“Sweet Dreams My LA Ex” is the début single by English singer-songwriter Rachel Stevens. It was released on 15 September 2003 as lead single from her first solo album, Funky Dory. Originally written for Britney Spears, the song was produced by Swedish Bloodshy & Avant, and received a mixed reception from contemporary critics. The single is Stevens’s most successful single to date, peaking at number two on the UK Singles Chart. It was the 22nd best-selling single of 2003 in the United Kingdom, selling 210,000 copies. It has sold over 233,000 copies as of 2013.
The name uses a pun on LAX, the IATA airport code for the Los Angeles International Airport.
“Some Girls” is a synthpop song written by Richard X and Hannah Robinson for British singer Rachel Stevens. It was included in the 2004 re-release of Stevens’ debut album, Funky Dory, and her second studio album, Come and Get It. The song’s music features a schaffel beat influenced by glam rock, and its lyrics describe a pop singer who performs sexual favours in her efforts to achieve stardom.
The song was released as a charity record for Sport Relief on 12 July 2004 (see 2004 in music). It received positive reviews from music critics. The single was commercially successful, reaching number two on the UK Singles Chart. Paul Weiland directed the accompanying music video, in which Stevens leads a parade of women out of the sewers and down the streets of London. American dance musician Henri released a cover version of “Some Girls” as a single in 2006.
The song was recognised as the Best Pop Record of 2004 through the Popjustice £20 Music Prize.
“So Good” is a song by Rachel Stevens, released as a single in the United Kingdom on 4 July 2005. It was the second single from Steven’s second album, Come and Get It. It reached number ten on the UK Singles Chart giving Steven’s her fifth top ten hit.
The music video, directed by Cameron Casey, features Stevens dancing with a group of four men in front of flashing coloured lights. In the video, she wears mid-hand gloves that gained a cult following because of the British pop website Popjustice, where they were the subject of a front page article and a special message board discussion forum.
“Negotiate with Love” is the lead single taken from Rachel Stevens’ second album, Come and Get it. The track was written by Anders Wollbeck, Mattias Lindblom, Xyloman, Miriam Nervo, and Olivia Nervo aka The Nervo Twins. It was produced by Anders Wollbeck, Mattias Lindblom and Pete Hofmann.
In the video, Rachel enters her flat and destroys anything that would remind her of her previous boyfriend. The video also features six copies of Rachel all trying to rid themselves of any reminders of their previous boyfriend. She even attempts to play golf on the table with some of his figurines. The video was shot in London. The directors were Harvey and Carolyn. Kate Phillips produced the video. Video commissioner was Cynthia Lole. Her wardrobe in the video is a navy skirt and overcoat. Later in the video Rachel removes the overcoat revealing a pink sweater.
“I Said Never Again (But Here We Are)” is the third and final single taken from Rachel Stevens’s second album Come and Get It, released on October 3, 2005. The song peaked at number 12 in the UK charts, making it Stevens’ second single to miss the top ten. The single received some of the best reviews of Stevens’ career with it being hailed by HMV.co.uk for its “astonishingly flawless vocal performance” and as Stevens’ “most commercially accessible and quirky single since “Some Girls”. The song was featured in the film Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo.
“Funky Dory” is the second single from Funky Dory, the debut solo album by Rachel Stevens, released towards the end of 2003. It was produced by David Eriksen for Murlyn Music, and received a mixed reception from pop-music critics. The song is built around a sample of the David Bowie song “Andy Warhol”.
The music video for “Funky Dory” was directed by Katie Bell, and filmed at an Old Post Office Basement in north London. The video is moody and lowly lit, which gives it a much darker feel compared to her previous video for “Sweet Dreams My LA Ex”.
The video features Stevens putting her make-up on and dancing around the halls of the old building. These scenes are inter-cut with scenes of Stevens in a dark room with a bright light doing a provocative dance on a chair with two backing dancers. Bell uses tricky lighting and mirrors to show different angles and aspects of Stevens throughout the video.