Annie (From Norway)

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The Greatest Hit. Heartbeat. Chewing Gum.

I'm anticipating this album quite ridiculously right now.

William Bloody Swygart (mrswygart), Friday, 30 July 2004 18:46 (sixteen years ago) link

Right, so we cannot use images as links anymore, then?

William Bloody Swygart (mrswygart), Friday, 30 July 2004 18:49 (sixteen years ago) link

Anyway - sort of Richard X's protege (of sorts), in so far as he seems to have produced more than one thing for her. Quite soft voice without ever being underwhelming... Nordic Isobel Campbell? Probably not quite, but still... all the stuff I've heard so far has been amazing. Heartbeat's slightly-out-of-sync disco rushing possibly the pick, although Chewing Gum is unbearably catchy...

William Bloody Swygart (mrswygart), Friday, 30 July 2004 18:51 (sixteen years ago) link

Avi (Avi), Friday, 30 July 2004 18:53 (sixteen years ago) link

I hadn't heard this one before, but it sounds like great stuff. Love the 80s revival (at least the part of it that does not involve hair metal ;) )

And I guess it will be easier to find in the record shop racks here in Norway than in most of the rest of the world :-)

Geir Hongro (GeirHong), Friday, 30 July 2004 18:53 (sixteen years ago) link

I apologize in advance for the huge size of this image

Avi (Avi), Friday, 30 July 2004 18:54 (sixteen years ago) link

ah, fuck it:

Avi (Avi), Friday, 30 July 2004 18:54 (sixteen years ago) link

Theer hasn't been a better record than Chewing Gum EVER. And I haven't even been able to hear the other ones yet. I am assuming this will be an/The album of year, 2004 is SO GREAT.

Alex in Doncaster (Alex in Doncaster), Friday, 30 July 2004 19:01 (sixteen years ago) link

Oddly enough, I'm not so keen on "Chewing Gum". "Heartbeat" is one of my favorite songs of the year, and "Greatest Hit" is unbearably sexy.

Spencer Chow (spencermfi), Friday, 30 July 2004 19:04 (sixteen years ago) link

'Heartbeat' is gorgeous. I haven't heard anything else. Is she expected to make it big in the UK? I hope so.

Alba (Alba), Friday, 30 July 2004 19:04 (sixteen years ago) link

She does sound curiously like the lady from Melys, at times anyway. I don't really see the Isobel Campbell thing other than in terms of what she looks like, she is super-soaraway in comparison and far more gleamingly universal and stuff.

What was the whole thing with her boyfriend dying on eve of release of The Greatest Hit? I am aware of some kind of Situation there but am sketchy on the details.

Alex in Doncaster (Alex in Doncaster), Friday, 30 July 2004 19:07 (sixteen years ago) link

alba, i have the same connection w/ annie that i did with m.i.a., so maybe in six months or so i can get you some music.

lauren (laurenp), Friday, 30 July 2004 19:12 (sixteen years ago) link

Love The Greatest Hit. Have to find heartbeat now don't I?

Ronan (Ronan), Friday, 30 July 2004 19:12 (sixteen years ago) link

It was on Fluxblog, but I don't know if it still is.

Alba (Alba), Friday, 30 July 2004 19:33 (sixteen years ago) link

on fluxblog, matt said he thought royksopp was involved somehow - true? i've only heard heartbeat, but i like.

m. (mitchlnw), Friday, 30 July 2004 19:42 (sixteen years ago) link

heartbeat is crap, "the greatest hit" was immense at the time but i listened to it too much and went right off it.. also i must congratulate her on looking like Dido on the chewing gum sleeve.


jed_ (jed), Friday, 30 July 2004 19:47 (sixteen years ago) link

You have no heart, jed.

Alba (Alba), Friday, 30 July 2004 19:49 (sixteen years ago) link

not only am i heartless i'm also full of shit. Heatrbeat was so-so but i only listened to it once then deleted it. i was in a temporary bad mood 5 minutes ago.

jed_ (jed), Friday, 30 July 2004 20:01 (sixteen years ago) link

Check it out again, it's the most sugary track I've heard in ages (if you like that kind of thing).

