Thursday, September 30, 2004

Random News

Bonza news!
We have officially managed over 1000 hits, this week, whichever way you count them! Thank you to everyone who keeps visiting us and linking to us, especially to Simon at Spoilt Victorian Child - you have worked wonders for us!

The DMAs:
If you haven't already, please vote in the Digital Music Awards. They are perfect for online music-lovers such as yourselves, with categories including 'Best Artist Download' and 'Best Radio Station Online' along with the usual. There's also oppurtunity to be entered into prize draws, and it's really quick and easy to vote. Oh, and you can vote for us, if you like, or even last year's winner AtEase (a great Radiohead fansite owned by a pal of Mary from Box Five)

Wednesday, September 29, 2004

Videos at Launch

We advise checking out:

Estelle - 'Free'
Like the new Ms Dynamite, with even catchier choruses. She can sing, and rap...and shock horror, I actually LIKE her now. And this video has more than the radio edit I've heard already.

Fatboy Slim - 'Slash Dot Dash'
We've said it before. Nudity. Defying Gravity. Marker pens. Toilet.

Mousse T - 'Is It Cos I'm Cool'
Our first single of the week, ever - need we say more?

Green Day - 'American Idiot'
For green splashy gooeyness.

Click on the post title to pay a visit to Yahoo Launch - the best video video source online!

UK Download Top 20 (29/09/04)

Into the 5th week of our download chart coverage and several 'singles' are still going strong. Five week runners include:

Nelly - this week's highest climber (5)Green Day - American Idiot
Maroon 5 - This Love
Shapeshifters - Lola's Theme
Streets - Dry Your Eyes
Keane - Bedshaped
Twista - Sunshine

This week we also have our first re-entry, and it's from Duran Duran with 'Sunrise' at 18.

There are new entries from Depeche Mode (17), Ian Brown (16) and 3 of a Kind (14).

The top five stays pretty rigid, with no movement in the top four whatsoever and Nelly climbing from 10 to a new position at 5 with 'My Place'. So yes, this means that Natasha Bedingfield is STILL number one. Can anybody topple her? Find out next week, and view the entire download chart here.

Tuesday, September 28, 2004

Jamie's single of the week - By Jamie, this week!

What will you NOT buy?

Jessica Simpson - "Take my Breath Away"
Now, don't get me wrong. I love Berlin's original version of this song. It's one of those 80s' classics that will live on for a good time yet. However, in the same way that I couldn't try and copy the Mona Lisa and come up with a good piece of artwork, Jessica sadly (well, not really sadly, I don't care...) can't quite measure up to the original. Why? Because she can't sing. Actually, she might be able to, but I don't know, because she feels the need to shout. Everything. However, no matter how bad this cover version is (and it is pretty awful), it is in no way worse than the murder that is Angels.
It is for these reasons I formally award this single...


What will I permit you to buy?

Ashlee Simpson - "Pieces of Me"
But only because it's not a very good week, and because she's a lot better than her sister.

What must you buy?

Well, I'll be honest with you. It's not really the best week for singles this week. I mean the selection ranges from the Cheeky Girls to Ronan Keating. So what can I choose? Well, sorry but it has to be...

REM - "Leaving New York"
Yes, I know Hannah's just chosen this song, but it really is the best song out this week. And you know that Leo will choose something different.
It's typically REM, and it carries on the 'You-know-it's-REM-from-one-listen' vibe that they have had going on for some time (rather like Dido). Remarkably catchy for a ballad, you can bet whatever money you have in that pocket of yours that I'm going to be singing it all night long. Which may or may not be a good thing (have you heard my singing?).



Looking ahead, next week doesn't look all that hot either. But the week after that... I've chosen my SOTW already!

Hannah's Single of the Week

We have learnt, over the past few weeks on WL, that release schedules are hardly the most reliable things in the world. Therefore, going solely by the BBC's listings, here are this week's picks:

Honourable Mentions:

Big Brovaz - 'Yours Fatally'
It's the return of the Brovaz. The last WE saw of them was in the rather disappointing Scooby Doo 2, with a rather disappointing song. Seriously, the only GOOD thing about that movie was Seth Green. Anyway, they're back, with a song that seems to be capitalising on the success of 'Favourite Things'. It's slick, piano-based and a light alternative to most of the stuff that's out there at the minute. Even if it's about Bunny Boilers. Much fun, but not as good as it might be. 3/5

Also check out The Streets and Deep Dish.

Single of the Week:
REM - 'Leaving New York'

This WAS a download exclusive, but it now appears to be getting a full single release. It deserves it. The song begins haunting and eerie, yet still sounds like typical REM. It's nothing unusual or spectacular, but I happen to quite like them, especially on tracks such as this one. Note also the clever weaving together of several melodies in the chorus. I can't really say much more, but to try it and see what you think.

Avoid at all costs:

Jessica Simpson - 'Take My Breath Away'
As was with 'Angels' - we don't need to explain. 0/5

Cheeky Girls - 'Cheeky Flamenco'
I haven't heard this, but I really don't think I need to. Do they not know when to give up? 0/5

Ashley Simpson - 'Pieces of Me'
Like her sister, just slightly better. But still bad. 1/5

Or maybe not at ALL costs:

Ronan Keating - 'I Hope You Dance'
It's for charity, if I remember rightly, and it's a nice enough song,'s Ronan. If you're a charitable type, please buy. Otherwise, ignore. 1.5/5

Monday, September 27, 2004

Another odd week in the top 75...

This week holds many of the strangest chart events I have seen in the past year. With 19 new entries, yet only one in the top 10, several climbers in the upper region of the chart and quite a few old faces, it should make a rather interesting little commentary. Or not, considering it's still your 'favourite' redhead writing!

PJ HarveyIn the lowest regions of the chart this week, we have new entries from David Morales (71), Taking Back Sunday (70) and Client (68). New urban prodigy Shystie has a disappointing chart placing (59) while chart veterans Mansun make 55. Matt Goss makes another return to the top 75 with Minimal Chic on a track called 'I Need The Key' which enters at 54. The Concretes are at 52 with 'Seems Fine'. Meanwhile, PJ Harvey is back with her new single 'Shame', entering at 45.

Into the top 40, and Mark Knopfler has a new entry at 34. Brian Wilson makes 29 with new track 'Wonderful' while my SOTW by The Ordinary Boys, 'Seaside' makes 27. Scottish favourites Biffy Clyro have their second chart entry in a very short period of time with 'My Recovery Injection' at 24. On the other hand, it's a while since we've seen Paul McCartney, who just misses out on the top 20 at 21.

