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post Jun 24 2019, 11:30 AM
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Really like Why Don't You with its electro swing style.
Number One Enemy is okay, though Chip's verse felt kinda out of place.

Also, Phillip George had two UK Top 20 hits (Wish You Were Mine, Alone No More)


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post Jun 24 2019, 11:56 AM
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QUOTE(Darwin Turretson @ Jun 24 2019, 12:30 PM) *
Really like Why Don't You with its electro swing style.
Number One Enemy is okay, though Chip's verse felt kinda out of place.

Also, Phillip George had two UK Top 20 hits (Wish You Were Mine, Alone No More)


I have to agree about Chipmunk's verse. Would have been much better without it.

You're certainly right about Philip George. I completely forgot about Alone No More and was too lazy to check the list I made laugh.gif
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post Jun 25 2019, 09:22 PM
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Young Money ft Lloyd - BedRock

Peak: 09
Chart Run: 61-40-34-28-27-22-18-18-12-9-19-16-18-20-22-29-33-45-63-63-73-84-86-91 (24 weeks)
Nearly a hit: N/A




Commentary: Young Money is a record label founded by Lil Wayne that homes such talent as Drake, Nicki Minaj and Christina Milian. In a similar way to GOOD Music (Cruel Summer) and Shady Records (Shady XV), they have been known to release projects as a whole and this single represents the most successful example of such.

The song is probably most notable for four things. 1) it was released not long after Forever (still one his best singles) when Drake was beginning to blow up, 2) for the most part (certainly to me at least) introduced the world to Nicki Minaj, 3) using one of cheesiest pick-up lines in its admittedly all-too catchy chorus and 4) featuring a bunch of other random-artists signed to the label (Shanell anyone?) in the video without them having any part on the song.

Aside from the obvious, what always really stuck out in this song to me is Nicki Minaj. And that’s only 50% because I was 12 and found her insanely attractive in the video. She stood out as the verse that truly nails the fun tone of the song. While she’s largely abandoned it now, it’s no surprise that her massive subsequent follow-ups all embodied the same, upbeat vibe (Starships, Super Bass and her features on Where Them Girls At & Turn Me On). While the highlight of her career is undoubtedly her all-timer verse on Monster, I think her best work is usually the light stuff rather than her darker output.

I didn’t mean to spend that long talking about Nicki kink.gif I absolutely loved this song at the time and while I don’t think it has held up particularly well, it’s still fun for the occasional listen. Wayne’s verse is decent, Gudda Gudda’s is memorable, Drake’s is solid, Tyga’s is a bit naff but still charming none-the-less and Jae Millz’s is nice. Although, to this day, I still have to wonder what Gudda Gudda means when he says “and I got her, n****, grocery bag”.

Fun fact about Young Money: notable previous artists signed to Young Money/Cash Money include Omarion, DJ Khaled and Austin Mahone (!)

Dedication to anyone who can spot the two artists that we get a taste of on this song whom are one-hit wonders in their own right and are still to come.

Rating: 9/10
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post Jun 30 2019, 06:40 PM
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They had a Top 40 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 before that Bedrock song called "Every Girl In The World"
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post Jul 20 2019, 03:30 PM
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QUOTE(Darwin Turretson @ Jun 30 2019, 07:40 PM) *
They had a Top 40 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 before that Bedrock song called "Every Girl In The World"


I think I might remember that one. I will have to give it a listen.
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post Jul 20 2019, 03:30 PM
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McLean - My Name

Peak: 10
Chart Run: 10-13-18-20-21-29-34-52-73 (9 weeks)
Nearly a hit: Finally In Love (#44)




Commentary: McLean (aka Digga) is a British singer hailing from Dagenham, London. A bit of a theme is starting to occur here as, just like Girls Can’t Catch & Daisy Dares You before, McLean is yet to release a debut album. Even though Stormzy’s favourite producer Fraser T. Smith (on the chords) described him as “the modern day Marvin Gaye”.

I had forgotten about this song, but a re-listen is starting to bring the memories back. It’s a pretty pleasant slice of RnB but nowhere near the quality of the best RnB tunes of the decade before. I’m struggling to find anything to say about this song. It’s perfectly listenable but hardly remarkable. I see there’s a Boy Better Know remix, I’m sure that livens it up a bit. As it is, it’s just nice background music.

Fun fact about McLean: His younger brother is ex-premier league footballer Aaron McLean.

Rating: 6/10
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post Jul 31 2019, 08:34 PM
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Joshua Radin - I’d Rather Be With You

Peak: 11
Chart Run: 11-11-25-35-53-82 (6 weeks)
Nearly a hit: N/A




Joshua Radin is an American singer who has released 7 albums, with his most successful, 2008’s ‘Simple Times’ reaching the top 10 in the UK (two years after its original release) and 34 in the US. Unsurprisingly, it is also the album that homes his only single to chart, just missing the top 10 here and reaching a modest #82 in his native country.