Spencer Chow (spencermfi), Friday, 30 July 2004 20:08 (sixteen years ago) link

It starts out kind of sugary, but by the end it's 4 REAL.

Alba (Alba), Friday, 30 July 2004 20:40 (sixteen years ago) link

(I think of it as the penultimate track on a compilation that's taken you all over the place and it's time for some sweet, straightforward purity)

Alba (Alba), Friday, 30 July 2004 20:43 (sixteen years ago) link

What was the whole thing with her boyfriend dying on eve of release of The Greatest Hit? I am aware of some kind of Situation there but am sketchy on the details.

His name was Tore Kroknes, but he produced as Erot. Brain complications. You people should find 'I Will Get On' - it's Annie's dedication/goodbye record about him and was released on both Telle and Loaded.

In fact, just find the Richard X thread, I have done this twice now.

R.I.M.A. (Barima), Friday, 30 July 2004 21:15 (sixteen years ago) link

The extended 'Greatest Hit' and 'The Greatest Dub' are genius, pure and simple. I keep trying to write about 'Chewing Gum' for NYLPM and get hopelessly sidetracked every time.

R.I.M.A. (Barima), Friday, 30 July 2004 21:16 (sixteen years ago) link

she's nobody's protege!

her boyfriend timo (from opel bastards) did far more of the production but she's a very talented (and lovely) person in her own right. not really my cuppa (well, what i've heard so far) but i wish her global success. go annie!

stirmonster, Sunday, 1 August 2004 13:45 (sixteen years ago) link

The pink swirls on the cover unfortunately make me think of Pepto-Bismol.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Sunday, 1 August 2004 15:37 (sixteen years ago) link

I've just listened to Chewing Gum twice, I definately don't like it as much as Greatest Hit, but it's pretty hot. I think the retro-ness of Greatest Hit is part of what makes it timeless, like it doesn't sound dated because it's such combination of 80s/90s sounds/styles/samples. I don't like lots of new stuff because it sounds so obviously of the moment, with the latest techniques/sounds/trends. Chewing Gum just misses this, I think.

Dan Selzer (Dan Selzer), Sunday, 1 August 2004 16:37 (sixteen years ago) link

also check out DIsko Anne + Karveopelit who i thin is Annie plus the Op:l bastards guy (not sure) they do a great version of George McRaes Rock your baby called "Rokkibaby"

I want to hear CHewing gum and Heartbeat !
Can someone contact privatearmies on soulseek thats me.

heroes + villains, Sunday, 1 August 2004 20:46 (sixteen years ago) link

This song is mindnumbingly dreadful.

dean? (deangulberry), Sunday, 1 August 2004 20:51 (sixteen years ago) link

This song is mindblowingly awesome.

Spencer Chow (spencermfi), Sunday, 1 August 2004 20:53 (sixteen years ago) link

It probably helps if you're driving around in a Miata listening to it.

dean? (deangulberry), Sunday, 1 August 2004 21:01 (sixteen years ago) link

it also helps if you like good music.

Ronan (Ronan), Sunday, 1 August 2004 23:38 (sixteen years ago) link

It also helps if you realise you're not chocolate but you're chewing gum.

R.I.M.A. (Barima), Monday, 2 August 2004 13:22 (sixteen years ago) link

Crike, Heartbeat is perfect.

Fergal (Ferg), Thursday, 5 August 2004 20:40 (sixteen years ago) link

ha I was listening to "Chewing Gum" on earlier today
& now saw this thread
as I scrolled down and read I began to remember how "Heartbeat" goes
just from hearing another snippet once on site a couple months back

that says something for how lovely the chorus is
(btw thanks Ian)

Paul (scifisoul), Friday, 6 August 2004 01:19 (sixteen years ago) link

chewing gum is not bad at all. sounding like the tom tom club if they were produced by telex. or lio if she'd joined the tom tom club and was produced by telex. actually, on another listen i'm quite liking this.

frenchbloke (frenchbloke), Friday, 6 August 2004 06:41 (sixteen years ago) link

I listened to Heartbeat once and I thought it sounded like Dubstar. I may give it another go.

