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Dom Passantino, Thursday, 20 September 2007 13:11 (eleven years ago) Permalink

nice review! i've only heard 'she's so lovely' but that was enough.

Just got offed, Thursday, 20 September 2007 13:17 (eleven years ago) Permalink

I should note that it's not that I think The Blue Nile are too good to be mondeo-pop, just that there's something specific about the vibe i don't think they share, if i'm understanding it correctly. It starts to become diffuse otherwise, another name for MOR british pop-rock.

In the same way that I wouldn't describe post-"Sledgehammer" Peter Gabriel as mondeo-pop even if there are certain points of overlap.

Tim F, Thursday, 20 September 2007 13:18 (eleven years ago) Permalink

jokes, bruv I worked for about 16 hours yesterday


DJ Mencap, Thursday, 20 September 2007 13:19 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Can any Scritti fans speak on the Wetx3/Scritti connection? Is it fair to say that if Green Gartside had any artistic integrity they would have sounded like Wet Wet Wet?

Dom Passantino, Thursday, 20 September 2007 13:22 (eleven years ago) Permalink

If you got that idea from what I said that's not what I meant really. Wx3 took their name from a Scrit song, thats all the connections I know. What I meant was more that Scritti were held back by "artistic integrity"...

acrobat, Friday, 21 September 2007 11:25 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Maybe worth talking about how Edywn Collins got from "Rip It Up" from "A Girl Like You". The greatest victory of Mondeo Pop?

Dom Passantino, Friday, 21 September 2007 12:32 (eleven years ago) Permalink

'a girl like you' is britpop tho!

That one guy that hit it and quit it, Friday, 21 September 2007 13:08 (eleven years ago) Permalink

and 'The Magic Piper Of Love' is Big Beat

blueski, Friday, 21 September 2007 13:13 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Freaky Trigger on the Mondeo Pop bandwagon!
Random youtube commenter also on board

Unfortunately I'm really dubious Joe Jackson is Mondeo Pop. Really, really dubious. Cos that would make The Police Mondeo Pop and that would be bad. Rip It Up might be.

acrobat, Friday, 21 September 2007 19:43 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Steppin' Out might be Mondeo Pop though.

acrobat, Friday, 21 September 2007 19:45 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Too new wave. Surely this is what discounts Squeeze (other than "Pulling Mussels") as well?

Dom Passantino, Friday, 21 September 2007 20:04 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Man, I heard Dreams by Gabrielle at the weekend. So, so pure Mondeo Pop in a way say M People aren't. It's got the prettiness and the sort of, this is no slight, smallness. "I'm not making plans for tomorrow, just stay for tonight" consumate Mondeo Pop moment.

Has anyone mentioned that "The summer in city where the air is still, baby being born to the overkill" bit in Somewhere In My Heart by Aztec Camera is GREAT and reminds me oddly of Hash Pipe by Weezer. also "a vision of love wearing boxing gloves".

acrobat, Tuesday, 25 September 2007 13:51 (eleven years ago) Permalink

The new Mixmag or DJ calls Hard-Fi 'Xfm Mondeo music' or something along those lines.

Raw Patrick, Tuesday, 25 September 2007 14:19 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Squeeze: perhaps their after '85 albums have some Mondeo Pop moments, but the first incarnation of the band were NEVER Mondeo Pop.

zeus, Tuesday, 25 September 2007 18:26 (eleven years ago) Permalink

BTW, are there any other musical styles named by a car?

zeus, Tuesday, 25 September 2007 18:29 (eleven years ago) Permalink

I was watching "top 100 forgotten gems of the 80s" on the hits the other day. The top 11 I thought was somewhat instructive:

11. Climie Fisher, Love Changes Everything
10. Tpau, Heart and Soul
9. Aztec Camera, Good Morning Britain
8. Alison Moyet, All Cried Out
7. Aha, The Sun Always Shines on TV
6. Abba, One of Us
5. Kim Carnes, Bette Davis Eyes
4. Feargal Sharkey, A Good Heart
3. Philip Bailey and Phil Collins, Easy Lover
2. Laura Branigan, Self Control
1. The Bee Gees, You Win Again

Ok not all MP by any means but some good candidates - Climie FIsher certainly, Aztec C of course, Tpau and Moyet in with a chance. Breathe, Hands to Heaven was up in the 80s or 90s - I always thought they were boyband-esque but the video looked more earnest than that. Anyway I think the idea that these songs are forgotten is telling, and not entirely mistaken.

ledge, Tuesday, 25 September 2007 20:17 (eleven years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

I guess the Compilation is the natural medium of all Mondeo genres anyway.

-- Noodle Vague, Sunday, 14 October 2007 12:09 (57 seconds ago) Bookmark Link

Dom Passantino, Sunday, 14 October 2007 12:10 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Familiarity is the key here. Most Mondeo-friendly acts don't have whole albums of familiar tracks, apart from Greatest Hits collections. Take the Lighthouse Family as an average representative. Nobody knows what the non-singles sound like on their records, not even the people who played on them. Mondeo Pop thrives on the singalong. Compilations, especially with the word "Drivetime" in the title, are king.