‘I’d Rather Be With You’ was finally released in the UK as his debut single in the country in 2010, promoted by a new video featuring Heroes actress Hayden Panettiere. The song seemingly owes much of its success to the TV show Scrubs who featured in season 8 episode ‘My Cookie Pants’. This may be why its original video was directed by, none other than J.D himself, Zach Braff and starring another blonde actress (Joshua must have a type) Katrina Bowden.

Listening to it now and yeah, it really does sound like a conglomeration of all the songs you’d hear in the background of an episode of Scrubs laugh.gif It’s a very laid-back song about falling in love with someone you’ve known for a long time. However, it does feel a bit too laid-back at times; the line “I need to be bold” needs to be sung with a bit more oomph or it just doesn’t impact and feels a tad unconvincing and emotionless. In the end the songs fine and inoffensive. I’m sure many would find it sweet but it does nothing to stand-out among a sea of similarly sounding and structured MOR songs.

I’m not quite sure why this song in particular is the one that blown-up for him seeming that, while it does song like the song which could be a radio-staple, this doesn't appear to be the case as I had never heard it before and it’s last play on the BBC was all the way back in April; and even then it was only on BBC Radio Ulster.

Fun fact about Joshua Radin: While I’m not much of a fan, Ellen DeGeneres certainly is! So much so that she booked Radin to play at her wedding.

Rating: 5/10
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post Aug 5 2019, 01:35 PM
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I recall I actually bought Daisy Dares You's single on itunes at the time - largely bc I loved the show as a kid! Not much else memorable here, I'm with you on Gramophonedzie - it always sounded like it was going to go somewhere more interesting than it did given the unusual sample & setup before the drop.
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post Aug 14 2019, 01:19 PM
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QUOTE(TheJüpreme @ Aug 5 2019, 02:35 PM) *
I recall I actually bought Daisy Dares You's single on itunes at the time - largely bc I loved the show as a kid! Not much else memorable here, I'm with you on Gramophonedzie - it always sounded like it was going to go somewhere more interesting than it did given the unusual sample & setup before the drop.


Yeah I think the Gramophonedzie track promised a lot with its premise and build-up but then couldn't deliver anything interesting. Wasted potential.
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post Aug 14 2019, 01:21 PM
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Fyfe Dangerfield - She’s Always A Woman

Peak: 07
Chart Run: 99-14-7-9-15-20-29-36-33-42-60-76-66-70-84-90-(x)-61-(x)-95 (18 weeks)
Nearly a hit: N/A




Fyfe Dangerfield is an English singer who has already appeared in this countdown as a member of 2008 one-hit-wonder band ‘gUiLLeMoTs’. He has also been a member of other bands such as Senseless Prayer, Fyfe Dangerfield & The Accident, The Courtesy Group & gaNNets. As a solo artist, he has released one album ‘Fly Yellow Moon’ which reached #12. However, it did spawn one hit, in large part thanks to the rulers of Christmas, John Lewis. The advert in question features the life of a girl, growing up from a baby to getting married and having children (and grandchildren) of her own.

She’s Always A Woman was originally a 1975 Billy Joel song which peaked at #53 in the UK as a double A-side together with ‘Just The Way You Are’. Thanks to the popularity of this Fyfe Dangerfield cover and advert, it also managed to re-enter the chart in 2010, eventually peaking at #29. Joel wrote the song as an ode to his then-wife, Elizabeth Weber. He noted that others saw her as a “tough and savvy businessperson” which lead to her being described as “unfeminine”. The song was to remined her that she was “always a woman” to him.

This really is the perfect song for a John Lewis ad, but, in my opinion, Fyfe Dangerfield doesn’t really add enough to the song to justify listening to it over the original. He performs it at a slightly faster tempo and his voice is nice but its still sticks a little too close to Joel’s version. Another problem I have with this is that it lacks the emotion you would expect. I think it works well within the context of the advert, but the actual heart of the ad comes from the visuals and without them the song leaves me a bit cold. With all that said, this is still a perfectly alright listen but I think that’s more to do with being a nice song rather than anything related to Fyfe’s performance.

Fun fact about Fyfe Dangerfield: He was one of the panellists in the infamous episode of Never Mind The Buzzcocks where Preston walked off stage after Simon Amstell read a passage from his girlfriend, Chantelle’s autobiography.


Rating: 6/10


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From what I'm piecing together from its lyrics, My Name is about a guy who's struggling with his emotions and is starting to recover thanks to this special girl, and he now finds the time to give her his name (but if she helped you steer away from the awful things you're dealing with, wouldn't she know your name already?). Anyway, I think it's decent.
I'd Rather Be You is a solid singer-songwriter song.
I really liked Fyfe's She's Always A Woman, but not as much as Billy Joel's original (which is gorgeous BTW).


