He made me do it

Del tagged me!  I can’t do anything but oblige…

"List
five songs that you are currently digging – it doesn’t matter what
genre they are from, whether they have words, or even if they’re not
any good, but they must be songs you’re really enjoying right now. Post
these instructions and the five songs (with artist) in your blog. Then
tag five people to see what they’re listening to."

1. Clor – Love and Pain
2. Lush – Single Girl
3. Ladytron – Destroy Everything You Touch
4. Rachel Stevens – I said Never Again (But Here We Are)
5. LCD Soundsystem – Tribulations

I tag:

 Laurie
Mary
Ricky
Jessica
Pauly

Mine aren’t particularly inspired at the moment, probably because 5 is too few, and I go on about them on here anyway.

But really, buy Clor’s album – it’s so so so good.

Misshapen

This week was great.   Our sets were a little bit shorter than normal due to a guest DJ but it was totally fun due to all the people we were out with, dancing and having fun!

Early Set
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Dubstar- Stars
Flirtations – Nothing But A Heartbeat
Pointer Sisters – Happiness
Garbage – Androgyny
Lush – Single Girl
Sleater Kinney – Little Babies
Subways – Oh Yeah
Death in Vegas – Aisha
Vitalic – My Friend Dario
Lcd Soundsystem – Tribulations
Fischerspooner – Happy
Clor – Good Stuff
The Walkman – The Rat
Rachel Stevens – I said never again (but here we are)
Ladytron – Destroy Everything You Touch
Kitty & the K – I am MF

Late Set
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S Club vs Michael Jackson – Don’t Stop Billie Jean
Rachel Stevens – So good
Transvision Vamp – I want Ur Love
Charlotte Hatherley – Bastardo
Suede – Trash
Alice Cooper – Poison
Bloodhound Gang – Ballad of Chasey Lane
Love Bites – I Broke Your Heart
Dandy Warhols – Get Off
James – Waltzing Away
White Stripes – My Doorbell
Aztec Camera – Somewhere in My Heart
Jam – Going Underground
David Bowie – Jean Genie
Placebo – Teenage Angst
Pulp – Misshapes
The Cure – Friday I’m in Love

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Charlotte Church – Tissues and Issues

I’m feeling pretty good writing wise : every review on BBC Music Pop currently has been written by me. Huzzah.

Anyway my new review has gone up and is viewable here or just read below

When former child star and operatic Voice of an Angel
Charlotte Church grew up, we knew things were going to be different. As
a feisty 19 year old with a rugby player boyfriend, she’s been in and
out of the papers every since she discovered boys and alcohol. Tissues and Issues
sees Charlotte attempt to cross over from the classical chambers into
the pop pond, but were our expectations, dreaming of a pop saviour,
simply too high?

Unleashing "Crazy Chick" as her debut pop single, it
was obvious Charlotte wasn’t working with the current trend of putting
80s electro beats behind her music. Instead here was a soulful,
confident ass-shaking hairbrush hit. Unfortunately it was a solitary
shiny penny gleaming out of a pool of mud.

Brimmed to the max with middle of the road ballads,
the album is sadly lacking anything clever, special or original and you
can’t help but wish that collaborators such as Xenomania and Richard X
had been picked instead of those who were.

Single number 2 "Call My Name" is another motown
inspired number, but is sadly little more than "Crazy Chick Part II"
(the part without the catchy bit). The same can be said for
"Moodswings". "Let’s Be Alone" is pretty much the only other upbeat
track on the album and here she fuses her classical sounds with middle
eastern twinged dance beats.

And so, into the ballads… "Easy to Forget" is just
that, and its slight urban sound makes it sound like a watered down
version of All Saints "War of Nerves". The frankly dreadful "Even God"
sees Charlotte lose all attitude and credibility and is nearly enough
to bring any sane listener to tears of boredom or laughter. Only "Fool
No More", heavily influenced by Jamelia’s Stop, can redeem the 2nd half
of the album. You can just imagine Bridget Jones pensively dreaming of
her one true love, while listening to this song.

There is enough promise in Crazy Chick to
make you think that, no matter how bad this album is, one day she will
return with a more compelling set of tunes, given a better set of
producers and songwriters.

So pop pickers, our hopes are dashed this time,, but
for now let’s keep those fingers crossed for a saviour in the form of
Sophie Ellis Bextor’s 3rd album, or even better, a Billie comeback.

Do you want to

When I first heard the new Franz Ferdinand single ‘Do you want to’, I wasn’t convinced.   Further listens have definately made my ears more in tune with it tho.

It sounds a little like a comedy song – I can just imagine Barbara Windsor running down a street holding her naked baps, while being chased by a cackling Sid James, and a shocked looking Kenneth Williams waving a hanky.

But it also was really reminiscent of something else.   J thought similar but it turns out we were thinking of two different tunes.  Upon listening, both were correct.

ZZ Top – Gimme All Your Lovin
Go West – We Close Our Eyes (a very distinct bit)

Agree?

Crazy Beats

For one reason or another last night saw me DJ most of the late set by myself, and not have time to write it up.  I’ll no doubt fill in what I can’t remember later tho.

Early set
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Alpinestars – Carbon Kid
Matthew Herbert – Celebrity
Out Hud – How Long
Munk – Kick Out the Chairs
Kitty & the Ks – 2 Short 4 Who
Rinocerose – Bitch
Rachel Stevens – I said Never Again (But Here We Are)
David Bowie – Suffragette City
Edwyn Collins – Girl Like You
Blur – Crazy Beat
New Order – Crystal
Sugababes – Push the Button
Le Tigre – Deceptacon
Smiths – This Charming Man
Libertines – Don’t Look Back Into the Sun
Suede – Trash
Kasabian – Cutt Off

Late Set
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(Peaches – Set It Off)
New Order – Blue Monday

En Vogue – Free Your Mind
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Girls Aloud – Wake Me Up
Hole – Celebrity Skin
Love Bites – You Broke My Heart
Bloodhound Gang – Ballad of Chasey Lane
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Scissor Sisters – Laura
Lipps Inc – Funky Town
Dolly Parton – 9 to 5
Duran Duran – Hungry Like the Wolf
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Suede – Beautiful Ones
Blur – There’s No Other Way
Dandy Warhols – Not if you were the last Junkie on Earth
Pulp – Babies
Pixies – Here Comes Your Man

Crazy Folk

Although everything in London has pretty much returned to normal there is still a small fear of dread as you head to the tube station in the morning and realise it’s Thursday.   Last week I completely forgot and was only reminded by a workmate talking about ‘the fear’.  Today I was reminded by police outside our tube station.

At the 2nd stop on our journey, an american man wearing a puffed up gilet/waistcoat type thing got on and was jabbering away to himself. He leapt over us to sit on the seats in the corner (bench facing seats) and was ranting about cot death, killing children, and putting bullets in the back of people’s heads.   Continually.   He was completely crazy.

Needless to say I got off at the next station and got a bus the rest of the way.   I was just a little annoyed that there wasn’t even a member of tube staff anywhere near the platform, and I couldn’t find anyone to tell about this man until I reached the turnstiles.  At this point I told the man in the little glass hut, who didn’t really seem to care, that there was a man acting seriously suspiciously.    Grrh.

So I was late for work, and missed my opportunity to have a McDonalds slice of fruit toast.  I hear it’s good?