Basia Describes ‘Sad’ Inspiration Behind Hit Song “Cruising For Bruising”

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Since the late 80s, Polish crossover star [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Basia[/lastfm] has been cranking out soulful hits that strike an emotional chord with fans around the world. Her powerful three octave range singing style has made her one of the most distinctive jazz-pop singers in music, and her honest songwriting style appeals to such a wide audience because it relates to human feelings that we all experience.

All these elements have contributed to Basia’s incredible success over the years and still brings out flocks of fans to see her perform hit songs from her impressive catalog and even try out some more recent tunes. Basia will be performing this Saturday at Club Nokia and checked in with Pat & Kim about life on the road and meanings behind her music, including her biggest hit “Cruising For Bruising.”

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For the past two years, Basia and her band have been busy touring the world in support of their most recent studio album It’s That Girl Again and their new live album From Newport To London Greatest Hits Live & More. For over 20 years, Basia has been sharing stories from her life into music to relate to her fans, which she says is one of the main reasons for her crossover success.

“I seem to write about things that happen to me and lots of people seem to relate to it,” said Basia. “These are just human stories and human feelings I write about.”

Fans can’t get enough of Basia honest songs and still demand hearing those classic hits from her debut album Time And Tide and on during her live shows.

But her biggest song of her career is no doubt the uptempo jazz-pop hit “Cruising For Bruising” that comes from her second album London Warsaw New York. Though the song itself sounds upbeat, Basia explained the sad event that inspired her to write the song.

The song really talks about something quite sad, because my relationship with Danny [White], who I’ve been working with many, many years at that time, broke down and our private relationship fell apart. The song was the outcome of the situation. I remember doing the video clip for it and my makeup artist still now remembers how she had to constantly repatch my makeup because I was just crying because it was so close to the bone.

“Cruising For Bruising” remains one of Basia most loved hits from her career that fans love hearing during live shows. She is performing this Saturday, Sept. 24th at Club Nokia in L.A. Live and at Coachhouse in San Juan Capistrano on Tuesday the 27th.

  • Listen to our full interview with Basia on life on tour, music and writing, and much more!

Watch the video for Basia’s “Cruising For Bruising”:

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