Classics: Angie Stone – Wish I Didn’t Miss You (J Records)
The O’Jays‘ classic ‘Back Stabbers’ made quite some noise back in 1972. With thanks to its memorable lyrics written by McFadden & Whitehead. And so would ‘Wish I Didn’t Miss You’ nearly 30 years after. Therefore bringing Neo-Soul singer Angie Stone her biggest success ever.
And there we go once again with what the late Barry White told me back in the early 90’s. Speakin’ of revamps, remixes and/or cover versions, he said in substance… “No matter what! A good reconstruction of some cleverly built music will always result in good music.” This being most likely the case regarding ‘Wish I Didn’t Miss You’. With the singer reachin’ some rare emotional intensity.
Not a cover version, ‘Wish I Didn’t Miss You’ is an interpolation of ‘Back Stabbers’. Even though there is similarity in the themes they evoke. Blaze eventually bringin’ it to another level on their remix.
Strangely enough, the fact it happened to be the very last song ever played at Space Ibiza on Oct. 02, 2016 after 27 years of partying, brought it to the attention of a whole new crowd.
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A native of Columbia, SC, Angie Stone first came to fame in the late 70’s. Back then she teamed up with Cheryl Cook and Gwendolyn Chisolm at the age of 16. The threesome givin’ Sugarhill Records one of their biggest classics ever by the likes of ‘Funk You Up’ under the Sequence banner. But also ‘Monster Jam’ with Spoonie Gee. Not to mention the seminal ‘Funky Sound (Tear The Roof Off)’. Meanwhile establishin’ themselves as the first female Rap group during the early years of Hip-Hop. Together, they released 3 albums for the label before disbanding in the mid-80’s. This after Hip-Hop progressively lost is original party sound.
Stone came to work with Mantronix, then eventually got back to the forefront in the 90’s. Joining forces with David Bright and Willie Bruno, she released 2 albums – ‘A Matter Of Time’ and ‘Head First’ under the Vertical Hold guise. With the groovy ‘Seems You’re Much Too Busy’ standing as their biggest success. She eventually shared songwriting credits on D’Angelo‘s first two studio albums – ‘Brown Sugar’ and ‘Voodoo’ (2000), and provided backing vocals when touring with him.
Stone‘s debut solo album, ‘Black Diamond’, saw the light in September 1999, on Arista Records. It featured the classic ‘No More Rain (In This Cloud)”, built on a sample of Gladys Knight & The Pips‘ ‘Neither One Of Us’ (Wants to Be the First to Say Goodbye)’. Meanwhile she would score her biggest success 2 years after with ‘Wish I Didn’t Miss’. A cut from her second album – ‘Mahogany Soul’ – which interpolates The O’Jays‘ classic ‘Back Stabbers’.
Angie Stone has released a total of 8 solo albums. With her latest – ‘Covered In Soul’ back in 2006. She has collaborated with countless luminaries. From Lenny Kravitz on his 1998 ‘5’ album to Guru on ‘Keep Your Worries’ in 2000. But also Omar (‘Be Thankful’) and Betty Wright (‘Baby’) among others.