Thursday, October 12, 2006

I'm a punk rock prom queen

Where have all the girls gone? If you've been reading this blog the past few days (or really, in general), that would be a very valid today, we're focusing on some girls, all of whom can rock or have some real attitude.

Kim-Lian - Teenage Superstar--Kim-Lian is a Dutch singer who is also famous for presenting a children's television show. I could easily see kids liking this song, but it's got far broader appeal than that. "Teenage Superstar" is guitar-based, but it's also very poppy and, despite the "poor little superstar!" lyrics, it sounds very happy. Don't let this short description fool you--it's an excellent song.

Josie and the Pussycats - Three Small Words--from the 2001 movie, not the 1970's TV series. Whether or not you liked the movie, it did give us some pretty fun girl-rock before that genre really hit its peak popularity. It's a little sloppy, but it's also good fun, with power and energy to burn crammed into under three minutes.

Ricki-Lee - Hell No!--this isn't rocky like the previous songs; I'm not really sure what genre or subgenre to classify it at all, actually. Whatever it is, it's packed with attitude. Ricki-Lee was a contestant on the second season of Australian Idol. (Thanks to Fetch Me Some Music for introducing me to the song.)

JoJo - Coming For You--this song probably fits in the least with the others here; I almost included a certain Dutch singer instead (she would have fit in much better), but I've decided that singer is so good she (and, at some point, her former band) deserves her own post--expect that in a couple of weeks. Instead, we have this song from JoJo's new album, which, though it's not really heavy on the guitars, bears some resemblence to the Kelly C/Jamelia's "Something About You" school of songs, only with more R&B influence and not quite as rocked out.

To buy Kim Lian's single "Teenage Superstar," go here (physical) or check iTunes (digital); to buy the Josie and the Pussycats soundtrack, go here (physical); to buy Ricki-Lee's debut album, Ricki-Lee, go here (physical); to preorder JoJo's second album, The High Road, go here (physical).

Next up: Alistair Griffin.

(I just had to get this off my chest: tonight's episode of CSI was good, but very difficult to watch for two reasons: 1.) Kevin Federline appeared in it--his role isn't about to cause any improvement in the public's opinion of him; but, more importantly, 2.) poor Greg got beaten up! But he's such a good CSI member that...well, I'll say no more, since the episode just aired, but he is really sweet. I don't get the chance to watch much TV anymore, but CSI never fails to be high quality, even if it can be weird and a bit squirm-inducing at times.)

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