Super 7 – ‘2001’

3 11 2009

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When you think 2001 there’s really only one thing that sticks in your head, September the 11th. I distinctly remember coming in from school that day and my Dad (with the telly off) saying to me, “Marc you’ll never believe what’s happened?” At which point I felt like saying washing machine’s broke or you’ve got a new partner (he was going through divorce in 2001 y’see) but the telly came on and a picture of what seemed like loads of people covered in a big pile of fag ash and two towers obliterated by two jumbo jets were to scar and shock folk around the world. It was the beginning of the American led war on terror! Many believe it’s a conspriracy, but “The Fear” was here! But then again “The Fear” was already here from that February as Hear’Say were unleashed as winners of ITV’s “Popstars” which went out to spout more of the same rubbish to this very day (JLS excluded!)

Anyway them aside 2001 was actually another very very good year for music and not just for “Bridget Jones’ Diary” and Kylie parading around in a sheet with a hood cut out. With so many (and so many we couldn’t include) quality dance and urban tracks it was a year of discovery for me in terms of music part thanks to my brother, divorce and MTV-over exposure day and very very late night (ta bro) my 2001 was a rollercoaster – enjoy the ride!

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1. WHEATUS – ‘TEENAGE DIRTBAG’

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It was NEVER off “The Box” – just NEVER off it! The first of American pop-rock band Wheatus’ 2001 big sellers ‘Teenage Dirtbag’ was taken from the film “Loser” starring “American Pie’s” Jason Biggs. ‘Teenage Dirtbag’ was so big that  it also appeared in a car advert (bit fucked up if you remember it!) It’s lost it’s cred now but ‘Teenage Dirtbag’ really did sum up what life was like for us teenagers back in 2001….  i’ve got two tickets to Iron Maiiiiden baaaaby, come with me Friday don’t say maaaybeee (can we play with madness instead?)

WATCH : http://bit.ly/tQP4k / APPEARS ON : Wheatus (Columbia)

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2. MISSY ELLIOTT – ‘GET UR FREAK ON’

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When Timbaland wasn’t a complete sellout and Missy Elliott was still a fat mother bitch, ‘Get UR Freak On’ was Missy’s first UK top ten hit  and prodomonently featured the Indian ektara! Complete with a deranged video featuring cameos from Ja Rule, Ludacris(ps), LL Cool J and white black gimps (with kooky eyes), ‘Get UR Freak On’ was one of the essential urban tracks of 2001!

WATCH : http://bit.ly/3A3GzV / APPEARS ON : Miss-E So Addictive (Warner Music)

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3. THE AVALANCHES – ‘SINCE I LEFT YOU’

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A pile of records mashed up on two samplers and a bunch of turntables sound mad enough? Doesn’t to us as Australian act The Avalanches make our Super 7 with “Since I Left You.” The duo’s two singles of that year reached the top 20 and with two uber cool and stunning videos to match the soundtrack, for lovers of credible dance music like myself (bit hard to imagine that is it not) it was a bit hard pushed not to include one of their records in this list!

WATCH : http://bit.ly/2fDKXU / APPEARS ON : Since I Left You (Modular)

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4. iiO – RAPTURE
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Seeing as Destiny’s Child ‘Survivor’ was our favourite album of 2001, ‘Bootylicious’ got a last minute boot from the list to makeway for this drunken slur (sounds it!) The neo-dance gem ‘Rapture’ was a #2 hit in November 2001 for the New York dance act and unfortunately they were pretty much a one hit wonder, but then again only if you go by the names Eric Prydz or Fedde Le Grand then you tend to get more than one hit through the Ministry Of Sound offset label Data….. (anybody else noticed?)

WATCH : http://bit.ly/3A5P3 / APPEARS ON : NOW Dance Anthems (EMI TV/Ministry Of Sound)

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5. FEEDER – BUCK ROGERS
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He’s got a brand new car, looks like a Jaguar, it’s got leather seats, it’s got a CD player-PLAYER-PLAYER-PLAYER-PLAYER-PLAYER-PLAYER-PLAYER-PLAYER-PLAYER-PLAYER… but I don’t wanna talk about it anymore… *nuff said*

WATCH : http://bit.ly/mImif / APPEARS ON : The Singles (Echo)

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6. BASEMENT JAXX – ROMEO
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Jaxx go Bhangra-Bhangra-Bhangra! ‘Romeo’ is one of the standout dancetracks from 2001 and features the vocals from the extremely talented Kele Le Roc on the track! Add to that a full blown Bollywood dance affair video and the result was a top 5 smash and huge airplay anthem for the Jaxx in the summer of 2001!

