You shouldn’t really need an excuse to like Miley Cyrus’s's’s’ “Party in the U.S.A”, because it’s a rather adorably catchy little twit. But let’s face it, folk of a certain age, or people who have a misguided sense of their own coolosity, will never be able to admit liking it.
So here’s Rye Rye with a hipster-friendly remix of it. She’s probably only a year or two older than Miley Cyrus, but I think everyone’s allowed to like this “Party In The USA” remix because:
1. Rye Rye is “urban”, and her version is “dancefloor-friendly” (i.e., it’s faster and contains rapping).
2. For the video, Rye Rye appears to have raided M.I.A’s “closet”. Perhaps it was while M.I.A. was guesting on her recent single “Sunshine”.
3. Rye Rye adds plenty of “eyyy”s and “yeah”s – and even uses the word “bitch” a few times – which the original version sadly lacked. Crucially, she also employs the well-worn question “where the party at?” – which, in case you were in any doubt that you were listening to a track intended for dancing to, helpfully clears things up. Of course, she knows damn well where the party at, the minx. It’s in the title of the song she’s sampled, for goodness’s's’s’ sake!
Caught this on one of the music channels the other day:
The mind goes all a-boggle when it considers how many middle-aged INXS fans’ mouths are currently frothing into Michael Hutchence cushion covers.
The thing is, as a chartbound reappropriation of one of INXS’s finest moments, it’s not actually that bad. It’s not going to appeal to anyone who owns a Kick t-shirt, obvs, but it recognises that there’s no point trying to reinterpret or reproduce that riff – you might as well just nick it wholesale. Because it is one of the bestest riffs of the last 25 years, and anyone who scoffs and goes off on a rant about how shit INXS were (are?) is a toolbag.
The song, as well, is a brilliant, sleazy, urgent, priapic kind of thing; and to me, somehow, despite lyrics that allude to the contrary, it manages not to stray into the turf marked “predatory”. I think the main reason for this is that in Michael Hutchence INXS had a frontman who, for all his pleads about needing “you”, and about being thrown into a perspirational tizzy by “you, girl”, would clearly have much rather spent a night boning himself, were it physically possible.
Thank flip for TVAdMusic.co.uk, who helpfully compile songs from TV adverts so people like me can, er, copy them on occasion. Thanks to them I finally know the song from that Lynx Bullet ad with the chap parading around the supermarche in his underpants.
It’s called “Can’t Seem To Make You Mine”, and it’s by cult 60s garage rock types The Seeds. Here’s a performance of it from The Olden Days, in which singer Sky Saxon rocks a bowl cut and tambourine combo with considerably more panache than modern-day practitioners.
Who knows if Deivis’ “Lietuva” will go on to be scrutinised for drug references like the song he ripped off. One thing’s for sure – eastern Europeans can now scratch early-90s British indiepop from their list of genres to plagiarise.
WE ARE WATCHING YOU, YOU LOT. HANDS OFF OUR POP, ETCETERA.
See NME Video Blog for the full, sordid tale…
Stuart Waterman on
Wednesday February 4th, 2009 at
Believe it or not, despite being a passionate music fan, I am not one of those bores who will grumble on about songs being “sacred” and untouchable. If you think you can cover a classic song and give it a decent twist, good luck to you. There are plenty of other folk out there willing to roast you just for considering the idea.
The point at which I start vomming word-bile is if the cover is an insipid, life-draining piece of shit. As is the case with The Attic Lights’ rendering of “I Could Be So Could For You”, which they have recorded to soundtrack the new version of Minder (starts on Five at 9pm tonight, viewers!).
The Brits and The Grammys are on the horizon, but coming first are The Adult Video Network Awards. While the winners of categories such as “Best Gang Bang/Orgy Release” and “Best MILF Series” may take the limelight, it’s gratifying to know that there is also a section for “Best Original Song”.
S’true. You thought all the budget went on baby oil and silicone, didn’t you?
It’s probably just as well clips for “Big Phat Apple Bottom Bootys 13″ and “Tinkle Time” can’t be found, but I am pleased to be able to present “Rock & Roll In My Butthole” from the movie of the same name, performed by the elegantly-monikered Brutal Enigma. Catch it over the page. (NSFW I imagine. All you see are buttocks, though.) It makes The Darkness appear refined.
Terribly misleading, this little collaboration between Kickers and Chromeo. I just gave it a look having been sent it by Brandish editor Isabelle and immediately hit the Kickers website to try and splank some money on a pair of helicopter boots. Nothing. THEY DO NOT EVEN EXIST.
Harrumph. Once you get over that disappointment you’re able to appreciate that this is quite a cool little clip, with other Kickers turning into cute wittle monsters and stuff. Plus, it has something relatively new from Chromeo, in the shape of a CSS remix of “Fancy Footwork”. Since Chromeo appear to dragging their own Kickers when it comes to MAKING A NEW FLIPPING ALBUM, this will have to do for the time being.
Check out the full clip after the click.