Post by Shireblogger on Mar 19, 2016 9:45:20 GMT 1
Number one the week before Christmas 2005, before being dethroned by X-Factor winner Shayne Ward. For some it is a heartwarming reminiscence of childhood, recalling how a young lad's idolised father helped him escape bullying for school, accompanied by a charmingly simple video. But for others it is an unsophisticated tune about truancy which was latched upon by egocentic radio DJs who exploited the public's seasonal sentimentalism.
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Unbearably twee and gimmicky, but also tedious and musically undistinguished. Not sure it is any worse than, or substantially different in character or feel from, a particularly mediocre David Gray single (of which there are several), but it's really not something I'd choose to listen to. 2/10
It's a song filled with good memories for me; my friends and I would always have this on in the car around the time it came out. I think it's a great example of how simplicity can be an asset in a song, and it has a fantastic video which actually adds to its charm - something lots of videos fail to do. 9/10.
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I don't think I've ever heard this before, it completely passed me by. The song's ok, not really something I'd choose to listen to. I really liked the video, nice and simple. I can see why this would have been successful as a Christmas release.
Post by vastarin er on Mar 21, 2016 22:38:32 GMT 1
Really, really, really wanted to like this, as it was a total leftfield attempt that suddenly ended up with a shot at the Christmas no. 1. Always one for the underdog. But it's just not very good. Like the sort of AOR sh*te that normally comes from people like Eddie Rabbitt. The lyrics provide some relief, as they are more interesting than the normal sentiments, and it is still about a hundred million billion times better than Shayne Ward.
2 out of 10 for effort.
Where nothing means a lot and now nothing's all we've got In the bland age
Post by raliverpool on Mar 28, 2016 15:50:44 GMT 1
I bought this track which was a Personally Chart topper. One the of the Leamington Spa duo was formerly a member of Mark & Lard's late 1990s parody band the Shirehorses which is a huge plus point.
It's charming animated video was done by a friend who had also done a handful of non single videos for Radiohead which is another huge plus point.
It is far better than the horrid muzak that was That's My Goal by some Coronation Street actor (just that Shayne Ward made the obligatory terrible soap star records a decade before joining the Manchester soap opera!) which denied it the Xmas #1 spot.
This folk crossover song has a charming lyrically theme, which is lacking in 99.8% of UK chart singles this decade.
The two significant minus points is that their roadie was a young ginger haired kid by the name of .... Ed Sheeran, who was able to utilize the duo's experience with the internet to gain a following to much greater success in the future; and their manager was the late Kirsty MacColl's & Steve Lillywhite eldest son Jamie Lillywhite who is responsible for the success of his client Ellie Goulding...