October 2008 – Waterloo


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DCLXXII – October 2008

Running total Highest chart placing The song and who did it
7186
3
GIRLS
Sugababes
7187
7
YOU MAKE IT REAL
James Morrison
7188
5
IN THIS CITY
Iglu and Hartly
7189
5
LOVE YOU ANYWAY
Boyzone
7190
3
THE SHOCK OF THE LIGHTNING
Oasis
7191
1
SO WHAT
P!nk
7192
5
NEVER MISS A BEAT
Kaiser Chiefs
7193
9
RAINDROPS (ENCORE UNE FOIS)
Sash! featuring Stunt
7194
6
TAKE BACK THE CITY
Snow Patrol
7195
5
UP
Saturdays
7196
3
DON’T CALL THIS LOVE
Leon Jackson
7197
2
THE WINNER’S SONG
Geraldine

 

How strange. Boots’s 2007 Christmas adverts used an ancient song called Here Come The Girls and just a few months later, it’s been rejigged and remodelled into a Sugababes Mark III song. Call me cynical if you like (you wouldn’t be the first), but from the outside it looks like someone at their record label saw how popular the song was and realised that, with just a few tweaks, they had a perfectly manufactured hit for the most (by now) obviously manufactured band on the planet. You Make It Real, meanwhile, is more of the same from James Morrison. In This City’s not bad, mind you. For some reason though, I remember it having more get up and go than this.

Love You Anyway is a great song. Yes, I know it’s a Boyzone song, but it’s the truth. However, the video is a bit dodgy. Dressing the (now visibly older than in their 1990s heyday) band in suits and ties was a huge mistake – it looks like a load of bank managers dancing at a wedding. Oasis are next, and their video is not entirely without issues either. Considering the band’s huge Beatles influences, why does the very first image in the video recreate the album cover from the Rolling Stones’ Hot Rocks 1964-1971? Having said that, The Shock Of The Lightning is a great song, which makes the speed of its departure from the Top 75 even more annoying (it only lasted five weeks). So What, in which P!nk drink-drives a lawnmower down a high street. Great song, great video, fully deserved chart-topper if you ask me.

Anyone else think Never Miss A Beat sounds like the Kaiser Chiefs on auto-pilot? Oh. Just me, then.

Raindrops is a decidedly lacklustre reworking of Sash!’s Encore Une Fois. To be honest, they needn’t have bothered. Take Back The City’s a huge improvement on Snow Patrol’s recent output, thankfully. The Saturdays have been colour-coded for the Up video, I assume to make them easier for the fans to work out who’s who. Not a bad song, though. Next up, Leon Jacks- hold on a minute… he had two hits? Oh, I see… now I’ve heard it I can see why I thought he was a one-hit wonder. It’s really not that special at all. It must have hurt to see The Winner’s Song go in higher than his song; it’s Peter Kay again, this time in the guise of Geraldine McQueen, singing a dead-on yet not at all funny skewering of every X-Factor winner’s single. Ouch.