March 2010 – Hit The Ground


t2010031

DCLXXXIX – March 2010

Running total Highest chart placing The song and who did it
7356
7
WEAR MY KISS
Sugababes
7357
4
STARRY EYED
Ellie Goulding
7358
1
IN MY HEAD
Jason Derulo
7359
5
PARACHUTE
Cheryl Cole
7360
9
GAVE IT ALL AWAY
Boyzone
7361
8
NEVER BE YOUR WOMAN
Naughty Boy presents Wiley featuring Emeli Sande
7362
1
PASS OUT
Tinie Tempah
7363
10
MY NAME
McLean
7364
9
ON A MISSION
Gabriella Cilmi
7365
3
BABY
Justin Bieber featuring Ludacris
7366
6
HOT
Inna
7367
1
TELEPHONE
Lady Gaga featuring Beyonce

 

This is where we finally say goodbye to the Sugababes. To be honest, the end comes as something of a relief; the final Mark IV model was a brand rather than a band. At least they go out with a not-entirely-terrible single, which after Get Sexy is little short of a bloody miracle. Next up, lots of wailing from Ellie Goulding, but not the irritating sort of wailing so that’s all right. Finally, thank you Jason Derulo. I knew I was listening to you sing In My Head, but because you namechecked yourself at the beginning that convinced me beyond doubt that the song hadn’t been mislabelled. God forbid I’d listen to a Def Leppard song by mistake. I’ll say this for Cheryl Cole, all three of her singles so far have been completely different. Admittedly, they’ve had varying degrees of being any good, but still, there’s been more variety from three singles than some bands manage in a decade. To be honest with you, Gave It All Away is more about the video than the song, which is a reggae-tinged ballad that’s notable only for being sung by Steven Gately and Ronan Keating. What makes the video special is that it was recorded after Steven Gately’s sudden death – the emotions shown in the video by his bandmates are absolutely genuine. It’s actually really touching, to be honest. Never Be Your Woman, on the other hand, isn’t touching, but it’s not really designed that way. If nothing else, it’s given White Town a few extra quid in royalties. The opening drum pattern for Pass Out reminded me of the end credit music for The Pink Panther Show (the one with the pink car, not the disco one). To be honest, I’d have rather listened to that instead. Mind you, “I’ve been to Southampton but I’ve never been to Scunthorpe” has to be one of the most unexpected lyrics ever.

My Name doesn’t really stand out, but it’s nice to hear the bassline for Joe Jackson’s Steppin’ Out being put to further use, even if On A Mission isn’t even half as good as Sweet About Me was. And now… Justin Bieber. As S Club Juniors proved, being young is no barrier to coming out with decent songs, but Baby is rubbish. And what the hell is Ludacris doing on this song? Somebody must’ve called in one hell of a favour there.

Hot’s OK, but it’s a bit blimmin’ repetitive. Telephone’s daft as a brush, but that’s how Lady Gaga songs usually work, so it’s business as usual there.