Noodle Vague, Sunday, 14 October 2007 12:16 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Compilations that come free with newspapers?

dowd, Sunday, 14 October 2007 12:30 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Not usually. Too genre-limited. Also the demographic for the Mail on Sunday is averaging at least 10 years too old to get behind Mondeo Pop.

Noodle Vague, Sunday, 14 October 2007 12:40 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Ah, I see. (just wondering, as I was in someone's place this weekend and those were the only music they owned...)

dowd, Sunday, 14 October 2007 12:46 (eleven years ago) Permalink

weird that the lighthouse family's long-player was called 'ocean's drive', after the location of numerous hits in the miami crack wars of the early 80s.

That one guy that hit it and quit it, Sunday, 14 October 2007 13:01 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Most everything I said there was rong.

Noodle Vague, Monday, 15 October 2007 09:13 (eleven years ago) Permalink

blueski, Monday, 15 October 2007 10:35 (eleven years ago) Permalink

No answers, no solutions... just further-gloom-inducing inconclusions that all point towards to that bigger sense of impasse and social/cultural deadlock.

(Still at least it has inspired the best ILM thread in many, many a moon)

Posted by simon reynolds at 9:39 AM

kudos guys

That one guy that hit it and quit it, Sunday, 21 October 2007 12:05 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Sounds like someone hasn't seen Results 1 - 10 of about 256 for gaydiohead. (0.28 seconds)

Dom Passantino, Sunday, 21 October 2007 12:35 (eleven years ago) Permalink

"kudos guys"

Ha ha you wish. This would surely be SR's top ten most hated "loonies getting loonier" thread.

Tim F, Monday, 22 October 2007 00:16 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Reynolds will come around to Danny Wilson in time.

Dom Passantino, Monday, 22 October 2007 08:23 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Virgin Radio still has a lot of Deacon Blue on its daytime playlist

Dom Passantino, Tuesday, 23 October 2007 09:29 (eleven years ago) Permalink

So is someone gonna compile the Mondeo Pop rough guide?

admrl, Tuesday, 23 October 2007 15:58 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Also this thread has made me feel like listening to Dubstar (I used to drive a micra)!

admrl, Tuesday, 23 October 2007 15:58 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Counting Crows. Mondeo, yes?

Noodle Vague, Tuesday, 23 October 2007 16:57 (eleven years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

So is someone gonna compile the Mondeo Pop rough guide?

^^^My job for this evening

Dom Passantino, Sunday, 11 November 2007 17:42 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Public response: MEH.

That one guy that hit it and quit it, Sunday, 11 November 2007 17:48 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Public response: Dom, you're one of those guys who whines that people are better/fitter/more networked/richer than you as if there is a vast metropolitan conspiracy against your sorry, provincial, undervalued arse. Your solution: the only way to become memorable is to be hateful. Public response: MEH. When they find you as a pensioner, freeze-dried to a chair three months after your lonely death, wearing a bathrobe and dried remnants of excreta, and with more unpublish/ed/able work than Colin Wilson to burn off, nobody who was here will be very surprised AT ALL.

Dom Passantino, Sunday, 11 November 2007 17:49 (eleven years ago) Permalink

"Hooray for middlebrow" says Simon Reynolds in "Bring the Noise". Is Mondeo Pop the logical conclusion of what he's desperately groping about for over the course of his writings, the spark he tries and fails to find in dancehall, rave, and grime?

Dom Passantino, Monday, 12 November 2007 10:49 (eleven years ago) Permalink

His problems with homophobia in dancehall are similar to the problems Mondeo Pop fans have with the misogyny of the Beautiful South, but in the end we have to overlook these things to appreciate an overall beauty of product.

Dom Passantino, Monday, 12 November 2007 10:53 (eleven years ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

Birthplace of Mondeo Pop?:

Dom Passantino, Sunday, 9 December 2007 13:52 (eleven years ago) Permalink

four months pass...

Fiction Factory.

Dom Passantino, Tuesday, 22 April 2008 12:51 (ten years ago) Permalink

eleven months pass...

has balearic stolen mondeo's thunder?

FREE DOM AND ETHAN (special guest stars mark bronson), Sunday, 19 April 2009 18:38 (nine years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

One of the songs on the new Paul Heaton album has a 60-second burst of what seems to be the big man's attempt at 'rave music', which I found to be one of the more upsetting things I've listened to in 2010 so far.

Melodic Man - I Need Geir (DJ Mencap), Thursday, 12 August 2010 14:49 (eight years ago) Permalink

three years pass...

Were Microdisney Mondeo Pop y/n

that is how ghosts laugh (bends), Saturday, 28 September 2013 20:36 (five years ago) Permalink

that is how ghosts laugh (bends), Saturday, 28 September 2013 20:37 (five years ago) Permalink

related videos of the youtube page for 'Town to Town' by Microdisney:
Curiosity Killed the Cat- Down to Earth
The Commitments- Mustang Sally
New Order- True Faith
China Crisis- Wishful Thinking
Phil Lynott- Old Town

that is how ghosts laugh (bends), Saturday, 28 September 2013 20:47 (five years ago) Permalink

three years pass...

Feel like Car Share - specifically the episode that ended with "Oh Patti" - is, in a funny way, the apotheosis of Mondeo Pop.

Stevie T, Tuesday, 18 April 2017 19:28 (one year ago) Permalink

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