Experimental Music Love

January 8, 2008

Dirty Rock

Filed under: Features — by Free Edinburgh Podcast @ 9:45 pm

Kooks got you kooky? The Automatic making you feel tragic? Futureheads making music you dread? Boy Kill Boy making you want to kill boys? (it’s hard coming up with these things you know). Well you are clearly suffering from a case of ’schmindieitis’.

All that indie mediocrity mascarading in flash suits, ties, trilbies, ‘angular’ riffs and painfully forced issue infested lyrical content, all sung with the amount of charm and passion usually only found in a Jeffrey Archer novel, yet so lovingly adored by over excitable NME types desperately seeking a true, inspirational hero in amongst the dull stereotypes that clog up Radio One’s airwaves, has become as tiresome as bashing your head against a wall repeatedly and painfully as the cracks in your head gradually get wider and the blood flows faster and soon all you’ve got left is some vapid wasteland where your enjoyment of music should be.

Anyway. What you need some pop in your life. That’s right, POP!! Unashamedly happy, exuberant and most of all – fun pop. And all with a sense of shallow pride that somewhere out there, your music is making someone smile.

Inspired the emergence of such wonderful purveyors of the 3 minute verse, chorus, verse, chorus, middle eight, chorus delight as The Feeling and Air Traffic, pop is on the comeback. And this can only be a good thing. Who doesn’t enjoy that palatable if meaningless frivolity and those lyrics, always about nothing in particular, yet always so hopeful and impossibly catchy?

So don’t be ashamed of all those old CDs you begged mum and dad for when you were growing up yet have now found themselves stored at the back of the cupboard, safely tucked behind those Forward Russia and Bloc Party albums (because you know, they’re serious and have guitars and MTV2 play them so they must be really cool and great). Fish them out, you know you want to. Okay, there may be some cack in there, but when those gems occur, there really is nothing so enjoyable and life affirming as a genuine pop classic. Here’s some to get you going, and all lovely little ditties that everyone from your 5 year old sister still contemplating the lack of genitalia on her dolls, to your 80 year old granny constantly complaining about how today’s times are nowhere as good as when the Germans were bombing the crap out of her (’at least we had fun’) can enjoy:

The Feeling – Fill My Little World

One of the singles of the year. Unashamedly happy and following such a tried and tested formula, and managing to still be so addictive with it.

Air Traffic – Never Even Told Me Her Name

Wow – that’s some upbeat piano there. Fast, furious and fun, with all the silly contemplations of lost love you’d expect from something so exuberant.

Natasha Beddingfield – These Words

The good Beddingfield as she’s known in my house. This is pop holding the olive branch out to hip hop, with both embracing, and loving so. A spectacularly great song. Even if she does resemble a sexy horse.

Girls Aloud – Love Machine

Talent show TV’s only success story and as fun, fresh and funky a summer hit as you could ever hope for.

McFly – 5 Colours In Her Hair

Go on. You like them really. Who covers aside, McFly have built a reputation of not actually being that bad, certainly following the atrocity that was Busted. Here they shine, creating a Monkeesesque hit that’s just right for sunny days.

The Monkees – I’m A Believer

Well, if I’m gonna have McFly, I’ll have their inspiration as well. Neil Diamond’s finest moment.

All Saints – Pure Shores

The best bit about The Beach.

Robbie Williams – Rock DJ

Undeservedly derided by indie fascist types, Williams still defies his critics, making some excellent music in the process. His latest foray into the hip hop world may be as awful as it sounds, but this is Robbie at his best.

Beach Boys – I Get Around

Ah. The original and best pop band of them all. Brian Wilson is one of music’s true genii, and I could really have chosen any of the early work for inclusion in this list. Just fantastic.

Modest Mouse – Float On

Okay, cheating a bit with this one, as MM still manage to fall heavily on the indie side of indie pop, but I defy you to find a more poptastic and utterly joyful tune as this one.

5ive – Keep On Moving

Emerging from the late 90s as ‘the good boy band‘, it was a glorious day when this got to number one. Now thankfully back (even if it’s just as 4our), you’ll all be able to hear this live again.

Britney Spears – Toxic

Her last, and pretty much only good work, this is just so funky, and those strings – oh yeah.

So put down that We Are Scientists record and get out there and listen to that best of Girls Aloud without shame or disgrace.

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