A couple more videos have recently been released for current chart hits.
Marshmello and Chvrches – Here With Me
Following the placeholder neon video from a few weeks ago, a new video has been released for this song that follows the story of a firefighter and his family. It’s a sweet story, but I think I prefer the neon one.
Meduza – Piece Of Your Heart
There’s not much to this video – it’s all about people skateboarding, dancing, and being in love in an urban setting – but there are some cool upside down shots of the cityscape.
Back to the classic videos (and possibly a red phone box) next week.
I hired a car from the car club again this morning so that Geth and I could collect a crate of beer for UK Games Expo (it’s a good month and a half away yet, but Geth had a Majestic Wines voucher that he wanted to use up) and then take some of our junk that we’d been keeping in the garage to the dump, like real grown-ups do at the weekend. We will be repeating this highly exciting chore next week, because there’s a lot more junk still to get rid of.
We then went to the local pub for lunch, as Geth was meeting some friends for boardgaming. I’ve been avoiding our local since I quit drinking, because I didn’t really want to be around somewhere that had so many cider associations for me. However, today it was okay – they do a nice ginger beer that I will log soon.
I then got some work done for clients that I hadn’t managed to finish during the week. More day job work tomorrow – I’m hoping for a bit of a lull over Easter so I can have a good go at my own writing projects as well.
Today’s earworm playlist:
Pink – Walk Me Home Duran Duran – Late Bar Duran Duran – Is There Something I Should Know? Richard Marx – Right Here Waiting Alec Benjamin and Alessia Cara – Let Me Down Slowly Duran Duran – The Reflex Prefab Sprout – Cars And Girls
It’s been a good day. I got up early to go to one of the record shops in town for Record Store Day – I had to queue for an hour to get in, but I got my Duran Duran vinyl so all is good!
I then got on the treadmill and did my last properly long run of the marathon training programme (I do have a ‘long run’ to do next weekend but at only an hour and twenty minutes it’s going to feel very short compared to what I’ve been doing recently). Fifteen days to go till race day!
Now for an evening of writing, music, and writing about music. My kind of evening.
Today’s earworm playlist:
Khalid – Talk Duran Duran – White Lines Duran Duran – Faster Than Light Duran Duran – The Edge Of America The Undertones – My Perfect Cousin Duran Duran – New Religion Fleetwood Mac – Dreams Duran Duran – The Chauffeur Alec Benjamin and Alessia Cara – Let Me Down Slowly
(Another Duran Duran-heavy brain day. I have been listening to them a lot this week, which is probably why!)
I was too busy with Now! #102 to get this post up yesterday, so here it is today!
There were five new hits in the chart this week.
Jonas Brothers – Cool
Cheesy theme, and it’s a little too acoustic-y for me (except for a slightly halfhearted electric guitar solo in the middle).
The video is nice and colourful, I love the retro sportswear on the dancers, and OMG I BELIEVE THAT’S AN HOMAGE TO ELTON JOHN’S I’M STILL STANDING VIDEO WITH THE HUMAN DOMINOES ON THE BEACH. Awesome!
Alec Benjamin and Alessia Cara – Let Me Down Slowly
There’s something a bit epic and summery about it, which is nice. Quite like this one.
The video is a bit depressing and wistful due to the breakup theme, with lots of people sitting around looking sad in darkened rooms, but it’s quite pretty.
Blackpink – Kill This Love
Nice upbeat bit of K-Pop. Good stuff.
The video is a riot of bright colours, funky costumes, and dramatic settings, which is exactly what you want from a girl group.
Khalid – My Bad
It’s a little slow for me, but again it’s got a really nice chilled-out summery vibe.
There’s no video for this one yet.
Jax Jones, Martin Solveig and Madison Beer – All Day And Night
Solid dance tune, but there’s nothing to make it stand out.
The video is a street scene with hundreds of copies of Madison Beer singing to the camera, with a million messy, confusing animations in the background. The camera spins constantly, making the viewer feel sick. Not recommended.
I expected my day job work to take up the morning today, but no more. What actually happened is that I’ve only just finished for the day and still have a bit to do tomorrow, because there was a lot of fiddly formatting stuff that I wasn’t expecting.
Another busy day tomorrow, then, but I will be doing fun stuff as well!
Today’s earworm playlist:
Stephen ‘Tin Tin’ Duffy – Kiss Me Duran Duran – Read My Lips Nicole Scherzinger – Don’t Hold Your Breath Mud – Tiger Feet Lewis Capaldi – Someone You Loved John Williams – Cantina Band Billie Eilish – Wish You Were Gay Duran Duran – Like An Angel Tom Walker – Just You And I
Now! #102 has been released today, 12th April 2019! EDIT: I only just realised that it’s been a whole year today since I started my marathon of the first 100 Now! compilations with Now! #1. Great timing!
Let’s have a look at the Now! compilers’ roundup of what’s been going on in the chart recently.
A decade ago, I would not have believed you if you’d told me I would ever grow to like a Jonas Brothers song. They’ve grown up now, though, and they make much better music. This is a fairly decent pop song, and I always nod along when it’s on the radio.
This one’s not been in the charts since last year, so I’m a bit surprised they’ve held it back for this Now! instalment. As is usually the case with James Arthur’s stuff, it’s too saccharine for me, but I’ll grant you it’s got a good atmosphere on the chorus.
I could have told you that my feelings would not have changed about this ridiculous bastardisation of Andrea Bocelli’s Time To Say Goodbye. Awful interpolation that has me running screaming for the comfort of the original every single time.
