20 Years Later: Crystal Waters – Gypsy Woman
by Yvette Travillian
We all remember the infectious hook from Crystal Waters’ dance hit “Gypsy Woman (She’s Homeless)” … “La da di la di da da la da di la di da” . The instant classic made its explosive debut back in 1991 and it turned a then relatively unknown DC chic (and Howard University alum!) into an international star – earning Crystal a number two spot on the UK Singles Chart; a number eight spot on Billboard Hot 100; a number one spot on the Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart; three American Music Award nominations and a spoof skit on In Living Color. Suffice to say “Gypsy Woman” was a mega-hit.
The simplicity of the song made it easily likable. The lyrics which contained a socially conscious message were brilliantly paired against a hot universal dance track making it ‘listener-friendly’ to music fans of many different genres. Crystal later struck gold a second time in 1994 with the release of “100% Pure Love” – which became one of the longest charting songs on the Billboard Hot 100 (staying on for 48 weeks).
Since being released 20 years ago, “Gypsy Woman” has since been remixed, sampled, covered and honored all over the world. Everyone from T.I, Styles P, Sam Sparro and David Byrne have paid homage to the track, which to this day is still a serious club banger. What’s even more impressive and not really known, is that Crystal has in fact had a very successful and thriving post ‘Gypsy Woman” music career. For years she has continued to quietly kill the EDM scene abroad and to date she has 16 number one and top 10 singles – as well as a steady string of recent US and overseas tour dates (she’s performed everywhere from Poland, Turk Islands to Ukraine ) and she runs an awesome online dance music station called Club Heads Radio.com. There is no denying that her career is quite impressive.
Crystal is currently in Miami for the WMC where she will be celebrating the 20th anniversary of “Gypsy Woman” tonight at the annual Future Classics- Pool Party. Check the WMC site for details and be sure to check back with us later for our upcoming interview with her where we will discuss her thoughts on the current music/dance industry and how she was able to sustain a successful career in such a trying industry.
For now, sit back and travel back in time with Crystal’s classic debut video “Gypsy Woman” (below) and click HERE to take a look at her new video she sent us for her latest single called “Say Yeah” which so far is only available through Sony France.