WATCH :  http://bit.ly/2ahmTv /APPEARS ON : The Singles (XL Talent)

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7. KYLIE MINOGUE – CAN’T GET YOU OUT OF MY HEAD
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It’s minimalist heaven written by Cathy Dennis and Rob Davis, ‘CGYOMH’ is Kylie’s biggest selling UK single to date! But forget the song it was the video that made us drop our jaws at this dance genius as Kylie wore what seemed like a sheet of cloth with a hood attached, to this day we’re not sure about those red men and women though! A mashup was serviced with New Order’s ‘Blue Monday’ in 2002 and was featured in her Brit awards performance that year. Random music fact time – Kylie’s metallic dress featured in the video is “apparently” a tribute to Roisin Murphy’s similar outfit in the video for Moloko’s 99′ hit “Sing It Back”… cool eh!

WATCH : http://bit.ly/3u2Pvj / APPEARS ON : Ultimate Kylie (Parlophone)

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BONUS TRACK :

> EVE FEAT. GWEN STEFANI – “LET ME BLOW YA MIND”

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Dup-dup-doop-doop-dup-doo-doo-doop… far too good to let slip off our Super 7, it’s the BEST bassline of 00’s written by none other than Dr. Dre (yes Dr. Dre!) ‘Let Me Blow Ya Mind’ raped the nations urban/pop dancefloors in late 2001 and was the first outing for the unlikely pair.

WATCH : http://bit.ly/1xIS2U / APPEARS ON : Scorpion (Polydor)

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GUILTY PLEASURE :

> SOPHIE ELLIS-BEXTOR – “MURDER ON THE DANCEFLOOR”

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‘Take Me Home’ or ‘Murder On The Dancefloor’… hmmm! Off the back of 2000’s huge selling “Groovejet”, SEB’s solo career started with two pop anthems, the second of which was the Xmas party anthem “Murder On The Dancefloor.” “Murder” was written by none other than the New Radicals lead singer Gregg Alexander, who also responsible for Ronan Keating’s ‘Life Is A Rollercoaster.’ The track featured a video that’d put Strictly to shame (sorry Alesha) and a killer remix package, take it away Sophie!

WATCH : http://bit.ly/1ec54M / APPEARS ON : Read My Lips (Polydor)

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MGS

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Super 7 – ‘2000’

23 09 2009

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T’was to be the year the world ended with a computer bug and Jesus would arrive back on Earth (wishful thinking!) It only ended up to the year of Russell Crowe in lots of metal scantily clad, the arrival of Channel 4’s ‘Big Brother’, the year with the most #1 singles on record and just a BRILLIANT year for pop music. Yep we’re nearly at the end of this decade so it’s time to look back on the 00’s with our favourite sounds of each year. Without further a-do…

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1. ROBBIE WILLIAMS 'Rock DJ'

Talk about close to the bone, ‘Rock DJ’ became Robbie’s 3rd #1 single in August 2000. As the song topped the charts, the video shocked the world with Robbie parading around in his knickers (yum yum) and ripping his skin off while canabalistic roller skating women eat his muscles, arse and heart up…. we remember that night TOTP showed it very well! Possibly the best music video of the 00’s (that ‘Super 7’s’ on it’s way) and whenever I hear it on the radio to this very day, bloody have it in my head for the rest of the day – GRRR Robbie!

WATCH : http://bit.ly/4ER6zP  / APPEARS ON : Sing When You’re Winning (EMI)_________________________________________________________________

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2. SPILLER FEAT. SOPHIE ELLIS-BEXTOR 'Groovejet (If This Ain't Love)'

It was the chart battle to end all chart battles! Based around Carol Williams salsoul classic ‘Love Is You’, Spiller’s ‘Groovejet’ was the talk of the charts in August 2000 when vocalist Sophie Ellis-Bextor and Victoria Beckham went head to head for the #1 spot. Beckham on the Truesteppers & Dane Bowers garage (s)hit ‘Out Of Your Mind’ stalled at #2 to make way for this classic dance track which hasn’t aged at all here in 2009! Part written by Ellis-Bextor and Rob Davis,  ‘Groovejet’ also paved the way for Sophie’s solo career kicking off with ‘Take Me Home’ in 2001!

WATCH : http://bit.ly/iMCsE / APPEARS ON : Groovejet (Single) (Positiva)______________________________________________________________________

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3. SWEET FEMALE ATTITUDE 'Flowers'

At the height of UK garage, the Artful Dodger were “Moving Too Fast” and Craig David was wanting “filled in”, and then as if by magic in April 2000 this underground floorfiller crossed over and smashed the airwaves. With major support from Radio1, Kiss100 and appearing on 10dozen garage compilations at the time, “Flowers” went on to become a #2 smash and was one of the biggest selling singles of the year. That said Sweet FA were a one hit wonder, LeAnn of the band is now a singing teacher in Manchester and the other ones probably working as an office monkey, but it just shows you there’s a cloud on every silver lining.. well!