Here's where things get interesting! After Ian Brown at 19, a Popjustice-plugged pop song makes the top 20! Alcazar are at 15, with 'This is the World We Live In'. Muse place one higher at 14, thanks Alcazarto their enhanced cd format, apparently. How about the fact that the song is 'Butterflies and Hurricanes', Hmm?

Fatboy Slim has a disappointing chart placing at 12, with 'Slash Dot Dash' while the re-release of Groove Armada's 'I See You Baby' charts significantly higher than the original, at 11, while still missing out on that elusive top 10.

Only one man did make it, it seems, and that is...Donny Osmond. Dear me, isn't it sad? Donny Osmond, helped along by Gary Barlow, is this week's highest entry. So wrong.

This week's top 10 consists of Natasha Bedingfield, Nelly and Jojo each climbing a place, Twista and Green Day falling a few, and everything else stopping still. It's like bloody January already...! So, yes, Eric 'Priddz' is STILL number one.

Sunday, September 26, 2004

Some people who need to be put into a mental institution:

The deaf:
"Jessica Simpson is such an absouobtely talented individual. I think she sings it alot better than that of Robbie Williams. She has such a rare ability to hit those high notes. The only other people I'm aware of who can hit those notes are Anastacia and X-Tina. Jess is going to be huge for many years to come."
The even more deaf:
"This single is the best so far. All you people putting down the best, talented, gifted singer of all time can re-think what you have said!! Jessica has remade this song beautifully, as well as 'Take My Breath Away'. Robbie Williams doesnt compare to this one bit. If you sit down, listen to 'Angels' you will not disagree with me. Well done Jessica. You are the best Newlywed. Luv Ya"
The nasty AND deaf:
"It's good. I hate Robbie Williams because hes a little freak. So all you guys that love him...well who cares? Jessica did well on this song."
The downright stupid:
"personally, i have never heard the robbie williams verson of this song but even if i ever hear it, no matter how good it is, jessica simpson's version will be dozens - hundreds-thousands-maybe even millions of times better than robbie's. in fact, im sure it is the best. better than any other version of this song. and people who make rude comments about jessica simpson and her songs-your are intitled to your opinion-but just remember- she's the one with the major record deal and the song DID get in the top ten list- thankz luv ya lotz- a true jess fan "
Nice, but stupid:
"Love it, love it, love it. She can really hit those high notes. I like Robbie's version as well as Jessica's. This song is the only reason I bought the album."
Sarcasm? Apparently not:
"I absolutly love this song. When I first heard it I had no idea that it was Jessica Simpson. After realisizing it was her, I rushed out and purchased the album. Specifically for this song. It really shows she is a talented singer and not just a studio masterpeice. "
Does text speak ever get you anywhere?:
And lastly:
"If you cannot sing this song, shut your face!"
Yes, dear, but Jessica can't sing it either!

Saturday, September 25, 2004

We HAVE the massacre!

Jamie sent me a file this morning, sarcastically saying that I'd 'love it'. To aid the deception further, the file was renamed 'Lovely Song'

So, I am 'happy' to say I have finally heard the Jessica Simpson brand massacre of Robbie Williams' Angels. There is only one word to describe it. It is SHIT.

1) Painful high notes (think 'all' and 'waterfall')
2) They wrecked the instrumental - there is none of that amazing guitar bit
3) Instead she sings a load more painful high pitchedness over the top of it.
4) She can't sing, can she?
5) They changed the piano backing! You CAN'T do that!

The only good thing - it shows how good the Robbie Williams version is. And it persuades Jamie to think it's a 'masterpiece'. That's Robbie Williams, not Jessica Simpson. So, Whatever's Left recommends that to listen to this piece of musical crappiness. And you can do that right here.

If Jessica Simpson or any of her people have objections to this download, which is only up for 7 days, intended as a sampler, and should be deleted as some kind of celebratory gesture, please feel free to contact us, and we will remove it.

Jamie's Single of the Week, by Hannah

To put it simply:
Muse - Butterflies and Hurricanes
The best thing you could possibly buy right now

1) It's the best song off Absolution
2) It has an amazing Rachmaninov piano solo
3) The man deserves an award JUST for playing that Rachmaninov piano solo
4) We have the sheet music, we can prove it!
5) Matt Bellamy is awesomeness personified.
6) It sounds like a film soundtrack
7) Eerie, almost hypnotic lyrics
8) The transition from Butterflies to Hurricanes and vice versa
9) Muse. Are. Just. Bonza.
10) You don't want to argue with Jamie (not the popstar) Scott, especially when he's frustrated by uni applications.

Thursday, September 23, 2004

UK Official Download Chart (23/09/04)

This twisted little chart of the mp3-music world gets stranger and stranger by the week. We're into our 4th week of this new 'top 20' and 40% of the songs in the chart this week were there when it began. Does this EVER happen in the real, cd-format, top 20? Hardly. We're not complaining though, because it shows just how popular some artists are, and where their real fans lie - in the heart of every computer music geek in the UK.

There's also more new entries this week than last, all songs that have already featured in the singles top 40, with the exception of 'Slash Dot Dash'. There's a little selection, from Jojo to Brian McFadden, who is this week's highest new entry at number 4.

Still, nobody can quite shake off Miss Natasha Bedingfield from the top spot - not even Green Day, who have moved from 4 to 2.

Check out the full chart here.

