Monday, July 11, 2005
It's Monday! And you wait weeks for a Top of the Pops review and two come along at once. Yes, for scheduling reasons best known to the BBC, this week's Top of the Pops was broadcast this evening, just 3 days after the last edition, which means there's quite possibly too much TotP for one week. There's certainly too much Reggie, that's for sure. Anyway, here's what we learnt from this week's show:-
- Kanye West reckons that Diamonds are from Sierra Leonne, which must come as a shock to the part of his fan base which reckoned they came from the Elizabeth Duke collection at Argos.
- His performance was initially as full of energy as a mug of Horlicks, but half way through he seemed to suddenly realise that he was actually on the telly and so started putting a bit more effort into it.
- For his next release, Crazy Frog is releasing a cover of Hot Butter's Popcorn. For the inevitable third, can we suggest The Smiths' That Joke's Not Funny Any More?
- James Blunt proves once again why you should always keep away from men with bad haircuts clutching an acoustic guitar as if their life depended upon it.
- Roll Deep, Dizzee Rascal's old crew, are about to release The Avenue, and it's really rather fantastic indeed. Even if they do look like a slightly more street Blazin' Squad.
- The Paul McCartney/U2 version of Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band from Live 8 manages to get worse every single sodding time we hear it.
- "What have you done today to make you feel proud?" asks Heather Small. We can only hope that her record company boss takes that lyric to heart and does the only thing he can to do allow him to hold his head up high: cancel this release.
- Rachel Stevens only got to number ten. This implies that Mariah Carey, who got to number 2 - "Thanks African orhpans!" - is better than her. There is no contest in the world for which this would be true, except for "Looking a bit like a hamster".
- Tupac and Elton John are still number one with Ghetto Gospel. Remember kids, someone being dead doesn't suddenly mean they're actually any good.