Matt DC (Matt DC), Friday, 6 August 2004 12:14 (sixteen years ago) link

Apparently, her album might be titled "Anniemal"

manuel (manuel), Friday, 6 August 2004 17:33 (sixteen years ago) link

MIC Norway profile story posted today:

Avi (Avi), Friday, 6 August 2004 18:06 (sixteen years ago) link

Ooh, she's going to be huge with that Anniemal and that eye liner.

Alba (Alba), Friday, 6 August 2004 18:09 (sixteen years ago) link

Chewing Gum is rocking me and my girldfriend's world right now. Pop so perfect it is only comprimised by its intensely saccharine sweetness. It might rot your teeth if you have too much of it.

Please let the album be called Anniemal.

myke boomnoise (myke boomnoise), Wednesday, 11 August 2004 08:30 (sixteen years ago) link

Annie POV:

The Greatest Hit (Extended Disco Mix/Dub)
I Will Get On
Just Friends (Richard X feat. Annie)
Chewing Gum
I Will Always Remember You (Fredrik Saroea feat. Annie)

No 'Heartbeat', you say? Waiting for a full length, mate.

R.I.M.A. (Barima), Wednesday, 11 August 2004 12:57 (sixteen years ago) link

Right, how exactly does one go about finding the older stuff ('Greatest Hit' era)? Cos searching for 'Annie' ain't exactly much use.

William Bloody Swygart (mrswygart), Wednesday, 11 August 2004 14:11 (sixteen years ago) link

Dear Santa

Can i please have an Annie and M.I.A collaboration?

Love Myke

myke boomnoise (myke boomnoise), Wednesday, 11 August 2004 14:36 (sixteen years ago) link

Dear Myke

Fuck you, you didn't leave cookies out last time.


Ned Raggett (Ned), Wednesday, 11 August 2004 14:42 (sixteen years ago) link

Dear Ned,

Are you Santa?

myke boomnoise (myke boomnoise), Wednesday, 11 August 2004 14:55 (sixteen years ago) link

You psycho.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Wednesday, 11 August 2004 15:06 (sixteen years ago) link

I just heard that the lp looks like being delayed til next year. :(

Jerry the Nipper (Jerrynipper), Wednesday, 18 August 2004 15:09 (sixteen years ago) link

I don't like 'Chewing Gum' much. At least not nearly as much as 'Heartbeat'. Am I ill?

Alba (Alba), Wednesday, 18 August 2004 15:12 (sixteen years ago) link

You are not ill, I completely agree. It's decent though, maybe it will grow on us...

Spencer Chow (spencermfi), Wednesday, 18 August 2004 15:14 (sixteen years ago) link

I was not comparing the music.

Combat Bodacious Accruals (Branwell Bell), Friday, 21 February 2014 13:42 (six years ago) link

You did use the word "pop" as one of three descriptors.

I got the Poison, I got the Rammellzee (sic), Friday, 21 February 2014 13:48 (six years ago) link

Ah, never mind. I was just wondering about the "amazing" and "political" part of the equation, but it's not important.

Combat Bodacious Accruals (Branwell Bell), Friday, 21 February 2014 13:51 (six years ago) link

I hate that word “accessible.” It gets brandished about like a bayonet rifle to knock artists and musicians into some sort of preconceived social order; oh, how dare you do something different, why can’t you give the majority of people what they know they want and be ACCESSIBLE?

The new Planningtorock songs sound pretty “accessible” to me but carry an insistent, buried threat – or a plea – which is heightened, rather than diminished, by the constantly repeated phrases and slogans, as though emboldening the thought into people’s minds is the point (and I’m sure it’s at least one of the points). They are also “accessible” in the sense that mainstream radio in Britain would have happily played them in the evening 25-30 years ago – Anne Clark/AC Marias anyone? – but presumably not in the contemporary sense of “When I Was Your Man” and “Pompeii” repeated a million times an hour until one screams because that’s apparently what people want; if not, are you rebelling against the State, are you a WEIRDO? #lynchmobmentality

The first thing that struck me on RK was her disappointing vocals, but after finishing the song I like them as they are as it doesn't detract from the hypnotic production. Glad to see other people here who loved her EP!

Bonnie Mckii (jay.), Friday, 21 February 2014 16:17 (six years ago) link

Didn’t mean to attach any value to the phrase accessible, but quality rant anyway.

