Monday, January 30, 2006

Hannah's Single of the Week (30/01/06)

It's a bit of a barren week this week, explaining the choice of re-releases and reality TV popstars. Or maybe that's just a really bad excuse?

Special Mentions:
Ashlee Simpson - Boyfriend (official site - includes video)
Ashlee's still something of an undesirable character. The incident involving a silly jig on Saturday Night Live (the joke never grows old) and the various excuses she made after being caught miming will stay imprinted on my mind for many years to come. However, even if she has returned to her blonde locks (as demonstrated on the cover) she's still trying to do that 'punk' and 'I'm so 4Real' thing, and doing it badly. Like Avril Lavigne, but worse. However, and as much as I HATE to say this, I found myself desperate to know who this song was by when I heard it on Radio 1. Namely because, for some godawful reason, I liked it. I feel dirty. Maybe it's down to the Franz-esque guitars, or the fact that the formula's a little bit like Kelly Clarkson's...but hey, a Simpson's made a half-decent pop record.
3.5/5

Dead Or Alive - You Spin Me Round (Like A Record) (official site and videos)
Inevitably this single was going to get a re-release. That's what Celebrity Big Brother's all about, right? An booster injection of fame? Not that 'You Spin Me Round' hasn't already had a second airing after originally becoming an eventual number one hit (it took four months!) back in 1985. It's 2003 release only made number 23, so it'll be interesting to see how well this does after Pete placed 5th in the final of Celebrity Big Brother. 4th place 'celeb' Preston has certainly done well out of it - a top 10 single and 'Brassbound' sitting comfortably at 22 in the album chart. Needless to say, you'll know all about this song already. It's a classic pop record, and that's all I'm going to say.
4/5

Single of the Week:
The Go! Team - Ladyflash (official site -includes video)
So, now they're property of a major label this top 75 hit from the tail end of 2004 is getting a re-release. Rightly so. Hopefully it'll go top 40, especially considering it's B-listed at Radio 1. The greatest thing about The Go! Team is they produce credible, creative music, and yet still manage to make it incredibly fun and accessible. 'Ladyflash' is the musical equivalent of eating Smarties...and its visuals are pretty multicoloured, too! As with every truly great piece of pop, I can't quite pinpoint what it is that makes it so good. It just is.
4.5/5

MP3: The Go! Team - The Ice Storm (live in Toronto)
Available as a freebie over the Christmas period, this live version of 'The Ice Storm' is just another example of The Go! Team's brilliance. It's an instrumental, but don't let that put you off.

All Releases:
50 Cent - Hustler’s Ambition, Angela Lawriw Ft Skinnyman - Another Day, Ashlee Simpson - Boyfriend, Ben Lee - Gamble Everything For Love, Beth Orton - Conceived, Bon Jovi - Welcome To Wherever You Are, Chris Brown Ft Juelz Santana - Run It, Choong Family - Memory Lane, Claude McLin - Jambo, Colder - To The Music, Dead Or Alive - You Spin Me Round (Like A Record), Dirty Perfect - Quaterback Hairdo [7” only], The Go! Team - Ladyflash, Hazey Janes - Your Enemy, Idiot Pilot - A Day In The Life Of Poolshock, Instant Funk - Wide World Of Sports/It’s Cool [7” only], Jesse McCartney - Beautiful Soul, Layo & Bushwacka! - Life2Live, Lee Ryan - When I Think Of You, Martin Solveig - Jealousy, Micah P Hinson - Yard Of Blonde Girls, Midnight Juggernauts Ft Coronation - Raised By Wolves/Heartbleeder [7” only], Mogwai - Friend Of The Night, The Noisettes - IWE, Shady Baird - Treeology, Spida Lee - Verbal Assassin, Tiesto Ft Allure - Love We Lost, Tool - Parabola/Schism [DVD Only], Tunng - Pioneers EP, Upper Room - All Over This Town, Young People - Five Sunsets In Four Days

What's your single of the week?