- Mon, 2010-11-08 09:25
So the lovely people at I Like Music have given me my own space on the internet to write about ANYTHING I want. FOOLS.
So this week I will be taking you through the narrow corridors of my mind to talk all things POP. I know it's really cool to say you're into pop now. But it is a genuine love of mine. I'm not even sure I know what it is. I think that's why I've always been a fan. It's a term that can be attached to almost anything and affords you lots of creative freedom as an artist.
Heroes of mine like Madonna to Little Richard to Bjork to Nina Hagen to Peaches- all are pop stars. My favourite type of pop stars are the ones that don't tout themselves as pop stars. These are people who have become 'pop stars' by way of their creations, innovations and successes. They have become embedded in popular culture and therefore become popular stars. Phew.
But asides from music, what else am I into? Well, I am very much into comedy. I love stand up (watching not performing). My favourite stand ups are Mitch Hedberg, Chris Rock, Bill Hicks, Stewart Lee and Eddie Murphy. I am a HUGE Seinfeld fan. It's literally all I ever talk about in my spare time. I have the not at all annoying habit of comparing any daily scenario with an episode of Seinfeld. Almost all my sentences begin with "This is like that time in Seinfeld where..."
In the 3 minutes of the day where I'm not thinking about George Costanza, I like cooking too. I used to read loads as a kid but do so less now. I'm really trying to read more. I love film and have on several occassions scribbled rubbish drafts of scripts that I can never finish. Scripts can take years. I hope to have enough discipline to complete one before I pop my clogs.
I hope you enjoy my Guest Edit.
Artist: Summer Camp Track: Ghost Train Release: Out Now Label: Moshi Moshi
Summer Camp are the lovely couple Elizabeth Sankey and Jeremy Warmsley. Not only are they impossibly cute, they also make brilliantly nostalgic pop tunes like my pick this week, Ghost Train. The track reminds me of all these naïve and perhaps stupid things you do when you’re a kid and how you cringe looking back at them now you’re older. The song boasts a west-coast dreamy sound with effortless production, and is pretty much just as lovable as the rest of their EP Young.
Artist: Buggles Album: The Age Of Plastic Release: 1980 Label: Island
Trevor Horn is one of my heroes. This album has influenced me in so many ways. Like Orwell's 1984, this album is probably more relevant now than ever. It was released in 1980 and explores the fears of modernity and technology. The Buggles were the first band to produce what we now know as the 'pop music video' - it was the first ever video to be shown on MTV. Not only are the songs brilliant but I love how Trevor Horn and Geoff Downes married different strands together. There's dialogue in parts, interesting use of synths and vocals. In many ways it's quite filmic. You can tell there was a concerted effort made to create a narrative. It's bittersweet, tense, colourful, clever and pop all at the same time.
Artist: Primary 1 Track: Never Know Release: 29th November Label: Grow Up Records
I have chosen Never Know by Primary 1 because he always makes incredible videos. The styling and use of 80s style block colour in this video is brilliant and I love how much humour they’ve managed to create with such a simple set up. Plus, a man with flowers for a face gets put through a shredder and turns in to confetti. What more could you ask for from a video? Primary 1 is certainly my hot tip for 2011.
1: CocknBullKid - One Eye Closed
2: Bow Wow Wow - Chiuaua
3: The Bird & The Bee - Polite Dance Song
4: Amerie - One Thing
5: Adam Green - He's A Brat
6: The Psychadelic Furs - Love My Way
7: TLC - Silly Ho
8: Christina Aguilera - Get Mine, Get Yours
9: Hot Chip - Shake A Fist
10: The Knife - You Make Me Like Charity
11: The Saturdays - Up
12: Rufus Wainwright - Oh What A World
13: Robyn - Who's That Girl
14: Nina Hagen - Return Of The Mother
15: Little Richard - Lucille
16: Tinie Tempah featuring Labrinth - Frisky
17: Scissor Sisters - Laura
18: Sleigh Bells - Rill Rill
19: Sisqo - Thong Song
20: Seal - Killer