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Wednesday, March 14, 2007

"I'm Looking For A New Direction..."

As some of you may know, I frequent quite a lot of different messageboards and tend to lurk about on them, like a bad smell. Well, a lot of these messageboards like talking about music so I thought i'd mention what's HAWT on there at the moment, and also a particular track that i'm surprised no-one's arsed about at all.

The two tracks I will talk about are ALSO the supposed "new directions" of both artists. Hence the title of the post.

Everyone won't fucking shut up about:
Avril Lavigne - Girlfriend

Yes, Avril is back and everyone thought she would be all grown up now she's a married woman. But there are varied opinions on her decision to go down the "extremely silly catchy pop" route. Despite having heard rumours that the song, image and silly pink heart and crossbones logo are infact, a joke, I will treat "Girlfriend" as though it is actually Avril's new direction.

Now, some people who didn't listen properly have simply criticised the song for having terrible lyrics.

What I will say to these people is, THAT'S THE WHOLE POINT. There's no point of meaningful lyrics in a song that looks to be this decade's answer to "Hey Mickey" ! It's nonsense and Avril pretty much knows that.

Secondly, I will come back the "Hey Mickey" comparison which feels like it's already been made 42646757432 times on various messageboards, but it has a point! The handclap breakdown, as I like to call it, has got to be one of the most giddy, jig provoking pieces of music for a while.

Either way, this is a TOP POP TUNE. Well done Avril for making something that sounds like... The Pipettes x meaningless teen pop rock. You've only been stuck in my head the whole fucking day... and I didn't mind either! That shows good pop credentials!

And here's the video which is brilliant. I especially like the sudden choreographed dance routine, and the fact that the whole thing looks as if it could've been made by Nickelodeon.

And i'm surprised to see no threads on:-
Arctic Monkeys - Brianstorm

Now, I heard this song properly for the first time today, after getting a download off "THEPLACEWHEREALLMUSICLEAKS". Maybe it's been around a few days and i've just missed the boat or something, but no-one is talking about this song.

I've been round all the boards I frequent and I find not one thread on it. And it's not because no-one has heard it, because even bloody Chris Moyles had it on this very morning (maybe people just... have taste and don't listen to Chris Moyles. The cunt.)

Anyway, from what I hear, it's not actually that different from the Monkey's old stuff, though maybe i'm just surprised because the media hyped their "new style" to death.

Still, it's not a bad tune. And on first listen and sort of vague skimming of the lyrics, it seems to be attacking all those scenester twats or something like that. HURRAH!

Unfortunately, there's no video going about at the moment. But some people have kindly just been putting the songs onto still backgrounds for people like me to embed onto their crappy blogs. So here it is!

And remember folks, comments always appreciated!


  • At 12:04 am, March 16, 2007, Blogger Laura said…

    sometimes I forget that I really, really like pop music and that the reason I keep playing "Girlfriend" and wanting to dance along to it isn't so much because it's "ironic" but because it's just so fucking fun.

    this song really is so ridiculously catchy. Ridiculous!

  • At 12:41 am, March 21, 2007, Blogger Give Up Now - Music Blog said…

    Wow I'm actually loving this new Avril song - and the dance routine is a gem!

  • At 7:59 pm, April 19, 2007, Blogger DJ Samba said…

    Avril is married to the lead singer of Sum 41 (nb: PLEASE BRING THEM BACK!), who is known to most as Derek Wibly.

    Does this not make her Avril Wibly?!

    RE: Monkeys, I've gone off them a lot since hearing them on Manchester XFM with John Kennedy. Good lyricist he may be, but Alex Turner sounds like the most boring person ever. The interview was painful to listen to. "um.... er..... well er.... yeh". Was the response when asked whether a song was about people who are twats in general, or just the celeberity ones. Pah!

  • At 4:06 am, April 26, 2007, Blogger Scott said…

    I love this Avril song. Pop perfection.

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