April 2012 – State Of The Nation


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DCCXIV – April 2012

Running total Highest chart placing The song and who did it
7632
6
ILL MANORS
Plan B
7633
1
TURN THE MUSIC UP
Chris Brown
7634
1
CALL ME MAYBE
Carly Rae Jepsen
7635
8
LEVEL UP
Sway featuring Kelsey
7636
1
WE ARE YOUNG
Fun. featuring Janelle Monae
7637
4
CLIMAX
Usher
7638
2
BOYFRIEND
Justin Bieber
7639
7
SO GOOD
B.O.B.
7640
5
LASERLIGHT
Jessie J featuring David Guetta
7641
4
ORDINARY PEOPLE
John Legend
7642
2
CAN’T SAY NO
Conor Maynard

 

Ill Manors is Plan B’s State of the Nation address and although it’s not pretty, it’s heartfelt, furious and brilliant. Well done, sir. As for Turn The Music Up, as soon as something good starts playing, I will.

The first time I ever heard Call Me Maybe, some bright spark had mashed the tune together with the vocals for Nine Inch Nails’s Head Like A Hole. No other version will ever come close to that, I’m afraid, not even the original.

To begin with, I had no idea how Level Up reached the Top Ten, but it’s something of a grower.  It’s not brilliant by any means, but Top Ten… yeah, that’s about right. Fun. Are. Next. And. They. Write. Their. Name. With. A. Full. Stop. In all fairness though, while some songs are Fun with a capital F, We Are Young is Fun. With a full-stop to suggest otherwise. So much of the video is shot in extreme slow-motion I’m genuinely wondering if they only had one minute’s worth of usable footage after the video shoot and had to do some pretty clever thinking. Tell you what though, Climax doesn’t half drag on. No, you can insert your own joke there. Next, a biscuit tin, an owl hooting constantly, Justin Bieber saying words that occasionally coalesce into coherent sentences and the occasional guitar – that’s Boyfriend and it’s rubbish, but on the bright side, at least he’s got his bloody hair cut.

So Good lives up to its title, which is handy. It means I don’t have to say a lot more about it and also, it doesn’t contravene the Trades Descriptions Act. Laserlight has a “chorus played on a Stylophone” sound to it, which is good, and Jessie J namechecking both herself and “David G”, which is not. Messrs G and J have both done much better than this, and I suspect they probably know it too. Next, Ordinary People, which took its bloody time in reaching the Top Ten. It originally got to No.27 in June 2005,  which wasn’t good enough, but one appearance on telly seven years later propelled it back into the chart and it finally got a placing more befitting of its quality. Can’t Say No’s pretty good too – more pop songs should go for the singer and bass twin-pronged assault, because when it’s done right it’s great.