September 2009 – Big In Japan


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DCLXXXIII – September 2009

Running total Highest chart placing The song and who did it
7288
10
THAT GOLDEN RULE
Biffy Clyro
7289
1
HOLIDAY
Dizzee Rascal
7290
2
GET SEXY
Sugababes
7291
1
RUN THIS TOWN
Jay-Z featuring Rihanna and Kanye West
7292
9
UPRISING
Muse
7293
7
LEFT MY HEART IN TOKYO
Mini Viva
7294
4
WE ARE GOLDEN
Mika
7295
1
BOYS AND GIRLS
Pixie Lott
7296
4
SHE WOLF
Shakira
7297
3
CELEBRATION
Madonna
7298
1
BREAK YOUR HEART
Taio Cruz featuring Ludacris

 

That Golden Rule is loud, fast (for the most part) and good fun. Biffy Clyro are a band who aren’t afraid of messing about with time signatures, so there’s genuinely no way to tell what their songs are going to do next. Come to think of it, Holiday’s pretty bloody good too – if any song screams “it’s summer” it’s this one.

Keisha’s in the video, so we must still be at the Mark III stage of the Sugababes. It’s a shame Get Sexy’s a great big dollop of steamies, but you can’t win them all. Remember when the Sugababes used to sing on their songs rather than shout? Those days are gone. Run This Town uses barking dogs (or something that sounds a lot like them) for its backing track, but that aside it’s little more than Jay-Z and friends saying “Yay for me, I’m the best” for four and a half minutes. Boring.

If you took a famous sci-fi theme tune and allied it to the Glitter Beat, you’d have Doctorin’ The Tardis. If you asked Muse to do the same thing, you’d get Uprising. On such small things are major changes based. There was a video doing the rounds a while back of Muse performing this song on Italian telly – they’d been asked to mime it and this is never a good idea because if you ask Muse to mime they will make it blatantly obvious to everyone watching that it’s not a live performance. They did it on CD:UK and they did it again here. This time, they switched instruments – usual lead singer Matt Bellamy played drums while one of the other two (sorry Muse fans, Matt’s the only one I know) mimed his vocals. The presenters fell for it hook, line and sinker, even interviewing non-Matt after the performance – after all, the one who sings has to be the star, yeah? Well played Muse, well played indeed. Anyway, moving on… Mini Viva’s song’s OK, but a Top Ten placing possibly flatters it just a touch. Oh good, more jolly falsettos from Mika. How I’ve missed this. What’s more, the melody for the chorus reminds me of Jason Donovan’s Too Many Broken Hearts. Thanks for that, Mika. Thankfully, the week ends on a positive note – Boys And Girls is pretty bloody good, actually.

She Wolf’s not bad – it sounds like a seventies space disco record that’s been rediscovered. Meanwhile, Celebration sounds like a mid-nineties remix that was hidden away on the second CD format. That said, watching Madonna prance and jiggle all over the place in the video makes me hope I’m even remotely as mobile as her when I’m 51 years old. Break Your Heart is a nice cheery song about how Taio Cruz will cheat on you. If nothing else, you can’t say you weren’t warned.