Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Hannah's Single of the Week (19/09/05)

So, firstly it should be noted that this week there are TWO single of the week posts, one from me and one from Fish, which you can find by scrolling down a little. It's really nice to have her back, I must say. What it is also WONDERFUL to have back is a proper computer. Some readers might know that for the last six months I've been working from an awful Windows ME laptop with no speakers and that doesn't like me using the blogger template. A mouse feels like a luxury. Anyway, onto the singles...

Single of the Week:
Franz Ferdinand - Do You Want To?
Crap cover - great song!It's not as good as 'Take Me Out', it's not as good as 'Matinee' and it's not as good as 'Michael' either. However, the first release from Franz Ferdinand's 'difficult second album' is still pretty damn good. It's a grower, and takes a while to really strike a chord, but it still combines every element required to make a great song - and contains a lead riff which really embeds itself inside your skull. The real highlight of the track, however, is the video, complete with over-the-top facial expressions, crazy dance moves, spilling lots of wine and (my personal favourite) swinging from the ceiling on bicycles. It's not Franz at their best, but they're still running rings round the competition!

Other Notable Releases:
Hard Fi - Living For The Weekend
I've been trying to resist it, but I really want to compare Hard Fi with Steps. That is, in the sense that you can sing a bit of any of their singles so far, and, if you're not a devoted fan, not be entirely sure which song it actually belongs to, since they all sound remarkably similar. This song's still an enjoyable piece of indie rock though - I just have a feeling I'm going to tire of it pretty quickly.

Kelly Clarkson - Behind These Hazel Eyes
Fish has said it all already. Kelly Clarkson is possibly the best 'rock' female pop artist going and I truly cannot help liking this song. I think I must be giving into my pop-loving side and I wouldn't be at all surprised if a pop song was single of the week within the next month. Hint. Hint.

Stereophonics - Devil
I'd quite like to question the chart eligibility of this single, since, with barely any substantial radio and video play, it's riding extremely high in the midweeks, possibly due to the pre-orders of live mp3s from each venue on the band's recent tour. (They were very good, by the way.) My argument is that having so many different live downloads available for inconclusion would mean the song exceeds some kind of 'number of formats' rule. I guess we'll just have to see. A good few chart loopholes have been exposed already, anyway. The track itself is in the same vein as 'Superman' - it's a grower, and definitely gains a bit more meaning and momentum live. It does, however, sound like a bit of a rehash of 'Jealousy' from the band's previous album. The video's a good watch for anyone who's ever fantasised about Kelly Jones...getting punched, almost drowned and then shoved into the boot of a car. Aww.

All Releases: (ones I've heard in bold)
Armand Van Helden - When The Lights Go Down, Bloodhound Gang - Foxtrot Uniform Charlie Kilo, Bodyrockers - Round And Round, Boy Kill Boy - Civil Sin, Bullet For My Valentine - Suffocating Under Words Of Sorrow, Clipz - Start Da Car/Sticky [12” only], Damien Marley - Welcome To The Jamrock, Drill - Drill, ,The Duke Spirit - Cuts Across The Land, Emjay - MSN Global Gathering 05, Franz Ferdinand - Do You Want To?, Hard Fi - Living For The Weekend, Jamie Cullum - Get Your Way, Jermaine Dupri - Gotta Getcha, Jose Gonzales - Crosses EP [7” only], Juan MacLean - Give Me Every Little Thing, Juliette & The Licks - Got Love To Kill, Katie Melua - Nine Million Bicycles, Kanye West Ft Jamie Foxx - Gold Digger, Kelly Clarkson - Behind These Hazel Eyes, K-Os - Man I Used To Be, Ladytron - Destroy Everything You Touch, Little Barrie - Greener Pastures [7” only], Lucky Nine - Vessel & Wine/Sweet Dreams Lilac [7” only], Magnetophone - And May Your Last Words Be A Chance To Make Things Better [7” only], Mew - Special, Northern Heightz - Saturday Love Affair, Pendulum - Slam, Plantlife - Luv Me (Til It Hurts), Players - What’s Your Problem [7” only], Rob Thomas - This Is How A Heart Breaks, Saucy Monkey - Good Day Down, Sheryl Crow - Good Is Good, Staphis L - Music 4 Girls, Stereophonics - Devil, Sway - Up Your Speed, Tracy Chapman - Change, Twisted Charm - London Scene, Ultrabeat - Feel It With Me, Vanessa Brown - Whipped