Wednesday, September 22, 2004

Hannah's Single of the Week

Honourable Mentions:

Fatboy Slim - 'Slash Dot Dash'
Apparently, it really is out this week. Unfortunately there are several better singles around too, and I can't be bothered to write an extensive review, either. :P 4/5

Muse - 'Butterflies and Hurricanes'
Really, it IS my single of the week, but considering it's inevitable that the Jamie will produce a gushing review of it sometime soon, I'll leave it to him to sing its praises. It is, however, one of their best singles yet. 4.75/5

Groove Armada - 'I See You Baby' (Fatboy Slim Remix)
The Fatboy is working his magic once again on this track, an 'oldie' from when I first chart-watched. Recently it's been on a car ad, and yes, it's amazing what commercials are doing for the music industry at the moment. Hopefully it will be an even bigger hit than it was before. It was great then, and it's great now. 4/5

Single of the Week
The Ordinary Boys

I've decided that I quite like the Ordinary Boys and I really need to listen to them more carefully, because this song is just fabulous. So are the band, whose rather bonza lead singer was COOL enough to go on Never Mind The Buzzcocks this week, even if he didn't play for Bill Bailey. The lyrics are rather...close to home. Note in particular...
'With better things to sitting in a room and staring at computer screens...'
Ahem. Besides the Hannah-comparisons, the song is undeniably British, especially with the seaside-ness. It's three-and-a-half-minutes of catchy singalong, with a great melody and extra brass. Loathe it at your peril. 4.1/5

Avoid at all costs:

Ashlee Simpson - 'Pieces of Me'
Who DOES this girl think she's fooling, apart from Scott Mills? She's being marketed as Jessica's punkier little sister. Does she really think we'll be baffled by thinking 'rock chick' over a bit of hair dye and a track similar to what would be churned out by Jennifer Ellison? Maybe some popular radio djs are, but we're not. 1/5

Tuesday, September 21, 2004

Jamie reviews... 'O'

As the Hannah has already reviewed an album, and the Leonard is threatening to do so, I thought I'd have a go myself.

To make things nice and easy, I've chosen one of my favourite albums of late, the stunning 'O' by Damien Rice. For those of you not in the know, Rice is an Irish singer/songwriter and is helped along by his girlfriend Lisa Hannigan (not to be confused with Buffy the Vampire Slayer and American Pie's Alyson Hannigan) on many of the album's tracks.

'O' starts off on fine form with the beautiful 'Delicate', which begins as a very apt name indeed, but as the song progresses, the track increases in intensity and strength, without losing sight of the meaning and feel that was intended. Indeed, this style of writing suits Rice well and is a feature of many of the albums 12 songs, for example 'The Blower's Daughter' or 'Cheers Darlin''

Other songs take a different approach. 'Volcano' plays like a duet between Damien and Lisa, whereas 'I Remember' could very easily be two entirely different songs played one-after-the-other, a sentimental ballad by Lisa, followed by a bitter lament by Damien. This mélange may sound a bit odd on paper, (does this phrase work on the internet?) but provides such powerful contrast that brings both parts together in an almost irresistable way.

A feature of this album that I have to mention is the hidden tracks. After the 'final' track 'Eskimo' (complete with Finnish opera), you are treated to a good few minutes of silence before 'Prague' the only song on the album to contain an expletive, begins. This is also followed by a lengthy silence, but the wait is rewarded by a truly haunting version of 'Silent Night' by Lisa (with new lyrics, naturally). 'Silent Night' ends the album in an incredibly classy way, and Lisa's wonderful voice gives it a quality that removes it so far from it's sunday school connotations.

The one thing that I really must criticise the album for is its lack of variety. The majority of the songs are slow, acoustic ballads, and those that aren't haven't departed from this formula by very much. It is a bit of a shame that no songs such as 'Woman Like a Man' (released on EP but not on the album) appear, just to break it up a little bit.

However, if you're looking for something recent and Irish that isn't Westlife, Boyzone, B*witched or any of their constituent members, then this album is definately for you.
If you liked the radio edit of 'Cannonball', the far superior original version can be found here.
Even if you've never heard anything by Damien before, I implore you give it a go. You won't be disappointed.
For more info, click here

A near-perfect masterpiece.

Monday, September 20, 2004

Never Mind The...

Why does NOBODY (except my darling mother) inform me that the best music quiz show, and possibly my most favourite quiz show in the WORLD* has a new series?
...with added troll:
Monday nights - miss them at your peril!
*and why the hell did they scrap 'It's Only TV, But I Like It'?

UK Top 75 (20/09/04)

There's little activity in the lower regions on the top 75 this week, the lowest new entry being at number 61. This single, from Mark B, I'm suspecting, is some sort of import...due to the amount of times I've heard it played on Radio 1. Other entries come from Detroit Cobras at 59, Richard Cartridge at 50 and Nick Drake at 48.

Heading into the top 40, there's a string of new entries from such acts as the Beastie Boys, Interpol, Thirteen Senses and the 22-20s at 37, 36, 35 and 34 respectively.

Dido has another 'unsuccessful' single at 29 with 'Sand in my Shoes' whilst the Popjustice-loved 'Chewing Gum' by Annie makes it in at 25. Cassidy is new at 24 and Bryan Adams is at 21 with his new single 'Open Road'.

Hyped indie-rockers Razorlight have another hit on their hands with 'Vice', which makes it to 18. The Corrs have an entry less inspiring than anything else they've ever done (yes, it's possible), at 16 while there's an unexpected appearance from Status Quo at 14 with 'You'll Come Round'.

Into the top 10, and the first one to make it is new soul-sensation, and Jamie's single of the week - Joss Stone. She's at 9 with latest release 'You Had Me'. So, who's the new top 3?

3) Green Day - American Idiot
My semi-plugged rock anthem of the week.

2) Girls Aloud - Love Machine
I'm sure Leo will think it's a crying shame, but the Girls didn't make it to number one this week...

1) Eric Prydz - Call On Me
Amazing what a video can do for a dirty-minded British public, eh?

It seems we, and everyone else, were gravely misinformed about the release of 'Slash Dot Dash'. Sometimes I wish release schedules were set in stone. It would make our jobs easier, after all...

Sunday, September 19, 2004

Sarah Slean-ness

One person Callum Sinclair has always recommended to me is Sarah Slean. He gave a copy of her album to his loved one, as a meeting present. He is also secretly trying to persuade me to buy her some subliminal fashion, by sending me lots of her music and directing me to a Radiohead cover. Unsurprisingly, it's VERY good.

On this website, click special feature, then check out 'Climbing Up The Walls' first, before browsing through the other content. It's all rather bonza, and I have a soft spot for 'Eliot', since Callum has covered that himself.

Just a quick post, so you're not all deprived :)

Saturday, September 18, 2004

Single of the Week According to Leo

Obviously, this week's Single of the Week is Girls Aloud - 'Love Machine'. It's no 'No Good Advice' or even 'The Show', but it does contain all the elements of a fantastic Girls Aloud song: Nadine, Kimberley, Sarah, Cheryl And Nicola.

Some of its brilliance has been overshadowed by the (admittedly genius) way the girls have managed to get 'negligee' into a song. Well, OK, the girls didn't do it, Xenomania did. But you get the idea.

QUESTION: Why do they always give Nadine the part which has no identifiable tune to sing? Or does it have an identifiable tune until they give it to Nadine to sing?

