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Sunday, January 25, 2009

The Saturdays Are, Like, So The New Girls Aloud + My Hot, Sweaty MGMT Story

Alright, folks, I momentarily missed out on doing actual U.K. chart talk last Sunday due to my escaped pussy. Vut to quote the wise Jerri Blank from Strangers With Candy, I've got something to SAY!

First off, a giant Wee-haw! to The Saturdays for totally kicking Sugababes and Girls Aloud to the curb and injecting a bit of rogue excitement back into the land of U.K. girl groups. Not only is it a third week inside the British Top 10 for "Issues," last week the single climbed to #4, thereby besting the #5 peak of previous single "Up."

Meanwhile, sadly, the only good Girls Aloud single (other than "Call The Shots") stalled at a dismal #10 placing last week. What happened with "The Loving Kind"? This week it falls to #14. Ouch! Did working with the Pet Shop Boys prove to be the kiss of death for them?

That doesn't seem likely, since the Boys are on the upswing—they're receiving the Outstanding Contribution To Music award at next month's Brits ceremony, plus they've got a hot remix out of MGMT's "Kids." And Neil and Chris' own ninth studio album Yes is out in March.

Anyway, speaking of MGMT's "Kids," that single has been hovering around in the U.K. chart since October. It finally climbed to #16 earlier this month. This week it's at #30.

Okay, so the MGMT story: Back in September, when I went to Austin, Texas, to visit a friend and hit up the Austin City Limits festival, my pal got me into MGMT. We played them and Cut Copy that whole weekend. Wow, groovy NYC duo, etc. Great videos.

We went to this great Austin club called Beauty Bar, and when the DJ played "Time To Pretend," the place went crazy. The whole town was obviously geared up to see MGMT at the festival the next day.

So, cut to MGMT taking the stage for their set at ACL. Here's a photo I took of the crowd that came to watch them in the 95 degree heat:

Yeah, they sucked. Sucked hard. Harder than Lady GaGa sucked to get her record contract. Their sound was off. One of their amps blew out. But worst of all, even if none of those technical gaffs had happened, the band just stood there like statues while playing. Their was no charisma, no moving around.

None of the excitement of their great songs like "Electric Feel" or "Kids" translated into a fun, energetic live performance. By their third song, the entire crowd just started talking amongst themselves (as you can see in that pic above). By song four a lot of people walked away and went to see other bands.

I kind of chalked it up to a band that's best experienced at night in a small venue like a club suddenly finding itself on an outdoor stage during the day, with thousands of people standing in a field expecting a miracle.

Nevertheless, MGMT have great songs. And "Electric Feel" still made it into Chart Rigger's Best Singles Of 2008 list.

The U.K. Top 10:

1. "Just Dance" - Lady GaGa feat. Colby Adonis *3 weeks*
2. "Day 'n' Night" - Kid Cudi Vs. Crookers
3. "Take Me Back" - Tinchy Stryder feat. Taio Cruz
4. "Broken Strings" - James Morrison feat. Nelly Furtado
5. "Issues" - The Saturdays
6. "Let It Rock" - Kevin Rudolf feat. Lil Wayne
7. "Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)'" - Beyoncé
8. "Use Somebody" - Kings Of Leon
9. "Sober" - Pink
10. "Heartless" - Kanye West

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  • At 3:24 PM, Blogger Paul said…

    "harder than lady gaga sucked to get her record contract" BRILLIANT! AMAZING! Hahahahahahaha.

    I am now a late night proud convert to the saturdays cause. they are brilliant. i clearly have issues for not liking them before.

  • At 3:53 PM, Blogger Poster Girl said…

    Poor "The Loving Kind." If only there'd been some properly timed promotion instead of a vacation. Oh well--still my favorite song of last year. I'm newly in love with some male group's acoustic-y cover, too.

    The Saturdays are definitely a welcome addition to the music world.

    I'm still excited about the new Pet Shop Boys material.

  • At 4:25 PM, Blogger John said…

    The Saturdays are one of the few times I can actually claim to be ahead of the curve on British girl groups. I'm sure that will pass quickly.

  • At 5:56 PM, Blogger Jump! said…

    "Yes" is the Pet Shop Boys' 10th studio album unless you don't include "introspective" or are in denial about the existence of "release."

    The Saturdays are ace. Shame bout "the loving kind" but the CD has already sold boatloads, there was nothing amazing on the physical release and the girls didnt do promo.

  • At 9:04 PM, Blogger Yuяi said…

    I would have thought MGMT would be wild and crazee on-stage too. GUESS NOT! Thanks for the inside scoopage.

  • At 10:41 PM, Blogger J.Me said…

    Maybe stalling at #10, will prove to the powers that be, that you don't relegate a killer track ("Memory Of You") to the B-side of a VINYL only release.

    "Love Is Pain" and "Untouchable" deserve to see single releases, but given that they barely made the Top 10 with "The Loving Kind" the album is all but dead.

    Now, The Saturdays album on the other hand, with the amazing "Work" waiting in the wings, the group is only going to get bigger and watch their star rise.

  • At 2:14 PM, Blogger Mel said…

    I'm glad the Satz are getting their due. "Issues" isn't even the best song on the album. I'm so happy for them. "Work" is going to kill everything once it comes out. And their whole debut is leaps and bounds better than either the Sugas or GA put out recently. I will stand by that forever.

    And I don't get the whole MGMT craze. I just don't get it. At all.

  • At 9:42 PM, Blogger Adem With An E said…

    Eventually, I came around to The Saturdays. The album proved to be a grower, I still hate "Issues" though and cannot understand why it's doing so well. I much prefer "Keep Her" - now THAT should be a single and it should go #1.

    I like that photo of them too. Interestingly, it reminds me of GA around the "No Good Advice" era.

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