Posts Tagged ‘The Fireman Of My Dreams’

Charley says WEEK! 2010.23

June 13, 2010

For some people Vanessa Carlton will always be the ‘A Thousand Miles‘ girl, but there’s more to her than driving a piano through the country.

One of my favourite songs of hers is the lead single to her sophomore album ‘Harmonium‘. Actually, ‘White Houses‘ is probably one of my favourite songs in general. Ever.

While the song tells a clear story, the video is simply Vanessa playing the piano while a second Vanessa is dancing in the same room. At first I felt disappointed by it, but then I figured that this leaves you with the freedom to picture your own faces and settings to the words. In a way, it makes the video more specific than any literal interpretation could have ever been.

White Houses‘ is one of those special songs that can make you nostalgic and yet strangely sad at the same time.

It’s beautiful.

Charley says SONG! Nathan Leigh Jones – All The Lovers

Charley says INTERVIEW! Kat DeLuna

Charley says VIDEO! Sylver – Turn The Tide 2010

Charley says INTERVIEW! Kat DeLuna (Part 2)

Charley says ARTIST! Elouise

Charley says SONG! Britney Spears – Sometimes (Answering Machine Message)

Charley says SONG! Regi ft. Stan Van Samang – Hang On

Charley says VIDEO! Mike & Colin – Alles Is Top!

Charley says ARTIST! Elouise

June 10, 2010

I’m far from the first person to blog about Elouise, but I have been enjoying ‘The Stardust EP’ way too much these last few weeks to not feature her on Charley says POP!

Elouise is not about beats and bleeps and blips, as lovely as those can be. No, she is a 2010 diva of yester year singing epic songs with that extra bit of grandeur courtesy of Kylie’s musical director Steve Anderson.

What I think I love best about Elouise is that she’s not just singing these songs, it seems like she is these songs. I can imagine her waking up in the morning and slipping into her ball gown straight away, then stopping by the opera for some tea on her way to the Royal Albert Hall.

If Elouise was a Disney character when it comes to glamorousness, and I most certainly mean this as a compliment, she would probably be Georgette from Oliver & Company. This fabulous poodle was voiced by Bette Midler, who gave the movie one of Disney’s greatest underrated songs, ‘Perfect Isn’t Easy‘.

Bette Midler – Perfect Isn’t Easy

But we were talking about Elouise. ‘The Stardust EP’, which is available on MySpace, contains three songs. ‘Another Day’ and ‘Pretender’ bring the grand moments mentioned above. It seems impossible not to do the diva ‘arms open wide in the air’ thing when ‘Pretender’ gets to that epic “Pretend you’re mine” line.

The odd one out on the EP, but perhaps my favourite of them all, is ‘The Fireman Of My Dreams‘. This song sounds like an upbeat ‘Tous Les Garçons Et Les Filles‘ by Françoise Hardy, with the lyrical naughtiness of ‘Santa Baby‘ added on top. Elouise gets away with singing “You’re the fittest man in uniform that I have ever seen […] And when no one’s looking let me slide down your pole…” while staying classy, but cheeky.

Elouise is a delightful anachronism.

Charley says LIST! If You’re Only Just Joining Us

May 26, 2010

I am very excited to have gotten a mention on Don’t Stop The Pop‘s ‘Blog Love‘!

I’ve been reading DSTP for a while now. It’s the blog that introduced me to Agnes, Elouise and Pauline, to name just a few acts. It’s also the blog that I hope I can achieve the same level of ongoing quality as.

For those of you who’ve now come here for the first time, be it thanks to DSTP or for any other reason, I wanted to fill you in on what I’ve been doing these last few months.

Over the last few days I’ve been posting the eight parts of Oslo 2010 In A Tweet, a Eurovision review which I’ve absolutely loved doing with my equally as ESC obsessed friends MadeInHeaven and Greg Baker.

However, these posts have left this page a bit clogged up. So without further ado, here’s a sample of what you’ll find beyond the first page of Charley says POP!

Charley says ARTIST! Axeela
Why: I think Axeela might just be the next big popstar from Belgium.

Charley says LIST! Ke$ha: The Clone Wars
Why: This post got picked up by StumbleUpon, it’s an introduction to some great lesser known pop acts who may have been a little influenced by the current Ke$ha craze.

Charley says SONG! Glamm – Overheated
Why: I love talent show acts and former popstars who decide to give it another go. Especially if the result is as good as this ‘Evacuate The Dancefloor’ sounding pop tune.

Charley says VIDEO! Cinérex – Bring Up The Sun
Why: It’s fun to piece together information about a brilliant act that seemed to have gone unnoticed by the internet. It took me some time to collect all the facts, but this is one of my favourite posts.

Charley says ARTIST! Harel Skaat
Why: You may have noticed that this blog has extra attention for, as DSTP put it, Benelux Pop. However, that doesn’t mean I don’t like to discover artists from all over the globe. A perfect example is this post I wrote on this year’s Israeli Eurovision contestant Harel Skaat.

Charley says WEEK!
Why: Since a couple of weeks I do a roundup on Sunday of all the posts I put up in the last seven days. Accompanied by a video that hasn’t yet made it on the blog, it’s a nice way to catch up with the pop you may have missed.

I hope that you have may have found something you like on Charley says POP! I’ve got some exciting stuff planned for the blog, so I hope that you come back soon. For those of you who have already been reading along these last months, I hope you keep coming back!

Thank you for visiting!