Feed Limmy’s 40 Songs of 2016

In keeping with this annual tradition that stretches back to a land before Snapchat and Gigi Hadid, I am here to present you Feed Limmy’s Songs of The Year.

Over the years it has become more of a documentation of songs released in the past 12 months that I have really enjoyed or have soundtracked a special memory. I think for that reason, these lists of the more intimate nature perhaps carry a bit more meaning and weight, as they’re not critically-inclined but are measured by the standard of one’s enjoyment and personal connection. Which after all, is what music is all about.

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Limmy’s Hot Take: How I *Checked* Myself After Kanye’s Breakdown, and Top Tunes from Busted, MAMAMOO and Ronika

This week on Limmy’s Hot Take: Friends, it’s absolutely OK to call yourself out for making insensitive jokes about Kanye West‘s mental breakdown. What started as seemingly “standard Kanye” loose cannon behaviour on stage soon escalated to a point beyond lols when the 39-year old man was hospitalised for psychiatric emergency this week.

Alarm bells are ringing. We can’t make light of this struggle and repeat the inhumane cycle of scrutiny, mockery, and callous mistreatment that we’ve seen heaped on Britney, Mariah, Amanda Bynes and countless other celebrities who have gone through very public breakdowns. Definitely not when suicide is the biggest killer of men under 50.

I, for one, checked myself for dismissing Kanye’s rants as light entertainment last week because at the time I thought that was just him being his ‘eccentric’ ‘crazy’ self, but say if that were a friend or colleague behaving in that manner. Would I find it amusing or would I be able to discern and have enough care in my heart to look deeper beneath the surface and reach out to a vulnerable person in need? I sure as hell hope I am the latter.

There has been greater awareness about mental health issues in recent years. We’ve got ribbons, T-shirts, marathons, hashtags, full blown social media campaigns… you name it but, real talk, don’t put up lengthy posts on Facebook saying you’re here “if anyone needs to talk” then turn around and contribute to the cacophonous #KanyeWestIsOverParty mess.

This is not about being overly politically correct. This is about responsibility and recognising that our actions and our words carry weight. They matter. They cause an effect, and we need to look after each other more than you think. This definitely includes our online friends, which I’m sure some of us talk to more than we do our RL friends.

Oh also, if you happened to be called out on Twitter for insensitive and trash opinions? Please don’t delete the original tweet. Let the drag prosper.

 

In lighter news, I really do think The Veronicas have finally delivered the pop performance I’ve waited years for. Here they are looking deadly, coated in ruby red glitter, slaying The ARIA Awards this week with their banger ‘In My Blood’.

 

It would not be acceptable to bring up this year’s ARIAs without mentioning the strong showing of LGBT+ support – from Sia using her acceptance speech to promote marriage equality to Troye Sivan dedicating his award to LGBT kids in Australia, and Kylie and fiancé Joshua Sasse attending the ceremony in their “Say I Do Australia” campaign tees.

It’s time, Australia. And I could not be happier to see this movement gaining momentum in mainstream media every single day.

Top tunes of the week

Busted ‘Night Driver’

I really wasn’t expecting for Busted to come back after all this time with some neon-lit 80s pop. What on earth is going on here? Why is it so seriously good? Production-wise, ‘Night Driver’ sounds like something from the Off The Wall sessions. I haven’t made my way around their new album of the same name as yet but I’ve heard great things on Twitter.

 

MAMAMOO ‘Décalcomanie’

Can’t believe this is only the first time I’ve come across K-pop sirens MAMAMOO. They’ve been in the game for a good two years now, making a name for themselves with their candied mix of jazz and R&B.

‘Décalcomanie’ – taken from their fourth mini album MEMORY – is what I imagine Duffy exec producing a K-Pop girlband would sound like.

 

Ronika ‘Dissolve’

This feels like a new angle for Ronika. Coiled in a loop of stuttering synths before climaxing at a chorus with utterly heavenly vocals, ‘Dissolve’ feels like a cherry-tinted boudoir soundtrack in an 80s French arthouse science fiction film.

 

Emily Burns ‘Take It or Leave It’

File this under ‘Songs from The Friendzone’ – I know y’all can relate. This gentle, tinkling pop tune from emerging British singer-songwriter Emily Burns would definitely appeal to anyone who likes them a bit of Birdy.

 

For more of my favourite tunes, check out my NEWEST playlist.

You can find me tweeting about my latest Iceland meal-for-one at @feedlimmy.

The Veronicas ‘Lolita’ Music Video

This track has already been proclaimed by yours truly as one of the finest moments in Aussie pop this year, so can The Veronicas now slay ‘Lolita’ in a whole new dimension?

THE VERONICAS LOLITA MUSIC VIDEO

Here we see Jess and Lisa back on our screens in their first music video in three years, looking deadly as ever with firearms and fuck-with-me-not facial expressions.

The sinister dance/pop track naturally calls for a femme fatale-esque narrative but you won’t find the Aussie twins in a compromising position, caressing themselves in burlesque outfits and patting tired Marie Antoinette wigs rescued from some sex shop bargain bin.

Instead, here we see reimaginations of sci-fi/action movie themes that pitches The Veronicas as leaders of an alien bounty hunter gang.

THE VERONICAS LOLITA VIDEO

Director Spencer Susser, who co-directed Lana Del Rey‘s ‘Summertime Sadness’ video, brings to life visuals fit for a blockbuster smash. Everything from the shootings in smoke-filled abandoned streets to the hectic juxtaposition of shots conveying torture has been executed with great style.

Can anyone say, fuck yeah milk bath?

In terms of The Veronicas‘ visual presentation, I’m actually really glad they didn’t go to over-the-top measures, brandishing leather catsuits with metal spikes protruding from shoulder pads.

