Monday night is Juke Box Jury night. Of last week’s tracks, only the Years & Years one made it into the Top 100, entering at the dizzy heights of 25!
The first of this week’s tracks to be put to the test of my discerning ear is ‘Don’t Go Breaking My Heart’. This is a cover version of the Elton John and Kiki Dee hit by the rather unlikely duo of Q-Tip and Demi Lovato. Q-Tip I know from my youth (being brought up with my brother’s music blasting from the room next door does that – A Tribe Called Quest featured a lot), but this Demi bird, I do not know. I probably should judge this on it’s own merits, but the truth is, it doesn’t have any. I don’t think this will trouble the charts either, so it’s a MISS.
The next track is ‘Can’t Deny Me’ by stalwart American rock band, Pearl Jam. I have to admit I’ve never really bothered with Pearl Jam. Never felt the need. Based on this song, I’m not going to spend the next three hours trawling Youtube for all their videos, but if it came on the radio, I certainly wouldn’t turn it off either. It’s bearable. Which is a good sign, ask my wife! Could it make it into the charts? Probably not. Which makes it a MISS.
The third track of the week is ‘Saviour’ by George Ezra featuring First Aid Kit. I’ve heard many people talk about Mr Ezra, raving about him. Which immediately makes me determined to avoid him like the plague. A decision that it vindicated on listening to this. Also, who the fuck are ‘First Aid Kit’, and what part do they play in this charade of music?! I have to say, it’s absolute crap, and that leads me to declare it a HIT.
The fourth track of the week is ‘Premonition’ by the Eels. A welcome respite after the previous tripe, this a melancholic number (it’s the Eels, right?) and it’s the sort of thing you can stick on late at night and just relax in the darkness. My sort of music. I like this, quite a bit. But I don’t think it will make it into the charts, which is something I’m quite pleased about. It may be a MISS, but it’s a hit with me.
And so, on to the final track of the week. ‘Desire’ by Matt Cardle is one of the so-called highlights of the week’s new releases (according to the Official Chart Company website). This fell won the X-Factor didn’t he? Then sank without a trace. After listening to this, methinks he ought to have remained untraceable. I’m trying to find a redeeming feature in this song. Ummm… I like the way it fades to nothing at the end. There. Call it a MAYBE.
Which brings me to the joyous task of selecting a ‘classic’ chart hit from the annals of history. Who doesn’t like a bit of Tom Jones?! Well, here he is belting out that good old sing-a-long ‘Delilah’, which sat at Number 6 on this day in 1968. All together now, “My my my, Delilah..”