I don’t think there’s any debate that this song doesn’t live up to its absurdly presumptuous title, but it isn’t really all that bad either. Granted, it relies pretty heavily on its sample (taken from the Who’s immortal classic “Baba O’Reilly”), but this song is still a huge cut above anything they had previously released, and showed the first signs that this idiot boyband might actually grow into a vaguely credible music act.
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Yes, this was a Number One hit in England in December of 2009, despite this being well over a decade after its initial release. There’s a very funny and satisfying story behind it that I won’t go into, but suffice it to say that it proves the internet can truly be a force for good. As for the song itself, its cogency as political commentary is up for debate, but it’s a superb piece of music by one of the few really good rap-metal hybrids in history, and its chart-topping success in 2009 still stands as a significant victory for good music everywhere.
This is the worst Charity Single I have ever heard in my entire life. Worse than either version of “We Are the World”. Worse than any of the X-Factor singles. Worse than OneDirection’s miss-the-point cover of “One Way Or Another” and “Teenage Kicks”. In fact, it would qualify for that title even without the nightmarish animation that accompanies it. Apparently some idiot got together all the most popular characters from English animated TV shows aimed at toddlers, and had them all sing a butchered medley of pop standards in a downright horrifying animated short, and somehow it got to Number One in England. It’s not even a feasible idea for a charity, because the people they’re targeting kind of by definition have no money. The saddest thing about this single (and that’s saying something) is that they were allowed to use “Tubthumping” in this thing. You know, I’ve never really been one to accuse Chumbawamba of selling out, but when the people who released Pictures of Starving Children Sell Records allow their biggest hit to be used in this atrocity…
Verdict: I don’t care if it was for charity; nothing could excuse this disgusting garbage.
This song is generally fine work, and I certainly can’t dispute its message, but it seems like just a bit of backward step for Allen. The rest of her second album had a much greater level of sophistication, while this song feels like a throwback to the juvenile punkishness of her first album, being not all that dissimilar to her early hit “Smile”, despite being set in the political sphere rather than the personal one.
On an album dominated by idiotic booty-jams, this song provided a hint of what Raymond vs Raymond might have been. It’s a beautiful, heartfelt, honestly-written song that deals directly with the issues going on in Usher’s life at the time, and served as a rare highlight in an era of Usher’s career that wasn’t known for them.