DNA Featuring Suzanne Vega – Tom’s Diner

DNA Featuring Suzanne Vega
“Tom’s Diner”
1990 A&M Records (UK)
AMCD 592

01. Tom’s Diner (7″ A)
02. Tom’s Diner (Reprise)
03. Tom’s Diner (A Cappella)
04. Tom’s Diner (12″ A)

INFO > In 1990, UK producers Nick Batt and Neal Slateford created a bootleg remix of Suzanne Vega’s “Tom’s Diner” by pasting the a cappella tune over a modified drum loop from Soul II Soul’s “Back To Life”, and then adding additional sounds and synths. With Vega’s approval, A&M negotiated a proper release of the track, credited to DNA as the main artist. The single was a massive hit on the UK and US charts, peaking at 2 and 5, respectively.

Trivia > The song’s point of reference is Tom’s Restaurant situated at 2880 Broadway in New York City; the establishment’s exterior served as Monk’s Cafe on 1990s US sitcom “Seinfeld.”


Posted on April 20, 2012, in DNA. Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. Everyone wanted to do their Soul II Soul take back in the late 80s and early 90s…from Enigma to DNA and all those New Jack Swing stuff in the USA.
    This one worked so well, and still sounds classy till today!
    Happy weekend, Chris!

    • This tune always takes me back to college – it was played out everywhere.

      I always forget how good Soul II Soul were – that debut album is a classic.

      Thanks Ric!

  2. A+ classic.
    One of those tunes I never got tired of.
    I would have thought by now some remixer would have got his hands on this classic and updated it to 2012 and destroyed it by formatting it to Trip Hop!

    • Yeah, really. At some point we won’t have any new music – just remakes and remixes of old songs. Although that might be better than the crap being churned out now…

  3. I love the version of this song
    Could you repost for me ….

    thank you

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