Thursday, October 28, 2004

The Headtapes... continued.

It's a rarity for me actually to comment on the Headtapes, but I feel I would like to this week. I had "Black Betty" in my head after we had a conversation at work about lamingtons. I told them there was this CWA lady who made killer lamingtons with jam in the middle - they were so legendary they wrote a blues song about her. It goes "Whoaah Black Betty, jam-a-lam..." Well, you know the rest.

I would also like to say that Australian commercial radio continues to astound me. Sometimes they play songs so far ahead of their actual release date, and sometimes they play them months after they've been hits in other countries. Like "Dip It Low", which is now on high rotation on Nova. You know, I always wrote off Christina Milian as a bargain-basement Mya, although I had to respect her for writing "Play", which J.Lo recorded. And then she comes out with "Dip It Low", which manages to take that Indian/Middle Eastern inflection that in my jadedness I refer to as "so 2003" or "so Timbaland", and make it simultaneously danceable and dreamy, the antithesis to last year's Diwali assault.

I think the secret to "Dip It Low"s lusciousness is the vocal harmony. Many people get trapped into thinking triads are the be-all and end-all of vocal harmonies. Nina Sky are particularly irritating with that jarring "From head to toe/I feel your flow" from "Move Ya Body". But Christina does the fourths and fifths, with particularly good effect, in "pop, pop, pop that thing". More musical musings above.

Monday 25 October

Girl I'm a Bad Boy - Fat Joe/P Diddy/Dre
The Internet Is for Porn - from Avenue Q
Keep Givin' Your Love to Me - Beyoncé
What a Fool Believes - Doobie Brothers
Fuck the Pain Away - Peaches
Landerkennung - Grieg
A World of Pure Imagination - from Willie Wonka & the Chocolate Factory
various Oompa-Loompa songs - from Willie Wonka & the Chocolate Factory
I've Got a Golden Ticket - from Willie Wonka & the Chocolate Factory
I Feel the Earth Move - Carole King
Trick Me - Kelis

Tuesday 26 October

Bail Me Out - Pete Murray
The Logical Song - Supertramp
Because You Loved Me - Celine Dion
A New Day Has Come - Celine Dion
Sweet Home Alabama - Lynyrd Skynyrd
Move Ya Body - Nina Sky
Pieces of Me - Ashlee Simpson
Head over Heels - Tears for Fears
Black Betty - various artists
Tequila - ALT & the Lost Civilization

Wednesday 27 October

Scar - Missy Higgins
Dip It Low - Christina Milian
Sledgehammer - Peter Gabriel
If I Ain't Got You - Alicia Keys

Thursday 28 October

Mona - Craig McLachlan & Check 1-2
If I Ain't Got You - Alicia Keys
Lose My Breath - Destiny's Child

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