Because, y’know, that’s exactly the kinda blatant shit I would go for as a queen who still idolises Victoria Beckham‘s ‘Not Such An Innocent Girl’ evil twin character.

THE VERONICAS LOLITA FASHION

Jess and Lisa’s grungey and believably ‘street’ looks feels more like the real deal here. I only wish their stylist had stolen some inspirations from Korean super girlband 2NE1‘s ‘Ugly’ music video and given their appearance a sprinkle of fantasy.

Watch The Veronicas kick arse in the ‘Lolita’ video:



Footnotes:

It’s a crying shame that ‘Lolita’ has yet to crack the ARIA Top 20. In fact, it left the Top 30 last week just after a month. Fingers crossed the video and more promo will help move it in the right direction.

The Veronicas‘ new album Life on Mars is due in the coming months. It’ll feature productions by Toby Gad and Nellee Hooper (hit maker behind No Doubt‘s Rock Steady album and Holly Valance‘s irresistible single ‘Down Boy’).

Chart Feed – 13.08.12

The Olympic Games is doing nothing to stimulate Britain’s album buying habits as the nation hits its lowest weekly album sales in 16 years. Rihanna‘s Talk That Talk has returned to #1 on the UK charts with just over 9,500 copies sold – making it the lowest weekly sale for a UK #1 album in the 21st century.

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Elsewhere, American Idol winner Phillip Phillips scores big on the digital charts thanks to a placement in NBC’s Olympic broadcast, the Pet Shop Boys cops a chart fail with ‘Winner’, and J.Lo now ties with Katy Perry for most consecutive US #1 dance/club play singles.

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Chart Feed – 06.08.12

A whole season must’ve passed beneath our feet, moons come and gone, colours of the wind changed, since our last Chart Feed – but I’m now ready to immerse myself back into a regime of tireless research on Monday nights.

Chart Feed

Perhaps once the choir of angels performing their celebratory rendition of ‘You Bring Me Joy’ has ascended back to heaven, we can begin this week’s pickings of the ARIA, UK Official and US Billboard charts.

This was a particularly rosy week for Justice Crew and Conor Maynard, featuring new entries also from The Veronicas, Kelendria Trene Rowland and Scissor Sisters.

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The Veronicas ‘Lolita’ Single Review

I don’t think I have ever properly considered how amazing The Veronicas are until I heard this here comeback single and stared back down the barrel of great hits they’ve served in the last seven years.

THE VERONICAS LOLITA

‘Lolita’ is the first single we’re treated to from the Aussie twins in five years and it is every bit the kind of pop music event you should be crying and shaking about.

This needs to be taken out the back for a wrestle with Missy Higgins over Comeback of The Year. Let’s just put it out there – it is shaping up to be an excellent year for Australian pop returns [bookmark: Ricki-Lee and Delta Goodrem].

The floor pounding beats and utterly current electro pop productions almost points immediately to their stunning 2007 single ‘Hook Me Up’, but upon closer listen you’ll find that ‘Lolita’ is not just another dancefloor ready single extending a catalogue of familiar lyrics about “being in the moment”, “feeling sexy”, “putting your hands up” or “losing control”.

You see Jess and Lisa – together with co-writer and producer Toby Gad (hitmaker behind their smash ‘Untouched’) – have crafted a dark femme fatale anthem inspired by the novel Lolita. It does a remarkable job of teasing out your inner bad ass bitch with a hook like:

“I’m your Lolita, La Femme Nikita. When we’re together, you’ll love me forever! You’re my possession, I’m your obsession. Don’t tell me never, I’ll love you forever.”

The ensuing wig-snatching dance breakdown is simply irresistible. Much like the one that was implemented in Rihanna‘s ‘Where Have You Been’, it becomes the bit you look forward to the most. Hide your faves, The Veronicas are well and truly back.

Check out the official ‘Lolita’ lyric video:



Footnotes:

The Veronicas‘ ‘Lolita’ was released on Friday and at present, it has climbed up to #29 on the Aussie iTunes chart. Their third album Life on Mars is slated for a September release.

X Factor Australia: Boot Camp Episodes One and Two

It’s time to separate the one hit wonders from the real contenders as X Factor Australia enters its boot camp phase. Your faves won’t know what hit them.

First up, I’d like to formally acknowledge how wrong I was with my predictions of which judge gets what category. I told y’all I wasn’t a betting man. Congrachoolations to Vanessa, who commented in my Episode Four post, for calling it out perfectly as Ronan (groups), Mel B (girls), Nat (over 25’s) and Guy (boys).

With that sorted, let’s see how these four go about mentoring their anointed categories because I can tell that everyone’s already got their own strategies in weeding out the hopefuls from the hopeless. This is also an opportunity for the judges to prove to Australia that they’re credible and well dedicated to the game because there’s nothing worst than feeling like your mentor’s letting you down. In fact, we won’t stand for that – if criticisms geared towards Kyle Sandilands last year were anything to go by. So what’s the go?

Mel B is testing for showmanship by implementing choreography into the girls’ vocal performance, Guy puts his guys out of their comfort zone by assigning them covers of songs made famous by female artists, while Nat has a strange way of finding star quality by combining a photo shoot challenge with her contestants’ singing performance. The boot camp phase is broken up into two nights with double the elimination threat – and here to help our judges make the cut are The Veronicas (with Ronan), Wynter Gordon (with Guy), Darren Hayes (with Nat) and Stephen Belafonte (Mel B’s Hollywood producer husband).

Let’s check out the highlights of the first two boot camp episodes and cast an early bet on who will make it to the home visits stage, where the final six in each category gets downsized to just three for the live shows.

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