I Thought It Was Over…

When ‘Fill My Little World’ and ‘Sewn’ came out, I hated the Feeling with a passion thinking it was twee, kiddie music. Then the released ‘I Love It When You Call’, probably the most childish of them all, and fell in love! Seeing them live cemented my belief that I had been totally wrong and now they are back.




“I Thought It Was Over” is the 1st single from their 2nd album and it’s amazing. It has shades of ‘Valentine’ by The Delays but annoying a really pants video. It’s irritatingly pants, because the song has so many moments where the video could totally burst out into disco and colours yet it always teeters on the edge.

Listen to the whole song because one of the most joyeous moments I’ve ever heard in music occurs about 30s from the end. The song drops out for 1/2 a second and there is the most blissful harpsicordy twist. Awesome.

Let it SNOW

Who knew the Snow presenting dynasty had a eligable hot link? Hello Dan Snow!

DAN SNOW AGAIN

Facts I also learnt tonight:

* Managing a Pret earns you 35k. What?
* Jon Snow turned down an OBE, but Peter Snow has a CBE
* Peter & Jon are cousins
* Jon was once engaged to Anna Ford !!!
* Dan Snow earns 75k, Peter verges on 100k
* Peter Snow once auditioned for James Bond.
* Jon Snow does not believe in poppy facism.

Imagine being part of the Snow dynasty. It’s even better than the Fox dynasty. Amazing.

Singles of the Year 2007

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A little bit late, but if you care, these were my favourite songs of 2007 – in no particular order. I always end up with an utterly mainstream list – I do like non chart stuff too! This year I am determined (as I always am) to make the list from the start of the year.

Axwell “I Found You” : A mad mesh of 90s piano, soulful vocals and 00’s rave, this year’s ultimate dance anthem.

Robyn “Konichiwa Bitches” : I thought Robyn was mad releasing this as her first single. Unaccessible and not a fair representation, but now I understand it’s quite simply brilliant. A real grower, cute lyrics and a throbbing bassline help make it a dancefloor stomper.

Kate Nash “Foundations” : Maybe my favourite. This teenage ode was a perfect singalong hit, not least for it’s amusing pronunciations and it’s ‘let’s act out the song’ factor. Kate co-hosted hit40uk one afternoon and was lovely. Still not boring.

Bloc Party “Flux” : An unexpected late entry, this sounds like Bloc Party listened to “Valentine” by The Delays and ramped it up a gear. Soaring and brilliant to dance to as well as shout “WE NEED TO TAAALK” at the top of your voice.

Rihanna “Umbrella”: A strange, brilliant song that stayed at #1 for the most number of week’s since Wet Wet Wet. Not an obvious #1 but one that cemented my belief that sometimes the buying public does know what they’re doing.

M.I.A “Jimmy”: Completely and utterly amazing, but slightly tarnished by the fact that it’s actually just a cover of an old Bollywood.

Fedde Le Grand vs Ida Corr – “Let Me Think About It” : Described as someone else perfectly as “wonky parping”.

Groove Armada “Song 4 Mutya”: A far greater song that Mutya deserved, this should have been #1. It did nowhere near as well as it should, thanks, in no small part to the unimaginably bad video.

Amy Winehouse “Back To Black”: The standout track on the album of the same name.

Aly & AJ “Potential Break Up Song”: Swirly, sugary pop from two American Christian sisters. One of many random songs I convinced people into playing on national radio (not the weirdest though). Somehow it charted and I can just about get away with djing with it!

According to last.fm, my top 10 singles (only taking 1 from each artist) were actually: Sexy No No No, With Every Heartbeat, Potential Break-up Song, Tony The Beat, Let Me Know, Foundations, Gimme More, Like A Boy and Catch You.

Fascination

I’d love it if Alphabeat were big in 2008, but despite being signed to a major and having great songs, I really doubt they’re going to make here. Since I saw them in May, they’ve been building a UK fanbase and now release first single proper in a few weeks. Here’s the adorable video:


I’ve written more about them here.

Kevin Greening

 

Us with Kevin in 2003

I’ve just got in from a night out dancing to read the news that Kevin Greening died last night in his sleep.

Only 44 years old, I’m really sad at this news. I spent a year working with Kevin in his role of chair of the Student Radio Awards in 2003 – 2004. We had meetings with him maybe 3 or 4 times a month over 9 months and he was always really lovely, patient and encouraging, and he really cared about helping new talent succeed. I can’t say I ever really heard him on air, I hadn’t found Radio 1 while he was still on the station and I don’t really hear Smooth that often, but as a person, rather than a celebrity, he was a great gentlemen (with a wicked choice in suits!) and my sympathies go out to his partner, his friends and family.

