Top of my pops…
01. Kylie Minogue 96
02. t.A.T.u 55
03. Girls Aloud 23
04. Same Difference 17
05. Sertab Erener 15
06. Original Broadway Cast 13
07. Lily Allen 12
08. Holly Johnson 09
09. Beyonce 07
10. Marvin Hamlisch 05
11. W.A. Mozart. 05
From My Last.fm account (To which, quite frankly, I have become a slaaaaaaaaave, as Ms Jones might have it).
Kylie is understandable; a combination of the release, on Monday, of BOOMBOX, the (really, largely redundant) remix album. Oddly, whilst I have still to purchase Disco 4 by PSB, I rushed to buy this one - due, largely, to the presence of several difficult to obtain otherwise versions of tracks I already had. Turns out that, for once, the ‘dub,’ ‘club,’ and ‘remodelled’ versions were actually worth having, insofar as they, largely, contained enough of the vocal track to make them legally constitute a Kylie track.
t.A.T.u. I have previously discussed here. Are they a couple of pointless faux-lesbian shrews, or a possibly really enjoyable pop project? If the latter, does their musical contribution – limited, it seems, to vocals on tracks other people have worked on – reduce their value? Or does it make their oeuvre, past licky-licky straight boy-pleasing fake lesbo-pop of any value whatsoever? Well, the latest album “Happy Smiles” (purchased with D’s iTunes gift this Christmas gift), suggests that, if you like Pop music, and you’d like to know where the ballsy nouveau-punk bubble of Girls Aloud came from, you could do worse than research the now married and with-children ex-faux-lesbian girlz. And “Fly on The Wall” is a hit choon. Promise.
Which brings u sot Girls Aloud (GA). What can I say other than “Strippers and the vicars in the back.” They’re gettin’ played. Including – so often – the Girls on 45, Loving Kind (psb ahoy) and classic (and largely ignored) non- single trax on the last album (badly-presented Tangled up).
Love. Them. And not just Mrs Cole. Really.
Same Diff. Thanks to Stu for passing this one along. And I mean that the same way la Winehouse thanks the man who first passed along the Rock. Cheers, Love. Now I’m hooked, and likely to be sweeping my stoop at 4am. In pumps.
Sertab – I have but one album of hers – the Post –Eurovision English one. And, by God, it’s GOOD. Play it all the time, hence this appearance.
OBC I’m a homosexual. I’m also intelligent, cultured, in love with a tune, and a lover of filthy and suggestive rhymes. For this reason, I, and lots of heterosexuals, find comfort and succour, in Showtunes. They’re cheaper than crack. Or Same Difference Promos, right now.
Lily and Holly – Good tunes. Nice Lyrics. No more to say, really.
Beyonce: Amaaaazing how two tunes can get so much play. If I were a boy / Shove it up your ring (or whatever the f*** it’s called) are soooo good that I almost forget that Mrs Zee (Zed? I never know) is, basically, a succession of one hit wonders.
Marvin and Wolfie: Yay. Two genius composers who’ve been in my top 10 for years; the one with the wig moreso. By which I mean the one with the powdered periwig. Oh, F*ckit, I mean Mozart – Hammy’s Tonsicular arrangements are none of my biz. Anyways, they both do genius tunes, and Marvin’s Chorus Line (one of many one suspects he’s had a hand in) has been played a lot this week, but, above all. WAM’s sublime music – part high art, part lowculture singalong – just what Kylie, t.A.T.u and Th’Aloud would be fighting for today – has been the cord (chord?) feeding through the 7 days.
Let’s see how it moves next week….