"hung up" vs. "can't get you out of my head"

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there are many songs, from one point of view. here are two that share a certain pulsing yet liquid quality that reminds me of that fast-retreating decade, the aughts.

Poll Results

OptionVotes
can't get you out of my head (2001) - kylie minogue 53
hung up - madonna (2005) 25


treeship., Monday, 30 August 2021 21:07 (two weeks ago) link

Kylie, no question.

bon ivermectin (Murgatroid), Monday, 30 August 2021 21:16 (two weeks ago) link

yep

STOCK FIST-PUMPER BRAD (BradNelson), Monday, 30 August 2021 21:20 (two weeks ago) link

don't kill me

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 30 August 2021 21:24 (two weeks ago) link

prefer "Love At First Sight," the best appropriation of French house pop ever, but, goddamn, is this choice a Bataan death march.

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 30 August 2021 21:25 (two weeks ago) link

Stuart fucking price

brimstead, Monday, 30 August 2021 21:39 (two weeks ago) link

Kylie's is great hook piled on top of great hook. A perfect pop song.
Madonna's has a good ABBA sample. Didn't remember the song existed until I just took a listen now.

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Monday, 30 August 2021 21:41 (two weeks ago) link

took no hesitation to vote for Kylie

winters (josh), Monday, 30 August 2021 21:44 (two weeks ago) link

I love how the trebly hearing-it-through-a-wall intro to “Hung Up” opens suddenly into such a wide, rich sound. Would love to hear/feel it through good club speakers.

... (Eazy), Monday, 30 August 2021 21:58 (two weeks ago) link

for years I though the AHHHH CAN'TT KEEP ON WAITING FOR YOUUUU part was awkward as hell, especially when she reminds listeners HEZ-IH-TAY-TING is four syllables practically bent from starchiness.

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 30 August 2021 22:00 (two weeks ago) link

I love hung up. Always have. Because it’s based on a sample, it is less original, I guess, than Can’t Get You…, but it’s still a riveting track for me.

treeship., Monday, 30 August 2021 22:03 (two weeks ago) link

And Eazy otm—the beginning is part of the magic.

treeship., Monday, 30 August 2021 22:04 (two weeks ago) link

If you were there in late fall '05 and still loved Madonna and thought "Don't Tell Me" and maybe "Die Another Day" were the end, hearing "Hung Up" and how alive she sounded was like an email from a friend you thought had lost interest in you.

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 30 August 2021 22:17 (two weeks ago) link

kylie and it's not even close, not that "hung up" is bad or anything

ufo, Tuesday, 31 August 2021 02:15 (two weeks ago) link

fever still somehow seems underrated as a pop album, it's an all-time great

ufo, Tuesday, 31 August 2021 02:29 (two weeks ago) link

probably my favorite album of 2002

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 31 August 2021 02:32 (two weeks ago) link

Tough one here.

Legalize Suburban Benches (Raymond Cummings), Tuesday, 31 August 2021 03:26 (two weeks ago) link

Voted Madge in part because I doubt she’ll get many votes here

Legalize Suburban Benches (Raymond Cummings), Tuesday, 31 August 2021 03:33 (two weeks ago) link

Voted Madge in part because I doubt she’ll get many votes here

Legalize Suburban Benches (Raymond Cummings), Tuesday, 31 August 2021 03:33 (two weeks ago) link

i didn't actually know "hung up" was an abba sample until this thread somehow

ufo, Tuesday, 31 August 2021 04:58 (two weeks ago) link

Sympathy votes get you kicked off ILM

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Tuesday, 31 August 2021 04:58 (two weeks ago) link

kylie 100%. not even my fav madonna song on that album tbh ("Sorry" extended mix)

xheugy eddy (D-40), Tuesday, 31 August 2021 08:00 (two weeks ago) link

it's pretty ridiculous that "can't get you out of my head" isn't even the best single on fever either

ufo, Tuesday, 31 August 2021 08:12 (two weeks ago) link

I was living in a flat in Prague with MTV when Hung Up came out, they had it on repeat every half hour for a good month, it's uh fine I guess.