Track 13: Little Mix and Ty Dolla Sign – Think About Us
One of those tracks that I found a bit slow to begin with and have grown to appreciate. Lovely acoustic track from the A Star Is Born soundtrack (no interest in seeing the film, but the song is gorgeous).
Track 28: Keala Settle and The Greatest Showman Cast – This Is Me
Another one where the Now! compilers have been a bit tardy – this track first entered the charts well over a year ago – but it’s a great feelgood musical number, and probably the best song on the soundtrack.
Repeated artist alert! We’ve already had James Arthur on track 10.
One of the tracks from the Greatest Showman Reimagined album, where pop stars do karaoke versions of the songs from the musical. It’s okay, but not a patch on the original.
Track 32: Jack Savoretti – Candlelight
This wasn’t a hit – it only got to number 70. As I’ve been discussing since Now! #99, the Now! compilers have recently started to include songs that haven’t actually made the Top 40, but have been featured on hit albums – there’s less crossover than there used to be between the album and singles chart (mainly because the former is for older people like me who prefer classic pop and rock, and the latter is for the kids who like these strange new songs I’m always ranting about on here after listening to the chart on Fridays!). I wasn’t sure about this at first, but I think I’m okay about it now. After all, it’s probably an older demographic who actually still buys Now! albums. The Radio 2 demographic, if you like. This album got to number one, so I think it’s allowed.
Anyway, this track’s got a great atmosphere – lovely eerie instrumentals, lots of piano. Love this kind of epic tune!
Track 33: The 1975 – It’s Not Living (If It’s Not With You)
As I understand it, this is one of the few new tracks on Take That’s recent remastered retrospective. It’s a bit dull until the second chorus kicks in. Also, the self-referential spoken word bit at the end is a bit odd.
Track 36: Hozier – Almost (Sweet Music)
The single only got to number 82, but the album went top ten, getting to number six.
Love this danceable, atmospheric song! So yeah, this is the point where I’m officially on board with the Now! compilers including songs-from-hit-albums that didn’t make the singles chart, because the notion of Rod Stewart still managing to get his new songs onto Now! compilations is the BESTEST THING.
Track 40: Hugh Jackman, Keala Settle, Zac Efron, Zendaya and The Greatest Showman Cast – The Greatest Show
Repeated artist alert! We’ve already had the Greatest Showman cast on track 28.
Great stompalong number though. Fab track.
Track 41: Frankie Goes To Hollywood – Relax
We’ve already had this track on Now! #2! How dare they be so lazy…wait. I can’t really start ranting in this case, because what’s going on here is that the Now! compilers have chosen to include six tracks from Now! #2 in order to advertise the fact that it’s had a re-release on CD today, the same release day as Now! #102. I’m hopeful that this pattern will continue, and will be scouting out the re-release for my collection this weekend!
Anyway, see the link for my review – it was track 16 on Now! #2.
If you spend any time watching the Now! ’80s channel, which often replays the classic TV adverts for the classic ’80s Now! compilations, you will be familiar with this song as the centrepiece for the Now! #2 advert due to it’s ‘hold me now‘ (geddit?) refrain on the chorus. Still a great track, and it was a highlight when I saw Tom Bailey supporting Culture Club in November.
Great choices for those bonus tracks. Could have done with a bit of love for Duran Duran’s New Moon On Monday (track 29) but I’m hopeful for The Reflex if they do this again when they re-release Now! #3!
I did a short non-speed run this morning as instructed by my training plan (which felt really strange!) and then went to Slimming World, where I was happy to find I’d lost a pound and a half. Just four pounds to get back into range now.
I then had to take a detour into town to meet Geth after discovering I’d left my house keys at home, and have been spending most of the afternoon tidying up as we have a guest round for boardgaming tonight.
Back to work tomorrow.
Today’s earworm playlist:
Soundgarden – Black Hole Sun Duran Duran – Do You Believe In Shame? Oasis – Songbird Duran Duran – Is There Something I Should Know? Duran Duran – Read My Lips Duran Duran – Like An Angel
(Music brain was having a real Duran Duran day. Even more than usual, I mean!)
(You’ll have to make do with the linked Google satellite picture – you can see the wee red box outside the Crossman Hall! – because the Google Street View car couldn’t be bothered mapping out Lindisfarne properly. Sort it out, Google!)
This is a very nicely placed phone box outside the town hall. Very well kept too.
I had a full day to myself to work on my own writing projects today. That doesn’t happen very often! I got a good several thousand words on my Camp NaNoWriMo projects done, as well as a lot of bits and pieces of other things.
It’s the usual busy Thursday tomorrow.
Today’s earworm playlist:
James Arthur – Impossible Duran Duran – Hold Back The Rain Duran Duran – All She Wants Is Traditional – The Cat Came Back Pet Shop Boys – Absolutely Fabulous The Rolling Stones – It’s Only Rock ‘N’ Roll (But I Like It) Duran Duran – Rio Sacre – The London Marathon Tom Walker – Just You And I David Bowie – Starman Chris De Burgh – Lady In Red Tom Jones – You Can Leave Your Hat On The Rolling Stones – Let’s Spend The Night Together Sparks – This Town Ain’t Big Enough For Both Of Us Daniel Bedingfield – If You’re Not The One
This is another oven pizza I had last week. I’ve been falling into the habit of oven pizzas again recently because they’re nice and easy to cook when I’m tired from a long run. It’s a habit I will need to get rid of as soon as I’ve done the London Marathon and I’m no longer doing very long runs all the time!
This one has a great base (not too crispy) and a great sauce – it’s a really solid Mediterranean vegetable pizza. Definitely one to have again.