Girls Aloud – Biology. This is an incredible song in terms of structure. There are many reasons why it shouldn’t fly. It’s a musical bumblebee:
It comes across as a mash up of three completely different unreleased songs squeezed into a track only 3:42 long in the first place. The first 30 seconds is a glam rock stomp, then into a Pet Shop Boys-type bridging section building to the heart of the song at 1:34 when it turns into bubblegum pop. The chorus doesn’t turn up until 2:00 then, just as you think you have figured it out , 30 seconds later we are back to the glam rock again. Make your minds up!!
It shouldn’t work, but writers Xenomania know exactly what they are doing and at 1:34 it all falls into place perfectly. On second listening the penny drops – it’s not a bumblebee but a musical Russian doll and the video cleverly underscores this by switching the set and the clothing as the track flips back and forth between the three ‘sub-songs’. It’s manufactured pop for sure, but does that really matter? So were early Tamla Mowtown, Phil Spector and ZTT.
Anyway over to Roy and Andy below for their choices…