dispatches from the pop scene...minus the corn syrup.

Sunday, December 31, 2006

Goodbye, 2006

My plane touched down in L.A. after a steady week of traveling -- just in time for New Year's Eve -- and I must say, it's good to be home.

I'd actually gone back to my original home in western Pennsylvania on Christmas Day to spend time with family and old friends over the past five days. There's MoogaBoo and I in my parents' house on Wednesday.

I flew back to California this evening to see that my Take That Beautiful World CD had finally arrived from Amazon, and, only three songs in, it's already the perfect soundtrack to the night before the start of a whole new chapter.

Anyway, a big HAPPY NEW YEAR to everyone, and thanks for reading Chart Rigger in 2006.

Oh, and lest we forget:

The U.K. Top 10:

1. "A Moment Like This" - Leona Lewis *2 weeks*
2. "Patience" - Take That
3. "Different World" - Iron Maiden *new*
4. "Smack That" - Akon feat. Eminem
5. "Truly Madly Deeply" - Cascada
6. "Boogie 2Nite" - Booty Luv
7. "I Think We're Alone Now" - Girls Aloud
8. "PATT (Party All The Time)" - Sharam
9. "You Know My Name" - Chris Cornell
10. "Wind It Up" - Gwen Stefani

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Friday, December 29, 2006

The Year In #1s

Here's the wrap-up of singles that topped both the American and British charts in 2006. I'm taking the liberty of calling Leona Lewis as the final #1 in England, even though the chart isn't officially published till Sunday. It's probably safe to say that "SexyBack," the song that spent the most weeks at the top in the U.S., became the official pop culture catchphrase of the year. Justin Timberlake also edged Beyoncé out by one week with the most weeks at #1 here.

Both Beyoncé and Justin were the only two artists to officially have two singles hit the top in the States in '06, although Timbaland featured on two singles as well -- and if we're being technical, he actually spent the most time at the top if you add in his appearance on both "SexyBack" and "Promiscuous." McFly were the only ones to rack up two singles at the top of the U.K. chart, while Gnarls Barkley spent the most time (9 weeks) at #1 there.

On a final note, "SexyBack," "So Sick" and "Hips Don't Lie" were the only three singles to peak at the top in both countries in 2006.

2006 U.S. #1 Singles

1. "Don't Forget About Us" - Mariah Carey (2 weeks*)
2. "Laffy Taffy" - D4L (1 week)
3. "Grillz" - Nelly feat. Paul Wall, Ali & Gripp (2 weeks)
4. "Check On It" - Beyoncé feat. Slim Thug (5 weeks)
5. "You're Beautiful" - James Blunt (1 week)
6. "So Sick" - Ne-Yo (2 weeks)
7. "Temperature" - Sean Paul (1 week)
8. "Bad Day" - Daniel Powter (5 weeks)
9. "S.O.S." - Rihanna (3 weeks)
10. "Ridin'" - Chamillionaire feat. Krayzie Bone (2 weeks)
11. "Hips Don't Lie" - Shakira feat. Wyclef Jean (2 weeks)
12. "Do I Make You Proud?" - Taylor Hicks (1 week)
13. "Promiscuous" - Nelly Furtado feat. Timbaland (5 weeks)
14. "London Bridge" - Fergie (3 weeks)
15. "SexyBack" - Justin Timberlake feat. Timbaland (7 weeks)
16. "Money Maker" - Ludacris feat. Pharrell (2 weeks)
17. "My Love" - Justin Timberlake feat. T.I. (3 weeks)
18. "I Wanna Love You" - Akon feat. Snoop Dogg (2 weeks)
19. "Irreplaceable" - Beyoncé (4 weeks)

