” Children ” is by Robert Miles ( Roberto Concina ), the Italian trance composer. The song was released by record labels Arista in the United States, Deconstruction in the United Kingdom, Motor Music in Germany and BMG in Japan.
Robert first produced the track in 1995 for the EP Soundtracks on the DBX label. However, this failed to chart. Joe Vanelli who owned the DBX label took the song over to the United States and showed it to Simon Berry of Platipus Records in a nightclub in Miami Florida.
Joe Vanelli and Simon Berry were joined by James Barton, co-founder of the world famous Cream nightclub in Liverpool England.
The three worked on ” Children ” to ready the song for release in November 1995 as the lead single from the Robert Miles album, Dreamland. The track was composed by Robert after he saw photographs of child victims of war in the former Yugoslavia that his father had brought home.
Another reason Robert composed ” Children ” was to be used by DJ’s at the very end of their sets, it was intended to calm clubbers before they attempted to drive home and avoid car accidents.
The track is known to followers as ” Dream House ” although it did cross over into mainstream charts and out of that specific music genre. Robert Miles was a pioneer of the genre with the track, the whole idea behind ” Dream House ” was to counter the growing rave attendance and the culture that had sprung up for that style of music.
In the early 1990s, young adults were attending nightclubs in large numbers, due to alcohol and drug use mixed with high energy dancing, fatal car accidents were increasing in Italy at an alarming rate.
The phenomenon known as ” strage del sabato sera ” or Saturday night slaughter in English, caused DJ’s to play slower, calmer music to finish each set.
The initiative was done to try and ensure that clubbers could wind down before driving home, thus cutting the number of accidents due to fatigue.
The move was approved by relatives of crash victims and also the authorities, who were looking for ways to combat the problem.
Once ” Children ” was released and crossed over into the mainstream, music critics liked the track. Billboard magazine put the success of the song down to ” instantly recognisable ” piano riff.
A reviewer on rateyourmusic wrote ” One of the few trance songs to cross over as a major pop hit in the U.S., and it’s easy to see why. That mellow piano riff is as dreamy as it gets. ”
Crossing over into mainstream charts certainly helped the song become a commercial success for Robert. In the United States, the song reached number twenty-one on the Billboard Hot 100, which it held for four weeks.
Outside of the United States, ” Children ” reached the top spot in over twelve countries and held on at the top for several weeks in each territory.
Billboard magazine noted that the song had made it into the top five in ” every European country that has a singles chart. ”
In the United Kingdom, ” Children ” entered the UK Singles Chart and climbed to reach number two, the song stayed in the Top Ten for ten weeks and spent a total of twenty-one weeks on the chart.
BillBoard Highest Chart Position: 21
UK Highest Chart Position: 2
Other Countries Highest Chart Positions: Australia (ARIA) 5, Austria (Austria Top 40) 1, Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders) 2, Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia) 1, Canada Dance (RPM) 1, Canada Top Singles (RPM) 21, Denmark (IFPI) 1, Europe (Eurochart Hot 100) 1, Finland (Suomen virallinen lista) 3, France (SNEP) 1, Germany (Official German Charts) 1, Ireland (IRMA) 2, Italy (FIMI) 1, Japan (Oricon) 6, Netherlands (Dutch Top 40) 3, New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ) 4, Norway (VG-lista) 1, Scotland (Official Charts Company) 1, Spain (AFYVE) 1, Sweden (Sverigetopplistan) 1, Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade) 1
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