could fill a dance-floor, along came ‘Fairground,’ as long as you could dance ‘Latin American.’
Simply Red were formed in Manchester, England in 1985. They initially called themselves ‘Red’ which was Mick Hucknall’s nickname, but Hucknall decided it would sound better with the addition of the word ‘Simply.’By 1996 Hucknall was the only remaining original member, and in 2010, he chose to retire the groups name, but when past members got together in 2015 for the bands 30th anniversary, the name was reintroduced.
‘Fairground’ heavily samples the 1992 Latin House song ‘Give It Up'(1993 UK Number 5 single) by the Dutch music producers calling themselves ‘The Good Men,’ Gaston Steenskist (Dobre,) and Rene ter Horst (DJ Zki,) who in turn had sampled the song ‘Fanfarra,’ a mid 1960’s recording from the Brazilian artist Sergio Mendes. All three artists receive songwriting credits, alongside Mick Hucknall, who acknowledges ‘The Good Men,’ in the songs lyrics.
‘Fairground’ is a song about missing that special someone. The narrator is having a good time with friends, but wants to let that person know he is thinking of them, and can’t wait until they meet again.
It’s always friends that feel so good, lets make amends like all good men should.’