Jim Carroll

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Tune of the Week – “This Is A Bust”

Some of you are going to love this – and some of you, naturally, are going to hate it. That’s pop music, isn’t it? Pop music is such a strange beast. We talk about it and argue about it every …

Thu, May 21, 2009, 11:03

   

Some of you are going to love this – and some of you, naturally, are going to hate it. That’s pop music, isn’t it?

Pop music is such a strange beast. We talk about it and argue about it every single day on this blog because very few of us can actually agree on what the hell it is. We know it’s not jazz or country – but even jazz and country have their pop days – but we still spend hours getting into a muddle about the semantics of it. Are the Yeah Yeah Yeahs pop? Dirty Projectors? Mundy? The Script? Animal Collective?

Sometimes, though, a tune comes along and you know, you just know, that it’s as pop as pop can get right now. I heard “This Is A Bust” on Monday and it worked right away. It’s still working a couple of days on and I know it will still be doing the job of a great pop tune and making people excited months from now. Of course, straight up, there are precedents for what we have here – the band are going to be thoroughly sick, tired and sore of people mentioning the Ting Tings by the end of the year – but that’s a gamble you take with pop. And we still love the Ting Tings, right?

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So, Ghostcat. They are a London-based combo who came together in an eight-bedroomed gaff in Kilburn, as you do. The lead singer is called Ali Cat, a bright young Canadian thing who made a racket in an all-girl punk rock band as a teen and headed to London to do some modelling. I know, you hate her already. The rest of the band probably have equally interesting backgrounds, but they’re sketchy at the moment. Probably waiting for some scriptwriters from Law & Order to give them the once-over.

And then there’s “This Is A Bust”. A blast of superfly, technicoloured, scuzzy, sleazy electropop which has enough energy and vim to annex a small country on its own, if it was given half a chance. “This Is A Bust” will probably bounce your way from every single radio station on the dial in the coming months. Hell, a year from now, 2fm will probably be using it in their ads. There’s an album in the pipeline too, but we’ll make do with this tune for now. Hear it here. Don’t worry, there is a radio edit out too.

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