Pinkie's things that made his 2006 (yes its a damn list!)
The world of blogs, youtubes and torrents...
They suddenly became interesting when the hegemonic media industry kept on giving us the same old crap. A new order set itself in. Places like Xtube took sex to the streets, Blogger gave us an international voice whilst Youtube allowed us to make silly videos or seek out old pop bands. Myspace however gave us Sandi Thom and torrents allowed us the ability to watch Desperate Housewives 2 years before they were televised in the UK.
Robyn wins the artist of year
What is this girl on? I want it! Now! No other Robyn song sounds the same. She cannot be pinned down, catagorised or generalised. She sells in Sweden but could break out next year in the UK. For this we are relieved. Her London shows upstaged the mediocre attempts of the British indie scene to appear uber. Robyn is fashion. She is iconic. She is post-fashion. She is beyond uber. If NME/Radio 1 refuse airplay of her new singles it is because her boots are to deconstructive for their little minds. Think Cars. Think I Feel Love. Think Light Years. Think I can't get her out of my head
Poor old Itsu. Known around the globe for its killer food it became the location of international mystery. The shop that runs along such places the Royal Academy of Art and the Ritz fell under the intense media attention when a particular Russian was poisoned after eating at its Piccadilly branch. It has now been boarded up with a fabulous James Bond type banner and has become a tourist destination. The food wasnt good anyway. Poor mans Yo-Sushi.
Clea/The death of girlbands
The big 'band' story wasnt 5ive returning nor the amazing success of Take That but clear destruction of Clea. In 2006 they released their poptastic Trinity that flopped and ended up being responsible for the loss of their 3rd member Lindsay. They are hemorrhaging members like those Sugababes but without their success. As the two remaining members have vanished 2006 marks the end of the girlband. Yes other blogs might argue otherwise but this year saw the greatest hits of Britains only successful girlbands released with no other all-girlgroup on the horizon to replace them. Mrs.Robinson produced an album that many argued was 'just ok' but like Trinity it barely charted. The All Saints reunion came and went while we were too preoccupied with the reunions of Take That and Five(which still has to come to something). The Pipetts got all the Hoxton crowd back in HMV but it ended up being hype over nothing & those Spice Girls became nothing but a digested flem in the throat of history. Even the comeback of Bananarama turned out to be nothing but a quickie for old times sake. In other countries it would appear that girlbands are doing better. Monrose, the German winners of Popstars, are getting huge album sales with their debut Temptation. PussyCat Dolls, Danity Kane and those Australian Young Divaz also had a good year so all is not lost.
The Death Of Pop Music?
Smash Hits, James Blunt, Top Of The Pops, gothrock win at Eurovision...need i go on?
Key Acts of 2006
-Ann Winsborn for her epic pop album Pink Collar Crime(released 2005)
-Amy Diamond for her excellent second album
-Amy Winehouse for not going to rehab and staying alive for her 2nd album
-Dannii Minogue for Love Fight & Gone
-Dover for their electrorock album Follow The City Lights
-Robyn for her work with Basement Jaxx, KleerUp and Christian Falk
-Christian Falk for his new LP People Say
-The Knife for Silent Shout
Key popblogs of 2006
-Tip Top Pop
2007 here we come!
Kylie's new shows+material
Robyn in the UK
The solo music of the Sugababes (put ya money on Heidi, Mutya and Siobhan)
Harry Potter 7
The new Hannibal movie