Jan 12

The Freaky Trigger Readers’ Poll 2011: #50-#41

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Without further ado, let’s plunge headfirst into your top 50!

50. PJ Harvey – ‘The Last Living Rose’

She won an award you know! I am the only person on the internet who doesn’t like PJ Harvey’s voice so I shall just post the video and be done with it. The walls of her house appear to be made out of Stilton.

49. Diddy/Dirty Money ft Skylar Grey – ‘Coming Home’

Probably the most successful of the billion singles released off Last Train To Paris, this is the one where Diddy slags off Smokey Robinson then decides he’s alright really.

48. Wild Flag – ‘Future Crimes’

Indie supergroup ahoy! It’s her out of Sleater-Kinney and her out of Mary Timony. This is one of the few tracks in this top 50 that I hadn’t heard beforehand. It’s not bad, is it?

47. きゃりーぱみゅぱみゅ(Kyarypamyupamyu) – ‘PONPONPON’

Your guess is almost certainly better than mine! If you can make it to the end of the video without getting a headache then you win a gold medal.

46. Jessie J ft B.O.B – ‘Price Tag’

Love her or hate her, she’s not going away any time soon. If it’s all a bit much just skip to 1.05 and enjoy the terribleness of LACY JUMPSUIT and LEOPARD TROUSERS in quick succession.

45. Cher Lloyd – ‘With UR Love’

Malvern’s tiniest pop imp sets aside the swagger for a second and gives us a rather sweet teen mid-tempo-er (we need a better word for that).

43. & 44. Nero – ‘Guilt’ & Nero – ‘Promises’

Same points, same number of voters, same vworp-rock with a bit where the synth goes ‘BSSHHHP-BPP-TSZZZ’ and a bit where the lass goes ‘OOOoooOOHHHoHHH’. Nero tested my spreadsheet to its very limits – distinguish between these songs at your peril!

42. Dev ft Cataracs – ‘Bass Down Low’

‘Get your mitts in my oven’ indeed. Anyone would think that the levels of DECENCY and PROPRIETY in our society were no more than antiquated concepts. Nice tattoo though.

41. Alexandra Stan – ‘Mr. Saxobeat’

Here I would like to quote my darling other half’s opinion of ‘Mr Saxobeat’: “On hearing the first few seconds of this song I wanted to stick forks into my eyeballs.” Possibly a little harsh but no more harsh than me referring to PJ Harvey as ‘the pop equivalent of a mad cat lady’. Anyway, if you liked Moldova’s Eurovision entry from 2010 you’ll like this.

Coming up soon: #40-#31!


  1. 1
    katstevens on 6 Jan 2012 #

    ARGH it appears I will never be able to embed Youtubes ever again :(

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    Tom on 6 Jan 2012 #

    The courts have just ruled that putting mitts in ovens is A-OK, so decency remains unsullied!

    I wuv the PJH album but I think “TLLR” is my least favourite track off it (and probably the most catlady)

    Horrified to see Jessie J there.

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    enitharmon on 6 Jan 2012 #

    I think I can honestly say I have never heard of any of the entries so far.

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    katstevens on 6 Jan 2012 #

    Don’t worry dude – I’d never heard of きゃりーぱみゅぱみゅ before either…

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    jeff w registered on 6 Jan 2012 #

    I thought we’d proven by science on ILM that “Price Tag” is the most hated song of 2011 :(

    Oh well, at least ‘With UR Love’ beat it though it’s TOO LOW obv.

    7/20 so far :)

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    thefatgit on 6 Jan 2012 #

    Oh, but I LOVE “Price Tag”! And Jessie J’s Xmas TOTP performance simply enhanced the love even further!!

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    byebyepride on 6 Jan 2012 #

    I don’t often get far enough through the Wild Flag album to hear Future Crimes, which is why I voted for Romance. Didn’t know if there would be a consensus pick, but glad they made the 50 even if this is almost 80% indie.

