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This hypnotic ballad about unrequited love is the opening track of Mazzy Star's second studio album, So Tonight That I Might See. The song, which finds vocalist Hope Sandoval yearning to connect with the object of her affection on a soul level, was also the California alt-rock band's first and only entry on the Hot 100. It also peaked at #3 on the Alternative chart.

Regarded as one of the top songs of the '90s, the band's breakout hit boosted the album to platinum status, with more than a million sales. The exposure also thrust Mazzy Star into the spotlight - a place they never wanted to be. Hope Sandoval and David Roback, the band's producer/guitarist, were indifferent to fame. The notoriously taciturn duo didn't like performing live or doing interviews, and Sandoval refused to speak about her lyrics. Looking back on their seminal tune in 2013, Sandoval would only tell The Guardian: "I think it's a good song." Roback, who died in 2020, explained that music was their singular focus, not the fame or the fans. "We're not so concerned about the outside world," he told Uncut in 2013. "It's a very internal process that we're involved in. The outside world is really not on our minds, in so far as the music is concerned. We're really doing it in our own world for ourselves. We're engaged in the stories of each individual song. It is its own world unto itself."

In a 2018 interview with News.com.au, Roback said he and Sandoval wrote the music and lyrics in one day. "It came almost at the same time. We weren't trying to write a hit song - we were just writing a song," he explained. "I think we had a melody and a feel and we just followed that feel. And that became the song... It was acoustic guitar and both of us singing and after we'd written the song then we arranged it for other instruments - piano and slide guitar and drums. But it started out as an acoustic song."

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Key, BPM (tempo) and time signature of Fade Into You.
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The record label that has released Fade Into You.
Capitol Records
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℗ 1993 Capitol Records Inc.

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