2006 UK #1 Singles

1. "That's My Goal" - Shayne Ward (4 weeks*)
2. "When The Sun Goes Down" - Arctic Monkeys (1 week)
3. "Nasty Girl" - Notorious B.I.G. (2 weeks)
4. "Thunder In My Heart Again" - Meck feat. Leo Sayer (2 weeks)
5. "Sorry" - Madonna (1 week)
6. "It's Chico Time" - Chico (2 weeks)
7. "No Tomorrow" - Orson (1 week)
8. "So Sick" - Ne-Yo (1 week)
9. "Crazy" - Gnarls Barkley (9 weeks)
10. "I Wish I Was A Punk Rocker" - Sandi Thom (1 week)
11. "Maneater" - Nelly Furtado (3 weeks)
12. "Hips Don't Lie" - Shakira feat. Wyclef Jean (5 weeks)
13. "Smile" - Lily Allen (2 weeks)
14. "Don't Stop Me Now/Please Please" - McFly (1 week)
15. "Déjà Vu" - Beyoncé feat. Jay-Z (1 week)
16. "SexyBack" - Justin Timberlake feat. Timbaland (1 week)
17. "I Don't Feel Like Dancin'" - Scissor Sisters (4 weeks)
18. "America" - Razorlight (1 week)
19. "Welcome To The Black Parade" - My Chemical Romance (2 weeks)
20. "Star Girl" - McFly (1 week)
21. "Put Your Hands Up For Detroit" - Fedde Le Grand (1 week)
22. "The Rose" - Westlife (1 week)
23. "Smack That" - Akon feat. Eminem (1 week)
24. "Patience" - Take That (4 weeks)
25. "A Moment Like This" - Leona Lewis (2 weeks)

* originally hit #1 in December 2005 and carried into January

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Thursday, December 28, 2006

Beyoncé Still #1, But Don't Forget About Mariah!

On the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart, "Fergalicious" and "Smack That" flip-flop (again), and "How To Save A Life" and "We Fly High" switch places, but other than that, everything stays the same. The rest of the chart is also pretty much devoid of new activity, and so, let's get nostalgic for a moment and remember that one year ago this week, pop's craziest hooker Mariah Carey had the top U.S. single with "Don't Forget About Us." One can only hope Her Craziness will be back with something new in '07.

On a final note, so much for American Idol's "soul patrol," Taylor Hicks -- his self-titled album debuted at #2 last week but drops to #15 on the new chart. By contrast, Carrie Underwood, who won the show a whole year-and-a-half ago, moves up to #4 on the Top 200 Albums in its 58th week of release. Of course, the real AI flop prize goes to Fantasia, whose sophomore album entered the chart at #19 last week and drops like a dead crack ho to #63 this week!

The U.S. Top 10:

1. "Irreplaceable" - Beyoncé *4 weeks*
2. "I Wanna Love You" - Akon feat. Snoop Dogg
3. "Fergalicious" - Fergie
4. "Smack That" - Akon feat. Eminem
5. "My Love" - Justin Timberlake feat. T.I.
6. "Say It Right" - Nelly Furtado
7. "How To Save A Life" - The Fray
8. "We Fly High" - Jim Jones
9. "Shortie Like Mine" - Bow Wow feat. Christ Brown & Johnta Austin
10. "Lips Of An Angel" - Hinder

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Monday, December 25, 2006

The Best Pop Tunes Of 2006

Looking over our separate lists compiled from the dirth of all 2006 had to offer, it's obvious that I've opened my heart to slow jams as the years have gone by, whereas MoogaBoo's not as much of a grandma as I am (yet). Anyway, here's Chart Rigger's second annual tally of the best pop songs.


11. Take That - "Patience"

WHY?: The That totally pulled out all stops for their first new single in 10 years. Yeah, it has shades of James Blunt, but he's ugly, so Fuck That.
MOOGABOO WEIGHS IN: Christmas charity, I suspect -- or is one of them hotter than I remembered?

10. Stephanie McIntosh - "Mistake"

WHY?: Forget the original Kelly Clarkson-esque version -- the Jewels & Stone mix is a massively joyous dance/pop revelation! Jason Donovan's half-sis became MP3 blog-fodder across the globe this summer when "Mistake" became a #3 Aussie hit.

9. Scissor Sisters - "I Don't Feel Like Dancin'"

WHY?: These five struck me as saps when the first album came out, but "I Don't Feel..." made me change my tune. This was probably the most unabashed pure-pop single released this year. Sadly, the rest of the album was hit or miss.
MOOGABOO WEIGHS IN: Me, too! So perfect...

