So for the last month or so, I've been trying to find the NME Singles Chart – it had disappeared from its weekly update on the NME website and no one would tell me why. Well, after poking around, I finally tracked it down on the MTV2 UK website. So, here is a little update on some of the songs on the chart this week …
#1 Babyshambles – "Delivery": Ok, well, beyond the fact that I've always thought 'Babyshambles' was a terrible name for a band and I've never understood the head-over-heels love people have for Pete Doherty, "Delivery" is pretty uninteresting. Think Nirvana meets Clash but in an uninspired sort of way.
#2 Jack Penate – "Second, Minute or Hour": Another part of the "cute rock" revolution, but a big boring part. It pretty much sounds like throwback pop rock, sort of bouncy and dancy but lacking any substance – sort of like a male No Doubt. The video is kind of, er, cute.
#4 Biffy Clyro – "Machines": I hear there's a new Foo Fighters album out. Better check it out. Why does his accent change throughout the song? (The video is an odd homage to the 70s movie Coma. Weird).
#6 The Wombats – "Let's Dance to Joy Division": Best name of a song on the chart, I'll tell you that much. Nice sneakers too. Sort of a rougher-edged Franz Ferdinand at points, but something oddly appealing about it. I'll probably get over it.
#7 Joe Lean and the Jing Jang Jong – "Lucio Starts Fires": Of course, Joe Lean and the JJJ wins the 'best band name' title. Lots of cute British boys singing pop rock like he Kaiser Chiefs or the Fratellis. IgLiz might like this one …
#9 The Hives – "Tick Tick Boom": Yes, return of the well dressed Scandinavian garage band. It is as if the last 4 years never happened (well, musically). There is some nice busting out of boxes in the video.
(BTW, anyone notice that everyone is shooting widescreen video these days? Huh.)