Hannah would want me to include a bit of criticism (because she's mean like that) so: if we're being honest, the lyrics are utter nonsense aren't they? They sound cleverly put together sung, until you actually listen to the words and you realise they're singing about eskimos and breathing underwater, for no clear reason. Creative, you might think, but some of it's just a bit lazy - "Let's just find any old words ending in -ation... ooh, and when we run out of them, stick in 're-arrange ya'".

It brings me almost physical pain to criticise the Aloud, so I'll stop there. They are on nearly top form and the song stands out above most of the other releases this week. It's a shame it won't get to Number One because of...

... Eric Prydz - 'Call On Me'
It's annoyingly catchy and I'd imagine just annoying full stop for a lot of people. I know I should hate it. But I don't. I know I should loathe the video. But it actually makes me laugh a lot. So.
I'll give it 3/5.

Dido - 'Sand In My Shoes'
Joss Stone - 'You Had Me'
Because they are Dido and Joss Stone.

I realise I'm probably far too late getting round to posting this to actually influence your choice of singles purchases this week. But Hannah forced me to I felt I should post. It's all pointless anyway - look at last week's charts: McFly at just Number 3 with Brian McFadden and Nelly at Numbers 1 and 2. Sigh.

COMING SOON: Some sort of review of Darren Hayes' new album 'The Tension and the Spark'.

A recommendation:

Dogs Die In Hot Cars

(as they will henceforth be known) are the embodiment of obscurity. They are a unique Scottish five piece, yet are pretty much unknown in the UK...and everywhere else. However, get into the right musical circles and people are raving about the 'Dogs'. They've played virtually every festival this year, from Glastonbury to Summer Sundae, have had two top 75 singles, and are awaiting another chart placing very shortly.

'Godhopping' was the first single from their arty-nonsense-indie-pop album 'Please Describe Yourself' didn't do particularly well, really. But since when was THAT a reason for music being bad...unless it was the 3rd single from the Fast Food Rockers?

Think Spike Milligan nonsense poetry put to music, and you're about halfway to discovering what they're all about. Discover that their musical diet consists of Nirvana and The Red Hot Chili Peppers and be extremely confused. Listen to this track, and see what lyrics you actually come up with, before realising the real ones are more nonsensical than what you originally thought! DDIHC are unquestionably a whole lot of fun!

To listen/stream go to:
Their official website - to listen to Godhopping, amongst others, click 'media' then 'audio' then scroll down. There's also some useful information, pictures and tour dates. They're currently in Australia (for your attention, Crystal!) before moving onto playing several dates across the UK.

Friday, September 17, 2004

Hannah's Chronicles of the Slightly Obscure (part one)

My house is pretty much a diverse library of cds and records. We have the likes of Eminem, Outkast, Nickelback and Sum 41, Radiohead, Robbie Williams and Coldplay, the music of Cliff Richard, Chris DeBurgh and Darius and basically everything from Iron Maiden, to Starsailor to Now 52. It's a bit crazy, you have to agree.

So, it made a fair bit of sense for me to have a hunt around, especially on the dusty shelves and find a few things that might be considered older, or slightly obscure and then show them to you lot. So...what have I found? I thought it might be rather nice to start with this:

Blackmoore's Night
Be Mine Tonight

Taken from their first album, Shadow of the Moon (1997), 'Be Mine Tonight' is a gentle waltz reflecting the style of the whole debut album from Ritchie Blackmoore and Candice Night. For those not in the know, Ritchie Blackmoore is better known as the lead guitarist of Deep Purple and Rainbow, but this side-project is a far cry from most of the music there. It has a very 'medieval' feel to it, with acoustic guitars, tambourines, mandolins and lots of strings. I chose this song in particular because it has some really lovely harmonies. See what you make of it. Download it here and please tell me what you think.


The tracks we post here are for evaluation purposes only and are available for a limited amount of downloads/days. We recommend deleting them from your computer, properly, and then buying them. If any track on here belongs to you - eg. you are the artist/label and want the track removed I shall do so immediately. We aim to promote music so it WILL be bought, especially this obscure music that you probably aren't going to hear a lot of on the mainstream radio...

Thursday, September 16, 2004

JAMIE's Single of the Week...

Hello there!
As the newest recruit of this beautiful blog, I have decided (or rather, it has been decided for me) to have a real baptism of fire and to present to you all my Single of the Week. So, to start with:

Hilary Duff - 'Fly'

Now I'll be honest with you. I haven't heard this song at all. However, I do tend to bear grudges, and unfortunately, Miss Duff isn't blessed in the vocal department. Also, she's a bit of a pants 'actress' as well. So, I feel I must insist that this song is not bought or played by any of you, as she may cause your ears to bleed or something. See, I'm always thinking of you...

0.5/5 (She wins 0.5 of a point for being my very first reviewee!)

Worth a Look:
Dido - 'Sand in my Shoes'

I really don't see why everybody's so anti-Dido recently. Now, I wouldn't put her in my list of favourite artists or anything, but she's not that bad surely?? Anyway, I quite like this song, because it's not as bland as some of the stuff that she tends to produce, and I do like the verses, even if the chorus is a little on the predictable side. It is, undeniably, better than some of the releases this week...


The Also-Rans:
Girls Aloud - 'Love Machine'

This certainly deserves a mention for being the only song I've ever heard featuring the word 'negligée'. Go it!

Fatboy Slim - 'Slash Dot Dash'

This is a fun song, I have to admit, even though dance music often makes me want to cry. Also, marker pens never looked so appealing!!

Cream of the Crop:
Joss Stone - 'You Had Me'

Now, Jocelyn isn't really my cup of tea, but this song, I like. It's upbeat and uplifting, despite the subject matter, and for a seventeen year-old from Devon, she has a pair of lungs on her. Many a review has said that Joss' voice rightfully belongs to an American, 50 year old black soul singer, and it is something I have to echo. As annoying as it is when there are talented people of the same age as you, I have to hand it to her. This song is also something that I doubt anyone will find offensive, and it's enough to make me cite a R&B track as my record of the week. Enjoy this moment people, as you may never see it again!


Sorry, it's not the longest review in the world, but yes, I'm a busy, busy guy. Well, not really, I'm just a bit lazy and don't like writing lots...

UK Download Top 20

It seems my efforts to promote the new exclusive by Keane, a rather slick cover of 'The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore', have paid off, to some extent. They are a new entry in the UK Official Download Chart at number 9.