8. The Killers - "When You Were Young"

WHY?: My two-and-a-half-year love affair with Brandon Flowers & Co. peaked with this song. There was a lot to live up to with Sam's Town, and this single certainly indicated promise. Alas, the excitement over the album's release in October proved to be like a quick, short-lived sugar rush.
MOOGABOO WEIGHS IN: Yeah, I don't want to talk about it. I can't believe you two broke up. Now it's going to be awkward when I see him out.

7. Rascal Flatts - "What Hurts The Most"

WHY?: Total guilty pleasure that I've kept mum about. A handful of artists have recorded this song over the years, but I'd never heard it till these country bumpkins had a suprise Top 10 hit with it this spring. Also, I'd maybe bang one or two of them.
MOOGABOO WEIGHS IN: Never heard it.

6. Nick Lachey - "What's Left Of Me"

WHY?: Nick's a cheeseball, but this one sounded so good when I played it on a jukebox at our longtime Pittsburgh haunt 5801 (formerly called New York, New York) during a trip back home to Pennsylvania in May.
MOOGABOO WEIGHS IN: Do you think our pal Todd missed that $20 bill which you grabbed from him and plunked into the jukebox to play this song on a seemingly endless loop?

5. Pet Shop Boys - "I'm With Stupid / The Resurrectionist"

WHY?: The Boys' new album was a highly-anticipated release in D'luv's little world this year. "I'm With Stupid" and its equally-good (if not better) b-side will forever remind me of driving around the countryside during the rainy week on said trip to Pennsylvania this past spring.
MOOGABOO WEIGHS IN: I was going to put "Minimal" in my Top 11, but forgot. What would Neil say if he saw Cassie in his place? Oh, fuck it -- at least I'm young and hip.

4. The Feeling - "Never Be Lonely"

WHY?: I love these guys, and "Never Be Lonely" has been my MySpace homepage jam for about five months now. Oh, Dan Gillespie Sells, the beautiful music we could make together...! Oh well, at least I got to slip a hand around his waist for a brief moment.
MOOGABOO WEIGHS IN: I can't believe you didn't hit that when you had the chance.

3. Sugababes - "Red Dress"

WHY?: Since I'm American and probably a tad more detached from the 'babes drama, I didn't give a toss about the lineup change in this Brit girl trio last December. Every time I hear that 'Cause I've been down this road before / I should've known that I was to blame line, the gals get a big "Preach on!" from this desperate lady jumpin' through all the hoops.
MOOGABOO WEIGHS IN: This is one of my favorites by them, too. They do stomping pop so well.

2. JoJo - "Too Little, Too Late"

WHY?: 15-year-old JoJo brought back the power pop ballad in grand, high-charting style. I spent the entire month of August listening to "Too Little, Too Late" on my iPod during my daily walk at lunch time. Never in the past decade-and-a-half have I felt more like a jilted high school lonelyheart.
MOOGABOO WEIGHS IN: How can one feel like a jilted high school lonelyheart when one is boffing the entire basketball team? I guess that's the power of JoJo, isn't it? Yay, JoJo!

1. Vanessa Hudgens, Zac Efron & Andrew Seeley - "Breaking Free"

WHY?: The Disney Channel reached into my gut and pulled out my inner tween in January, when High School Musical was unleashed. "Breaking Free" became my uplifting anthem of '06. Hey, it's never easy being cheesy.
MOOGABOO WEIGHS IN: Still so proud that Disney dared to air a musical with an all-girl cast. Bravo, sister!



11. Sun - "Gone"

WHY?: Until the U.S. charts get a little less xenophobic, Asian starlets remain confined to somewhat dubious areas of exposure -- video game soundtracks, mainly. Singapore's Sun has managed to bust out a little with some big money dance remixes, "Gone" being the latest to skitter up the club charts. Pass up the circuit party mixes, though, for the pensive ballad version arranged in a "Used to Be My Playground" style for maximum tearsiness. Oh, Sun.
J'ASON WEIGHS IN: Go, Sun! His drag is amazing.

