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Friday, May 29, 2009

Am I The Only One Torn Over Aqua's New Single?

It's cute, synthy and the lyrics are clever. But after nine years away, the fact that Aqua's coming back with merely a greatest hits and new single "Back To The '80s (Those Were The Days)" is a bit ho hum. I mean, retro '80s schtick is so early '00s, no?

I dunno, maybe its a grower. But I miss "Roses Are Red." And "My Oh My." Those jams remind me of driving to my shit job as a room service waiter at the Pittsburgh Doubletree Hotel in fall of '97, then going out dancing all night when I got off at 11 pm.

Now those were the days, Aqua.

I wasn't too crazy about this when the live clip was doing the rounds last summer, either.



  • At 4:25 PM, Blogger Paul said…

    i think i just love the fact that they audaciously stole the "michael jackson still was black" from an 80s parody song on the simpsons!!

  • At 5:14 PM, Blogger Jess Nukem said…

    You're not alone. I think this is a weak track to come back with, and the ABBA riffs are not helping their cause.

  • At 7:31 PM, Blogger John said…

    How bout "back when Aqua made music people LIKED"?

  • At 7:40 PM, Blogger Vinny Vero said…

    I've stayed at that Doubletree numerous times.

  • At 7:50 PM, Anonymous kydistortion35 said…

    love it love it love it!...I am 37 this july and this song just made me 14 again!

  • At 8:00 PM, Anonymous Aqualicious said…

    Well, doll, let's face it, you prefer your black music. You like that shit of Sean Kingston and Trinchy and that shit with Elton John. Of course you won't like this. What about your other half, Shananay La Child? He might like this shit.

  • At 9:40 PM, Blogger Poster Girl said…

    Nah, it's not doing anything for me either. I'd love to love a comeback single from them and I'm glad they're releasing new stuff, but this just isn't holding up for me.

  • At 9:26 AM, Blogger JimmyD said…

    Madonna is a whore... oops... wrong post!
    Other than 'Barbie Girl,' I don't think Aqua had much success in the US. I LOVED them. I was the only one I knew who did. I'll check out the new single and maybe just be happy they're still chugging along? or maybe not?
    Is there a new album coming? Sometimes (usually) the first single is not the best. Sometimes the best tracks are never released as singles.

  • At 9:50 AM, Blogger JimmyD said…

    I just listened to it a couple of times. It's fine. A nice return... if there's more to come!
    I don't think the line about Michael Jackson is a rip off from the Simpsons. Whenever there's talk of the 80s there's a reference to when Jackson was still black.
    This would make a good companion song to Darren Hayes' 'Crush' (from SPIN).

  • At 11:30 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    this track stinks....according to their Wikipedia entry, there are two other new songs on the "greatest hits" album - let's hope they are more catchy and clever a la "back from mars," "cartoon heroes," etc.

  • At 12:05 PM, Blogger Paul said…

    @JimmyD - i think i just find it quite similar that the simpsons sang (about 10 years ago) "disco duck and fleetwood mac/coming out of my 8 track/michael jackson still was black" and aqua sing "when M&m was just a snack/and michael jackson's skin was black" - yes it's a tired reference that lots of people use, but i still think they were sitting around writing the track and the simpsons came on, and they thought, ooo that's good!

  • At 12:38 PM, Blogger JimmyD said…

    Paul: Then again... do you know that episode of 'South Park' called, I think, 'The Simpsons Did It'?
    Where the boys are trying to do something that the Simpson's hadn't already done?
    It's a cute song.
    I think Anonymous is being harsh... but that's why he/she posts as Anonymous!

  • At 1:51 PM, Anonymous oPaul said…

    I can't get over the fact that Aqua is being discussed as if they were some sort of important and influential group at one point, now making a long awaited comeback. WTF?

    They had one novelty song a million years ago, now they have another one that will likely go nowhere. The End.

    Are you people also sitting around waiting to hear Los Del Rio's next album?

  • At 4:56 PM, Blogger Yuяi said…

    I totally love it. Sure, it's not their best song, but it's catchy as hell. I love the "come back!" parts. And of course, any song that mentions Bananarama is almost assured in getting my attention.

  • At 5:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    The all look like they've sucked a few too many dirty dicks.



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