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“Runaway” is the first and only single taken from British Acid Jazz band Jamiroquai’s greatest hits compilation, High Times: Singles 1992–2006. The single was released on 30 October 2006. It was their fifth #1 on the U.S. Dance Chart and peaked at #18 on the UK Singles Chart.
The song’s lyrics relate to a protest regarding the group’s record label, Sony BMG, who wanted to cut the band off after six records, however, their contract claimed they had an eight-record deal. Jay Kay confirmed this following a performance of the song in London’s Jazz Cafe in August 2008. The single peaked at #18 on the UK Singles Chart. The promotional version of the single includes an early demo version of the song, which runs at 3:29, rather than the finished version of the song, which runs at 3:45.
The super funky Bass was Provided by current member Paul Turner.
Paul Turner was born 11 March 1968 in Sunderland, England. He also plays in a band called “Shuffler” alongside Jamiroquai’s guitarist Rob Harris and drummer Derrick McKenzie, as well as singer Daniel Pearce, who recently performed on two TV talent shows. Shuffler made a recent appearance at the London Bass Guitar Show 2012. Paul is also involved in a band called “The Dark Sinatras” who are heavily influenced by rock/metal. They have recently released an album (As of May 2012).
Paul became a professional bass player in 1987 at the age of 19. Before becoming the bassist for Jamiroquai, he played for several artists including Annie Lennox for two years, and George Michael. Paul joined Jamiroquai in April 2005 after auditioning earlier in the same year. He therefore had the task of replacing Nick Fyffe, who left Jamiroquai in 2003, and living up to the reputation of not only Nick, but former group icon and band founder Stuart Zender.
He was present for the recording of Dynamite and latest album Rock Dust Light Star released in November 2010.
Paul mainly uses two basses for live performances with Jamiroquai; a five string Alleva Coppollo and a four string Fender (Both white with a tortoise shell pick-guard).
His playing style is mainly towards Funk/Pop, but is also influenced by Rock. His style suits his position in Jamiroquai, giving him a sharp, clean, popping sound that works well for a classic disco bass feel, and allows for versatility.