Sunday, January 09, 2005

UK Top 75 (09/01/05)

The second chart of the year is one of those that is particularly bizarre. Sales are lower than most parts of the year, new entries are few and far between, and bands who have their fourth or fifth singles out chart significantly higher than is the norm. The album charts are also worth a watch, especially after last week's shake-up which saw American punk rockers Green Day soaring from 13 up to the top spot. This week, and deservedly, after all the press, Scissor Sisters top the charts once again.

Ciara ft Petey Pablo have the first real new entry (discounting re-entries) in the top 75 at 68. We're hazarding a guess that this is actually on import sales alone, as Ciara's single 'Goodies' is currently getting a lot of radioplay and has been tipped to be a huge hit. Le Tigre are at 50 with 'TKO'.

The first new entry in the top 40 is at 31, from the unusually named Urban Cookie Collective with 'The Key The Secret 2005' which is, if you haven't guessed, a typical club anthem that's nothing to write home about. Interpol land just inside the top 20, at 18, with 'Evil'. It's a good enough track, but I've never been a fan, and it's nothing to inspire me to buy their album.

New at 17 are Seagulls Ska with 'Tom Hark (We Want Falmer)'. You really don't hear a lot of this sort of stuff in the charts nowadays. I've got no clue where it's come from, as I didn't see it in the shops, either!

Kasabian have made it to the top 10 with 'Cutt Off' and chart at number 8, which is the highest they've ever been. In chart terms, obviously. I can't possibly comment on the band's excessive drug use. Dana Rayne is new at 7 with 'Object of My Desire', another piece of average dance with an animated video. There's always one at this time of year, isn't there?

Scissor Sisters hit the charts with this dirty little number at 5, this week. 'Filthy/Gorgeous', again, is one of their highest, if not, their highest chart placing to date. Erasure are new at 4 with 'Breathe' and Iron Maiden are new at 3 with 'The Number of the Beast'. Place your bets now on what chart position this will be, next week. Honestly, I'm interested.

Fortunately, number one is not Steve Brookstein. Unfortunately, it's Elvis Presley. Now, don't get me wrong, it's nice to see Elvis back at the top of the charts, but the sad fact is that this is the first of 18 number ones, re-released to see if they can match their original peak chart position. It's the record company's way of 'celebrating'. Extracting as much money from a dead man's legacy, more like. 'Jailhouse Rock' is a classic. It'll just be interesting to see how quickly the novelty of a 'new' Elvis single each week wears off.

Top 75 in full, and a slightly less opinionated, but infinitely more interesting commentary...