Nineties pop-darling Lisa Loeb continues to diversify her artistic profile
When Lisa Loeb wrote “Stay (I Missed You)” in the mid-‘90s, she knew she was onto something great.
“As soon as I wrote it and started playing it, it was one of the songs people would request a lot so it felt like something was there,” Loeb says over the phone from a busy Los Angeles street.
“It’s a really hard song to sing, but it’s a good representation of the song I like to write. It doesn’t have a typical structure. It was written from my heart and it’s the kind of song that comes from my own experience.”
The song was featured in the film Reality Bites and launched Loeb into a ‘90s pop star overnight. And people still connect with it. The song had it’s 20 year anniversary in 2014 and still manages to get radio airplay.
“The fact that people still connect with it in a current way or a nostalgic way, that really means a lot to me ‘cause I had songs like that growing up,” she says. “I still do and I’m still inspired by them.”
Since “Stay,” Loeb has released more than 10 full-length albums with her latest Lullaby Girl releasing last October. The collection of songs is a family-friendly night time album filled with Loeb and her band’s interpretation on classic hits like “O-O-H Child,” and “In My Room.”
“The newest one started out as songs that my co-producers wanted to be lyrically driven and be songs for kids, but also have a double entendre,” Loeb says. “Like “Be My Baby,” and “Don’t Stop Thinking About Tomorrow.” These are songs from my childhood as well or my friend’s like the Beach Boys song “In My Room.” We wanted to keep the essence of the original songs, but we also wrote some originals, too.”
Lullaby Girl is the perfect representation of where Loeb is currently at with her career. Rather than fade into obscurity like many ‘90s pop stars, she is still making music. And for two audiences—children and adults.
“As I’ve gone along, I’m always trying to capture the sentimental connection I felt as a kid,” Loeb says. “I can play with the humour and storytelling so it’s been fun to do that as a musician.”
Loeb is also frequently seen in the acting world through programs like the comedy video site Funny or Die or in newer films like Hot Tub Time Machine 2 and Sandy Wexler.
Her appearance in Hot Tub Time Machine 2 may have been brief, but it was both hilarious and for many viewers, nostalgic.
In the film, four guys use the same hot tub as the first film to go back in time to stop a murder, but along the way they run into a few pop culture icons and events. The character Nick Webber (Craig Robinson) decides to cover and re-enact Loeb’s hit song “Stay.”
“I love working with Craig. He’s got a great sense of humour, but he’s warm-hearted and very real, you know?” Loeb says. “Basically Craig texted me saying, ‘How would you feel if we re-recorded your song with different words and a new video with me wearing your tunic like in the music video?’ So I thought that was pretty great.”
Loeb recorded the song “Feel What U Feel,” with Robinson, which has now earned her a Grammy nomination. This is her second nomination with the first being for “Stay,” 21 years ago.
And she’s not done by a long shot.
“I’m working on a grown-up album, but we are promoting “Feel What U Feel” cause it was nominated,” Loeb says. “I don’t know what kind of record it’s going to be yet, but I’m trying to focus on a cohesive theme with the music.”
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