September 2012 – Don’t Believe The Hype


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DCCXIX – September 2012

Running total Highest chart placing The song and who did it
7684
9
WONDERFUL
Angel
7685
7
(ALL ALONG THE) WATCHTOWER
Devlin featuring Ed Sheeran
7686
4
WE ARE NEVER EVER GETTING BACK TOGETHER
Taylor Swift
7687
1
BOM BOM
Sam and the Womp
7688
5
GOOD TIME
Owl City and Carly Rae Jepsen
7689
4
HARDER THAN YOU THINK
Public Enemy
7690
1
WINGS
Little Mix
7691
7
SOME NIGHTS
Fun.
7692
3
BLOW ME (ONE LAST KISS)
P!nk
7693
1
HALL OF FAME
Script featuring will.i.am
7694
1
LET ME LOVE YOU (UNTIL YOU LEARN TO LOVE YOURSELF)
Ne-Yo
7695
3
I CRY
Flo Rida
7696
2
YOU BRING ME JOY
Amelia Lily
7697
1
GANGNAM STYLE
Psy
7698
2
SAY NOTHING
Example

 

Wonderful’s got attitude to spare, I’ll give it that, but I really don’t know whether I like it or not. Meanwhile, Ed Sheeran stays faithful to Jimi Hendrix’s song while Devlin doesn’t – the end result is… brave, I think is the nicest way to describe it. There’s really not a lot wrong with We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together though, and I should probably hate Bom Bom because it’s one of the naffest things I’ve heard in ages, but I like how it fully accepts its silliness and runs with it.

Good Time is exactly what it promises to be, a feel-good hit for the summer, although sadly not in the Queens Of The Stone Age sense of the phrase because that would’ve been preferable, at least for me. Oh, well it’s about bloody time Public Enemy reached the Top Ten! Twenty-five years since Rebel Without A Pause briefly grazed the foot of the Top 40, in fact, but they’ve done it with a good ’un. Of course, it helps that Channel 4 used it extensively for their (superb) Paralympic Games coverage, but who cares? They’re on the list and that’s a good thing. I went to the Paralympics myself for one of the morning programmes, had a great time. Richard Whitehead won gold for the United Kingdom in the 200 m, but you’d never have known it from the first half of the race – he was nowhere, but as soon as he hit the straight he had the other runners on toast. Then there was the runner from Djibouti who finished so far behind the rest of the field that they’d probably all gone back to the Olympic village by the time he finished, but he was damned if he wasn’t going to finish the race. Must be a hell of an experience, having 80,000 people cheer you on for several painfully slow laps (literally; I later found out he was running with an injury), and he set a national record too. What’s more, someone didn’t finish, so technically he wasn’t last! Good work, fella. Anyway, Wings is pretty good too, and if this is what Little Mix really sound like then it just goes to show how poorly they were served by their X-Factor winner’s song.

No. Some Nights doesn’t work for me. If you read the title of P!nk’s new single the way it’s sung in the lyrics (“blow me one last kiss”) it doesn’t sound quite so naughty, but that’s OK because there are plenty of four letter words to entertain you. Not a bad song, all told. I wonder who it was who thought to themselves, “there’s the Script, and there’s will.i.am… we have got to get those two together!” Honestly, it’s a lovely gesture, but they didn’t have to on my account. It’s better than the Script’s usual fare, and it’s worse than will.i.am’s normal output, so I suppose it’s evened things out nicely. Ten years ago, you can bet that if a song titled as Ne-Yo’s latest offering is was in the chart it would definitely not be an uptempo floorfiller. Remember, ten years ago Celine Dion and Mariah Carey were still hurling power ballads at the record shops, so it’s more likely the song would be a bucketfiller than a floorfiller.

What I said about Ne-Yo also applies to Flo Rida’s new single, which makes use of Brenda Russell’s 1988 weepie Piano In The Dark. Tell you what, I really like You Bring Me Joy. Maybe it’s just that I like songs where the only thing the right-hand side of the keyboard does is gathering dust, but I do like it.

Gangnam Style is stupid, ridiculous, over-the-top, barking and the dance is bonkers, and yet… and yet… if it was on the radio I wouldn’t turn it off. Say Nothing is a fairly standard pop song from Example, and a slightly disappointing one at that. Pity, that.