Archive for February, 2010

Charley says VIDEO! Milk Inc. – Storm

February 28, 2010

Notes on the new Milk Inc. single ‘Storm’:

Contra:

It sounds like everything they’ve done since ‘Forever’.

Pro:

It sounds like everything they’ve done since ‘Forever’.
It samples a storm.

That’s that sorted then.

Charley says COVER! I Really Don’t Think So

February 26, 2010

My last post on Starmaker got me YouTube’ing some videos of the winning band K-otic. I’ll admit it, I get way too excited when people cover ‘obscure’ pop songs, so I was thrilled to find that the video for K-Otic’s hit ‘I Really Don’t Think So’ linked me to ‘Quién Dice’. It turns out former Mecano lead singer Ana Torroja got her hands on the song in 2003 and turned it into an understated cool little Spanish tune. Some further investigation also brought up a version by Scene 23, the winners of Popstars 2 in the US. Their version keeps all the 2001-ness of the original with an extra bit of added American Popstars cheese.

However you turn it and whichever version you like best, there’s no denying that the “Why does everything have to be a love thing, think of all the sorrow that love brings, is it where you really wanna go, no, I really don’t think so” is one hell of a catchy chorus.

Check out all three versions and pick a favourite, after the jump!

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Charley says YOUTUBE! Starmaker – Damn (I Think I Love You)

February 26, 2010

The amazing @gjkooijman unearthed these two videos, which take us all the way back to 2001 for a look back on Starmaker.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pUDSt1hDjqw
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LtpNXyWbhaM

This Dutch Big Brother and Popstars hybrid gave us some of my favourite Dutch popstars and it’s really odd to see them as they were back when it all started. We get to see the finalists in the Starmaker house (which was really just the old Big Brother house with a different logo) hearing ‘Damn (I Think I Love You)’ for the very first time. In the second video we watch them record it in what seems to be the secret dungeon from ‘V For Vendetta’.

‘Damn (I Think I Love You)’ is one of the best reality show singles ever and most definitely the best one to feature all finalists. Check out the end result here!

Charley says LIST! Now That’s What I Call 2009!

February 22, 2010

A couple of months ago I compiled my very first end of year list ever. What I did was take my 50 most played songs that were released in 2009, pick out my favourites and rearrange them for the perfect flow. I tried to not go for the usual suspects, so that I’d end up with a list that’s very… me.

You may have seen this list before, but I thought it would make for a perfect first post that indicates what you can expect here in the future.

Enjoy!

YouTube Playlist and an overview of all the songs after the jump!

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Charley says POP!

February 22, 2010

The facts: Belgian, student, writer for Showbizzsite.be and lover of pop in general.

The goal: It’s not about being the fastest, the most complete or even the biggest. It’s about having a platform to share my thoughts on pop that otherwise might go unnoticed. It’s about remembering stuff I loved in the past and discovering stuff I’ll love in the future. It’s just a thought.