Jan 11

Freaky Trigger Readers Poll 2010: 22-12

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Another 11 of your Top However-Many-It-Is-Now, bringing us into the Top 20 in the poll.

22. KANYE WEST – “Power”: While I’ve waned and waxed on some of the Kanye tracks, this bit of unashamed art-rock is one which I think I like more every play. This is, of course, the “video portrait” so for the full track go to Spotify (which I will update, I promise!)

21. ARIEL PINK’S HAUNTED GRAFFITI – “Round And Round”: Diffuse soft-rockin’ stylings which managed to scoop Pitchfork’s track of the year. The main hook doesn’t land until just after 2 minutes in. I ended up playing this a lot while never being quite convinced it worked, so it’s obviously got something, but….

20. NICKI MINAJ ft KANYE WEST and friends – “Monster”
: Oh alright that’s not the actual billing. This isn’t the actual video either, though well worth a look if you’ve not seen it. And safe for work (errr… with headphones), which the real one almost certainly isn’t.

19. WILEY ft CHEW FU – “Take That”: Murderously banging electropop which I hoped might place higher, but the question remains – which member of the group Take That??

18. CARIBOU – “Odessa”: Pretty great before the main vocals start, I’d like an instrumental of this lots, with the wild animal noises and clanging and stuff. But the singer is mimsy, though he can’t entirely spoil it.

17. THESE NEW PURITANS – “We Want War”: Here’s where my hypocrisy re.vocals stands revealed, as I adore this and it has the flattest vocals imaginable. This was my preferred walking music for most of the Autumn and Winter, it makes you particularly insular and bug-eyed. Er, I’m not really selling this one, I think. The combination of enormous drum sounds, cheap dancehall keyboards, choir and woodwind is just glorious though.

16. RUMER – “Slow”: Time for a change of pace, eh? Survived being John Prescott’s pop pick to win high placements from a bunch of you, and definitely this is seductively classy pop-soul, just right for the advanced hour at which I’m drafting this post.

15. RIHANNA – “Rude Boy”: Still feels like a 2009 track to me but no denying its presence this summer and its dancehall-trance mix is as cutting-edge as any other international smash. What a terrific video too!

14. GABRIELLA CILMI – “On A Mission”: Do you know, I think I managed not to hear this at all? This sounds marvellously early 00s – classic Popjustice type pop. I think it starts really well – the bit which rips off “Emerge”, or is it “Stepping Out” – and then the “I am woman!!” chorus comes a bit out of nowhere.

13. RIHANNA – “Only Girl In The World”: This is gradually bludgeoning me into liking it – its commitment to enormity on the chorus is kind of admirable and she sounds super-fierce on it. But less trancey stuff next year in general – please? Please?

: Punk-pop as the best 2000AD strip you ever read. Unless the best 2000AD strip you ever read was Halo Jones, I guess. THOUGHT YOU WAS BATMAN!

And a nice wham-bam intro to the top 10, er, 11 in your 2010 readers poll, which we’ll have up tomorrow.


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    Tom on 6 Jan 2011 #

    This is the section of the poll where the records cared passionately about by small clusters of people tend to end up: MCR, TNP, and Rumer all fit that bill. There are also a couple of songs where a relatively large amount of people placed them, but usually fairly low in the order – Wiley is one of those, as is (IIRC) Gabriella.

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    Matt DC on 6 Jan 2011 #

    Like with the Arcade Fire earlier in the list, the Rihanna tracks feel the wrong way round to me.

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    Lex on 6 Jan 2011 #

    Tom is the “Rude Boy” remix you refer to the Loose Cannons one with Lady Chann? That’s probably my favourite, though it spawned a TON of remixes in 2010 (partly why it ended up feeling 2010 to me – also in 2010 it got the summer it needed to make total sense).

    Agree on “Only Girl”, going to Miami finally made me cave to an extent, but it’s still lazy, the sound needs to go away forever and the Loud album is about as poor an effort as it’s even possible for a superstar like Rihanna to come up with.

    WTF @ people caring about Gabriella Kill Me.

    I really wanted to rep for Nicki’s verse in “Monster” in the various ballots I submitted this year, but as amazing as it is, I can’t in all honesty rep for a song that I find one-third unlistenable (to the extent of still having to forward past Jay-Z’s abomination of a verse) and one-third merely adequate. Bloody better than “Power” though.

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    Tom on 6 Jan 2011 #

    #3 ah I meant “mix” as in “mix of” not “remix” – but I will check out the Loose Cannons one.

    Yeah Rude Boy >>> Only Girl.

    LOOOOOOOOVE, he can’t get enough of it.

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    Lex on 6 Jan 2011 #

    What’s his Achilles heel? INDIE ROOOOOOOCK.

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    Tom on 6 Jan 2011 #

    Jay-Z’s verse is stupid definitely, and in an actually stupid way not a thrillingly schlocky way, but the whole song is the good kind of stupid, which is why the Muppet video works really well: “Monster” as a Wild Things style rumpus. I dunno whether KW meant it to be at all serious, of course.

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    swanstep on 6 Jan 2011 #

    The Ariel Pink’s song was my #2 – I understand how some people might have misgivings about it, but I found its mix of 10cc and beach boys and marianne faithful and god knows what else just intoxicating.

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    Ben on 6 Jan 2011 #

    Na, na na na, na na na, na na na na na na, na, na na na, na na na, na na na na na na (etc.)

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    Steve Mannion on 6 Jan 2011 #

    I’ll never get why ‘Odessa’ was the lead single off ‘Swim’, allowing it to get more love than better songs on the LP. It just doesn’t work for me (and I don’t mind his voice).

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    weej on 6 Jan 2011 #

    I voted for Odessa, don’t know why I love it so much, I don’t like his voice either. I voted for ‘Bowls’ too, but I’ll be astonished if that makes the top ten.

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    koganbot on 6 Jan 2011 #

    Rumer is the first artist here I’d not even heard of.

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    Pete Baran on 6 Jan 2011 #

    Ooh, I forgot These New Puritans was 2010, otherwise that might have got a few points from me. And I head the MCR a bit too late to love, so Wiley and Howard Orange is my only one in this batch.

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    Steve Mannion on 6 Jan 2011 #

    Rumer’s Actual Dusty-ness voice-wise is the best (only?) thing about her I guess.

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    koganbot on 6 Jan 2011 #

    Oh, I have heard Rumer, though failed to tick. (The only one who did was infrequent visitor dudette_in_town.)

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    Erithian on 7 Jan 2011 #

    Karen Carpenter-ness you mean, shurely?

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    punctum on 7 Jan 2011 #

    Her voice isn’t really that similar to Karen Carpenter’s. Oddly to me it sounds a lot closer to Chrissie Hynde. For someone who at one time really did sound like Karen (it’s spooky), refer to about a third of the way down this piece (wherein DJP’s tolerance levels are severely tested).

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    Rory on 7 Jan 2011 #

    Love the These New Puritans track. Might have voted for that if I’d heard it before!

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    swanstep on 11 Jan 2011 #

    Anyone who voted for Ariel Pink’s Round and Round (it was in my top 5), should check out this link describing horrible, melt-down live shows by AP.

    At the other end of the spectrum, I happened to catch Nicki Minaj filling in for Kelly Osborne on Joan Rivers’ Fashion Police gossip tv show yesterday. NM was sharp, witty, intriguing, gorgeous, had Rivers eating out of her hand – she could easily end up a true, media titan a la Will Smith or Oprah judging by that performance.

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