This would be very pleasing, except it isn't the 'bestselling' newbie of the week. What is, is a bit of a surprise. Razorlight are this week's highest new entry, at 3, with 'Golden Touch'. Now, I have nothing against 'Golden Touch' and think it's particularly good. Arguably one of my singles of the year. However, I wanted Keane to 'win', damnit!

Miss Natasha Bedingfield still sits firmly on the top spot with 'These Words', showing no real sign of budging and Maroon 5 show their online popularity by still having two singles in the top 10.

Other new entries come from REM, at 10, with 'Leaving New York' and Joss Stone, at 17, with 'You Had Me', which is also out on CD format this week. Also creeping into the top 20 at 19 is Duran Duran.

To see the chart in full, please click here.

Wednesday, September 15, 2004

Hannah's Single of the Week

Honourable Mentions:

Girls Aloud - 'Love Machine'
The Aloud deserve a special mention from me this week, despite the inevitability that Leo is probably going to proclaim them his single of the week, the month and probably the whole year. I did lose a bit of respect for the girls when I realised they weren't performing live, after that seemed to be the whole point on the TV show...but look, they have almost shook off that reality tv label, and aren't 'that band off that show' anymore. Extra bonza bonus points go to Cheryl, Nadine, Nicola, Sarah and Kimberley for producing a song that sounds nothing like anything that's out right now, even if they didn't probably write it... 3/5

Green Day - 'American Idiot'
I hadn't actually heard Green Day until earlier this year. Before then, they were just a band name of one of the girls' t-shirts at school. I can't say they're my 'thing' but I do hold a certain respect for this song, its video especially, and it's incredibly catchy. 3/5

Also worth a listen are Razorlight - 'Vice' (something suspiciously Libertines-like) and Dido - 'Sand in my Shoes' which IS better than her previous single, at least. You can't help thinking she's stretching it a bit though...unlike this man:

Single of the Week
Fatboy Slim - 'Slash Dot Dash'

He's back, and with an incredible tune - probably my favourite of all his releases so far. It also has possibly the most daring video of the year so far, which, if you haven't seen it, can probably be summed up by the words 'nudity' and 'black marker pens'. It's extremely clever though and adequately sums up the energy that makes up the song. It's a fun slice of funk that sounds incredibly like it should be on an ABS flash vid, but don't let that put you off. It's crazy and it's repetitiveness doesn't get out of hand, lasting a mere two and a half minutes. I'm still waiting, however, for Norman Cook to put something out which matches the brilliance of Basement Jaxx. 3.8/5

Please DO NOT buy:

Candice - 'Hello' - another Avril Lavigne wannabe? We're getting bored now. No thanks. 1/5

Wait a cotton-picking minute!!!!

Annie - 'Chewing Gum' is out this week?! Nobody bothered to inform us, or indeed Popjustice, about this! It's another 'nothing quite like it' song, with some kind of participation from Richard X. Please give it a listen, or a certain person will probably ignore me for life for not bigging-it-up. :P

The REAL (and much better) Jamie Scott

Since he spends so much time loitering around Whatever's Left, we thought it best that we made some use of him...

The notorious Jamie is hopefully joining the 'team' and will hopefully provide ample nonsense, sarcasm and compulsary adoration of Muse and Damien Rice to WL.

Leo has yet even more competition ;)

Monday, September 13, 2004

Hannah Reviews...'Scissor Sisters'

I get glares and looks that vaguely resemble 'what the hell?' if I ever play/mention/admit I like the Scissor Sisters. I can see why many people think I'm insane - Hannah, the girl who seems to take music almost as seriously as she takes breathing, likes a band who many would simply refer to as 'a joke'. I know what they're saying, and considering my first encounter with the Scissor Sisters was sometime in 2003, watching the original encarnation of the 'Laura' video, and being totally bewildered by it, they do have a point. The Scissor Sisters are possibly one of the most camp acts out there at the minute, but they make great, and even sometimes serious, disco-pop music. You just need to broaden your tastes, and take a giant leap into the musical unknown...

The Scissor Sisters are (not their real names, please note) :
Jake Shears, Ana Matronic, Babydaddy, Del Marquis and Paddy Boom. This is probably one reason why it IS hard to take them seriously. Please bear with me.

Their self-titled debut opens with the aforementioned belter 'Laura', a bizarre tale, with an incredibly busy backing track and, wait for it...a sax solo! You can see where my heart was won over. Crazy disco and electric moments, with added falsetto, are to be found with fellow single releases 'Take Your Mama' and 'Comfortably Numb', their career-maker. All 3 were 'growers' on my part, but are equally strong singles. Chances are, if you weren't convinced first time around, have another listen.

An unexpected moment of tenderness can be found on 'Mary' - clearly my favourite song on the album. Why? It was written about Jake's childhood best friend, a girl had trouble with her weight, and shows a completely different side to the Sisters. It wouldn't be really out of place on 'Hopes and Fears' and is a gentle piano-based ballad, with a hint of jazz.

In contrast, the quite wonderful 'Music Is The Victim' is a 3-minute dash of jive and is perfect to dance to, with a great guitar solo, thumping bassline and boogie-piano. There are some shaky moments - I can't seem to find any appeal in 'Filthy/Gorgeous' or 'Tits on the Radio' which are both probably a little too far from what I'm 'used to'. These redeem themselves, however, with the sheer quality of the rest of the album, including a slightly more acoustic outing with 'Return to Oz'

And, UK listeners, you are also privileged enough to receive two bonus tracks AND a message from Ms Matronic. How bonza! In fact, I defy you not to even like them a LITTLE bit after that generosity. The Scissor Sisters have truly opened my mind. Give them a go, and I swear you won't be disappointed.


UK Top 75 (12/09/04)

The UK Top 75 is behaving rather oddly this week. Why? Everything is all over the place and there are more climbers than I can count! Well, that's a lie. More climbers than Leo can count. There's a LOT of new entries in the lower regions (40 - 75) - 12, to be exact, from such diverse artists as Fountains of Wayne, Yellowcard, 5,6,7,8s and The Kinks.

