SMASH HITS singles reviews, 14th to 27th November 2001

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A more diverse list than I was expecting, including plenty of UK garage, millennial pop and older acts. Curiously, the singles are reviewed alphabetically by artist. This pleases me.

Poll Results

OptionVotes
Blu Cantrell - Hit 'Em Up Style (Oops!) 6
Bubba Sparxxx - Ugly 3
So Solid Crew - They Don't Know 2
The Charlatans - A Man Needs To Be Told 2
Dreem Teem vs Artful Dodger - It Ain't Enough 2
Riva featuring Dannii Minogue - Who Do You Love Now? 1
R.E.M. - I'll Take The Rain 1
Paul McCartney - From A Lover To A Friend 1
U2 - Walk On 1
Blue - If You Come Back 1
Adam F featuring MOP - Stand Clear 0
S Club 7 - Have You Ever 0
Roger Sanchez - You Can't Change Me 0
Atomic Kitten - You Are 0
Jamiroquai - You Give Me Something 0
DJ Otzi - Do Wah Diddy 0
New Order - 60 Miles An Hour 0
Liberty - Doin' It 0
Honeyz - Talk To The Hand 0
Ladies First - Messin' 0


mike t-diva, Monday, 15 November 2021 12:55 (two weeks ago) link

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/4LHpvDJX8COZXr0fiOh4Vg?si=5ebde8cb97764e57

Not on Spotify:

Adam F featuring MOP - Stand Clear
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BloGEP-IM6A

Dreem Teem vs Artful Dodger - It Ain't Enough
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oiv2OReHbu8

Ladies First - Messin'
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qXhSgp1YRT8

Images: https://imgur.com/gallery/bMOJj0V

Chart peaks:
1 Blue - If You Come Back
1 S Club 7 - Have You Ever
3 So Solid Crew - They Don't Know
3 Riva featuring Dannii Minogue - Who Do You Love Now?
5 U2 - Walk On
7 Bubba Sparxxx - Ugly
9 DJ Otzi - Do Wah Diddy
12 Blu Cantrell - Hit 'Em Up Style (Oops!)
14 Liberty - Doin' It
16 Jamiroquai - You Give Me Something
20 Dreem Teem vs Artful Dodger - It Ain't Enough
25 Roger Sanchez - You Can't Change Me
29 New Order - 60 Miles An Hour
30 Ladies First - Messin'
31 The Charlatans - A Man Needs To Be Told
43 Adam F featuring MOP - Stand Clear
44 R.E.M. - I'll Take The Rain
45 Paul McCartney - From A Lover To A Friend
90 Atomic Kitten - You Are (only issued as a promo)
didn't chart: Honeyz - Talk To The Hand (only issued as a promo)

mike t-diva, Monday, 15 November 2021 12:57 (two weeks ago) link

I was working in a busy 24 hour Spar grocery store in the student area of Cardiff in November 2001. They insisted we leave Red Dragon FM on all day, and as a result every song on this list is indelibly burned onto my eardrums for eternity.

Agnes, Agatha, Germaine and Jack (Willl), Monday, 15 November 2021 13:28 (two weeks ago) link

So Solid gets my vote for being the only song to ever use the word ‘mibical’

Agnes, Agatha, Germaine and Jack (Willl), Monday, 15 November 2021 13:36 (two weeks ago) link

Gotta vote Blue here, one of the best ballads of the decade

ignore the blue line (or something), Monday, 15 November 2021 13:42 (two weeks ago) link

The one that I knew best and liked most at the time was The Charlatans; I enjoyed the parent album Wonderland a great deal.

mike t-diva, Monday, 15 November 2021 14:36 (two weeks ago) link

Shut up shut up shut up shut up shut up shut up shut up shut up shut up shut up shut up shut up shut up shut up shut up shut up. I mean it, shut up.

They really don’t write ‘em like they used to.

Mr. Snrub, Thursday, 18 November 2021 00:09 (two weeks ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Sunday, 21 November 2021 00:01 (one week ago) link

not very familiar w/ most of these but i love these three

Blu Cantrell - Hit 'Em Up Style (Oops!)
Blue - If You Come Back
Bubba Sparxxx - Ugly

may vote blue

dyl, Sunday, 21 November 2021 01:48 (one week ago) link

or blu

dyl, Sunday, 21 November 2021 01:49 (one week ago) link

I think this is an OK list, and the reviews aren't too shoddy either - I'd assumed that Smash Hits had dropped off an editorial cliff by now, but there's still evidence of its old wit. (NB: by the end of its run, the "singles reviews" had shrunk to three or four very brief capsule write-ups, so worse was to come.)

Blue is indeed surprisingly good, but then I've softened towards millennial pop in my dotage. I don't mind the U2 - I'll never truly rate them, but I found this era one of their more bearable ones. Bubba Sparxxx is good, Blu Cantrell is very good, but I'm sticking with The Charlatans.

mike t-diva, Sunday, 21 November 2021 13:12 (one week ago) link

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

System, Monday, 22 November 2021 00:01 (one week ago) link

A sound result, but the lack of "engagement" for this one suggests that 2001 is just too dangerously modern.

In that case, let's head back to 1967, with this absolute goldmine of a poll:

RECORD MIRROR Singles Reviews, 25th November 1967

mike t-diva, Monday, 22 November 2021 10:53 (one week ago) link


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