Miss-Shapes Setlist 20/12/07

Last night was Xmas Miss-Shapes and as I’ve not done a setlist in a while, here is what I played. It’s long!

Goldfrapp – A & E
Bat for Lashes – What’s a Girl To Do
Nouvelle Vague – Ever Fallen in Love
Mutya – Strung Out
Dubstar – I Will Be Your Girlfriend
Garbage – Androgyny
Chicks on Speed – Love Life
Christophe Williem – Double Jeu
Le Tigre – Phanta
Ladytron – Playgirl
Northern State – Better Already
Sahara Hotnights – Who Do You Dance For
Donnas – Take It Off
Lush – Ladykillers
Ting Tings – That’s Not My Name
New Young Pony Club – Get Lucky
M.I.A – Paper Planes
Robyn – Who’s That Girl
Aly & AJ – Potential Breakup Song
Justice – D.A.N.C.E
Foals – Hummer
Maximo Park – Our Velocity
Klaxons – Golden Skans
Kylie – Wow
Annie – Chewing Gum
Roisin Murphy – Let Me Know
Groove Armada – Song 4 Mutya
Britney Spears – Piece of Me
Kaiser Chiefs – Everyday I Love You Less & Less
Peter Bjorn & John – Young Folks
Le Tigre – Deceptacon
Sounds – Tony The Beat
Blondie – Call Me
Girls Aloud – Call The Shots
Ronson – Valerie
Gossip – Standing in the way
CSS – Let’s Make Love
Calvin – Acceptable in the 80s
Fratellis – Chelsea Dagger (YUCK)
Hole – Celebrity Skin
Killers – Mr Brightside (EEEUGH)
Bloc Party – Banquet
Rihanna – Please Don’t Stop the Music
Fedde vs Ida Corr – Let Me Think About It
Mariah Carey – All I Want For Xmas
Girls Aloud – Love Machine
Lily Allen – LDN
Gloria Jones – Tainted Love
Ike & Tina Turner – Nutbush City Limits
Kanye – Stronger
Britney – Gimme More (AAAGH)

Ashlee + Timbo = Kkkrazzy

Every so often a popstar who you don’t really care about does something that really doesn’t fit the opinion you hold of them. Holly Valance did this on the amazing ‘State of Mind’ and now, well now it’s Ashlee Simpson’s turn.

I interviewed Ashlee a few years ago at TOTP and it was horrible. I was probably rubbish because it was my first popstar interview, and she was rubbish because she really didn’t want to be there. The rather ace ‘Boyfriend’ and the catchy ‘L.O.V.E’ from her last album did show that Ashlee could perhaps be a really cool popstar, and now she’s got jiggy with Timberland no less to make the delirious ‘Outta My Head’. I can’t decide if it’s just weird or totally amazing, but I reckon this is the song Timba had lined up for Britney before she went all crazy on his ass.



SPICE WORLD!

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I went to see Spice Girls last night at their opening London gig. Despite being right at the top of the O2 and looking down on them as tiny people, it was awesome.

These were the highlights

– the crowd going WILD every time Victoria sang. Seriously it was hilarious. She seemed to genuinely smile at it.
– the cartoon visuals behind ‘Holler’ that somehow made every SG look like Cheryl Cole.
– the full on Gatecrasher “I Turn To You”
– “Viva Forever” making me nearly cry!
– how at times it felt like The Geri Halliwell Show
– The chants of “GERI, GERI, GERI” before ‘It’s Raining Men’
– Them playing a snippit of Run DMC vs Jason Nevins “It’s Like That” before “Stop”; the very song that made “Stop” the only (old) Spice single not to reach number 1.
– Geri’s union Jack dress

I am totally going again before they finish their o2 gigs so I can sit closer. Ebay at the ready!

THE CHART IS GOING MENTAL

18367_mariah2.jpgOne of my favourite things in the whole world is when the chart goes MENTAL, so let me tell you this week is very ace!

As the people who have to count down the chart, we get insights into how many people have bought songs all through th e week. And while we’re not telling you where they are, if things stay like they are at the moment, it’s very likely some of these songs will be appearing in a top 40 countdown near you on Sunday..

Wizzard – I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday
Mariah Carey – All I Want For Xmas
Wham – Last Christmas
Shakin Stevens – Merry Christmas Everyone
Band Aid – Do They Know It’s Christmas
The Pogues – Fairytale of New York
Andy Williams – It’s the Most Wonderful Time of Year

Amazing