The Coral

Dreaming of You

Composed by James Skelly

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The most immediately catchy tune on the Coral's debut album, "Dreaming Of You" is a mishmash of '60s pop influences, but the song's references are so wide-ranging that it ends up sounding more or less original! Singer Jack Skelly adopts a rough-edged soulboy voice similar to early Steve Marriott, and Nick Power's Farfisa organ part recalls the Spencer Davis Group, but the ultra-bouncy bass riff that drives the song wouldn't sound out of place on one of Love's first three albums, just the growly baritone sax conjures images of Ian Underwood's work with the Mothers of Invention. Top that off with a winsome melody and teen-dream lyrics that any of the first wave of British Invasion groups could have ridden to the top of the charts and you have a pastiche that the Rutles would be proud of, as well as an undeniably swell slice of pure pop.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Scrubs, Vol. 2 [Original Soundtrack] 1999
Original Soundtrack
Hollywood / Hollywood Records (UK) 2:22
The Coral 2002 Epic
No Image 2002 Sony Music Distribution
Cheap Date 2003
Various Artists
Columbia 2:21
Brit Awards 2003 2003
Various Artists
BMG International 2:21
The Invisible Invasion 2005 Epic
Radio 1's Live Lounge 2006
Various Artists
Sony BMG
Songs [EMI] 2007
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 2:19
Singles Collection 2008 Deltasonic 1:52
Made in Britain 2012
Various Artists
Sony Music 2:20
Indie Anthems [Demon] 2017
Various Artists
CMJ New Music, Vol. 109
Various Artists
Loaded [Sony]
Various Artists
Sony Music 2:20
Nu Rock Traxx, Vol. 49
Various Artists
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