This Week's Many Climbers:
Kasabian - LSF (56-55)
Britney Spears - Everytime (52-51)
Keane - Bedshaped (31-30)
Anastacia - Sick and Tired (27-26)
Stonebridge - Put 'Em High (25-23)
Shapeshifters - Lola's Theme (24-21)
Maroon 5 - She Will Be Loved (9-8)

Notable New Entries (but not all):
34) Jet - Cold Hard Bitch (Hannah's probable single of the week)
15) The Music - Freedom Fighters (Hannah's OTHER probable single of the week)
14) Peter Andre - The Right Way (Evil, and not remotely funny anymore)
3) McFly - That Girl (Evil music demons, but still, stupidly enough, Leo's Single of the Week)
1) Bryan Brian McFadden - Real To Me (It was inevitable really, wasn't it? Let's hope he fades away like Gary Barlow...)

Sunday, September 12, 2004

Extreme Box Five Appreciation Mania

I really can't think why I haven't done this already. Box Five are beyond amazing! In fact, if it wasn't for Box Five there would be NO Whatever's Left. At all. Not a sausage. So, why are Box Five so incredibly bonza? Please read on to find out our:

10 Reasons Why We Love Box Five...

1) Mary has the best hair colour on the planet. Power to the redheads, oh yes.
2) If their demo of 'The Wrong Impression' is SO great already - what the hell will the finished version be like?
3) They cover Radiohead songs at their gigs, so clearly have sublime taste in music. I also know Mary is a bit of a fan of the wonderful Matt Bellamy, and Muse, as if it couldn't get any better.
4) Again, if it wasn't for Box Five, we wouldn't exist. Why? Well, once upon a time I, Hannah, stumbled upon Mary Bichner's arrangements of Radiohead tunes for piano (thanks to a friend at school) and found my way over to two of her websites - her journal and the Box Five website. After listening to her songs, and seeing some of her inspiring entries, I decided to get a blog of my own. From there I discovered the quite wonderful Michael and Crystal of the LP, who got me hooked on pop-blogging. Being on Michael's friends list also meant that Leo found me...and the rest is history.
5) They have a completely and utterly bonza website, which you can find here.
6) On this completely and utterly bonza website, you can find lots of demos, many recorded at live performances, or by Mary in her bedroom. Most are full tracks and are extremely good.
7) Mary is a lyrical genius, and, with the amount of rubbish we do seem to be getting in the charts at the moment, her songs are a breath of fresh air. They're something...different. Especially Off The Hook.
8) And before you think it's just Mary, it's not. In this extremely talented four-piece is Joe Bichner, Mary's brother, who likes chocolate pop-tarts (which are amazing, so we like him) and plays guitar. There's Brian, the bassist, and we all know how I love bass guitars. Doug is the percussionist for Box Five...and boy does he seem to wear glasses with style. I think he needs to give some advice to Leo there... ;)
9) I can't actually find any fault with them aside from the fact they're not in the UK!
10) Something 'very special' might be about to happen to Box Five which would 'translate into beautiful and delicious things' for their recording and touring plans. This would be amazing, since I cannot wait for Box Five to make it over to the UK.

Thanks to Box Five for letting us use one of their lovely new photos!

Saturday, September 11, 2004

Reindeer Section

Considering my good friend, and Gary Lightbody obsessive, Emma, has downloaded, bought or streamed a fair few tracks on my recommendation, I thought I should return the favour and make the effort to listen to something she loves. Obviously, it does involve Gary Lightbody, and it is Scottish supergroup Reindeer Section.

There seems to be some really bonza stuff coming from Scotland right now, and not just from Snow Patrol. Mercury Prize-winning and eyeliner-wearing art-rockers, Franz Ferdinand have been dominating the indie charts and the rather charming Callum Sinclair has also been invading my mp3 player of late.

Reindeer Section itself is formed from bits and pieces of such Scottish acts as Mull Historical Society, Belle and Sebastian, Mogwai and Lightbody himself. The theory goes that if you love any of the above, especially Snow Patrol, this should be ideal.

Learn more, and stream some tracks here...

War Child Music Exclusives

I'm going to pause for a moment, and write in all seriousness.

On WarChildMusic, currently, there is a Radiohead live remix of their fairly recent single 'Go To Sleep' AND Keane covering 'The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore'. I would love both songs to make the download top 20 next week, not just so that I can take pride in the fact that the songs are being promoted further, but that for every download, 70% of the money isn't going to some record company big-wig...

In fact, this money goes to a most deserving charity, War Child, if you STILL need motivation aside from the obvious fact that it is great music. It's also for a good cause.

And on September 11th, it's an ideal time to give something back to the people who shouldn't have, but did, suffer, from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and many other countries across the world.

Please browse the website to find out more. Thank you.


Friday, September 10, 2004

Single of the Week According to Leo

This week, readers, it's not about the music. No. This week, it's personal.

We have a major problem with this week's new releases:

Brian McFadden and Peter Andre are both very real threats to the charts. As they are pop demons sent from Hell, you must do everything you can to keep them from the top spot.

But what can be done? What is the solution to this pop emergency?

Single of the Week:
McFly - 'That Girl'

The solution is simple, ladies and gentlemen. Your mission is to buy the McFly single as soon as you can. Not just in order to put an end to the Andre/McFadden terror, but because 'That Girl' is quite good. OK, not as good as some other songs on the album. But it does have certain lines that conjure up some very pleasing mental images.

Not familiar with McFly? What, do you live on Mars or something? Here's what you need to know:

I hope you have found this chart, compiled after much complex scientific research, helpful in giving you a better understanding of the band. ;)

You are now ready to save pop. Go go go go go!

Does anybody remember...

Incredible Games

(two kids, in the lift, on level 64 - woohoo!)

This show, taking place on Sunday's on BBC2 was one of those cult kids' tv shows I always watched. Airing in the mid-nineties, when I was barely into primary school, 'Incredible Games' dominated my weekend. It was that show with the black knight moving around on something that resembled a giant chessboard, a ghostly victorian schoolmaster with lots of gunge and swimming in 'alphabet soup', removing the letters and making words with them. If I remember rightly, there was also a challenge that involved passing liquid-filled globes using rubber gloves, along the side of a wall...from the other side of it. Then again, that might have been one of the many TV shows in that format, like the Crystal Maze, that I adored even more.

I wanted to BE on that show. I wanted to save my fallen teammate from the laundry in the basement, before searching the penthouse to claim my prizes from that oh-so-cool talking head. Amd so did Michael Bush, so I am NOT the only one. So, I decided to research the show (including its elusive and rather forgettable name) because it was one of those things that was bugging me, and thus, I found out some VERY cool facts.

