Tonight’s post is something akin to live blogging. I am just home from a convivial evening with a good friend celebrating the fact that he had avoided deportation. This was on the stereo in one of the bars we stumbled across. I had forgotten how fun it is – 3 minutes of pop perfection with a spirited video to match (look closely here to spot a very young Fatboy Slim).
It’s happy hour again…
Beyonce* – Crazy in love (GPF)
I seem to have posted more female singers this week than usual. Anyway, while revisiting some Whitney Houston last weekend I stumbled across this and was reminded of what a fine pop song it is.
I also kind of like the ridiculous, over the top video.
Tennis are a husband and wife duo from Denver, Colorado. The hazy sound and light, airy feel here remind me a little of Best Coast who were favourites from last year. It is taken from their second record Young and Old, which has just been released I think.
Whitney Houston – Saving all my love for you
Posting two Whitney songs in a week is a little break from the spirit of the blog up until now. But given the circumstances I think it is appropriate.
I have been listening to a lot of Whitney and feeling a little sombre today. Her’s was a tragic if sadly predictable story. What talent she had. Perhaps the perfect pop voice, I would view her as being one of the few to be in the same league as her godmother, Aretha Franklin. This is her at the mid-80’s peak of her powers.
Whitney Houston* – I wanna dance with somebody (GPF)
It’s Friday again (thanks goodness). That means another cheesy, upbeat tune. A colleague reminded me of Whitney this week and was talking about seeing her in concert last year. Wow! What an amazing voice. Also a very pleasingly kitschy and perfectly 80’s video here. I hope you have a great weekend.
Turns out Michael wasn’t the only one of the Jackson clan to have some pop music game. This is perfectly produced and with great vocals it is simply irresistible. Those amoung you with hawk ears may recognise a sample of The glow of love by Change in there.
I haven’t posted much current music recently so it is good to highlight something fresh. This lo-fi, dreamy number has been stuck in my head all day. I also think Best Coast is an excellent name, particularly given their Californian origins. I really like their sound too, like a lazy, hazy day on the beach spent chilling like a villain.
London was gripped by royal wedding fever today. I wasn’t too enthusiastic about it. However, I ended up at street party in Kennington and despite my cynicism it was really fun – like a raucous outdoor wedding reception. They played this, along with some other classic cheesy tunes. It’s a favourite party anthem of mine.