Monday, July 21, 2008

Summer singalong

Back in the 1980s, when we were all innocent and David "Kid" Jensen (he was a baby goat) would play a song on Radio One because it made him chuckle, every summer had a novelty song that was brilliant and irritating in roughly equal measure. Examples included: Star Trekkin', The Chicken Song, Agadoo and Sabrina's Boys, Boys, Boys.

Sadly, this trend died out when Britpop rang the doorbell, walked into the big old house of pop and set up a campbed in the living room. Radio One, which now considered itself tastemaker to a generation, was taking itself waaaay to seriously to allow any concept of fun or folly onto the playlist (nb: Anyone who uses Chumbawamba to disprove my argument at this point will be reminded that the word "fun" does not mean "self-satisfied", "smug", or "utter bollocks").

So, here we are in the 21st Century and this is what passes for a summer novelty record - Ida Maria's I Like You Much Better When You're Naked. It sounds like it might be a good live track - a bit of fun to get the audience singing along and feeling all communal at the end of the night. As a single, it's a scrappy mess. Nonetheless, it has sneakily snuck onto the playlists at Radios 1 and 2 and, as such, it's sure to creep into the top 40 this week.

I still prefer Spagna.

Ida Maria - I Like You So Much Better When You're Naked

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