- David Walliams was the 'head' in the lift. His face was all pink and he had fake blonde' hair'. Being a David Walliams fan I am VERY impressed with myself here.
- A young Marco Sabba (of seal-clapping BB5 fame) was a contestant. How bizarre...I wonder what he looked and acted like back then?
You know, I may just write to Challenge to ask for re-runs...

Thursday, September 09, 2004

The Second Official Download Chart

My my! This chart is far more interesting AND unpredictable than the official UK top 40!

Firstly there are two new entries which are most worthy of a placing, but are the most unexpected thing you will see this week. 'Seven Nation Army' (possibly the best song ever by The White Stripes) is the second highest new entry at 12 and 'Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life)' by Green Day is also new at 18. I only discovered this song a short time ago myself...

Number one, despite topping the cd single charts, is a new entry from Natasha Bedingfield with 'These Words'

See the chart in full here

Wednesday, September 08, 2004

Hannah's Single of the Week

The simple answer - there isn't.

The slightly more complex answer:

The only GOOD bit is the guitar solo.

Yawn. We are so glad Robbie ditched Guy Chambers. We think Brian (with an i) and his new look isn't too bad though.

Haven't heard this, and don't particularly want to.


I do LIKE this song and OWN the album just doesn't have that pizazz of their previous efforts. It's probably the best thing around this week though.

My Uncle likes these, and I also have to admit this song is verging on 3/5 but what irritates me is that the singer reminds me of someone, and I just can't put my finger on who it is...

This isn't funny anymore. I don't think Chris Moyles thinks it is, either.

So, there we are. What an awful week does look slightly more promising, mind you. My tip for the top is McFly or possibly Bryan Brian McFadden. Mind you, that doesn't mean I actually LIKE them...


Sunday, September 05, 2004

Most Confusing Video Award

I find a lot of things in pop music confusing. What do people see in Justin Timbersnake? How the hell did the Fast Food Rockers get to Number One? Why doesn't George Michael call it a day? But most confusing of all are some of the music videos out there...

Scissor Sisters - Laura
There's a hairdressing salon. There are live chickens at the dinner table. There are people with white face paint hanging around graveyards. There is no obvious connection between these different things.
I don't even understand the song, never mind the video. But then, Bengal tigers may not be the target audience.

Robbie Williams - Sexed Up
I had a quick nap while Hannah showed me the tape of this video, but she informs me:
Robbie is in a corridor, there is a girl dressed like a whore, with running eye make-up. She is joined in torn up paper by an alligator, then right at the end she is wearing a rabbit mask, and a wolf is running up the corridor towards her. Confused? I am.

That does indeed sound confusing. A rabbit mask? People pretending to be animals? Absurd!

Kylie - Chocolate
Kylie looks like a frumpy housewife at a ballroom dancing class during most of this video, and when she doesn't, she has people dancing on her hat. Frumpy Kylie? Hat-dancing? Well, I'm confused.
There have been comparisons made between this video and some of Kate Bush's, and perhaps if it were a Kate Bush video, it would be acceptable and I'd let it pass. But it's not, it's a Kylie video, and it's just a load of old nonsense.

And the winner is...
Robbie Williams - Sexed Up
Most Confusing Video

I do like that little Kylie (you should see my take on the Locomotion), so the 'Chocolate' video is spared, and I once knew a friendly leopard called Laura, so the Scissor Sisters also get away with their confusing video. So congratulations - perhaps that's not the right word - go to Mr Robbie Williams for his bonkers video for 'Sexed Up'.

10 Reasons Why We Love...

Robbie Williams - Radio

1) It's Robbie Williams, duh!
2) The jerky choreography in the video...especially when he sings 'radio...'
3) He sounds different...and has really gone experimental and developed his sound. Like some of the things on Escapology, but better.
4) It's Crystal's 'Best Song of the moment Ever!
5) Gothic-looking cheerleaders!
6) Robbie's serpentine 'tail' and demonesque facial morphs...
7) It's a grower. Growers are far better than songs you love instantly, because you don't get fed up of them so quickly.
8) Such lyrical genius as: 'He makes all my engines go oh oh oh' and 'ouch'
9) The closeted Robbie fan loves it, and isn't too shy to admit it, either. This means it has got to be good.
10) There's NOTHING like it out at the minute. So listen. Here. At his official site. Because he's nice like that.

PS. What the hell does 'effervescent' mean?

Friday, September 03, 2004

A man who talks sense...

Taken from Moby's journal:

'you know what politics is/are like in the united states?
it's like pop-music and/or dating.

example a: pop-music.
republicans are like ashley simpson, and democrats are like radiohead. radiohead fans will forever be mystified as to why someone would buy an ashley simpson cd, but ashley simpson's handlers/managers understand what the lowest common denominator are looking for and they give it to them. radiohead fans think 'that disposable pop music is terrible, and someday people will see the error of their ways and buy radiohead cd's instead of ashley simpson cd's', meanwhile ashley simpson and her managers are selling millions of records.

example b: dating.
democrats are the bright, conscientious, responsible guy in the corner of the party and republicans are the loud, boastful, arrogant guy in the middle of the room. the bright guy in the corner thinks 'that loud guy in the middle of the room is a jerk and eventually everyone will see him for what he is', but the loud guy goes home with the hot girl and the bright guy in the corner goes home alone.

my point?
yes, radiohead are better than ashley simpson.
and yes, the bright, interesting guy in the corner is better than the loud jerk in the middle of the room. but ashley simpson and the loud jerk in the middle of the room know what people want, and that's why they(and the republicans)are winning. '

Okay, so I know NOTHING about American politics, but sure as hell do I like that man's similes.

Oh yes! Friday night TV is BACK!

There are 3 great new things on television tonight if you're in the UK:

1) TOTP, 7:30pm, BBC1

There's actually a fairly decent lineup tonight including Maroon 5, The 411, Leo's former single of the week from the LostProphets, Natasha Bedingfield and the premiere of 'Radio', the new video from Robbie Williams.

2) The Green Wing, 9:30pm, Channel 4

From the team of 'Smack the Pony' it's a new sitcom, and the critics *shock horror* LIKE it. It features Tamsin Greig (Black Books) and Stephen Mangan (Adrian Mole) amongst many others, including 'her who's in everything' - you know who I mean. I think it's going to be fun.

3) Friday Night with Jonathan Ross, 10:35pm, BBC1

We like Jonathan Ross, because he's possibly one of the funniest men on television. And he's back with a new series of his cult show. This week he's interviewing Paul Newman and Christian Slater, comedian Jack Dee, and has music from Paul Weller and cult Japanese band the Now I understand why Jamie is such a fan!

