A political, postmodernist, critical look at the current British pop scene and what it says about British society in general, presented with perpetual lateness and a slight lack of focus.
So far, the blog has mostly discussed the ascendance of what it terms “Post-Club” music from a bubbling undercurrent in the British pop scene (in 2014) to the dominant form of pop broadcast on the radio (in 2016). If you want to quickly catch up on the blog’s central discussions pertaining to Post-Club music, these posts will quickly bring you up to speed:
- A No. 1 Review – “Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars (in which I introduce my concept of The Post-Club Age of Pop wherein the industry is getting bored of club music and has started trying to move past it).
- A No. 1 Review – “Are You With Me” by Lost Frequencies (in which I develop my Post-Club concept and argue that the pop scene of the time was split into three competing camps: the Deconstructionists, the Reconstructionists, and the Traditionalists).
- A No. 1 Review – “Turn the Music Louder (Rumble)” by KDA feat. Tinie Tempah and Katy B (which I argue is the point where the Traditionalists concede defeat and bow out of the fight, allowing the Deconstructionists and the Reconstructionists full reign to become the norm for the industry).
- A No. 1 Review – “7 Years” by Lucas Graham (a four part review, the third part of which sets out what Post-Club music has come to sound after like after winning the war against the Traditionalists. This is also the part I start critiquing Post Club music for largely being overly respectable and boring).
These are my personal favourite posts:
- What Does Anything Mean? – Postmodernism, Modern Life and Meaninglessness in Justin Bieber’s What Do You Mean? (in which I accidentally convince myself that Justin Bieber’s What Do You Mean? is a crushingly nihilistic work of art).
- Pop Song Review – “Got You On My Mind” by Ellie Goulding (a quazi-philosophical essay discussing why love is so important to the inner workings of the human race, pretending to a review of an Ellie Goulding song)
And these ones are particularly popular:
- Worst No. 1 Hits of 2014 – No. 1: “Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran (my most infamous post where I (admittedly over-zealously) rip Thinking Out Loud apart and incur the rath of many angry Sheeran fans as a result).
- A No. 1 Review – “Hold My Hand” by Jess Glynne (for some reason, all my Jess Glynne related posts are really popular; I didn’t even realise people cared about her enough to want to read up on her until I posted this).
- A No. 1 Review – “7 Years” by Lucas Graham (a four part epic of a song review where I give the case for the song, provide the case against it, contextualise it within the pop world as a whole, then conclude with a very definitive “meh”).
So read, comment, enjoy and… a fourth thing.
Yeah, I’m still figuring out the intricacies of the outro.