CGYOOMH is a solid 8/10 but I never need to hear it again, it was everywhere for a couple of years

fc_TEFH28mo (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Tuesday, 31 August 2021 08:18 (two weeks ago) link

Can't Get You... is one of the greatest pop songs of all time. Hung Up is not.

chap, Tuesday, 31 August 2021 09:55 (two weeks ago) link

I assume the other connection between these two songs is that both songs’ refrains reference the song being a monster earworm.

Deej if you’re talking about the Man With Guitar edit ofSorry then I agree that that is the most brilliant thing associated with Confessions. The new version of “Erotica” on the tour disc released in the album’s wake is also superior to “Hung Up”, and I also rep hard for “Get Together”, if only because more people should have tried to make pop versions of “Mandarine Girl”. But “Hung Up” does have something special that was referred to above: when you hear it emerging out of another track in a club it is almost always an utterly thrilling transition.

“Can’t Get You Out Of My Head” is even better - again, not the best song on Fever, but it has a quality I would describe as iconic if that term had not been so cheapened of late. Statuesque? Few if any pop songs grapple so effectively with the voidlike hollow space at the centre of desire.

Tim F, Tuesday, 31 August 2021 10:49 (two weeks ago) link

The middle part of Confessions is so damn assured: "Let It Will Be," "Forbidden Love," "Jump." But deej otm about the extended "Sorry" remix.

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 31 August 2021 11:45 (two weeks ago) link

Just never been able to appreciate CGYOOMH whereas Hung Up's vacuous but rip-roaring appeal was instant.

nashwan, Tuesday, 31 August 2021 12:53 (two weeks ago) link

As a big old Kylie fan I don't think I've ever loved CGYOOMH and if I did I got bored of it a long time ago

pings and noodles (Noodle Vague), Tuesday, 31 August 2021 13:01 (two weeks ago) link

Sorry that's just how I feel

pings and noodles (Noodle Vague), Tuesday, 31 August 2021 13:02 (two weeks ago) link

prefer "Love At First Sight," the best appropriation of French house pop ever, but, goddamn, is this choice a Bataan death march.

Come Into My World > Can't Get You Out of My Head > Love at First Sight

i carry the torch for disco inauthenticity (Eric H.), Tuesday, 31 August 2021 13:16 (two weeks ago) link

Both great songs here, obv. Might throw my vote to "Hung Up" for the "back and forth between rooms" EQ tricks.

i carry the torch for disco inauthenticity (Eric H.), Tuesday, 31 August 2021 13:23 (two weeks ago) link

CGYOOMH’s synth line felt in the shadow of Robin S’s “Show Me Love,” which is one of my top-five all-time dance songs, but always glad to hear it when it comes on.

... (Eazy), Tuesday, 31 August 2021 15:45 (two weeks ago) link

the best fever related thing is fischherspooner’s remix of “come into my world”

brimstead, Tuesday, 31 August 2021 15:51 (two weeks ago) link

Ahh yea the man w guitar mix is the one I mean

I’ve historically loved certain songs on fever more than CGYOOMH — “love at first sight” esp but also “love affair” — but I can’t deny that of all the songs on the album CGYOOMH feels like it takes up the most space in a physical sense, like it’s solid and immovable piece of history. Maybe I’m just subconsciously trying to redescribe Tim’s use of “statuesque” but it has a very sort of undeniable cultural presence that is 1 of 1

xheugy eddy (D-40), Tuesday, 31 August 2021 15:54 (two weeks ago) link

The most statuesque Confessions single is "Jump."

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 31 August 2021 16:22 (two weeks ago) link

these two songs feel like flip sides of the disco coin. can't get you out of my head is totally drugged up imo, insistent, an invitation to the dark side of desire. even musically, i always hear it like:

Every night, every day
Just to be there in your arms.........
TRUST IN ME.....
JUST IN ME....

a delicious, senseless, endless pulse.

