Apart from the sex ban, I can't wait!
Saturday, 30 April 2011
Monday, 25 April 2011
01. It Won't Work Out - Dannii Minogue
02. Please Don't Leave Me - Pink
03. When All Is Said And Done - ABBA
04. Ugly - Daphne & Celeste
05. Vanity (Who Owns The Throne) - Christina Aguilera
06. Go Away - Gloria Estefan
07. Ex-Girlfriend - No Doubt
08. Smile Like You Mean It - The Killers
09. How Could He Do This To Me - Lonnie Gordon
10. Big Mistake - Natalie Impruglia
11. Goodbye - Alexia
12. Goodbye - Kate Ryan
(Kate Ryan's publicity-shy crotch would like to wish-with-her-fish Kate and Will a very happy day!)
13. Goodbye - Spice Girls
14. Spice Up Your Wife - Spice Girls
15. Queen For A Day - Lene Nystrom
16. Fuck The Pain Away - Peaches
17. A Mistake - Fiona Apple
18. My Sweet Prince - Placebo
19. Too Late - Kylie Minogue
(lesser known pregnancy anthem from beauty-tyrant Kylie)
20. I Don't Think So - Kelis
21. Things Fall Apart - Cristina.
Sunday, 24 April 2011
Tuesday, 19 April 2011
Above: the new single edit interrupts the sensual rhythm of the album version, but adds a dreamy disco sheen.
The italo-disco sound that Corona has always thrived in is still very much palpable, and the harder rave sounds on these new mixes are a worthy addition, but not quite on par with the stampede of slasa piano keys found on the Norman Price remix of the previous single Saturday.
I have no idea how this album has went down in Italy, which has always been Corona's most loyal market, as has South America where many a youtube clip can be found showcasing Souza's outrageous stage presence, Whitney Houston wig-ripping acapellas of I Will Always Love You (this has to be seen to be believed), and cackling radio interviews that are worth experiencing even if you don't speak Italian or Portguguese!
Monday, 18 April 2011
The Belgian Kelly Llorenna, aka Kate Ryan, looks so pleased with herself, winking away, and for good reason - the elongated Euro-pop legend has recorded one of her best ever songs, Love Life. let's turn our attention to the music video, which at first scared the shit out of me as I thought it was granny porn, but soon realised Kate was simply looking younger than ever. Best of all, I Je t'adore how open she is to sharing with us just how big her vagina really is (at the 54 second mark she boldly gestures with both hands), and I guess she's got room for everyone. Her magic-vadge even gets a standing ovation when she comes out in the green coat and starts flashing it on the catwalk (2:39).
What a pro!
Sunday, 17 April 2011
01. Maybe He’ll Know
02. Girls Just Want To Have Fun
03. Time After Time
04. She Bop
05. All Through The Night
06. Money Changes Everything
07. True Colours
08. I Drove All Night
09. The World Is Stone
10. Who Let In The Rain
11. Hot Gets A Little Cold
13. It’s Hard To Be Me
14. Water’s Edge
15. I’ll Be Your River
16. Into The Nightlife
17. Set Your Heart
18. Lay Me Down
19. Grab A Hold
20. Rain On Me
21. Same Ol’ Story
(Blue Angel tracks) Magazine Cover (glorious vocal showcase that only a singer of Cyndi's ilk could really dig deep into such a gigantic task to bring such a dreamy vocal run); I Had A Love (classic girl-group heartache); Lorraine (Cyn's signiture blubbery vulnerability is adorably crushing as ever), Anna Blue (her emotionally tormented wailing at the end is particularly lingering, liberating and haunting - it's almost impossible to listen to if you're already feeling a little blue yourself, or perhaps this is my memories of being 15 and experiencing the full-thrust of my lonely teenage angst); When U Were Mine (fizzy Prince cover, although Cristina Monet arguably has more fun with the gender-bending possibilities of a woman covering a male song, but Cyndi recorded the definative version in my opinion); twinkly True Colours era B-side Heading For The Moon (nicely arranged and a bittersweet vocal that's delivered like icing, and a huge emotional pull during the chorus); 3rd album false start Hole In My Heart (All The Way To Chine) went all the way to #54 in the Billboard Hot 100, but did at least go top 10 in Australia (a really manic vocal explosion that took a step backwards from True Colours, but was more 'Goonies' than 'Fun', although it certainly was fun - the decision to pretend it never happened kind of signalled the end in retrospect); criminally overlooked as the logical follow-up to her last big international hit single I Drove All Night, Unconditional Love attracted the attention of Susanah Hoffs who wanted to have it for The Bangles and was told by it's songwriter, Billy Steinberg, that he would write something better for her group (that song would be Eternal Flame), and Hoffs would later record an interesting version in the 90s, but Cyndi and/or her record label really passed on an incredible opportunity here, it has an 80s-ballad feminine treacle radio would not have been able to refuse, and it's not as if that album was an easy sell, so it's just mind-blowing that this ultimately remains a fan favourite when it could have been a genuine hit for her, of which there are sadly not many; smoky and mature, Cold Sky (if only Cyndi could have wrote more songs like this for A Night To Remember - it's a far cry from the contrived idiosyncracities of songs such as Dancing With A Stranger and Like A Cat); A Part Hate (a gorgeous orgasmic ripple of redemption, grimacing at bad memories - this was the issue with Hat Full of Stars, it was weighed down by autobiographical lyrics that were sometimes a bit literal and uncomforatable, but it was a brave and bold era for Lauper overall, and