October 2015 – The Message


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DCCLVI – October 2015

Running total Highest chart placing The song and who did it
8094
8
DO IT AGAIN
Pia Mia featuring Chris Brown and Tyga
8095
5
ON MY MIND
Ellie Goulding
8096
2
LOCKED AWAY
R City featuring Adam Levine
8097
4
RUNNIN’ (LOSE IT ALL)
Naughty Boy featuring Beyonce and Arrow Benjamin
8098
1
WRITING’S ON THE WALL
Sam Smith
8099
3
HOTLINE BLING
Drake
8100
4
ALONE NO MORE
Philip George and Anton Powers
8101
6
WASN’T EXPECTING THAT
Jamie Lawson
8102
3
THE HILLS
Weeknd
8103
8
BE RIGHT THERE
Diplo and Sleepy Tom
8104
2
PERFECT
One Direction
8105
1
TURN THE MUSIC LOUDER (RUMBLE)
KDA featuring Tinie Tempah and Katy B

Well, Do It Again is relentlessly unremarkable and no mistake. Can’t say as I’m a fan of On My Mind either, but at least Ellie Goulding’s trying something a bit different. Locked Away somehow hauls itself to the end of its running time, but by heck it makes hard work of it.

The first 30 seconds of Runnin’ are better than anything the last three songs had to offer, and what’s more, the three minutes that follow are pretty bloody good and all. Next, it’s the first Bond theme ever to reach the top, performed by Mr. Happy himself. If only Sam Smith had managed to cheer himself up a bit while he was putting this song together, it might have been interesting. Instead, I find myself listening to a Bond theme that does everything that’s expected of a Bond theme and nothing at all that would make it stand out. A 007 film is long enough as it is without having to sit through five minutes of whining and whinging at the start. Nah, sod this.

It’s a good thing Hotline Bling mentions mobile phones in its lyrics, because the tune sounds like it’s been based on some hold music Drake might’ve heard while he was trying to sort out an electricity bill. I do like Alone No More, mind you – it sounds awfully familiar, but that’s probably because it’s a cover of Another Level’s 1998 single Be Alone No More. I think I actually prefer the remake if I’m honest, and that’s not the first time I’ve said that this year.

Gentle guitar pop from Ed Sheeran’s new record label? Wasn’t expecting that. The Hills sounds great, but the problem here is that I found I was so impressed by the work that had gone into making the backing track sound as eerie as possible that I wasn’t paying attention to what the Weeknd was actually singing about. I can tell you he sounds like he recorded his vocals from the bottom of a very deep well, but the content of those lyrics? Nope. No idea.

Oh, for… here’s another song that improves on the original. Be Right There shreds Jade’s Don’t Walk Away into lots of tiny pieces and then sticks them back together into something a bit rougher, faster and… well… better. One Direction’s Perfect is not a reworking of Fairground Attraction’s Perfect, but wouldn’t things be much more fun if it had’ve been? This version of Perfect doesn’t live up to its title, it’s far too anthemic and “arms-aloft-at-Wembley-Stadium” for me. It is, however, a hell of a lot better than it probably would’ve been in the hands of lesser boy bands and their production teams. Even so, it’d have to be quite a song to stop One Direction from reaching the top and Turn The Music Louder is just that. I don’t care what anyone else thinks, I like this one.