"hung up" feels positive. she's hung up on somebody but it's fun, it's triumphant, it's deliriously riding over the horizon on a massive ridiculous horse. it's the sun breaking over the dancefloor.

Tracer Hand, Tuesday, 31 August 2021 16:26 (two weeks ago) link

The most statuesque Confessions single is "Jump."

This! The legs on this song!

i carry the torch for disco inauthenticity (Eric H.), Tuesday, 31 August 2021 17:16 (two weeks ago) link

hung up by a country mile.

stirmonster, Tuesday, 31 August 2021 17:58 (two weeks ago) link

hung up because can’t get you out of my head is annoying af

scanner darkly, Tuesday, 31 August 2021 18:58 (two weeks ago) link

if you, like me, lost your hung up archigram remix several computers ago, this person has done us a solid:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DnZtbPjlcLc

andrew m., Tuesday, 31 August 2021 19:34 (two weeks ago) link

(by solid i mean the download link below)

andrew m., Tuesday, 31 August 2021 19:35 (two weeks ago) link

oh hey didn’t know archigram did a remix, have not thought of “carnival” in a loooooong time!

brimstead, Tuesday, 31 August 2021 19:38 (two weeks ago) link

Kylie by a mile-y

Duke Detain (Neanderthal), Tuesday, 31 August 2021 19:44 (two weeks ago) link

xp if i recall, that promo cdr was it. doesn't appear on any of the official maxis or 12s.

andrew m., Tuesday, 31 August 2021 19:52 (two weeks ago) link

well, cd, not cdr

andrew m., Tuesday, 31 August 2021 19:53 (two weeks ago) link

hung up because can’t get you out of my head is annoying af

― scanner darkly,

^^^

Heavy Messages (jed_), Tuesday, 31 August 2021 21:24 (two weeks ago) link

"Hung Up", only because I'm still getting over how overplayed "Can't Get Your Out of My Head" was at the time.

Now if this was "Love at First Sight" on the other hand, it would be a different matter altogether.

MarkoP, Tuesday, 31 August 2021 21:25 (two weeks ago) link

My problem w jump is it reminds me of The Who - I can see for miles too much

xheugy eddy (D-40), Wednesday, 1 September 2021 01:25 (two weeks ago) link

why is that a problem

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 1 September 2021 01:26 (two weeks ago) link

idk sometimes that kind of thing doesnt matter to me and sometimes it does ... kind of cool in the abstract imo but the execution, hard for me to totally get on board

xheugy eddy (D-40), Wednesday, 1 September 2021 03:33 (two weeks ago) link

Really feel like JLC's mid-00s sound hit its peak with the Sorry remix (and this is a more controversial statement then it sounds given how many amazing tracks he produced/remixed in that era) - the groove really sounds like this massive wave crashing over your head and engulfing the dancefloor.

Tim F, Wednesday, 1 September 2021 03:36 (two weeks ago) link

Deej if you’re talking about the Man With Guitar edit of Sorry then I agree that that is the most brilliant thing associated with Confessions.

Surely not the edit, but the full 7:25 mix?

Siegbran, Wednesday, 1 September 2021 13:53 (two weeks ago) link

Yes

Tim F, Wednesday, 1 September 2021 17:44 (two weeks ago) link

"Hung Up" was the biggest song when I was finally old enough to get into nightclubs. It was played at dance clubs, at gay clubs, at student nights, just everywhere, and it never failed to make me happy. I love both these songs in different ways and for different reasons but I think Madonna is always going to win just for the emotional resonance in my nostalgia.

boxedjoy, Thursday, 2 September 2021 17:31 (two weeks ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Tuesday, 14 September 2021 00:01 (four days ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Wednesday, 15 September 2021 00:01 (three days ago) link

correct response

surm, Wednesday, 15 September 2021 00:08 (three days ago) link

yep!

dyl, Wednesday, 15 September 2021 00:49 (three days ago) link


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