That’s My Jam is a weekly feature where one person from the Selective Hearing staff goes to wax poetic about music that is pivotal to their musical tastes. Whether that would be an album, a song, or anything in-between. We all had to start somewhere.
Release Date: January 10, 2000
- Sex Bomb (Album Version)
- Sex Bomb (Peppermint Disco Radio Mix)
- Sex Bomb (Peppermint Disco Mix)
- Sex Bomb (Strike Boys Mix)
- Sex Bomb (Sounds Of Life Half Vocal Mix)
Sex Bomb is a collaboration between German DJ/House music producer Mousse T. and Welsh pop singer Tom Jones. The song is the biggest single from Jones’ 1999 album Reload where it reached number three in the UK singles chart. The song also appears on Mousse T.’s album Gourmet De Funk in a jazzier swing version.
This seems like an odd choice for a throwback review right? After all Tom Jones is an artist who can probably get the grannies all charged up and throwing their depends on stage and is not exactly on today’s listeners radar.
But Sex Bomb is too damn good of a song to dismiss. At the time of its release it helped bring Tom Jones back into the spotlight for the new millennium and skillfully represented his sexually charged image for younger people at the same time.
The most popular/well-known version of Sex Bomb is the Peppermint Disco mix. It has the broader mainstream appeal with its funkier club sound. And for you House DJ’s out there, it’s a Tom Jones song you can drop in a set and not have to worry about clearing the dance floor. For you Filipino DJ’s, this version also works for all those old folks who want to get their Cha Cha on. Just saying.
The original version with its swing feel ain’t too shabby either, even if it isn’t as banging.
The other remixes on this single are not exactly as listener friendly, especially the last track. But if you’re looking for something much funkier then the Strike Boys Remix should satisfy your thirst for funk.
Since this single is long out of print you will have to go through digital sources to get a hold of the remixes. Amazon has the remix radio edit available for download. It will probably be harder to find the extended mix and beyond easily. I don’t know really since I own the CD single of this and don’t particularly care to go out of my way to find a digital copy.
At the very least you can go to iTunes and cherry pick the album version from the Reload album if you dig this track.