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"Set Adrift on Memory Bliss" is a song by American hip-hop group P.M. Dawn. It was released in August 1991 as the second single from their debut album Of the Heart, of the Soul and of the Cross: The Utopian Experience. "Set Adrift on Memory Bliss" is built around samples of Spandau Ballet's "True", The Soul Searchers' "Ashley's Roachclip", and the Bob James version of Paul Simon's "Take Me to the Mardi Gras", with the remainder of the song written by P.M. Dawn vocalist Attrell "Prince Be" Cordes; only Prince Be and "True" writer Gary Kemp were credited for writing the tune.

"Set Adrift on Memory Bliss"
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Single by P.M. Dawn
from the album Of the Heart, of the Soul and of the Cross: The Utopian Experience
B-side"For the Love of Peace"
ReleasedAugust 1991
GenreHip hop
Producer(s)P.M. Dawn
P.M. Dawn singles chronology
"A Watcher's Point of View (Don't 'Cha Think)"
"Set Adrift on Memory Bliss"
"Paper Doll"

This song was P.M. Dawn's first (and only) number-one hit on the US Billboard Hot 100, and also reached number 3 in the United Kingdom.[1] It ranks number 81 on VH1's 100 Greatest Songs of Hip Hop. The song was the first number one song after the debut of the Nielsen SoundScan system, which monitored airplay and sales more closely than before, when Billboard had to rely on manual sales reports and airplay data. According to the test charts of the SoundScan system, "Set Adrift on Memory Bliss" was at number one for at least three weeks, but officially has a one-week reign at number one.

A slower, ballad version of the song was remade by the Backstreet Boys, and recorded on their second international album Backstreet's Back, and released on their US debut album.

One of the lyrics mentioned the Married With Children actress Christina Applegate.


Critical receptionEdit

The Gavin Report wrote about the song: "Hypnotic Rap from New Jersey brothers Prince Be and DJ Minutemix set to Spandau Ballet's 1983 smash "True" not only brings back a memory or two, it's sure to create new ones. It has fresh production elements and a chorus with all the relaxing, calming qualities of a nice long massage. A massive hit overseas, it's set to become just as big in North America thanks to early airplay at key crossover outlets."[2]

Track listingsEdit

Music videoEdit

The video premiered in August 1991 and was directed by Mark Pellington. Spandau Ballet lead singer Tony Hadley appears toward the end of the video.[3]

Charts and salesEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ UK Singles Chart (Retrieved April 7, 2008)
  2. ^ Sholin, Dave (September 20, 1991). "Gavin Picks > Singles" (PDF). Gavin Report. No. 1874. p. 56. Retrieved April 17, 2018.
  3. ^ - PM Dawn - "Set adrift on memory bliss"
  4. ^ " – PM Dawn – Set Adrift On Memory Bliss". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  5. ^ " – PM Dawn – Set Adrift On Memory Bliss" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  6. ^ " – PM Dawn – Set Adrift On Memory Bliss" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  7. ^ Canadian dance peak Archived 2017-04-23 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ "Top 10 Denmark" (PDF). Music & Media. Retrieved March 21, 2018.
  9. ^ " – PM Dawn – Set Adrift On Memory Bliss" (in French). Les classement single.
  10. ^ " – PM Dawn Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  11. ^ Irish Single Chart (Retrieved April 7, 2008)
  12. ^ Italian Single Chart Hit parade Italia (Retrieved June 1, 2008)
  13. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – PM Dawn" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40.
  14. ^ " – PM Dawn – Set Adrift On Memory Bliss". Top 40 Singles.
  15. ^ " – PM Dawn – Set Adrift On Memory Bliss". Singles Top 100.
  16. ^ " – PM Dawn – Set Adrift On Memory Bliss". Swiss Singles Chart.
  17. ^ "P.M. Dawn: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved April 22, 2017.
  18. ^ "P.M. Dawn Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved April 22, 2017.
  19. ^ "P.M. Dawn Chart History (Dance Club Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved April 22, 2017.
  20. ^ "artist=P.M. Dawn Chart History (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved April 22, 2017.
  21. ^ RPM Dance Tracks of 1991
  22. ^ "Single top 100 over 1991" (pdf) (in Dutch). Top40. Retrieved 13 April 2010.
  23. ^ "End of Year Charts 1991". Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved December 3, 2017.
  24. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1992". Retrieved 2010-07-30.
  25. ^ US certifications (Retrieved September 11, 2008)