Monday, November 22, 2004
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As well as being the greatest-named band in pop, Universal Poplab are also Swedish and fantastically ace. This is the mainstream-electropop version of a Morrissey hit that has got them noticed most so far, but they have many other equally fabulous songs, my personal favourites being Bedhead and Dice Roller from their self-titled debut album. The band is made up of flamboyant singer Christer (of Swedish radio P3 fame) and beautiful producer Paul (long-haired one in the photo), and this song features the gorgeous Swedish pop star and Christer's childhood friend Håkan Hellström
You will have heard Therese Grankvist on the recent top 10 hit Put 'Em High by Stonebridge and their new one Take Me Away, but you may not know that she's already a minor pop star in her home country of Sweden (although she was born in London). She joined a band called Dromhus in 1997 who, like all the best Swedish pop acts, competed in the Melodifestivalen and just missed out on Eurovision by coming 2nd. This song was released there in November 2003 and even if you couldn't care less about her songs with Stonebridge, you must
download this because it's one of the catchiest and overall best Euro dance-pop songs of the past year. I love the "Tikatikatimekatimekatime" bits and the sharp bambambams of the backing track and the way it speeds full force into the chorus and how she says "you" like "yo" and of course the sirens! It's so catchy and so much stronger than most of the flimsy dance-pop in the charts at the moment. I actually think it would make a great single for Dannii Minogue, or even Kylie although it's not really her current style. If Therese doesn't release this in the UK then someone else should, although preferably not Lisa Scott-Lee...
Monday, November 08, 2004