October 2011 – Thunder


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DCCVIII – October 2011

Running total Highest chart placing The song and who did it
7561
9
CANNONBALL
Damien Rice
7562
5
I WON’T LET YOU GO
James Morrison
7563
4
IT GIRL
Jason Derulo
7564
1
NO REGRETS
Dappy
7565
10
LIGHTERS
Bad Meets Evil featuring Bruno Mars
7566
3
IRIS
Goo Goo Dolls
7567
1
LOCA PEOPLE
Sak Noel
7568
5
SEXY AND I KNOW IT
L.M.F.A.O.
7569
1
WE FOUND LOVE
Rihanna featuring Calvin Harris
7570
3
WHEREVER YOU WILL GO
Charlene Soraia
7571
6
RUN FOR YOUR LIFE
Matt Cardle
7572
3
STEREO HEARTS
Gym Class Heroes featuring Adam Levine
7573
6
WITHOUT YOU
David Guetta featuring Usher
7574
9
VIDEO GAMES
Lana Del Rey
7575
4
MR. KNOW IT ALL
Kelly Clarkson
7576
2
LIGHTNING
Wanted

 

I’ve never really liked Cannonball myself, but there’s no point denying it hasn’t had a decent shelf-life. It originally got to No.32 in November 2003, then No.19 in July 2004 and finally, off the back of somebody’s X-Factor audition, it’s reached the Top Ten at last. It didn’t stay long; just one week before falling right out of the Top 30, but the job’s been done. James Morrison’s back and unlike a lot of British pop stars these days, he’s filmed his video in Britain. It’s worrying that that’s something that’s worthy of note, but you wouldn’t believe how many bands and singers cross the pond to make their videos. I do wonder though, was the video for I Won’t Let You Go inspired by Radiohead’s Just? Jason Derulo doesn’t namecheck himself at the start of It Girl – has somebody checked to make sure he’s all right? I honestly don’t know what to make of No Regrets. What do you make of it?

Lighters… nah. Iris is better, and it makes Cannonball’s eight year wait for a Top Ten placing look positively impatient. This one first reached the Top 75 in August 1998 – take that, Damien Rice! Loca People contains the immortal line, “When I came to Spain and I saw people partying, I thought to myself, ‘What the f***?’”Of course, when I say ‘immortal’ I actually mean ‘bloody awful’.

Sexy And I Know It is a supremely silly song, and I strongly suspect that everybody connected with the making of this song knows that too. We Found Love’s good, but people who don’t know Rihanna might think she’s from the north of England if they go by the opening voiceover. That’s Agyness Deyn’s voice, fact fans.

Oh good, I get to hear the Calling’s Wherever You Will Go again. I’m SO happy about that. At least now I know it’s the song I don’t like rather than just the way it’s played. Run For Your Life is very aptly titled; Matt Cardle spends three and a half minutes saying “I’m a rubbish boyfriend so go and find someone better”. Brave stuff, but my goodness it’s a bit of a downer. When he sings “I’m not who you think I am” I almost feel concerned for his wellbeing. Good job Stereo Hearts lifts the mood.

David Guetta again. He really should take himself off somewhere on holiday for a while, he’s clearly running out of ideas at the moment. And what with him fiddling about with the planet in his videos? In his last video he managed to reverse the planet’s rotation and in this one he moves all the continents around so they stick back together, which is good news for him because he’s on the beach at the edge of the reinstated Pangaea, but I imagine if you were on Brighton Pier and saw the coast of France suddenly roaring towards you it wouldn’t be such a wonderful experience. Video Games is atmospheric, sombre and lovely and no continents get forced into a shotgun marriage, which makes it even better. Remember Kelly Clarkson? She’s back, but it’s not a very exciting song so let’s move on. OK, so their last single wasn’t a fluke – Lightning’s good as well.