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QUOTE(Polly Planturret @ Aug 27 2019, 03:48 PM) *
From what I'm piecing together from its lyrics, My Name is about a guy who's struggling with his emotions and is starting to recover thanks to this special girl, and he now finds the time to give her his name (but if she helped you steer away from the awful things you're dealing with, wouldn't she know your name already?). Anyway, I think it's decent.
I'd Rather Be You is a solid singer-songwriter song.
I really liked Fyfe's She's Always A Woman, but not as much as Billy Joel's original (which is gorgeous BTW).



I believe when McLean says "I want to give you my name" he's referring to them getting married and her 'receiving' his surname. biggrin.gif

The Joshua Radin & Fyfe Dangerfield songs didn't really connect with me. I certainly agree that Billy Joel's version is much better smile.gif
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Edward Maya ft Vika Jigulina - Stereo Love


Peak: 04
Chart Run: 4-5-7-12-21-23-29-21-21-25-27-30-25-23-22-30-32-37-43-46-59-67-77-86-100 (25 weeks)
Nearly a hit: N/A




Edward Maya is a DJ from Romania who released Stereo Love as his debut single back in 2009, although it took another year before it reached the UK charts. His early work in music was in helping with the production of Romania’s 2006 Eurovision entry, ‘Tornerò’ performed by Mihai Trăistariu.

As is often the case with dance music, the instrumental is largely key for a songs success and Stereo Love is obviously best remembered for its accordion riff. It’s also famous for reinterpreting a composition titled ‘Bayatılar’ released by Eldar Mansurov in 1989 without permission. This lead to Mansurov filling a copyright claim and Maya signing an agreement that gave their co-authorship of the song.

I didn't remember this song being as popular as it clearly was: 18 weeks Top 40 in the UK and was (and maybe still is) the song that had spent the longest in the European Top 100 (47 weeks). I also didn’t remember just how boring the rest of the song apart from the accordion riff actually is. In my opinion, this song could have been a massive tune in the same vein as Heater by Samim if it stuck as an instrumental. After listening to the song 3 times in the last week, I still can’t recall how any of the vocals ago but I could easily whistle the killer riff. As it is, it sounds like a song that I would be declaring as one of the years best at any Eurovision (Epic Accordion Guy could have been Epic Sax Guy) but not one I would personally spend time listening to. This song's still a solid 7/10 but would climb to 8 if you took out Vika Jigulina's contribution.

Fun fact about Edward Maya: He never stopped trying to recreate the success of this song. His next 3 releases all also featured Vika Jigulina (and his 8th single too).


Rating: 7/10
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The Pretty Reckless - Make Me Wanna Die


Peak: 16
Chart Run: 16-20-31-40-49-60-77-87-91-(x)-92-88-100 (12 weeks)
Nearly a hit: Miss Nothing (#39)





The Pretty Reckless are a band from New York City that currently consists of four members: lead vocalist and guitarist Taylor Momsen, backing vocalist and guitarist Ben Phillips, bassist Mark Damon and drummer Jamie Perkins. However, Damon was not a part of the band at the time of this song’s recording.

The lead singer, Taylor Momsen, was already famous before the formation of Pretty Reckless as a model and actor. Firstly, as a young girl portraying Cindy Lou Who in 2000’s Grinch movie alongside Jim Carrey and later on as Jenny Humphrey in long-running teen drama series Gossip Girl.

This song is much rockier than I remembered. The song begins with a more slight instrumental before exploding into life with the heavier, dramatic guitar riff that continues throughout the whole song. I remembered this song sounding more like its opening rather than the grungy, angsty tune it is. With the young singer surrounded by an older band it’s almost like Selena Gomez & The Scene: The Rebellious Years.

As a teenage TV star and formed Cindy Lou Who, you would expect the edgy, punk aesthetic to come across as fake, However, I think as soon as Momsen starts to sing, she convinces you that this is where she belongs. Her gravely, raspy vocals were destined to be heard on this kind of record. She also comes across as cool and confident, with the perfect amount of attitude, that makes you forget that she was not an established and esteemed rocker, but a teenager with an extremely un-rock-n-roll past releasing her debut single. The one criticism I have of this song is that the bridge towards the end seems to go on forever and I lose interest in the group about halfway though it.

Because of her age, there are two music videos for this song. The official video proved very controversial which led to it’s release being delayed. The video shows Momsen progressively stripping throughout until she is eventually naked in a graveyard. While flames maintained her modesty, the video still proved to be legally difficult to release so they produced another video. This one, titled the ‘viral video’, was filmed at Hotel Chelsea in New York and mixes footage of a live performance with backstage footage of the band preparing for the gig. Eventually, they were able to release the official video. However, personally, I prefer the other one.

Fun fact about The Pretty Reckless: Momsen has claimed that the largest influences on the band are The Beatles, Oasis & Nirvana.


Rating: 8.5/10




(Note: This was originally going to be Leeds, Leeds, Leeds (Marching On Together) by Leeds United Team & Supporters but I found out that Leeds United FC have previously had another chart hit, namely “Leeds United” in 1972. The 2010 song is in fact just a remixed version of the original’s B-Side).
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'Stereo Love' that was an classic but 'Make Me Wanna Die' just couldn't really get into the song.

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