April 2009 – Pick Up The Pieces


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DCLXXVIII – April 2009

Running total Highest chart placing The song and who did it
7247
6
SHAKE IT
Metro Station
7248
3
JAI HO! (YOU ARE MY DESTINY)
A.R. Rahman and Pussycat Dolls featuring Nicole Scherzinger
7249
2
DON’T UPSET THE RHYTHM (GO BABY GO)
Noisettes
7250
2
IN FOR THE KILL
La Roux
7251
5
LOVE SEX MAGIC
Ciara featuring Justin Timberlake
7252
1
I’M NOT ALONE
Calvin Harris
7253
5
NOT FAIR
Lily Allen
7254
4
WE MADE YOU
Eminem

 

If a boardroom full of middle-aged record company executives wanted to create a band, devise their image and mannerisms and come up with a song that they think “the kids” would “dig”, Shake It could conceivably be the end result. Everything about it screams “blatantly manufactured pop” to me. Jai Ho!’s not a bad song, although the video shows the rest of the Pussycat Dolls as nothing more than backing dancers to their lead singer. If I was one of the others, I wouldn’t be very happy about that. Anyway, Don’t Upset The Rhythm – thirty seconds of it was used in a car advert or something and that propelled it into the chart; unfortunately, the thirty-second version is better than the three-minute-nine-second version. Annoying when that happens.

In For The Kill sounds like a single from 1981 that got a new lease of life thanks to, say, being played as someone gets violently gunned down in an episode of Ashes To Ashes, but that’s not a bad thing. Not the best thing La Roux’s ever done, but it’ll do for now.

Love Sex Magic No Thank You. I’m Not Alone though, that’s much more like it. Yes, the lyrics are almost totally unnecessary, but the tune’s good and that’s always handy.

Not Fair is great. No, I’m not going to ask you what you think, I’ve already made my decision. “You think that’s bad, you should hear the rest of my album,” states Eminem on We Made You and, on this evidence, God alone knows what the album’s like.