10. Paris Hilton - "Nothing In This World"

WHY?: I'm glad this flopped. I'll feel less guilty enjoying it knowing that the music world is safe from a full-tilt Paris Hilton takeover. Dr. Luke whips up a track both aching and punchy, rendering irrelevant the mundane scandals of everyone's least-favorite socialite buttplug (for three minutes, anyway).
J'ASON WEIGHS IN: My favorite parts: the "Da-da-da-das," and when the song is over.

9. Justin Timberlake featuring T.I. - "My Love"

WHY?: Rare are the occasions that I find anything to sound as "innovative" as its press release claims it does, but I have to give credit where it's due. "My Love" is all anxious synths, kinetic beats and buzzing sound effects somehow rooted to a delicate melody. And it's a ballad. A good one.
J'ASON WEIGHS IN: Wake me up when the paparrazzi catch Justin not wearing panties.

8. Cassie - "Me & U"

WHY?: I usually feel a bit strange liking things that are popular on tha street with tha kidz, but this one was an instant hit with me. Manages to sound sleek and sophisticated and dirty and stupid, all at once. Cassie suffered at the hands of a lot of petty press this year and will probably never recover from her disastrous live performances, but I'd like to think she'll always have a home at Chart Rigger.
J'ASON WEIGHS IN: Well, she had me till she got all righteous and started denying the song had anything to do with smoking pole.

7. Ultra Naté - "Love's The Only Drug"

WHY?: Plastic, synthetic, derivative, and... soulful? That last one makes the difference for me, which is why I only ever get so far in listening to acts like Morningwood, Dangerous Muse, Stefy, et al. "Drug" burbles on the downbeat for the all important "tears on the dancefloor" effect and just barely hides its heart behind clouds of whooshes.
J'ASON WEIGHS IN: How did I not know this great song till you put together your list? Even worse, how are Morningwood, Stefy, etc. still in existence?

6. Rihanna - "S.O.S."

WHY?: Stupid pop was back "in" this year. Hooray! It takes more than a sampled hook to make a hit, and I don't think anyone without Rihanna's deadpan delivery could have made this track work as well as it did. It's called "making a little go a long, long way." The Soft Cell rip works as well as it ever did, which is to say, much better than Depeche Mode in Jamelia's "Beware of the Dog."
J'ASON WEIGHS IN: The one and only song that deserved being #1 on the American charts this year.

5. Dannii Minogue - "So Under Pressure"

WHY?: Give the girl a break! This song was a good effort after far too many reheated Ibiza ditties, and should have gotten a Top 10 placing just for its bassline alone. Plus, you know, her sister had cancer....
J'ASON WEIGHS IN: Danny's drag is not nearly as good as Sun's.

4. Mish Mash featuring Lois - "Speechless"

WHY?: I think it's worth noting that this year's disco tributes were worth hearing more than once outside of a club. "Speechless" is an addictive little shot of Eurodisco that tips the camp scale somewhere between 54 and The Eyes of Laura Mars.
J'ASON WEIGHS IN: I had to look this one up on YouTube, and the only clip I found was some queen named Rhea Litre lip-syncing to it at a club. That broad can shake an ass!

3. Scissor Sisters - "I Don't Feel Like Dancin'"

WHY?: The last days of disco, wherein the public turned on the artform maliciously and without good reason, have finally been avenged. This record is 1980, reanimated so brilliantly it's practically guest-starring on Mork & Mindy. No other single came as close to joyous perfection this year.
J'ASON WEIGHS IN: Yay! I picked this one, too.

2. Hilary Duff - "Play With Fire"

WHY?: There's a keyboard in it this that sounds just like incidental music from Fraggle Rock. That's enough for me.
J'ASON WEIGHS IN: My favorite part is when she sings "Oh, by the way, by the way I found someone..." Keep it up, Hil!

