One Hit Wonders: “Set Adrift On Memory Bliss” by PM Dawn

A song that immediately brings back a time and place (dated but still sounds good). A great sample. A colorful video. 1991 at its best.

Set Adrift On Memory Bliss – PM Dawn

For our second One Hit Wonder post we thought we would pay tribute to recently deceased Attrell Cordes aka Prince Be, founding member of PM Dawn last Friday, 17th of June from renal kidney disease.

P.M. Dawn was an American hip hop act (the third hip-hop act to top Billboard Hot 100 in 1991) formed by Prince Be and Jarrett Cordes. Their first album was critically acclaimed, and was called Of the Heart, of the Soul and of the Cross: The Utopian Experience. Now that is a name for an album! And although they later released more albums and had mild success with “I’d Die Without You” and “Looking Through Patient Eyes” its fair to say that they were recognized mainly for “Set Adrift on Memory Bliss”.

In these days when sampling has been in the media and court cases, its important to mention that P.M. Dawn sampled the following song.

Spandau Ballet – True


The song reached No, 1 in the US and number 3 in the United Kingdom. The lyrics were written by Prince Be, and are a trip (I guess he also chose the name of the album).

I think it’s one of those de ja vu things,
Or a dream that’s tryin’ to tell me something.
Or will I ever stop thinkin’ about it.
I don’t know, I doubt it.

Subterranean by design,
I wonder what I would find if I met you,
Let my eyes caress you,
Until I meet the thought of Missess Princess Who?

Often wonder what makes her work.
I guess I’ll leave that question to the experts,
Assuming that there are some out there.
They’re probably alone, solitaire.

The video has an airy and spacey feel, though when they are not showing the pair singing, its a woman swimming on a pool with a body suit yet again filled with Illuminati symbols…we really think it CAN´T be a coincidence! And at the end of the video, Spandau Ballet´s lead singer Tony Hadley makes a cameo.

I am not a hip hop connoisseur, far from it, but I find it fascinating to find lyrics so so evocative, poetic and romantic in the genre, and even today they song does what I think they were trying to write about,  it sets me adrift of memories. Wonderful. R.I.P. Prince Be.


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