Happy Bank Holiday folks! Yesterday’s weather was quite shockingly bad up here in Shropshire, and thankfully things are a bit better today! Two of last weeks tracks broke into the Top 100 – which gives me a 40% success rate for last week alone!! Let’s see how I get on this week…
First up is ‘I’ve All I Need’ from Liam Gallagher. Trying to showcase his softer side, I remember listening to this when the album was released last year. I thought it was a bit dreary then, and nothing has changed. I can’t quite see why people are still going mad for Liam – he’s nothing special without his brother. I mean, he’s okay, but still a bit of a knob personally. This is a vinyl release, so unless you really love Liam, and really love vinyl, it’s unlikely to trouble the charts, which makes it a MISS.
The second track is ‘Aspects’ by Paul Weller. This is a rather haunting song from the Modfather, just an acoustic guitar and an orchestral accompaniment combining for a rather delightful little number. Probably as far away from Paul Weller-esque as you could imagine, yet still unmistakeable. I like it, but I’m not sure the masses will. Not enough to make an impact on the charts, sadly, which means this has to go down as a MISS.
Track three is ‘A City United’ from Prose. This is a charity single from Manchester-based band Prose (never heard of them) with the Manchester Survivors Choir. It may be for a good cause – the Manchester Emergency Fund and Peace Foundation – but as a song, it’s a little dull. The singer’s voice gets on my nerves, the choir is alright, and yes, the lyrics are about Manchester and the people, but it leaves me a bit ‘meh’. I’d like it to be a hit, because then people will be benefitting, but I really can’t see it. I’ll go with a MAYBE.
The penultimate track of this week is ‘Funky’ from Kawala. I will say one thing for it – they’ve tried to make it sound funky, which must make them feel so proud of themselves. Is it any good though? In all honesty, it’s very average. It’s very unremarkable. It’s going to be a MISS. Keep trying though, eh lads?!
And so to the last of the week’s new releases. ‘Do It Tonight’ is by Cedric Gervais. Cedric is a French DJ, and this track is unashamedly aimed at the clubbing scene. Before the animal rights activists start sending him hate mail, I mean night clubs, not poor little seals (can’t beat a good dad joke). Mercifully, this is just over 2 minutes long, which means the song has already finished, leaving me to type in peace. I think that, with the wind behind it, this could go far. I’m throwing caution to the wind, and backing this to be a HIT!
As sure as June follows May, I end another JBJ with the classic chart hit. Going back to the heady days of 1996, with the European Championships taking place on these shores – the first major football tournament since 1966, and the last time I might add – the nation was full of optimism. And nothing encapsulates hope like a good tournament song. Like ‘World in Motion’ six years earlier, ‘Three Lions’ was an instant hit with the fans. It was Baddiel and Skinner, the best double act since Morecambe & Wise at the time, and Britpop stalwarts, the Lightning Seeds, combining to create sporting and musical immortality. All together now, “it’s coming home, it’s coming home, it’s coming, football’s coming home…”