1. P!nk - "U + Ur Hand"

WHY?: The spoken bit is just so off -- it's awkward, and P!nk sounds almost indifferent to the material she's been prodded to record. She should've cheered up, though, as this gem is the best thing she's done, like, ever. Max Martin retweaks The Veronicas' "4ever" (more cowbell!) and tailors it to fit alongside her multi-tracked rasp.
J'ASON WEIGHS IN: P!nk singing about masturbation is so un-hot, but still, a great song nonetheless.

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Sunday, December 24, 2006

X-Factor Ho Leona Lewis Unwraps A Christmas #1

And so, a second year ends with the winner of X-Factor topping the official U.K. singles chart. This time around it's Leona Lewis (or, just "Leona" as the single cover touts), with her rendition of "A Moment Like This." Some may recall that "A Moment Like This" was first a #1 hit in the U.S. late in the summer of 2002, after first-season American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson made it famous.

This causes the end of Take That's one-month reign with comeback single "Patience," though their album, Beautiful World, retains its top position. And McFly's eleventh single, "Sorry's Not Good Enough," enters at #3, becoming only their fifth time to miss out on a #1. Just below them, Girls Aloud's lame cover of "I Think We're Alone Now" becomes their seventh single in a row to miss out on topping the British chart, after initially starting out with a string of high-charting hits. It's been over two years since their last #1, and you'd think by now they'd realize that life got cold.

The U.K. Top 10:

1. "A Moment Like This" - Leona Lewis *1 week* *new*
2. "Patience" - Take That
3. "Sorry's Not Good Enough" - McFly *new*
4. "I Think We're Alone Now" - Girls Aloud *new*
5. "Truly Madly Deeply" - Cascada
6. "Fairytale Of New York" - The Pogues
7. "21st Century Christmas/Move It" - Cliff Richard
8. "Boogie 2Nite" - Booty Luv
9. "Smack That" - Akon feat. Eminem
10. "You Know My Name" - Chris Cornell

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Saturday, December 23, 2006

Corbin Bleu Pushes iTunes To The Limit

I wanted to post MoogaBoo and mine's top tunes of the year before today, but time has escaped me and I'm off to the mountains of Idyllwild, CA for the weekend. So instead, I'll put that list up on Christmas Day.

This could well be the first surprise hit of 2007, as the EP it's on is already the top download on iTunes. It's Corbin Bleu, second banana from High School Musical, with his new song "Push It To The Limit."

Is it me or does this song not suck as much as it has every right to? Corbin is the lead in the Disney Channel movie Jump In!, which airs on January 12. This early-90s-sounding pop/R&B number is from the soundtrack, plus it'll be on his forthcoming album, Another Side.

And here's the imdb.com description for Jump In!:

Story revolves around a young boxer, Izzy Daniels (Corbin Bleu), who trains to follow in his father's footsteps by winning the Golden Glove. When his friend, Mary (KeKe Palmer), however, asks him to substitute for a team member in a Double Dutch tournament, the young man discovers a hidden passion for jump roping.

Gotta love how these hit Disney Channel movies are all allegories for jocks turning gay.

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Thursday, December 21, 2006

Gwen Stefani Makes The Sweet Escape Out Of The Top 10

The final Top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart barely changes this week, save for "Fergalicious" and "Smack That" flip-flopping, and Gwen Stefani dropping out of the Top 10, leaving room for godawful Hinder to return. Gwen doesn't fare too well on the album chart, either, as she falls from last week's debut of #3 to #13. It's not all doom and gloom for her, however, since her new single, "The Sweet Escape," entered the Hot 100 -- albeit at #95.

