Monday, March 29, 2010
Playlist of the Week: No One Said to Open Your Mouth!
Posted by David Salter
Madonna's brother-in-law Joe Henry wrote and recorded the first version of this hit from Music as "Stop" before the Queen got her hands (and producers) on it and made it into the last top ten song for Madonna to date on the Hot 100 Airplay (now Radio Songs) Chart.
3. "Dot (Shut Up)" Destiny's Child (Charlie's Angels - Music from the Motion Picture, Columbia, 2000)
This otherwise unreleased Destiny's Child ditty appeared in the first of the two Charlie's Angels revamps actually for more time than the phenomenal success of a theme song/single by the same artists, "Independent Women, Part I." Go figure.
4. "Shut Up and Let Me Go" The Ting Tings (We Started Nothing, Columbia, 2008)
Though this was the followup single to the English duo's successful debut single "That's Not My Name" in the UK, its appearance in an iPod commercial led to it being released first in the US, before the other single subsquently outperformed it on the US charts. The music video was nominated for Video of the Year at the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards.
5. "Speechless" Lady Gaga (The Fame Monster, Interscope/Cherrytree/Kon Live/Streamline, 2009)
Of the eight tracks on the re-release bonus EP to Gaga's wildly successful debut album The Fame, "Speechless" is perhaps the most maligned by critics, most of whom point to the obvious throwback points to the music of Freddie Mercury and Queen and to Gaga's delivery as unconvincing and/or insincere. Because Freddie Mercury was always a hundred percent sincere, right?
I did find it a tad strange that several the other dolls not named Nicole Scherzinger got fed up with the lead singer being featured and left the group earlier this year. A look at the liner notes of the Dolls' debut album, PCD, reveals that all lead AND background vocals for the album were recorded by the former Eden's Crush singer. In a way really, "Pussycat Dolls" has been totally screwing Scherzinger over for years, so why shouldn't the talented songstress get a little lovin' now?
8. "Blah Blah Blah" Ke$ha featuring 3OH!3 (Animal, RCA, 2010)
Ke$ha's second single has performed well enough to keep her from being, as she predicted on Twitter, a one-hit wonder, variously rising and falling for several weeks on the singles charts. But with "TiK ToK" fatigue running strong among consumers and Ke$ha's own recent lapse into obnoxiousness, it isn't likely to shoot back up any time soon.
9. "Shut Up and Drive" Rihanna (Good Girl Gone Bad, Def Jam, 2007)
Remember when Rihanna had a personality? Me neither. But she came sort of close on this and another track from the blockbuster Good Girl Gone Bad, "Breakin' Dishes," both non-starters despite early single release plans.
10. "The Sound of Silence" Simon and Garfunkel (Sounds of Silence, Columbia Records, 1965)
Paul Simon's beautiful eulogy to President Kennedy following his assassination in 1964 prompted folk rockers Simon and Garfunkel to enter the upper echelon of popular music royalty. One of the two stuck around. Can you guess which?
And now that everything is finally calm and quiet...