October 2013 – Smash It Up


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CDLXXII – October 2013

Running total Highest chart placing The song and who did it
7829
7
WHAT I MIGHT DO
Ben Pearce
7830
10
SOMETHING REALLY BAD
Dizzee Rascal featuring will.i.am
7831
7
SKYSCRAPER
Demi Lovato
7832
5
COUNT ON ME
Chase and Status featuring Moko
7833
2
CAN WE DANCE
Vamps
7834
9
CHEATING
John Newman
7835
4
BONFIRE HEART
James Blunt
7836
5
DISCO LOVE
Saturdays
7837
4
R U CRAZY
Conor Maynard
7838
2
BERZERK
Eminem
7839
1
WRECKING BALL
Miley Cyrus
7840
10
CHANGE YOUR LIFE
Iggy Azalea featuring T.I.
7841
8
AFTERGLOW
Wilkinson
7842
5
RAP GOD
Eminem
7843
3
JULIET
Lawson

 

What I Might Do’s a bit repetitive, but it’s more a song to chill out to than to analyse, so in that respect it does its job brilliantly.

Something Really Bad… not quite, but getting there. Is it a bad thing that I can now hear songs and immediately think to myself, “yeah, that’s the one, the people behind The X-Factor are so going to rework that for this year’s winner’s single”? Step forward Skyscraper, and thanks a bundle in advance. Has to be said, Count On Me has a remarkably retro feel to it; I’m actually surprised (but pleased) that it’s gone Top Ten. Can We Dance is typical unmemorable boyband fare, though.

Cheating’s good, but it does run a little too parallel to Love Me Again, soundwise. Bonfire Love… I don’t think much of it myself, but there aren’t many songs like this in the chart so I don’t begrudge it a Top Ten placing. “You take me back in time to 1979” warble the Saturdays in Disco Love, forgetting to mention that the song itself sounds like it’s influenced more by the sounds of 1983. They also talk about being as cool as the Bee Gees at that time… er, weren’t the Bee Gees watching their records chucked in bonfires at baseball stadiums back then? R U Crazy’s a strange one; it tries to fit several different musical styles into four minutes and very nearly succeeds. Eminem’s music has improved, but it’s all relative – at least it sounds like some effort’s been put into the music rather than just the lyrics. Still not much good, though. Wrecking Ball, in which Miley Cyrus rides atop a demolition ball naked, licks a hammer and sings an incredibly forgettable song. No bloody wonder she sat on the demolition ball as if it was a swing, takes attention away from the song very effectively, it does.

I really don’t know if I like Change Your Life or not; what do you make of it? Afterglow’s OK, though. Unfortunately, the only impressive thing about Rap God is the part where Eminem manages to fit nearly 100 words into just fifteen seconds, and not only that, he enunciates each word clearly too – Roy Castle and Norris McWhirter would be very proud of him. As songs inspired by the Police circa 1979 go (yes, there’s another one this year), Juliet’s not bad I suppose.