All in all, chartwise, it's a drab end to 2006, much the way it's shaping to be in the U.K. for this weekend

The U.S. Top 10:

1. "Irreplaceable" - Beyoncé *3 weeks*
2. "I Wanna Love You" - Akon feat. Snoop Dogg
3. "Smack That" - Akon feat. Eminem
4. "Fergalicious" - Fergie
5. "My Love" - Justin Timberlake feat. T.I.
6. "Say It Right" - Nelly Furtado
7. "We Fly High" - Jim Jones
8. "How To Save A Life" - The Fray
9. "Shortie Like Mine" - Bow Wow feat. Christ Brown & Johnta Austin
10. "Lips Of An Angel" - Hinder

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Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Leona Lewis And The Evils Of Simon Cowell

So, this is Leona Lewis, the snoozey broad that won that crappy X-Factor show in England that appeals to old widows with no sex life and ritalin-addled brats who peddle crank in the playground. It's kind of like American Idol -- it even was created by and stars Simon Cowell -- except worse, because it's somehow kept Sharon Osbourne, one of the judges, relevant. A hackjob cover of Kelly Clarkson's "A Moment Like This" was rushed out as Leona's first single in the U.K, and it's set to debut at #1 on Sunday.

Meanwhile, not surprisingly, both Simon Cowell and X-Factor were voted by readers of eMusic as the "Worst Influence On British Music" in a recent survey. Right behind him was Stock Aitken Waterman (blasphemy!), Steps (what!?!) and Spice Girls (whores!). Of course, without Pete Waterman, there'd have been no SAW, Simon Cowell or Steps, so in effect, we have him to blame for Leona Lewis.

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Timbaland Jazzes Up The New Duran Duran Album...With Justin Timberlake

I think it's great that Timbaland has declared that he's bored with Hip hop's same-sounding R&B structure, and that he's tapped into his inner '80s youth to craft some of the biggest hits this year.

Today Billboard confirmed that Duran Duran's next album will be released in May, and will contain three Timbaland-produced tracks, including one called "Night Runner," which also features Justin Timberlake. The other two songs are "Skin Diver" and "Zooming In." Click the Billboard link above to read what the band had to say the new material.

In the meantime, here's the video for Nelly Furtado's "Say It Right," which has Timbaland periodically squawking in the background.

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Sunday, December 17, 2006

It's Almost A Take That Christmas

Here's something we haven't seen in three years -- a Cliff Richard Christmas single that's actually a hit, chartwise. "21st Century Christmas", this week's #2 U.K. single, beats the #5 placing of Sir Cliff's December 2003 single, "Santa's List." Meanwhile, job well done on Cliff's face completely morphing into that of the beautiful Clay Aiken!

Alas, The Sir proved no match for week four of Take That's top run with "Patience", which can now at least boast the honor of being the Pre-Christmas #1. Here in the States, Beyoncé officially has the top song over the holiday, on the latest Billboard chart dated December 23rd. But we've gotta wait till next Sunday to find out whether the returning Brit boyband can stretch it for just seven more days.

Gwen Stefani manages to scrape up five more spots to #3 with "Wind It Up", which, even though some consider it to be more irritating than "Hollaback Girl," now has the ironic distinction of being her highest-charting British hit. And way, way down there at #21, looking up at us with sad eyes, it appears as if darling Lily Allen has suffered a major flop with "Littlest Things."

With Lily's singles charting lower and lower upon each release, perhaps the public has grown tired of her attention-wanting, trashy comments about other celebrities in the press. Or maybe it's just the fact that nobody likes a whore at Christmas.

The U.K. Top 10:

1. "Patience" - Take That *4 weeks*
2. "21st Century Christmas/Move It" - Cliff Richard *new*
3. "Wind It Up" - Gwen Stefani
4. "Truly Madly Deeply" - Cascada
5. "Boogie 2Nite" - Booty Luv
6. "Smack That" - Akon feat. Eminem
7. "You Know My Name" - Chris Cornell
8. "Tell Me" - P. Diddy feat. Christina Aguilera
9. "Bing Bang (Time To Dance)" - Lazy Town
10. "Fairytale Of New York" - The Pogues

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The Killers To Do Next Bond Theme?

The Killers seem to be rebounding quite quickly after the humdrum reception Sam's Town got this fall (Though the album has gone platinum here in the States, selling a million copies). First it was announced "Read My Mind," their next single, will receive it's very own PSB Maxi-Mix via the Pet Shop Boys. Also, "A Great Big Sled" officially became a hit on Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart this week. Now, rumors abound that the band has been asked to record the next James Bond theme song.