WATCH : http://bit.ly/xuVtR / APPEARS ON : Flowers (Warners)______________________________________________________________________

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4. COLDPLAY 'Yellow'

Awww look a young Chris Martin (not a twat then was he!) No it’s not a song about watersports it was the Indie anthem of 2000, Coldplay’s 2nd single ‘Yellow’ made #4 in July 2000 and (apart from ‘Viva La Vida’) is still our favourite Coldplay track with distinct guitar riffs and a crackin video. The video for ‘Yellow’ was filmed at Stutland Bay in Dorest, which looks like this in 2009 http://bit.ly/hcYul. ‘Yellow’ was also the track responsible for the album shooting to #1 for what seemed like an eon, it also features in our 00’s hot album list!

WATCH : http://bit.ly/eAzlN / APPEARS ON : Parachutes (Parlophone)______________________________________________________________________

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5. MODJO 'Lady (Hear Me Tonight)'

When I first heard ‘Lady’ as a teen, I thought it was one of the best floorfillers ever. Now as a DJ that hasn’t changed much has it, filling floors to this day French duo Modjo’s Chic sampling genius ‘Lady’ made #1 in September 2000. It’s still got that magic as in 2009 as it’s still all over most UK commerical radio stations and yet another dance anthem that’s not aged. ‘Lady’ also fanged a sound of the vocodoer in French House later perfected by Daft Punk on their single ‘One More Time’ and album ‘Discovery’. There is only one thing left to say about this … and I know that it’s true I can tell by that look in your eeeeyes…##

WATCH : http://bit.ly/3jafxZ / APPEARS ON : Modjo (Sound Of Barclay)______________________________________________________________________

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6. ALL SAINTS 'Pure Shores'

If there was a statement ever to be put to a song by a Girl group ever we’d say “FUCKING GENIUS” to this! After a year hiatus the All Saints returned with William Orbit in toe to produce their 2nd album ‘Saints & Sinners.’ ‘Pure Shores’ was released in February 2000 and was the soundtrack to the Leonardo Di Caprio film ‘The Beach’ (where he was topless a lot yum!) Although being the biggest selling single for the majority of 2000, ‘Pure Shores’ was later robbed by Bob The Builder to take the years top song crown in December. We’ll be honest it was a hard and close call between chosing ‘Shores’ and the ‘Saints other #1 single in 2000 ‘Black Coffee’ also another work of William Orbit genius but one thing between them remains, both take us back to 2000 anytime we hear them!

WATCH : http://bit.ly/HNmDT / APPEARS ON : All Hits (London)______________________________________________________________________

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7. SUGABABES 'Overload'

We’ve lost them all now to other new members, but Sugababes gold was born from day one. ‘Overload’ reached #6 in August 2000 and was the first single to be produced by longterm collaborater Jonny Rokstar. Shame we’ll never see Keisha, Siobhan and Mutya together again… booo! Not our favourite line up though where’s Heidi!!!?!?

WATCH : http://bit.ly/TQSI7 / APPEARS ON : Overloaded : The Singles Collection (Island)______________________________________________________________________

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# EMINEM 'The Real Slim Shady'

When Eminem was controversial, ‘The Real Slim Shady’ topped the UK charts in July 2000 with a video including send ups of boybands, pop queens and superheros to boot! ‘Stan’ featuring 40year old couples favourite Dido also reached #1 in 2000 becoming one of the years biggest selling singles, with kids all over the country (including myself) buying up the ‘Slim Shady LP’ just to annoy my parents with swearing every two seconds! Oh it were great!

WATCH : http://bit.ly/6cp2k / APPEARS ON : Curtain Call – The Hits (Interscope)______________________________________________________________________

> GUILTY PLEASURE

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> THE CORRS 'Breathless'

It’s the first of our 00’s guilty pleasures! There was a time when Shania Twain was popular and sold millions upon millions of albums around the world, that soon left us towards the end of 2000. But there was a light from god Robert ‘Mutt’ Lange (Shania’s former hubby) had written a guitar pop ditty for Ireland’s own ‘The Corrs.’ The result, a #1 single in July 2000 and a single that did nothing short of assaulting the ears of the UK public on the radio! Again this was a tough choice again as Ronan Keating’s #1 ‘Life Is A Rollercoaster’ was also tat amount to guilty pleasure gold as well, but well we liked ‘Breathless’ more and have only spoke about it till this day…… (turns away)

WATCH : http://bit.ly/1YYku / APPEARS ON : In Blue (Warners)______________________________________________________________________

MGS





Super 7 – ‘Sugababes’

21 09 2009

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(above : if looks could kill… said Keisha)

Well, we didn’t see this one coming sad news hit us today that the last of the original remaining members of the Sugababes, Keisha Buchanan has been axed from the line up only to be replaced by Eurovision starlet Jade Ewen… HA! Never fear though she’s still going to be recording as a solo artist on Island records anyway, but that means… NO MORE ORIGINAL SUGAS *sobs*

So in tribute it’s time to kick off our new regular feature ‘Super 7’s.’….

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1. ABOUT YOU NOW

As if by magic this Dr. Luke written pop gem arrived with us in late 2007, quintessentially our favourite Sugababes track.

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