Chewshabadoo, Friday, 21 February 2014 22:19 (six years ago) link

Anne Clark/AC Marias anyone?

AC Marias got mainstream radio play?!

nerve_pylon, Friday, 21 February 2014 22:22 (six years ago) link

one year passes...

Apparently she's back in the studio with Richard X. Hoping for some new material this year.

daavid, Tuesday, 26 May 2015 04:38 (five years ago) link

Annie is notoriously slow in the studio.

Johnny Fever, Tuesday, 26 May 2015 05:06 (five years ago) link

Yeah, my hopes are not very high.

daavid, Tuesday, 26 May 2015 05:16 (five years ago) link

four months pass...

I'm on my phone and don't know how to post links but there's a new track over at Popjustice. It's called "Cara Mia" and its good! Also, news of upcoming EP.

daavid, Tuesday, 29 September 2015 11:50 (five years ago) link

another one for the tropical house thread i think. it's here:

carly bae jepsen (monotony), Tuesday, 29 September 2015 12:04 (five years ago) link

Lovely song. So excited for the new EP. The A&R EP was perfection.

Kitchen Person, Tuesday, 29 September 2015 13:47 (five years ago) link


maura, Tuesday, 29 September 2015 14:30 (five years ago) link

btw THE GUEST uses an annie song to great effect

maura, Tuesday, 29 September 2015 14:31 (five years ago) link

Now that Alice Deejay song is gonna be stuck in my brain all week. Thanks, Annie.

Cousin Slappy, Tuesday, 6 October 2015 12:54 (five years ago) link

And another one! This one sounds like something from the early 90s. Cathy Dennis, perhaps?

daavid, Friday, 9 October 2015 14:48 (five years ago) link

Quite an album cover on the new EP, which is now floating around (and all 4 songs are awesome):

skip, Friday, 16 October 2015 01:52 (five years ago) link

This isn't quite as perfect as The A&R EP but it is really great.

Kitchen Person, Saturday, 17 October 2015 13:56 (five years ago) link

one year passes...

what do you want (the breakfast song) gets stuck in my head every morning and I have arrived at some odd interpretations of the lyrics

The Jams Manager (1992, Brickster) (El Tomboto), Saturday, 8 April 2017 15:09 (three years ago) link

What's yer interpretation

Carlotta's Portrait (Ross), Saturday, 8 April 2017 23:02 (three years ago) link

I get it stuck in my head when I go shopping a lot, "what do you want, what do you want from Argos"

boxedjoy, Sunday, 9 April 2017 07:23 (three years ago) link

one year passes...

New music soon, per Annie's Insta:

that mustardless plate (Bill A), Thursday, 29 November 2018 14:07 (one year ago) link


She also sort of had a Billboard #1 hit with Metro Boomin's new album this month, centrally sampled on this track:

abcfsk, Thursday, 29 November 2018 14:15 (one year ago) link

Hoping she got a good payout for use of the sample, I'd guess that's still a way to make some £££/$$$ as opposed to the pittance from streaming etc?

that mustardless plate (Bill A), Thursday, 29 November 2018 15:14 (one year ago) link

one year passes...

New single (I'm guessing this is the "new music soon" announcement from a year and a half ago, lol). Anyway, she's collaborating with Stefan Storm from The Sound of Arrows on this one. Very synthwave, I like it:

daavid, Friday, 19 June 2020 14:36 (four months ago) link

Sounds sweet!

abcfsk, Friday, 19 June 2020 15:00 (four months ago) link

Tried to add to my Watch Later list, but apparently "This action is turned off on content made for kids"?

peace, man, Friday, 19 June 2020 15:06 (four months ago) link

got some vintage Pet Shop Boys quality has that, nice.

calzino, Friday, 19 June 2020 19:46 (four months ago) link

If she put this out straight after the last album, she'd be just in time for the cold?utm_brand=p4k&mbid=social_facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook&utm_social-type=owned&fbclid=IwAR0js4bXYu7MFwCyYQqA1odN1NQzOVP0jzYkmaPCrZUUZ37djMHpg_m5BFYwave revival

an, uh, razor of love (sic), Friday, 19 June 2020 20:03 (four months ago) link

this is indeed very synthwave.
just when i had given up hope that the scene would have its big name moment.

mark e, Friday, 19 June 2020 20:31 (four months ago) link

one month passes...

