August 2013 – Out Of Control


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DCCXXX – August 2013

Running total Highest chart placing The song and who did it
7807
2
BEST SONG EVER
One Direction
7808
8
THINKING ABOUT YOU
Calvin Harris featuring Ayah Marar
7809
4
SUMMERTIME SADNESS
Lana Del Rey vs Cedric Gervais
7810
7
HOLY GRAIL
Jay Z featuring Justin Timberlake
7811
3
TRAMPOLINE
Tinie Tempah featuring 2 Chainz
7812
1
WE CAN’T STOP
Miley Cyrus
7813
10
WE OWN THE NIGHT
Wanted
7814
8
WHY’D YOU ONLY CALL ME WHEN YOU’RE HIGH?
Arctic Monkeys
7815
5
APPLAUSE
Lady Gaga
7816
1
BURN
Ellie Goulding
7817
8
LIFTED
Naughty Boy featuring Emeli Sande
7818
7
OTHER SIDE OF LOVE
Sean Paul
7819
4
EARTHQUAKE
DJ Fresh vs Diplo featuring Dominique Young Unique
7820
3
SONNENTANZ (SUN DON’T SHINE)
Klangkarussell featuring Will Heard

 

The opening riff to Best Song Ever… it’s a bit The Who-esque, isn’t it? Also, the title writes a cheque the song can’t possibly cash.

Thinking About You isn’t bad, in fact, it’s one of Calvin Harris’s better recent efforts, but can you remember the last time he released a single on his own with no featured artists? I bloody can’t. Now then, I haven’t heard the original version of Summertime Sadness, but the remix is pretty damned special. Well done, all involved.

Well, if this really is the Holy Grail, it’s a hell of a piece. Tempo changes all over the place, several different tunes, it’s an interesting mess, that’s for sure. Trampoline, on the other hand, is just a mess. Maybe it’s me getting old, but how on earth did We Can’t Stop even reach the Top Ten, never mind the very top? It’s mainly notable for its mediocrity, and also a video showing kids who have more money now than I will ever earn eating high-denomination dollar bills, trashing a house and generally behaving in such a manner that if the parents arrived back while this was going on… well, suffice to say Miley Cyrus would never be heard from again because she’d be grounded for the rest of her life.

We Own The Night is anthemic, but not overly interesting. Nice to have the Arctic Monkeys back (Alex Turner’s bizarre Brits 2014 speech notwithstanding), and I like the echoey sound they’ve employed on their new song, gives it a bit of atmosphere. Lady Gaga sings Applause in the style of a lead singer of an early-eighties New Romantic band. The song’s OK, but it’s definitely not as inventive as her earlier stuff. Burn… I dunno why, it just doesn’t do a lot for me.

Lifted – yes, this is more like it. Every Naughty Boy single has sounded different to the one before and long may that continue. Oh dear, it sounds like Sean Paul’s gone back to singing one note, unless absolutely necessary when he might stretch to three. Oh dear again – Earthquake is bloody awful! Thankfully, Sonnentanz is lovely and it’s a great summery song.