March 2016 – The Land Of Make Believe


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DCCLXI – March 2016

Running total Highest chart placing The song and who did it
8133
6
HYMN FOR THE WEEKEND
Coldplay
8134
9
WHEN WE WERE YOUNG
Adele
8135
1
I TOOK A PILL IN IBIZA
Mike Posner
8136
8
GIRLS LIKE
Tinie Tempah featuring Zara Larsson
8137
2
WORK FROM HOME
Fifth Harmony featuring Ty Dolla $ign
8138
4
CHEAP THRILLS
Sia
8139
5
SAY YOU DO
Sigala featuring Imani and DJ Fresh

Hymn For The Weekend was really bugging me for a while. Not because it’s a Coldplay song, even though it is, but because of the melody. I knew I’d heard something very similar to it before way back in the mists of time, but what the bloody hell was it? It was really doing my head in until near the end when suddenly I worked it out – it’s the spiritual twin of Saint Etienne’s Only Love Can Break Your Heart! Of COURSE it is, it’s bloomin’ obvious now!

When We Were Young, eh? I don’t suppose it’s too much to hope that it’s Adele covering Buck’s Fizz? Hmm, not looking good on that score because the opening piano bit’s giving it a bit of doom and gloom. Standard issue Adele for me – fantastic singing, but the song itself’s not doing a lot for me. Now then, on to I Took A Pill In Ibiza. The original’s a pretty drab acoustic thingie, but the single version’s been given a remix that gives it a bit of a boot up the arse. Only a bit of a boot, mind you, it’s still fairly midtempo. On the bright side, it took 7 Years off the top spot though, so that’s good.

Girls Like, but Simon does not. Tinie Tempah says how great he is over a nineties retro dance beat. Nope.

Work From Home takes so long to get going you could probably build your own home in the time it takes to wake up. The video’s a case in point – loads of builders are busy trying to construct a dwelling, but instead of helping Fifth Harmony are instead doing song and dance routines and getting in the way. Hardly professional behaviour and anybody doing a health and safety inspection would surely come down on them like a ton of bricks, that is of course unless they distract somebody into accidentally dropping an actual ton of bricks on top of them first. Never do dance routines on a construction site, kids – it’ll only end in tears.

Three words that don’t exactly fill me with confidence about a song’s quality are “featuring Sean Paul” and Sia’s new single does just that. Once again, Mr. Paul’s presence is an unnecessary distraction on an otherwise decent enough song. Ah well, at least it’s a summery tune, which for that matter is something that also applies to Sigala’s single. Considering how slowly the singles chart is moving these days, I’d say it’s arrived in the Top Ten at just the right moment to still be there by the time summer comes to an end… in 2019.