Doctor Jones Aqua
Song Title: Doctor Jones
Date of release: 8th of November 1997
Description: ” Doctor Jones ” is by Aqua, the Danish-Norwegian Eurodance group. The song was written by Anders Øland, Søren Rasted, Claus Norreen and René Dif.
Production for the single was by Johnny Jam, Delgado, Claus Norreen and Søren Rasted.
The song was released on the 8th of November 1997 by record label MCA, which is now part of the Universal Music Group and taken as the group’s fourth single from their debut Album, Aquarium.
After the success of their breakthrough single ” Barbie Girl ” in 1997 which went on to be a massive Worldwide hit, many wrote off Aqua as just a one-hit wonder.
Aqua released the equally successful ” Doctor Jones ” which went on to silence the critics and prove the group had more hit single to come.
Lyrically the song is about someone who falls in love for the first time, a kind of summer romance that ends and the feelings of loss. Vocalists Lene Nystrøm sings ” Now the summer is gone, you had to go back home, please come and see me again, I’ve never felt more alone “.
In the book 1,000 UK Number One Hits by Jon Kutner and Spencer Leigh, Lene Nystrøm says of the lyrics ” Doctor Jones’ is about a boy and girl who fall in love on holiday then separate, so she goes to the doctor to cure her love! It’s very silly, but also funny “.
The upbeat pop song uses the Indiana Jones as a theme for the song and the accompanying video, the part of Indiana Jones played by group member René Dif.
The video is styled around the hit movie Indiana Jones which was first released as part of a franchise in 1981 with ” Raiders of the Lost Ark ” and starred Harrison Ford as the fictional archaeologist.
René Dif plays the hero who leaves his summertime love ( played by Lene Nystrøm ). Her yearning for her hero leads the rest of the group to go in search of him and results in them being captured by voodoo tribe, René Dif’s character then rescues them, and the lovers are reunited.
The video was shot in Denmark and was directed by Peder Pedersen who had worked with the group on their other videos including ” Barbie Girl “. He also directed the commercial for the Lego Harry Potter Hogwarts Castle set and many video commercials for Duplo.
There are references to the Indiana films throughout, the Aqua logo takes on a similar form to that of the Indiana Jones logo along with a shot of a plane flying over a map, which was used in the films.
” Doctor Jones ” was another commercial success for Aqua. The song reached Number One in many countries including Australia, Denmark, Ireland, Italy and the United Kingdom.
In Australia, it held the top spot for seven consecutive weeks in December 1997 and spent a total of fifteen weeks on the chart there.
In the United Kingdom, ” Doctor Jones ” entered the UK Singles Chart on the 7th of February 1998 and reached Number One which it held for two weeks. The song spent six weeks in the top ten and a total of eighteen weeks on the UK chart.
BillBoard Highest Chart Position: N/A
UK Highest Chart Position: 1
Other Countries Highest Chart Positions: Australia (ARIA) 1, Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40) 8, Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders) 3, Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia) 5, Canada Dance (RPM) 3, Denmark (IFPI) 1, Finland (Suomen virallinen lista) 6, Germany (Media Control Charts) 7, Ireland (IRMA) 1, Europe (European Hot 100 Singles) 3, Europe (Eurochart Hot 100) 3, Italy (FIMI) 1, Netherlands (Dutch Top 40) 3, New Zealand (RMNZ) 2, Spain (AFYVE) 6, Sweden (Sverigetopplistan) 2, Switzerland (Swiss Hitparade) 11
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Wikipedia Page: Wikipedia.org/Aqua