Pop Goes the World
For the last few weeks I've been engaged in a real moral dilemma. I've been given loads of great music and been to see loads of great gigs - and all quite credible. But there's something I've been wondering if I should admit to or not. I thought maybe my gay gene had gone out of control and I was getting scared...
A few weeks ago I was out drinking with friends and a scene repeated itself twice in one night.Jason: This song is great. What is it?!Friends: You idiot! This is one of the biggest pop songs of the year/ever! How have you not heard it?
The first time, I was listening to Rihanna
; the second time it happened that night I was listening to Robyn
's With Every Heartbeat
. To my credit, both were special re-mixes and not the bog standard ones.
Rihanna has been in the UK charts for 26 weeks and was Number 1 for a good number of them and Robyn's single performed similarly (even if I can't the exact stats). Somehow, I'd missed them both - until now.
Now... with my music collection having just had the likes of Radiohead
, The Hidden Cameras
(another sign my gay gene was becoming overactive!), M.I.A.
and [aritst]Bishi added to it, I could
be listening to some super-credible, super-cool music. But, no gentle reader, I am not. And this is my admission, I simply can't stop listening to the Rihanna and Robyn singles. They're my guilty pleasures (even if they nearly passed me by!).
I've never shyed away from admitting that I like, no love, pop music but have always thought that it was just part of having a "well rounded" music taste. But I was actually scared how much I liked Rihanna - especially when I realised she also sang [track artist=rihanna]Shut Up and Drive, which I've been dancing to in clubs, not knowing who sang it.
Then, I read Miranda Sawyer's column
in The Observer Music Monthly
. I usually hate her column, thinking its stuck-up and pretentious, but this month she had a point - pop is simple and its happening in a big way right now. And, better yet, we can ignore The Spice Girls
yet love credible pop (the grouping to which Rihanna and Robyn must surely belong) like Hot Chip
So what's driving this? I don't know. Maybe we're all sick of war and politics and need something lighter in our lives. I'm not complaining.
But how far will it go? I mean, are Radiohead hinting they'll go pop-tastic by naming their new album In Rainbows
? Will they be our Eurovision entry next year? Are we all destined to live in a rainbow-filled world like Planet Unicorn
I mean, this is getting seriously worrying. One of my friends with some of the best musical taste around sent me a link to listen to remixes of Kylie Minogue
last week. Are we all submitting to our guilty pop pleasures?
Again, I can't say. But for now, I'm happy. Pop goes the world.