Friday, January 16, 2009

Britney Single: (You Drive Me) Crazy (1999)

Britney Spears "(You Drive Me) Crazy"

Release: September 13, 1999

1. (You Drive Me) Crazy (The Stop! Remix)
2. I'll Never Stop Loving You

Producer: Max Martin, Jörgen Elofsson, Per Magnusson, David Kreuger
Writer: Max Martin and Rami

Billboard Hot 100: #10
UK Singles Chart: #5

"(You Drive Me) Crazy" was released in the third quarter of 1999, just after the success of "...Baby One More Time" began to settle. Upon its initial single release, the song was remixed and retitled "(You Drive Me) Crazy (The Stop! Remix)" acquiring a more stomping beat. The song became Spears' first single to break the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 since "...Baby" -- the single peaked at #10, also becoming yet another radio success for Spears, covering her now familiar bases, Top 40, Rhythmic and Mainstream. In the UK the song earned Spears yet another top 5 hit, peaking at #5 and Worldwide it peaked inside the top 10 in every country across the globe.

The album version of "Crazy" sounds very flimsy and weak when compared to the remix, which is why I've always preferred it. The remix thumps a slick conjur of synth and harsh piano chords covered by a raging bassline, Spears doesn't sound too bad on here either.

The music video to the song saw Spears as a waitress before stripping into the famous low cut green top and black trousers and performing an extended dance sequence throughout the second half of the video. The video features Melissa Joan Hart, who played Sabrina Spellman, in the former hit television series, Sabrina, the Teenage Witch. The song was also the inspiration behind the movie, Drive Me Crazy, which also featured Hart. For promotion purposes, Spears made an appearance in the show, Sabrina, performing "Crazy."


ww_adh said...

I love "Crazy." The remix was so well done. I much prefer it to the original. I love this video. It makes me nostalgic for when I first moved to DC, as this was on TRL every night in late summer/fall '99. I love these kind of dance videos where there's a synchronized performance on a really obvious set. Janet, Paula and Madonna turned out some great similar ones.

J.Mensah said...

Exactly, the remix is far superior to the original... what does nostalgic mean? :)