The Tamperer ft. Maya – Feel It
It’s hard to believe that it’s now 8 years since everyone was asking “Did she just say ‘what’s she gonna look like with a chimney on her?'”, but it’s true – this one of the biggest and best hits of summer 1998. The video is wonderfully camp (with a comedy gay sailors storyline which has nothing to do with the song) and the song is one you just can’t help but love – a much better anthem for women scorned than I Hate You So Much Right Now or Since U Been Gone. And Madonna obviously agreed on the greatness of this group as she based her first 2 singles of her new album on them! Sorry shares the same Jackson 5 sample as this track, while Hung Up sampled ABBA’s Gimme Gimme Gimme, the same song that influenced The Tamperer in Hammer To The Heart.

Paris Hilton – Stars Are Blind
I wrote about this earlier in the week but now I bring you the video. The song is proving very catchy as it’s often in my head, but I do think listening to more than a few songs sung by Paris at once would get quite painful, so maybe she will be best as a one-hit wonder. Still, if she can make reggae-pop the next big thing, I will love her forever.

Ruffus – Club Kung Fu
Here’s one for the real Eurovision anoraks among you. This is Ruffus, the 2003 Estonian entry (well-remembered for his amusing song Eighties Coming Back) covering Club Kung Fu by Vanilla Ninja, a song which failed to reach Eurovision the same year but still led to the megastardom of the girlband, who did finally reach Eurovision last year, although they were representing Switzerland. This was performed during the interval of the 2005 Estonian Eurovision selection show, which interestingly was the show that chose to send acetastic Vanilla Ninja wannabes Suntribe, who sadly never got much further, failing to reach the final rounds – a travesty if you ask me!

Whigfield – Was A Time
You’ll surely remember Whigfield as the singer of 90s school disco hit Saturday Night, but you probably don’t remember any of her other singles – that’s cos all the others she released in the 90s were quite rubbish, at least in comparison to this fabulous summer pop song she released in 2004. The repetitive backing music combined with “dadadada”s and simple lyrics are so catchy, once you’ve heard it you’ll never forget.

Nick Lachey – What’s Left Of Me
I was very excited to see this on The Box yesterday since that means it’s getting a UK release, and I never thought I’d say that about the musical product of a 98 Degrees member, but this really is a great song. Forget You Raise Me Up and You’re Beautiful, this is how a ballad should sound – dramatic and emotional to the point of ridiculousness, and leaving you feel all cheered up rather than more depressed than you were in the first place. Male pop stars, take note – this is how slushy boy-pop should be done.

Time for this week’s DP:UK chart countdown:

5. Dima Bilan – Never Let You Go
4. Rihanna – SOS (Rescue Me)
3. Lily Allen – Smile
2. Christina Aguilera – Ain’t No Other Man

and rising back to no. 1 is…

Pipettes – Pullshapes
You only have to scroll down a bit on this page to see the video for this (and I highly recommend it), so instead here is a live performance the Pipettes did on E4’s Album Chart Show a few weeks ago. They sing their previous 2 singles and have a quick chat with the presenter, seeming generally very jolly ladies. I can’t wait til I see them live myself in a few weeks!

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