For some bands, a legacy is built on a single moment. One special album, live performance or one hit single. Mazzy Starr, the relentlessly cool band formed by David Roback, it’s ‘Fade Into You’.
Roback, who has sadly passed away at the age of 61, transitioned the group into Mazzy Star following the split of previous bands Clay Allison and Opal, invited vocalist Hope Sandoval to join as lead singer as the band headed into a new direction in what would later become a major commercial success.
After years of performing Californian Paisley Underground movement of the 1980s, Roback and his new band were about to release 1994 track ‘Fade Into You’ which propel them to new fame and filmy announce them as the ultimate dreamy pop-rock group of the 1990s. “It’s a really good song,” singer Hope Sandoval told news.com on reflection, “It’s just one of those things,” she added while trying to explain why the track became so popular.
She added: “It was never intended to be a nostalgic song. Unless you were meant to think about nostalgia for the present because it really was about the present.”
The song would become a cult hit, appearing on the tracklist of countless film scores and racking up millions of streams online. While many of the clips found online of Roback and Sandoval performing the track are slowed down to an almost timeless pace, one particular rendition of the track remains an all-time classic.
While appearing on an acoustic session for MTV, just months after the release, Sandoval perfected her now-iconic performance style by standing perfectly still and delivering a spectacular ghost-like rendition of the track.
Enjoy it, below.