November 2008 – Zero


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DCLXXIII – November 2008

Running total Highest chart placing The song and who did it
7198
8
LOVE LOCKDOWN
Kanye West
7199
4
HOT N COLD
Katy Perry
7200
5
WIRE TO WIRE
Razorlight
7201
3
INFINITY 2008
Guru Josh Project
7202
1
THE PROMISE
Girls Aloud
7203
9
ANOTHER WAY TO DIE
Jack White and Alicia Keys
7204
1
HERO
X-Factor Finalists
7205
5
THE BOY DOES NOTHING
Alesha Dixon
7206
5
FORGIVE ME
Leona Lewis
7207
4
WOMANIZER
Britney Spears
7208
1
IF I WERE A BOY
Beyonce
7209
3
HUMAN
Killers
7210
2
LIVE YOUR LIFE
TI featuring Rihanna

 

Love Lockdown’s something of a curate’s egg. There are some very good bits in it, but my God it goes on a bit. Hot N Cold’s better… yeah, I know, a Katy Perry single is better than a Kanye West one. I only call it as I see it, or hear it as the case may be. Wire To Wire is all very worthy, but it’s nowhere near half as good a song as I reckon it thinks it is. Actually, it’s downright boring, which is something that emphatically cannot be said for Infinity 2008, which is utterly magnificent. In fact, in its own way, it’s just as good as the original, and if you’ve been paying attention to some of the things I’ve been saying about other reworked songs you’ll know just what an incredible achievement it is. The first thing they’ve got right is to use a significant portion of the original rather than a few seconds to loop over and over, and the second is to bring in brand new lyrics that complement the tune (the original was largely instrumental). Wonderful. As for Girls Aloud, well, if you took the vocals off The Promise I bet you could play pages from Ceefax over the music and it would fit perfectly.

On the bright side, it’s not a power ballad, but even so Another Way To Die isn’t really a success as a Bond theme. Hero… yeah, it was done for charity, but would it have hurt them to do a decent job of Mariah Carey’s song? Apparently so. It’s a strange experience watching a video crammed with people who were clearly household names just six years ago and not knowing who any of them are now. My goodness, that show’s good at making The Stars Of Tomorrow, isn’t it?

Nice to see Alesha Dixon again; she was in Mis-Teeq a few years back, y’know. The Boy Does Nothing’s pretty good too. Actually, so’s Forgive Me. Come to think of it, even Britney Spears has come up trumps. Womanizer isn’t a great song, but it’s so silly I can’t help liking it. What’s more, she sings the title on no fewer than forty-two occasions. Mind you, she’s an amateur compared to Depeche Mode (but then, most people are) – they sang the word “wrong” sixty-four times during the course of the song of the same name just a few months later. I’d forgotten the start of the video for If I Were A Boy feels like a rubbish perfume advert – it’s got Beyonce and some bloke saying words like “intimacy” and “honesty” to each other in black and white. That said, the song isn’t much of an improvement.

Human asks if we are human or are we dancer. No Human, you are mediocre, go away. In direct contrast, Live Your Life has just made my day – any song that has Rihanna singing to the tune of Dragostea Din Tei is surely worthy of anybody’s time!