Another new one, I prefer this to American Cars

boxedjoy, Tuesday, 21 July 2020 13:12 (three months ago) link

I’m not really feeling either of these at all so far. Sad face.

sound of scampo talk to me (El Tomboto), Tuesday, 21 July 2020 14:20 (three months ago) link

four weeks pass...

finally the new one that got me stuck on repeat

krewki, Thursday, 20 August 2020 12:55 (two months ago) link

one month passes...

Her new record seems nice! I get a bit of a Sally Shapiro vibe, IDIB as well.

monotony, Friday, 16 October 2020 12:18 (one week ago) link

hard IDIB vibes for sure. fine by me.

it bangs for thee (Simon H.), Friday, 16 October 2020 13:43 (one week ago) link

any dancefloor bops on it? singles ITT all very chill

davey, Friday, 16 October 2020 13:54 (one week ago) link

"Forever '92" is probably the closest thing here to a dancefloor bop. And "Mermaid Dreams" goes pretty hard. But no, nothing like "WorkX2" or "Back Together."

Plenty of mid-tempo swaying bops, though! I'm enjoying this quite a bit, it's captivating.

KevRus, Friday, 16 October 2020 16:17 (one week ago) link

Really beautiful album. Very understated compared to most of her previous work. The sadness of the lyrics about Tore have been hitting me hard.

kitchen person, Saturday, 17 October 2020 00:56 (one week ago) link

This isn't doing a lot for me and it's really sad because I can tell this was an important album for her and I've always liked her a lot. The melodies are strong but it's far too long and one-tempo. And it doesn't sound so much like the 80s as the 00s approximation of the 80s.

boxedjoy, Sunday, 18 October 2020 18:30 (six days ago) link

I always thought that her nondescript singing was a feature and not a bug: on songs like Back Together she was able to sell them as formalist examples of perfect pop, stepping out the way to let the songs themselves stand as platonic ideals of genre excellence. But on this she just sounds a bit adrift and I think this material really needs a bit more presence to work.

boxedjoy, Sunday, 18 October 2020 18:33 (six days ago) link

agreed, I found this pretty boring.

skip, Sunday, 18 October 2020 18:39 (six days ago) link

Ok this is maybe a bit sad-youtube-comments-/early-00-pitchfork-review but the first time I played the album it hit me in the gut. Downloaded it last friday for a long drive to my parents and started driving at the beginning of what ultimately felt like an unusually long dusk, the sun had just beautifully set in partly cloudy skies that subsequently shifted to a melancholy inducing yellow-green-grey over highways that became emptier as I drove on. Alone in the car, my thoughts had started wandering through memories of times (up until 1990) spent in that part of the country to which I was driving. High school love, forgotten friends, family members long gone, but also good times/moments/parties. Hearing the album, loud, in that context - it was perfect. I probably should refrain from listening to it ever again.

willem, Monday, 19 October 2020 13:23 (five days ago) link

I would add Julee Cruise/Lynch/Badalamenti to the list of influences in at least a couple of tracks (Corridors of Time, The
Untold Story, It's Finally Over).

daavid, Monday, 19 October 2020 15:07 (five days ago) link

Love that writeup, willem. This really is the best thing she's ever released. I wish it were getting more attention. The production is stunning and the melodies are achingly gorgeous. I wanna bop my head to 'Miracle Mile' forever.

KevRus, Monday, 19 October 2020 18:39 (five days ago) link

My favorite track right now is Stay Tomorrow. I'm getting some mid-eighties French pop vibe from it. Maybe Mylene Farmer? I dunno.

daavid, Monday, 19 October 2020 20:36 (five days ago) link

Yes, really feeling your write-up Willem, nice that it coincided with that particular area of NL :) Will try and save it for a similar experience in the near future.

Ilxor in the streets, Scampo in the sheets (Le Bateau Ivre), Tuesday, 20 October 2020 13:08 (four days ago) link

Yeah, this is very nice. Love the nocturnal mood, definite IDIB vibes.

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