Thursday, September 02, 2004

Single of the Week According to Leo

I'm supposed to comment on the other singles before I reveal my Single of the Week, but I've only heard a couple and they're rubbish.

And the Single of the Week is...
'Pop!ular '- Darren Hayes

Remember kids, you should always do what pop songs tell you to do. In this case, that means you should sleep your way to the top. Otherwise you will be unpopular.

This song grows on you, but I don't think it's Mr Hayes at his best.

Top 3 Darren Hayes Singles
1. 1980 Me - Just can't get enough of that stuff
2. Strange Relationship - Something so right but it feels so terrible wrong
3. Popular - play my video, hear me on the radio

Well, not at his very best anyway.

I'm looking forward to Daz's new album, The Tension and the Spark, released 13th September in the UK, which has had some very positive reviews. I didn't buyhis last one, because I was scared off by the title track 'Insatiable', which was a bit crap and because I'd already downloaded '1980 Me' and 'Strange Relationship' .

In conclusion: buy this single, and sleep around.

Honourable Mention(s)
'Whatever Happened to Corey Haim?' - The Thrills
It's Hannah's Single of the Week and yet it's not all that bad.

Avoid at all costs:
'Kanye West' - Jesus Walks
Although I admire the performers for getting strippers, murderers, drugs, guns, sex and Jesus all in one song.

My next two (at least) Single of the Week articles are going to be just as lifeless, judging by the New Releases list. I could tell you now what my next two Singles of the Week are going to be, in fact. But I won't. I hope the suspense doesn't kill you...

Cheapest Looking Video Award

I was surprised to hear that there had been a lot of suggestions for nominations for this award. Shows what the music video industry is coming to, isn't it? A tiger just can't watch anything that's had a bit of time and thought put into it (unless it's by Robbie Williams, or that excellent 'backwards' video by Coldplay) Where are all the tigers in music videos these days? Anyway, without further ado, here are the nominations for this award:

Pop! - Heaven and Earth
How far can you stretch the use of the green-screen-with-a-dance-in-front concept? Not very far, it seems. Unfortunately, nobody has informed Pop! of this, and they're still churning out vids like this. Even their predecessors, Steps, had more original ideas than this...
'Ah, but Richard Parker - it's not originality that counts. Heartbeat surely would have won this award due to the cheap stuck on ski scenes!' - Hannah

Shapeshifters - Lola's Theme
Deary me, the Shapeshifters have fallen on hard times of late, resorting to child labour and singing from inside the waltzer.
Bad - Leo

Jen Ellison - Bye Bye Boy
Oh dear. White background, rock chicks, and resorting to utilising Jen's ballet what's meant to be a 'rock' song?
Worse - Leo

3 of a Kind - Babycakes
After winning one award, it seems that 3 of a Kind are back for more, and this time it's for looking cheap. No questions there, then...
Horrific. I was nearly blinded - Leo

Maroon 5 - This Love
Nominated by our good friend, and faithful viewer, Jamie, This Love looks cheap because of the unnecessary pink petals that seem to waft across the screen...
Fine, apart from those silly flowers. Although I suppose playing their guitars in front of an orange screen didn't exactly break the bank... - Leo

This decision has been very difficult for me. Three of those videos are shockingly bad and cheap-looking. I do like those nice boys from Maroon 5 and I like flowers too, even fake ones, so I'll let them get away with it.

Shapeshifters... hmm. Well, they went to the trouble of getting permission to film at a funfair. I'll let them off too, for going on location.

I do rather like the bit when Jennifer Ellison rips her top off so 'Bye Bye Boy' is also excused, even if the video is bloody awful.

It's a tough choice between Pop! and 3 of a Kind, but since I've already picked on them once, I'm going to be kind to 3 of a Kind, and say:

The winner is...
Pop! - Heaven and Earth
Cheapest Looking Video

Chart Abominations...

It's still scary - the 'official' rock charts have The Darkness at 18 with 'Christmas Time (Don't Let The Bells End) ' and Muse at 21 with 'Sing For Absolution'. Impossible. Unless there is a very odd station devoted to playing Christmas tunes, all year round. This brings me to once again question the sanity of the people who compile these charts, including the part about what constitutes 'rock' music...

The first 'official' download chart was released yesterday by the lovely Scott Mills (right). God, he seems to be everywhere, doesn't he? Like Vernon Kaye or Linda Barker. Anyway, it's supposed to be an accurate representation of what we're legally downloading. many people legally download tracks? Stupid question, I did, but they were free, thanks to me having two Big Macs at McDonalds. That rather tasty junk-food orientated offer has ended now though, unfortunately for any other cheapskates apart from myself wishing to cash in. ;)

One of my tracks was 'This Love' by Maroon 5. Maroon 5 have THREE entries in the top 20, and Keane have two. Impressive, I must say, and rather interesting. It is, however, a little disappointing that a re-release of a Westlife song AND Blazin' Squad make the top two spots. Then again, they were 'download exclusives'. The 'Apocalypse Please' exclusive from Muse makes number 10, which is nice, considering it's their...5th release (in any format) from their latest album. And we get 'Butterflies and Hurricanes' on its way too! How bonza!

For anybody who is interested, you can check out the chart in full, with all 20 new entries, here!

Wednesday, September 01, 2004

'Radio' star?

We really don't know what to do with that Robbie Williams. He has a new single coming out, along with a greatest hits album and a new autobiography. Yet he's also releasing an album under the name Pure Francis... I've learnt not to believe a lot of the stuff you hear about Robbie unless it comes from his own mouth...but not to exactly trust that either, because he tends to be extremely sarcastic like that. Read more here.

A snapshot from the video for 'Radio'

Aside from all of that nonsense, he DOES have a new single out, and it's called 'Radio'. It's been described as 'electro' and 'experimental' which is slightly worrying, but then you could describe Radiohead as those things. Knowing me, I'm positive I'll pass it off as complete shit, then grow to love it. I was saying the same thing about 'Feel' this time 2 years ago...except that really was shit.
Somehow those folks at popjustice have managed to get there before the rest of the general public, considering the premiere radio plays are on Friday (oh joy!) and the video is being shown first on (all shit) Top of the Pops. The view is somewhat...mixed, but how they got to hear it, hell only knows...
I can't wait till Friday...even if I have to endure a whole 'first day back at school' first. Bugger.