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August 31st, 2010

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11:26 am - A New Decade In Pop: Week #35
Cor, the charts have woken up after the Bank Holiday weekend! Taio is straight in at number 1, Hurts finally get a chart placing for "Wonderful Life" (sadly not a cover of this).

Poll #1613047 A New Decade In Pop: Week #35

Which of this week's new entries are any good at all?

Taio Cruz - Dynamite
Katy B - Katy On A Mission
Brandon Flowers - Crossfire
Rumer - Slow
Aggro Santos - Saint Or Sinner
Hurts - Wonderful Life
Ke$ha - Take It Off
Stromae - Alors On Danse
Biffy Clyro - God & Satan
The Pretty Reckless - Miss Nothing

Very important reminder: THE LAST EVER POPTIMISM is on Friday 10th September! 7pm-midnight(ish), Upstairs @ The Horse Bar, Westminster Bridge Road, across the road from Lambeth North tube. FREE ENTRY, decent beer and banging pop tunes! Come along and say hi :)

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Date:August 31st, 2010 10:28 am (UTC)
Alors On Danse has grown on me since I wrote this for Singles Jukebox:

When I was seven, I began recorder lessons like everyone else at school. We were told not to blow too hard into the mouthpiece, and to ‘put our tongue in’ as we played the note. I can see why they did these lessons when we were seven — a year or two later and we would have been collapsing with giggles or turning red from embarrassment. Anyway, the last page of Easy Recorder Tunes For Innocent 7-Year-Olds was a Fun Section with instructions for making bird noises. By blowing softly (no tongueing required) on the unscrewed top section and repeatedly cupping the exposed wide end with the palm of your hand, you could make a passable seagull noise. This was much easier than ‘Three Blind Mice’ and our progress slowed considerably once we found said page. Skip forward 4 years to secondary school, where once again we were offered the opportunity to learn an instrument, this time the saxophone. I was enough of a spod already without being tarred with the Lisa Simpson brush so I declined to learn the saxophone, especially as my spoddishness meant I was still playing the recorder when everyone else had long given up (I could play bloody madrigals by that point). I imagine that on the last page of Increasingly Difficult Saxophone Melodies For Awkward Pre-Teens there were instructions for unscrewing the top piece and making the sad seagull noise that can now be heard throughout “Alors On Danse”.

Edited at 2010-08-31 10:29 am (UTC)
Date:August 31st, 2010 12:07 pm (UTC)
OH. Is THAT what the thing with the electronic accordion is? I quite like it but couldn't work out what it was since Scott Mills never says.
Date:August 31st, 2010 12:09 pm (UTC)
I have ticked Biffy Clyro because I spent a lot of the weekend clearing out my bedroom in my parents' house and it was on Radio 1 once every thirty minutes, as far as I can tell. I will probably go back and untick it later.

The Taio Cruz song is two songs, really, one of which is a terrible ode to brands and one of which is pretty good.
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Date:August 31st, 2010 12:10 pm (UTC)
Oh god is this the one that goes "I'm wearing all my favourite BRANDS BRANDS BRANDS BRANDS BRANDS"? If so it = SUXXX.
Date:August 31st, 2010 12:16 pm (UTC)
Yes, it is that one! It is basically awful but it is also on heavy rotation on R1's playlist.

I just noticed the Aggro Santos and am going back to tick. I thought he was American though and am very confused by how British he sounds on it. Also it is slightly rubbish but sounds a bit like Wiley so it's hookered me in.
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Date:August 31st, 2010 02:53 pm (UTC)
Oh god the Stromae song was number 1 in Montreal FOREVER (~3 months) and then was replaced by Katy Perry FOREVER. It's like... economic downturn dance pop. Dance pop about how life sucks balls and we're all going to hell in a handbasket but at least dancing is reasonably tolerable and will generate endorphins. Why is Belgian dance pop always so grim?
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Date:August 31st, 2010 03:43 pm (UTC)

It's Grim Up Antwerp

There must be a joke about Stephen "Tin Tin" Duffy here somewhere.
Date:August 31st, 2010 08:48 pm (UTC)
I think the entire output of technotronic would disagree with you there on your last point

& I LOVE the stromae song, it grows on me with every listen

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