Sorry, no music today. I'm waiting on some more import singles at the moment. This is just a post about pop musings/attempted humor, inspired by this exercise DVD featuring the female members of Liberty X. Celebrity workout videos seem to be rampant in the UK (as opposed to America, where most people releasing them actually seem to be professionals), but they tend to run more towards the soap star side of the spectrum than pop stars. This needs to be rectified. Here are my ideas.
The Steps Workout That flab is Better Best Forgotten with this exercise DVD! Steps recognize that they have been referred to as glorified aerobics instructors. They take this criticism to heart by showing you the famous high-energy dance routines for their singles for cardio! Bonus Kickboxing Segment: Blast away those calories while punching H as he proceeds to incessantly say "ooh ooh". Packaged with the Lisa-Scott Lee Electric Slimming Belt. It claims to effortlessly burn away belly fat through electricity. It fails, much like her solo career. That's how you know it's an Official Scott-Lee ® product!
Cardio Striptease with the Pussycat Dolls Don't cha wish your workout videos were hot like this? The other three whose names you don't know lead you in these hot routines that justify their presence in the group! Nicole does all the talking, while Melody is absent for most of the tape and pops up near the end. We will be having a second season of our reality show soon, so work out so you can become the next anonymous Doll!
Madonna's Extreme Yoga Increase your flexibility to pose yourself in ungodly positions, so one day you, too, can be a living pop legend.
Sugababes: The Circuit Keep your metabolism up by alternating between different cardio and light weight exercises. A different member pops up every minute to keep you entertained and focused for each new exercise. Special guest appearances from Siobhan Donaghy and Mutya Buena. In fact, Mutya is actually included on most of the DVD except for the very end, yet Amelle is on the cover anyway.
Natasha Bedingfield's Pregancy Workout Appropriate for both pre- and post-natal women! When you're thinking about having someone's babies, you need to prepare your body for it, especially if they actually will be springing up like daisies. Warmup and cooldown consist of dancing with animated boomboxes.
Today at college they had a free line dancing thing. I did most of it because I was between classes. No "5, 6, 7, 8" (though I would've laughed my ass off if there was), but there was a line dance to "Men in Black".
As for this particular post, i'm a big fan of acoustic performances, because they put a new spin on songs. I'm a big collector of them for songs I already like.
Christina Aguilera / Come On Over Baby - Live recording, but sounds very good. Christina often enjoys reinventing her songs, especially the ones off her first album that she felt "weren't her" or something like that. This reinterpretation, which makes it into a slower mid-tempo ballad, actually works, and isn't a travesty (unlike certain reworkings of "Baby One More Time" I remember from Britney tours).
Busted / Thunderbirds are Go. - I normally hate this song because it's from a crappy movie and took up a double a-side when "3AM" deserved to be released by itself. (Especially since it turned out to be their last single ever). James sounds extremely nasal on this, but otherwsie I prefer this version because you can hear more of the melody.
Sugababes / Run for Cover - This is from Sugababes version 1 (the one with Siobhan Donaghy), and is striking. The vocal harmonies are so amazing.
Sugababes / Red Dress - A double dose of the babes, this one featuring the current lineup. It proves that the song itself can stand on its own even without the Xenomania production.
Liberty X / Thinking It Over - The original version had a garage sound; very popular in the UK at the turn of the millennium, but which could sound a bit dated now. This version is acoustic guitar based and works very well. (Ignore the file name; iTunes had it mislabeled when I bought it. I changed the id3 tags to be accurate).
Emma Bunton / We're Not Gonna Sleep Tonight - This song was an undeserved flop single off her debut solo album (though the only other form i've ever heard this is in an Almighty remix). Stronger than expected vocals, and pretty catchy.
Ryan Cabrera / On the Way Down - Good pop rock from 2004, from Joe Simpson's male protege. (He dated Ashlee for awhile, after meeting her on the set of the video to this song.)
Pink / Trouble - She basically made this a completely different song from its original version. By the way, I highly recommend going to see her live, either opening for Justin or on her own.
Avril Lavigne / Nobody's Home - Her new album is coming up soon, with pop-punk tracks that sound even more immature than her first CD (except for more cursing!). Probably because slower, more 'mature' tracks like this flopped. But this is a great song regardless.
Stacie Orrico / Stuck - Her new (and mostly boring) album Beautiful Awakening was pulled back from U.S. release, although some stray copies were found in stores. She's left the failing Virgin Records out of her own volition. I fear we won't get any more mainstream pop gems like this anymore. It takes the guitar part of the original into the forefront but still stays upbeat.
Mandy Moore / I Wanna Be With You - Back when she was pure pop. I still like her, but now she's all trying to be "legitimate" and working with indie artists for her new album coming out this year. Which is cool, but this might be one of my favorite soundtrack singles ever. More songs like this need to come out. Breezy and light and sweet.
Sophie Ellis-Bextor / Live It Up - Another person with a new album out this year. This acoustic version was a bonus track of her first album. I like the acoustic drums and percussion.
The Pipettes / Judy - The song doesn't lose any early '60s girl group era boppiness in this form. It's very amusing.