Tuesday, 5 June 2018

The First Time With... Series 13 - 2. Kelis

THE FIRST TIME WITH... SERIES 13 - 2. KELIS (320kbs-m4a/132mb/57mins)
BBC Radio 6 Music broadcast: 1st March 2018

Kelis shares her musical milestones with Matt Everitt in a programme first broadcast in 2016.

She talks through her musical story, from growing up in a strict 'jazz only' household with a saxophonist dad, through to discovering a love of grunge at college, and combining this with a passion for RnB. She talks about meeting the Neptunes, which proved to be a pivotal partnership in her genre bending musical path, although getting a record deal for was far from easy.

She tells of her struggles to be 'understood' by a music industry that wanted to pigeonhole her, and of the astonishing year-long battle she had over the track 'Milkshake', which of course went on to be a global hit and who's terminology became part of popular culture.

She explains her love for food and how she stepped out of music for a time to focus on this, and how she came back and worked with Dave Sitek on a new album, which was of course titled Food.

Kelis - Trick Me [Virgin]
Kelis - Good Stuff [Virgin]
Sarah Vaughan - Spring Will Be A Little Late This Year [Columbia]
Betty Carter - All I Got [Verve]
Etta James - I'd Rather Go Blind [MCA/Chess]
Eurythmics - Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This) [Telstar]
Nirvana - Smells Like Teen Spirit [Geffen]
N*E*R*D - Lapdance (Feat. Lee Harvey & Vita)
En Vogue - Free Your Mind [Atlantic]
Gravediggaz - Fairytalez [Gee Street]
O.D.B. - Got Your Money (Feat. Kelis) [Elektra]
Kelis - Caught Out There [Virgin]
Kelis - Milkshake [Virgin]
Sheryl Crow - My Favorite Mistake [A&M]
TV On The Radio - Dancing Choose [4AD]
Kelis - Jerk Ribs [Federal Prism]
Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway - You Are My Heaven [Atlantic]

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