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“Cosmic Girl” is the second single from Jamiroquai’s third studio album, Travelling Without Moving. Released in November 1996, it achieved great chart success, peaking at #6 on the UK Singles Chart.
Very inspired from a Quincy Jones track : “Stuff Like That”
While the poppy disco single, and especially its chart performance, had received mixed reviews from critics, it has become one of the better-known tracks of the band, and a concert staple. Live versions usually last for 7 to 8 minutes, nearly double the duration of the album version. In 2006, it was reissued as part of the “Classic Club Mixes” series, which also included “Space Cowboy”, “Deeper Underground”, “Love Foolosophy” and “Alright”. The B-side to the single was an instrumental, “Slipin’ ‘N’ Slidin'”, a rather obscure song originating from another old Jamiroquai tune called “Mr Boogie”, which was a live-only song. “Slipin ‘N’ Slidin'”, just like “Mr Boogie”, also had a vocal version.
Stuart Zender was raised in Philadelphia, he attended Leighton Park School in Reading (for a year in 1988-89 before being expelled) known for its strength in music. Stuart left his home when he was seventeen. Before he left, his mother gave him two thousand pounds that she saved, to give Stuart a head start with things in life.
As Stuart said, he never had good business acumen, so instead of investing that money in some way, he went to the music store and bought a Warwick Streamer bass (which cost nearly the whole amount given to him by his mother). Before picking up a Warwick, Stuart played a Music Man Stingray bass. Of his early bands, the most famous was prank rock group Fabulous, a 1991 outfit were chiefly made up of NME writers and photographers.
Stuart was one of the founding members of the funk/acid jazz band Jamiroquai. He joined the band in 1993, and became known for his playing style. Soon after, Zender was asked to become an official Warwick basses endorser. Zender received a number of unique custom shop Streamer models. He played, co-wrote and produced on Jamiroquai’s first three albums: Emergency on Planet Earth, The Return of the Space Cowboy and Travelling Without Moving. According to the Guinness World Records, Travelling Without Moving is the best selling funk album of all time and currently has sold around 11.5 million records worldwide.
Zender left Jamiroquai in 1999 during recording of their fourth album Synkronized because of conflicts with lead singer Jay Kay. The circumstances behind his departure have never been fully revealed, but Stuart explained that he felt that he and the other band members were not being credited for assisting in songwriting and producing. He also stated that he tendered his resignation to spend more time with his budding family. Stuart was replaced by Nick Fyffe, who had previously been in a Jamiroquai tribute band. Fyffe left in 2003 and was later replaced by Paul Turner in 2005.