    I have no interest in hearing PJ Harvey; most of the rest seem to have passed me by with the exception of Price Tag (awful); Bass down low (tick vg); Saxobeat which I caught in the Popjustice 2011 singles list (ok);

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    Weej on 7 Jan 2012 #

    For what it’s worth, I’m also completely baffled by the outpouring of love for PJ this year. I don’t mind her voice, but her albums seem to have been getting progressively less interesting since ‘To Bring Me Your Love’.
    Very pleased to see きゃりーぱみゅぱみゅ in the top 50. I must’ve watched the video at least 30 or 40 times and never fail to see something new.

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    lex on 7 Jan 2012 #

    What the fuck @ Jessie J. I’d been happily thinking that for all the disagreements in taste over 2011, everyone was at least united on the need for her to GO AWAY SWIFTLY. Nnnngghhhh.

    Dev’s “In The Dark” >>>>> “Bass Down Low”.

    This section is rather underwhelming compared to the songs that missed the top 50. Love “Coming Home” but would have rather seen “Sade” here. “With Ur Love” is great but there’s way better on the album. Thought Wild Flag was a bit boring compared to prime Sleater-Kinney. PJH obv amazing but I don’t see the point/need to vote for individual tracks off the album.

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    lockedintheattic on 7 Jan 2012 #

    I hate Jessie J with a passion. Her TOTP xmas performance was an abomination – one of the worst examples of a singer trying to prove their singing chops by doing a slowed down unplugged version of their own hit. But despite myself, and despite hating everything else about her, this one was enough of an earworm that I can’t help but like it, and I’m not going to apologise for it either!

    re. PJ Harvey – I’m with Tom on this, love the album but for me this is by far the weakest track

    and as for Alexandra Stan – I can’t help but love this one, it takes me back to my student days and the charts being full of europop nonsense like this

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    swanstep on 7 Jan 2012 #

    I hadn’t got around to hearing any Wild Flag…at first listen, ‘Future Crimes’ is pretty jolly good. Bass Down Low and Pon Pon Pon (go for the gold medal – both the track and the vid finish strongly!) seem like they’d be fun at clubs (and in kindergartens).

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    koganbot on 7 Jan 2012 #

    I will say with confidence that I have heard the きゃりーぱみゅぱみゅ track at least once prior to today. Inexplicably, I didn’t remember the performer’s name. According to some Website, she’s a blogger!

    Thought Xenia’s version of “Price Tag” was quite touching. Someone young with a tone that seems simultaneously wise and fresh.

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    Another Pete on 7 Jan 2012 #

    Gah Jessie J. Apparently it took as many producers as it did years to record her album. Hence why it sounds like a sampler or a session vocalists portfolio than an album, of which Price Tag is the only noteworthy song.

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    Erithian on 8 Jan 2012 #

    #10 – it wasn’t the slowed-down unpluggedness that was the abomination, it was throwing in so many vocal effects that, as a comment on a thread elsewhere noted, she sounded like Klunk from “Dastardly and Muttley”. Less is more sometimes Jessie – you’ve got one of the songs of the year, you don’t have to try so hard!

    Your sweet/sickly threshold may vary, but did you see the performance of “Price Tag” at Glastonbury with a little girl plucked from the crowd? Made of cute.

    PS – 5 year old Tom liked the Pon Pon Pon video.

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    admin on 8 Jan 2012 #

    Kat, I thought our host had blocked auto youtub embeds, so I didn’t think any more of this, but I’ve just spotted that this isn’t the case.

    Just text of the URL in the http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=… format should auto convert to a full embed. Having said that, the Mr Saxobeat URL didn’t work :-(

    “Embedding disabled by request”

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    admin on 8 Jan 2012 #

    My WORD but the Ponponpon video is something else. A contrast to the terrible spate of boring videos we’re getting at the moment *raises eyebrow at gaga*. MORE LIEK THIS PLZ

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    Kat but logged out innit on 9 Jan 2012 #

    Awesome – thanks dude!

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