Arctic Monkeys Bloc Party Courteeners Hot Chip Imaginary Scoop Jack Penate One Night Only Pigeon Detectives Radiohead The White Stripes Vampire Weekend

NME Top 10, found yet again, this time subsumed by the evils of MTV2

Well, NME might have finally jumped the shark by totally ceding control of their Top 10 songs to MTV2 UK, or at least that is what it seems to me. After months of searching for the NME top 10, I did finally find it on the MTV2 website, or at least what it claims is the NME/MTV2 Top 10.

So here it is! Enjoy!

10. Vampire Weekend – "A-Punk": As loyal TIG readers will find out in the near future, I like Vampire Weekend.

9. Pigeon Detectives – "I Found Out": Pigeon Detectives really inspire nothing in me. Sorry, catchiness will only get you so far.

8. Jack Penate – "Have I Been a Fool": I still hate him for dating Kate Nash. He'll my 21st century Ben Lee for similar musical and personal reasons. (He seems to do a lot of running in his videos, eh?)

7. Bloc Party – "Flux": I think I've discussed this song before, but wow, people love Dance Anthem Bloc Party.

6. The Courteeners – "What Took You So Long": The British Press seem to love this band, and I can sort of see the appeal. They have a bit of the sound of the Walkmen, but in a much more mainstream way. Not terrible, but not as earth shattering as they want to make it out to be.

5. Hot Chip – "Ready for the Floor": Now here is a song I can get behind. If you haven't been lucky enough to get a preview of Hot Chip's new disc, Made in the Dark, I have two words for you: f&%king excellent. It is like New Order 2.0.

4. Radiohead – "Jigsaw Falling Into Place": You might have heard of this band. Maybe.

3. One Night Only – "Just for Tonight": Is it just me, or does the name of this song/artist seem a little redundant? I mean, are they that concerned that things might extend beyond a single night that they have to name their band and their single after the concept? And whats the deal with this band anyway? Aren't they the Killers with a British accent? Am I missing something here?

2. Arctic Monkeys – "Teddy Picker": Arctic Monkeys yeah yeah yeah blah blah blah.

1. The White Stripes – "Conquest": This was my favorite song on Icky Thump, so I'm excited to see it as a single.

Bloc Party Imaginary Scoop Pigeon Detectives The Wombats

NME Hits for 10/29/07

You have to give it to the Wombats. The usual modus operandi for hits on the NME Chart is to show up at #1 for a week and disappear. Well, they've now made it three weeks at the top with "Let's Dance to Joy Division." I have to admit, it is a catchy song and look out for the hype machine for the Wombats to head west any time now.

New entries this week:

#6  The Pigeon Detective "I Found Out"
A woman with large breasts and not a lot of clothing. A band that sounds like a garage rock version of Better than Ezra. What is not to love? The latter, that is what's not to love.

#9 Bloc Party "Flux"
"Flux" is not on the underappreciated Weekend in the City, instead it is a one-off single. It's odd, let me tell you. Bloc Party goes fully synth-pop, almost like Kele meets Erasure. The video is especially odd, featuring dancing cylons (from the original version of BSG) and monsters. Yeah, really. Not the best thing Bloc Party has done.

Hard-Fi Imaginary Scoop Pigeon Detectives Robbie Williams The Fratellis The Klaxons

BBC Radio 1 turns 40 with a lot of covers

Following up yesterday post about the Streets' covering "Your Song," I discovered that there are a whole pile of covers of classic songs by current acts on the Radio 1 Established 1967 compilation. Now, it is a mixed bag, but songs include:

  • The Fratellis covering "All Along the Watchtower"
  • Robbie Williams tackling the Kinks' "Lola"
  • The Klaxons do an inspired version of "No Diggity"
  • On the other hand, the Pigeon Detectives slaughter "Power of Love" (my personal favorite 80s pop song).
  • The Gossip take on "Careless Whisper"
  • On the bizarre side, Hard-Fi covers Brits' "Toxic"

Check out the full listing here. Of course, this will likely never get released in the US, but it's fun to see …

Imaginary Scoop Pigeon Detectives Rumble Strips The Enemy The Twang The White Stripes

Your weekly review of NME hits

Last week there was only one new song on the NME chart, so I skipped. This week, we get four new treats, so I'll actually chime in. The #1 song remains the same, the Pigeon Detectives with "Take Her Back" and four new songs made their way into the top 10:

#5 The White Stripes: "You Don't Know What Love Is" – You can read what Betsy and I think of Icky Thump, but this track is a pretty "by the numbers" White Stripes song. I do like the fact that the video looks like it was shot in Iceland. Not sure why I think Iceland. Maybe I just like Iceland.

#7 The Twang: "Two Lovers" – Wow, British bland rock. And jeez, the video is like a bad British soap opera. What's not to not love?

#8 The Rumble Strips: "Girls and Boys in Love" – I like the band name, and we seem to have a "people in love" theme for the last couple songs. And thankfully, this is both a band and video I can get behind – sort of Adam Ant meets Buffy meets teenage dance party meets NIN at Woodstock. I like it!

#10 The Enemy: "You're not Alone" – Post Oasis/Radiohead Brit rock. Nothing too interesting.