Back again! Sadly none of the featured tracks from last week made it into the top 100, so instead of being disappointed, I’m going to get on with putting the no-chart hex for another five lucky artists!!
First up is ‘Thought Contagion’ by Muse. This is the first single from their forthcoming album. Now I will state for the record that I really don’t see what the fuss is with Muse. Seriously don’t. I’m trying to be open-minded here, but listening to this song merely serves to consolidate my opinion that they are nothing special. I’ve always considered them a second-rate Radiohead wannabe band, and with this song, they’ve sunk even below that standard. Sorry folks, but it’s a MISS.
The second track for consideration is ‘Baby I Love You’ by Ryan Adams. Mrs Moore is a fan of Mr Adams. His last album, ‘Prisoner’ was on her playlist for ages. I remember listening to a few of the tracks and finding them alright, but nothing really stood out. In fact, the most memorable Ryan Adams track I have heard was a cover of Oasis’ ‘Wonderwall’. So with that in mind, listening to this track was a nice surprise. I’m now listening to it for a second time, and it stands up. I don’t know if his following would be sufficient to trouble the charts, but if it is, then this would be a monster HIT.
The third track on the block is ‘Been A While’ by Wiley, adding a bit of grime to the mix. Apparently, Wiley is the Godfather of Grime, but I don’t think I would necessarily trust him with the spiritual guidance of my children. For a start, he talks so fast, it’s hard to understand a bloody word he says. I suppose this is alright, if you like that sort of thing, and I’m led to believe that the kids are down with this sort of thing, and with Mr Wiley being the leader of the pack, I’m sure the kids will cough up and send this one into the charts. It’s a HIT.
The penultimate track up for discussion is ‘Moon River’ by Frank Ocean. When I started playing this, I thought it was a joke. I really did. If Billy’s boy (he has no relation to Billy Ocean whatsoever) thinks that he has earned enough kudos to fuck around with a classic, then he’s very much mistaken. With all the icons that have recorded this song before, this has to be the worst version I’ve ever heard. Having said that, the feckless youth of today will probably like it and lap it up in their droves, making this a hit. But me, I’m hoping it’s a big fat MISS.
So, on to the final entry in this weeks jury. ‘Icarus’ is by someone called Dan Owen. Now, I picked this because I was intrigued by the title. But it turns out there is some local interest here as Mr Owen is a Shrewsbury native! What are the odds of that?! According to Google, he falls under the ‘folk’ genre, but I wouldn’t say this is necessarily folk. There is something about this song that has the ability to embed itself into your brain and cause you weeks of distress trying to work out what it is and where it came from. Ear worms do that to you. I don’t know much about Dan Owen, and I have a feeling his following may be niche, too niche to trouble the charts sadly for him. So while it may be a MISS, that doesn’t mean it should be seen as a failure.
And now for this week’s classic chart entry. From 1960, ‘La Mer (Beyond The Sea)’ by Bobby Darin was at number 9 between February 19th and 26th. Now this is a beauty of a song. If you’ve never seen the film ‘A Life Less Ordinary’ with Ewan McGregor and Cameron Diaz, it’s worth it just for their rendition of this song! For now, here’s the original.