Maybe by that time, Brandon Flowers will "rediscover" Duran Duran and they can come up with something as good as "A View To A Kill."


Saturday, December 16, 2006

The 10 Worst Singles Of 2006

With the end of 2006 drawing nigh, it's time to look back at what really sucked in pop this year. We've compiled what we consider to be the worst of the worst, with links to each song's video for for your enjoyment.

10. Panic! At The Disco - "I Write Sins, Not Tragedies"

MoogaBoo Says: "Kids listening to this are going to grow up to be such dickheads." [video]

9. Hinder - "Lips Of An Angel"

J'ason Says: "Hinder is what happens when drunk sluts in South Dakota figure out how to use iTunes." [video]

8. P!nk - "Stupid Girls"

MoogaBoo Says: "Mildly amusing video, but the song itself was a dog. Isn't it kind of unbelievable that P!nk thinks she's better than Jessica Simpson?" [video]

7. Stefy - "Chelsea"

J'ason Says: "When trannies try to break out of the East Village and front rock bands, it never works." [video]

6. Christina Aguilera - "Ain't No Other Man"

MoogaBoo Says: "Despite being the retro junkie that I am, I hate this song. Unispired fashion show music." [video]

5. Morningwood - "The Nth Degree"

J'ason Says: "When trannies try to break out of The Bronx and front rock bands, it never works." [video]

4. Robbie Williams - "Rudebox"

MoogaBoo Says: "Never has a single been so obviously crafted for the lone purpose of keeping someone's name in the tabloids." [video]

3. Nickelback - "Far Away"

J'ason Says: "Can't we just fast forward to the point where Nickelback are this decade's Limp Bizkit already?" [video]

2. Janet Jackson - "So Excited"

MoogaBoo Says: "This is awful in a distinctly 2006 kind of way, so I'm actually suprised it wasn't #1 for 18 weeks." [video]

1. Fergie - "London Bridge"

J'ason Says: "Someday, kids, Fergie will hang." [video]

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Friday, December 15, 2006

Music Junkie Digest: The So Sick Edition

As the title suggests, I'm at home all sniffly today, curled up with Miss Pussy and Cracker. The following may seem very stream-of-conscious, but lo! There be method in it!

D.C.-based XOLondon, having his finger firmly up the pulse, wrote about the lovely, forthcoming solo album from Sarah Nixey earlier in the week (out in February). Sometimes when you get these promos, they end up being frisbeed out the window. But the Black Box Recorder vocalist's Sing, Memory very well may top BBR's last record, 2003's Passionoia, in all it's blipping and bleeping synth-squiggly glory! Click below to stream a radio mix of "Strangelove" not available on the LP, plus a few other tracks. And if you don't own Passionoia, buy or download it for "Andrew Ridgeley" alone. And "British Racing Green." And "These Are The Things."

strangelove lodge radio edit:

beautiful oblivion:

when i'm here with you:

Now, Sarah, whose birthday is six days away, was born in Dorset, England. Also born in Dorset is Russ Spencer, the blond boy from short-lived (but fantastic) dancing pop four-piece, Scooch!

Myself, I'm finding it hard to believe that January will be seven years since their second single, the cheesy, toe-tappingly glorious "More Than I Needed To Know," became their one and only U.K. Top 10 hit. It reached #5, and two more singles were issued before the band were history in late 2000.

God bless 'em in all their faux-Steps tomfoolery. This past spring, Russ starred on Boys Will Be Girls, a UK reality show where failed male pop stars had to convincingly form a girl group. One of his costars was Martin Rycroft, the butt-ugly girl from Fast Food Rockers (right). Not sure why they had a real girl in the band, but anyway... the gals were called The Honeytraps, and here's the video for their cover of A Flock Of Seagulls' "Wishing (If I Had A Photograph)." How 'bout that "Somebody Told Me"-esque opening!

On a final note, in the Wikipedia entry for The Honeytraps, it states that Martin was apparently bartending post-Fast Food Rockers, and she's now bartending again, post-Honeytraps.

It's never easy...

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