Friday, April 29, 2005
Monday, April 25, 2005
Sunday, April 24, 2005
Daniel K was a contestant on the first series of German Pop Idol (known there as Deutschland Sucht Den Superstar
) but was beaten by cheesy Alexander Klaws
. Daniel was much more memorable as you can imagine from the scary picture, and his song choices included Nena's Neun-Und-Neunzig Luftballons and Abba's Dancing Queen. This song. Heartbeat, was his second single and one of the happiest (but also silliest) songs I've ever heard. Parts of it remind me of Spirit In The Sky, which was a hit in Germany at the time, but the lyrics make even less sense and the whole thing is a million times more fun and sooooo catchy!
Friday, April 22, 2005
Sunday, April 17, 2005
Saturday, April 16, 2005
I posted a song by Anouk a couple of weeks ago called Nobody's Wife, which was a raucous angsty thing but very ace with it, but she has so many ace songs that I needed to post another. There really is no female singer with this much girl power around today. Her voice is unusual but very likeable and works perfectly with the songs she sings. This is from her latest album and is certainly her poppiest, catchiest single yet and quite possibly my favourite. This is a version ripped off the radio but I think the male presenter at the beginning and end actually adds to the song's aceness, so I'm leaving him in. I challenge you not to be singing "girl! girl! girl!" at the top of your voice once you've heard this song. It also has a brilliant video which you can see here
Wednesday, April 13, 2005
You will probably know this song from the scene where Piper Perabo mimes to it on her roof in Coyote Ugly, but I think it's such a great song that it deserves to be remembered. I never understood why this wasn't released after the success of Can't Fight The Moonlight. It's a similar style (Britney-esque pop) and just as good. It's almost enough to make me forgive her for duetting with Ronan Keating. I also love that her official site is called Rimes Times! If you've wondered what LeAnn has been up to recently, she has been presenting the country version of American Idol, Nashville Star (why couldn't Carrie Underwood have gone for that instead, then she wouldn't have to bore us all on AI) and has a new album called This Woman. She has also been taking part in a campaign called "living with eczema
" - sounds exciting!
Friday, April 08, 2005
Most people would say without a moments thought that One True Voice were utterly rubbish, but I have to disagree. They were given awful songs and because the vote was split between people voting for the best voices or the 'cute' young ones, the winning five were completely mismatched, leaving them with no obvious musical direction. Of course this is no excuse for Matt and Jamie being entirely talentless and excruciating or Keith being plain dull, but there were 2 very talented singers in the band, namely Daniel and Anton. Sadly nothing has come of Daniel who was by far the best singer in Popstars : The Rivals (Nadine is so
overrated) but Anton did appear on this track by Norwegian female singer Winta. It was never released in the UK but I do think if it had been it could have been a really big hit. It's far more than good enough. And if they had kept the male star's name a secret it would be highly hilarious when he was revealed!
Monday, April 04, 2005
The best covers, in my book, are the ones which amplify everything that was brilliant about the original to make a song of extreme aceness, and this is a fine example. Le Tigre are the new face(s) of 'riot grrl', with some fabulous electropop thrown in. The define themselves as "feminist punk electronic" and you can't say fairer than that. The lead singer is Kathleen Hanna, who used to be in Bikini Kill
, amongst other projects, and came up with the phrase "smells like teen spirit" (she sprayed it on Courtney Love's wall). So she's quite an iconic figure for kids of the early 90s. The other two members are Johanna and JD, both of whom she met in the late 90s. They're now on their 3rd full LP from which they have recently released two singles (TKO and After Dark) and on which you can hear this marvellous piece of music. It is of course a cover of the Pointers Sisters classic and they have made an already brilliant song amazing and even more fun than you would think possible. Download it! Now!