September 2010 – Something To Do


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DCXCV – September 2010

Running total Highest chart placing The song and who did it
7424
8
CROSSFIRE
Brandon Flowers
7425
5
KATY ON A MISSION
Katy B
7426
1
DYNAMITE
Taio Cruz
7427
7
YOU TOOK MY HEART
Pepper and Piano
7428
2
TEENAGE DREAM
Katy Perry
7429
1
PLEASE DON’T LET ME GO
Olly Murs
7430
10
THIS DAY
Emma’s Imagination
7431
6
PARTY GIRL
McFly
7432
4
FOR THE FIRST TIME
Script
7433
1
START WITHOUT YOU
Alexandra Burke featuring Laza Morgan
7434
9
IMPOSSIBLE
Shontelle
7435
7
DJ GOT US FALLIN’ IN LOVE
Usher featuring Pitbull

 

Crossfire has a dull song and a frankly mystifying video. Brandon Flowers is shown tied to a chair at the start and he’s about get offed by some unsavoury characters, whereupon he’s rescued by Charlize Theron, who isn’t afraid to show naughty people the sharp end of a sword. All well and good, you’d think, except he immediately goes and gets himself captured again. Idiot. His knack of getting recaptured and placed in peril makes me wonder if Charlize Theron is wasting her bloody time with him. Moving on then, and there isn’t much to Katy On A Mission, but what there is is pretty bloody good, as it turns out.

Pepper and Piano were contestants on a Sky talent show called Must Be The Music. It does what it’s meant to do, but it clearly didn’t resonate with the Great British public because it was in and out of the Top 75 inside a month. To put that into perspective, during Pepper and Piano’s entire chart run Teenage Dream was lodged inside the Top 3. Speaking of which, Teenage Dream is another song that does its job without doing much to make it stand out, and that brings us to Olly Murs. The nicest thing I can say about Please Don’t Let Me Go is that Olly Murs makes Bruno Mars’s stuff of the time sound like a budget version of Olly Murs. Actually, come to think of it, that’s quite a compliment, isn’t it?

Emma’s Imagination was another entry (all right then, winner) on Must Be The Music, which has done pretty well for a TV show I’ve genuinely never heard of (I haven’t got Sky, so that might have something to do with it). I don’t mind this one, actually. It’s midtempo, but it still motors along nicely. Oh… blimey… is thisreally McFly? They’re transformed themselves into a pop band with attitude and do you know something, Party Girl is probably the best thing they’ve done to this point. Naturally, it bombed out of the chart with undignified haste, but McFly singles tend to do that. The Script are back, but I really can’t take all the credit for that. Or any. For The First Time’s got that designed-to-appeal-to-both-sides-of-the-Atlantic sound – for example, the lyrics mention “drinking bottles of Jack”. Songs like this make me glad I’m teetotal. Alexandra Burke’s found another guest star to help her out on her latest single, but I have to ask, was this song supposed to remind me of Boney M’s Hooray! Hooray! It’s A Holi-Holiday?

Impossible’s not bad, at least this version anyway. I genuinely haven’t heard the X-Factor version, so you never know, I might like it… (At this point your narrator attempts to stifle almost uncontrollable laughter.) Let’s move on, yeah? I should point out that the DJ in question does not have Usher and Pitbull falling in love, although that would certainly have resulted in a different song and a completely different video. No, what happens is Usher sings his bit, It’s That Man Again turns up to say a few words and promptly buggers off again to leave Usher to finish off proceedings and possibly also to wonder what the hell just happened during the instrumental break.