Break My Stride – Matthew Wilder (1984)

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       Epic Records A 3908

Matthew Wilder was born Matthew Weiner in New York, USA, in 1953. He is a musician, composer and record producer. In 1978 he moved to Los Angeles, California, and sang for television commercials, and as a backing vocalist for Rickie Lee Jones and Bette Midler.

Written by Greg Prestopino and Matthew Wilder. Produced by Peter Bunetta, Rick Chudacoff, Bill Elliot. It was awarded a silver disc for sales of over 200,000 in the UK. This was an international hit reaching #4 in UK with 12 weeks on the chart. It reached #5 in US, #7 Germany, #8 Austria, #5 The Netherlands, #3 Belgium and New Zealand and topped the Norwegian chart.

The song has been described as Reggae New Wave, however I would class it more of a pop song rather than traditional reggae. In 2014 this track became part of a television advertising campaign in the UK for a coffee maker.


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