Aus No. 4 This Week: Alexis Jordan – Happiness

I’m gonna do it. I’m gonna review a song I like! Yay! I caught this video on TV a couple of times before it really clicked with me. It also took my a little while to realise that it’s actually built on a sample of Deadmau5′ song ‘Brazil’. This is a point of a lot of contention in the bastion of reason and intellect that is the YouTube comments area, whereby Deadmau5 fans basically bitch that someone sang over a song that never had vocals over it in the first place. God forbid!

I think the biggest appeal for me here is that it’s just so goddamn sweet. There’s no subtext here. There’s no pop star ego-boosting or incredibly veiled reference to SEX. SEXY SEX. Because it seems every other pop star wants you to know how much SEXY SEX THEY HAVE.

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Aus No. 5 This Week: Katy Perry – E.T.

Is there something in the water that is making pop stars put out (pun intended) songs which make sex and love seem totally disgusting? Between ‘Dirty Talk’ (reviewed here), S&M (to be reviewed soon) and this song, it seems like everyone has taken a turn down Sadomasochism Lane. Can’t anyone just sing about noiseless, consensual sex in the missionary position anymore? Does everything have to sound so rapey?

Ok, maybe I’m a prude. Or maybe it’s because I grew up with the pop music of the mid-late 90s and early 00s, where wholesome teen starlets (chiefly Britney Spears, but also the likes of Mandy Moore, Lindsay Lohan etc.) were singing about how hard it is to have a crush on a boy (and they’re like totally sooooo right!), and strong independent women (Destiny’s Child/Beyonce, TLC, Aaliyah) singing about being strong independent women.

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