CANADA'S MOFFATS MAKES USA DEBUT WITH MOVIE SOUNDTRACK
(from the Philippine Star by Ricky Lo)
Quezon City, June 21, 1999 - This may surprise many Moffats diehards in the Philippines but the toothy foursome from Canada was a virtual unknown in the US of A until recently. I found this out for myself when I went looking for a Moffats album, in fact, any Moffats album in New York and was greeted with blank stares and the question "What Moffats?" in several record stores. What indeed.
But it was not really a surprise. The Moffats might have a big following in Europe and Asia but these kids still have to make it big in the US charts. In fact, until a few months ago even those teen magazines that do not fail to have something of the Backstreet Boys, N'Sync, 98 Degrees and other boy groups had nothing about the Moffats. This has changed of course and although Moffats exposure is not yet in the same league as the phenomenal BSB, there is now a great deal of interest in the boys from their American neighbors.
Reason for this development is the fact that Scott, Clint, Bob and Dave have finally made their US debut via the soundtrack of the motion picture Never Been Kissed. The guys sing Until You Loved Me, which is the carrier single of the album. This was produced by hot shot producer Glen Ballard, written by Phil Thor-nalley and Dave Munday and mixed by DJ Chris Lord-Alge, who is a long time friend of the Moffats.
With Until You Loved Me, the Moffats got to align themselves with some of the biggest and trendiest names in international pop music. The Never Been Kissed has a star-studded line-up that includes Never You Mind by Semisonic, Standing By by Willis. Lucky Denver Mint by Jimmy Eat World, Problem by Remy Zero, Erase/Rewind by The Cardigans, Closer to Myself by Kendall Payne, At My Most Beautiful by R.E.M., Catch a Falling Star by Block, Candy in the Sun by Swirl 360, Cumbia de los Muertos by Ozo-matli, Watching the Wheels by John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want by The Smiths, Innocent Journey, by the Sonhichrone, Don't Worry Baby by the Beach Boys and and Girl Named Happiness (Never Been Kissed) by Jeremy Jordan.
Take note too that joining movie soundtracks has proven to be a very effective way of breaking into the big time in the US of A. This was what clinched the international success of the Moffats' fellow Canadian Celine Dion. She did it with songs for popular films like Beauty and the Beast, Sleepless in Seattle, Up Close and Personal and the biggest of them all, Titanic. The Cardigans broke out of Sweden when Lovefool was included in the Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet soundtrack. This is what Boyzone did recently when No Matter What was heard in the soundtrack of Not-ting Hill.
With the success of the movie, which by the way is a greatly enjoyable romantic comedy starring Drew Barrymore, it became easier to introduce the Moffats to the US market. Until You Loved Me is in fact, also included in the boys' very first US released album Chapter 1, A New Beginning. The Moffats are currently touring the US of A to promote Chapter 1, so I do not think I will be greeted with raised eyebrows again, the next time I go looking for a Moffats album in New York.
Meanwhile, here are the songs that almost everybody in Metro Manila are listening to these days. Needless to say, the albums they come from are also among the biggest selling ones: I Want It That Way, by the Backstreet Boys from the phenomenal album Millennium, So Slow, the new single from that talented band from the South, Freestyle; Baby One More Time by teen-aged pop Diva Britney Spears; Livin' La Vida Loca by the sexiest Latin idol of them all Ricky Martin; I Still Believe by Mariah Carey from her album of number ones; Ikaw Lamang, duet by Jaya and Janno Gibbs from Janno's Sa 'Yo album Stay the Same from the comeback album of former New Kids from the Block member Joey McIntire; Thinking of You by 98 Degrees; Before I Let You Go again by Freestyle; and No Scrubs by that sensational trio T.L.C., from the album FanMail.
Reported by: Sol Jose Vanzi
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