Sometimes I don't even feel like I wrote it, in the sense that I kind of have a respect for it as its own entity. I actually tried to get my music taken off the pool of songs that gets used for hold music, because I don't think it's a great context to hear music! To see the column's archive, It's been 20 years since first released Drive, her 1997 debut album that went seven-times platinum in New Zealand and quickly propelled the then-teenaged musician to local stardom. I saw them in a pub where there were only like 200 people in the audience. I go out of my way to find things to follow and be influenced by, especially on social media. In June, Runga will play three Australian shows in Melbourne and Sydney to celebrate 20 years in music and the release of her new The Very Best Of compilation. It was one of those songs that just happened, it wrote itself.
I do have some loyal fans that know all my albums, but there are a lot of people who only know this one song. It's pretty funny, and a wild waste of money, really. But I've got a healthy taste for the absurd. I think a lot of people think I'm from Thailand too. I read somewhere that you think a lot of people seem to know the song 'Sway' but maybe don't know your other material that well. Without expressed permission, all uses other than home and private use are forbidden. So central was the innocent love song to the movie that it even made another appearance in the 2012 sequel,.
I actually always sing the song live. Is the song about anyone in particular? Do you feel pressure to perform the song at every live show, even now? What do they think of the song? You have to remember it was, like, 1997, so things like grunge had only just happened. For some reason the stars just aligned for that song — 'Sway' bought me a house, and I haven't had to work in a shoe shop again. I was the token weird one from New Zealand. I'd actually already had a single out with the title track of the record, Drive, and suddenly I felt like I was an actual musician. It was funny — I just thought the movie was so American, and I was already having major culture shocks over there as it was.
Later, I ended up re-recording it with myself as producer — I actually produced the rest of the record myself. I didn't have any judgement when I was writing it. It's a blessing and a curse to have a song become something of a hit when you're just starting out. I had no idea what to expect. .
When we all left the movie theatre, the kids I was with thought it was so awesome. So I guess that's what was happening with me musically in the late '90s. Bic Runga: I distinctly remember writing the song — I was sitting on my porch in Auckland, in a flat that I was renting in pretty uninteresting part of town, when I was maybe 19 years old. But I don't remember thinking anything about it, like whether it was good or not. What kind of music were you listening to around the time you wrote the songs on Drive? In this day and age you probably wouldn't spend that sort of money on a music video, and you certainly wouldn't do it twice.
I'd gone through this whole thing of being a new, young artist getting wheeled out with all these old producer dudes. Which version am I thinking of then? I actually thought the movie was really clunky. This article is part of our series 'Nice Song, What's It About? It was all just pure feeling and no specifics, just about the general feeling of being in love. We recorded the first version in Ireland, of all places, at the studio owned by U2. That's the American one — the one where I met all my American friends at the shoot. Was it weird to see your song appear in the scene where all the characters finally get laid? All musical material is re-recorded and does not use in any form the original music or original vocals or any feature of the original recording.
Then the scene with my song came on, and I was dumbfounded! We caught up with her ahead of the tour to find out the story behind her biggest hit. I still think it's good though. What do you think is the biggest misconception about you or your music? But I did love it. I think people think I'm really serious, or at least that I take myself really seriously. More than anything though I was just shocked by the experience of seeing a song of mine in a big movie. I'm dying to know what you think of American Pie.
I just look back on it as a song of mine that was made properly. One was made in New Zealand, before I got shipped over by the record company in America. It's of a certain genre… almost like 'lite' or something. Then the record company made another one. There's actually two music videos! I couldn't believe the context and the strangeness of hearing my own music in that particular scene. At the same time though, I think a lot of my subsequent work hasn't sunk in with people. The images are for illustrative purposes only and are not contractual.