When another year begins, I wonder if there will be anything coming along that I’ll enjoy in pop music. What will the big genres be, who are the newcomers on the scene, is there anything that’ll take my interest. This one came along right at the start of 2001, and I decided that if there are more singles around that I’ll enjoy as much as this one, then there’s definitely a chance that it’ll be a good year.
In January 2001 Rui Da Silva released “Touch Me” (not to be confused with “Tuch Me” by Fonda Rae that I looked back at recently), and this was no. 1 for a week, although this was at what was traditionally a quiet time for the chart. This also led to a Top Of The Pops performance. Da Silva is a Portuguese dance DJ and producer, and as far as I know, he was the first act from Portugal to have a hit single in the UK, never mind a chart-topper.
This one was also enhanced by the vocal from English singer Cassandra Fox. When I saw the video, I discovered that this one sampled “Chant No. 1” by Spandau Ballet, but the actual single version doesn’t seem to, it appears that there were some licencing problems (although this means that Gary Kemp is credited as a co-writer). This was indeed a great way to start the year, and the combination of all this is one of my favourite hit singles of 2001. It still excites me now.
It was something of a surprise then that Da Silva went on to have no further hits in the UK at all, meaning that he joined the elite club of being a one-hit wonder and also a chart-topper. “Touch Me” also featured on several dance compilations when that was a rather overcrowded market. I’m sure that I would’ve liked anything he had to offer that was a follow-up single, but nothing else caught people’s attention or made the chart.
We did hear from Cassandra again on the chart though, but not until November 2006, almost six years on from this, when her first solo hit single rather curiously was a cover of her own song “Touch Me”, now rerecorded without Da Silva, and this reached no. 52. Cassandra would go on to have only one more hit. Something that briefly sounded like the future of music is now long in the past.