an important album to really hear her 'voice', etc); Sally's Pigeons (how could I have scraped this one off? It's got a milky vocal from Lauper, and it's got a pensive brilliance to it - it's very absorbing, but my playlist is to showcase Lauper more as an emphatic pop star whose moments of contemporary brilliance after her debut are rarely given props, and the singer has better pop ballads in her cannon); Dear John (an early indication of Cyn's snarly distate, which is also evident on the vitriolic, if a little scrappy (which might have been on purpose - Lauper did after all put producer Mark Saunders off working with her ever again for life) Love To Hate from Sisters of Avalon); the ska-narrational and sexually-irrational Brimstone & Fire was throwaway and, finally, Lauper in the 90s sounded carefree and careless about just enjoying her gifts without having to analyze and concentrate too much about it; the roots of Say A Prayer might be found in her spoken-word remix of the is-what-it-is single Come On Home, but we have her trademark organs, and the song is a jazz-infused gem; the very TLC-sounding This Kind of Love is sensual and Cyn's beestung vocal gives T-Boz a run for her money; sister of night, At Last was the moonlit after-hours torch ballad that really saved this project for me, intimate and completely seductive; Eventually boasted a decadent bridge that hands-down beats the actual chorus; the guey dance jibes of Echo shoots itself out like a rainbow, with Livin' Joy esque rhythms during the almost jittery verses; Got Candy (Roxy Music meets Aqua? That sounds cruel, but I actually mean it as a huge compliment, perhaps Cyndi felt it was too bubblegum and plucky, but I would have yanked Lyfe out of Bring Ya To The Brink and slotted this in track 5 instead; and finally, Still With Me, a live favourite Cyn has been teasing her fans with for years.
I just know I will have left lots of songs out, so would love to hear your thoughts!
The glistening guitar ballad Welcome The Teardrops is not available on the still-fresh Fairytales EP by Nomi Madness, but with any luck it will be included on a future album. The song was originally recorded by Diva favourite Dannii Minogue for the purposes of her shelved follow-up album to 2003's moderately well-recieved classic Neon Nights, and has remained unreleased until now. What is most interesting is that Nomi actually sings this song in a very Dannii way on the expressively furlon verses. However, there is no doubt that this talented singer makes the song 'his own' - the melting chorus is an instant classic (think Dannii doing Roxette-meets-Belinda-meets-Wilson Phillips), and has 'hit single' stamped all over it. Poor Dannii, yet again losing out on such a gem of a song. This is one of my favourite recordings I have heard all year, and I'll most certainly be including it in my best tracks of 2011 countdown. Co-written by someone called Billy Steinberg - I am plenty sure the guy will get his big break someday. Who knows - perhaps Nomi will wisen up and stick it on his album?
Welcome The Teardrops (Unreleased) by Diva Incarnate
Saturday, 16 April 2011
Speaking of All Around The World (Dannii's former record label).... Nomi has travelled across to globe to record his work: Melbourne, Australia, Brooklyn, Manhattan and Los Angeles. Either the guy gets bored staying in the one place for long (usually I'd make a joke about the person obviously being a tramp, but I don't know the guy yet), or just works really hard. If you met Nomi at a bus stop he'd probably start going on about his 80s influences such as Bette Midler, Boy George, George Michael, Prince and Madonna.
Unafraid of inevitable comparisons, Nomi Madness literally wears his influences on his bedazzled sleaves (see his homage to Micheal Jackson above, not to mention the name itself). The lucky bastard has worked, directly or otherwise, with some of the world's biggest 90s dance divas of all time, not to mention James Wirrick (You Make Me Feel Mighty Real - another Dannii Minogue classic, that was actually recorded first by a feminine black man called Sylvester) and Duane Morrison (Don't Call Me Baby performed by Madison Avenue). I'm a fan, I'm following him on twitter, and so should you. Adam Lambert watch out, there's a new girl in town and her name is Nomi Madness.
Friday, 15 April 2011
If her song Phonography was all about doing things 'hands free' (she eats from a dog bowl you know), then the dance version of her new single is all about dancing without the use of her legs - as if she wasn't showing off enough, here are some basic categories of interpretation of Britney's latest conquest against actual choreohraphy.
Check out her moves:
0:07 - corsetography
0:14 - Vogue-ography
0:22 - sidestepography
0:28 - assography
0:31 - hairography
0:32 - airbrushography
0:48 - fingerography
0:50 - jack-hammerography
1:25 - lineupofgaysography
1:50 - handcalpography
3: 49 - blotchyskinography
Wednesday, 13 April 2011
Tuesday, 12 April 2011
The Bassflow radio edit of Speak To Me is very special. Already a standout from the Roxette reunion album Charm School (review found here), I felt overall that the album sounded rushed in terms of production. Speak To Me is an uplifting ballad that plays on the band's strength: haunting verses from Per and Marie's unmistakably thorny groans that sound more expressive than ever. This new remix gives it an extra sheen that really sparkles, creating something most acts 25 years down the line almost never achieve - a career defining moment. Just, wow! Well done Roxette.