Edward asked me to recommend some good new pop so I thought I would post some great songs for everyone to
Shebang – Romeo
I only downloaded this today but I am in love with this band already, mainly because I just went on their website and *MAN IN DRESS ALERT!* that happened. Anyway, this song is like a much poppier version of Surferosa. It’s fun and cheeky sounding. They seem to think they are punk rockers but as any Euro fan knows this means pop with added electric guitars, which is rarely a bad thing. I am now starting to wonder if that girl is not actually a man in a dress but a girl with a chin piercing that just looks like facial hair. Hmmm… I will translate a bit of their bio for you: “Punk-rocking pop duo Shebang are made up of Marina, age 20 and Yohanna, age 21. The started out in 2001 with the album “The Whole Shebang” and sold over 80,000 copies of their chart hit Romeo…”
Mandy Moore – Drop The Pilot
By far the best track on Mandy’s 2003 covers album, Coverage, this was originally released by Joan Armatrading in 1983. It’s a brilliant, cheerful and catchy song but there is one dodgy part in the chorus where she sings what sounds like “drop the manhood, I’m the easy rider”. A look at the lyrics tell me it is mahout, not manhood and I have no idea what that means. The best bit is after each chorus when she sings “Animal, mineral, physical, spiritual, I’m the one you need.” It’s just ace!
B3 – IOIO
I laughed loudly when someone recommended this song last year, because the B3 songs I’d previously heard were absolutely useless although quite amusing I must say, but when I saw a link to download it I thought I’d give it a try anyway and I’m so glad I did cos it is the one song I know will never fail to put a smile on my face. It is of course very cheesy but in a good way, and very summery. It’s just brilliant and it’s a pity that it didn’t get anywhere when it came out here recently (although I’m not entirely sure it actually was released). One of my favourite Euro tracks.