Saturday, September 29, 2007

I would write a sonnet, put your name upon it

Fact: I have literally never heard someone say that they like One True Voice's "Shakespeare's (Way With) Words." Even the times when someone will say something good about them or their debut single, they inevitably include a comment along the lines of "let's forget about the second single" or "and then they followed it up with the awful 'Shakespeare's (Way With) Words.'" I imagine if you asked the former members of the group themselves, they would completely disavow it (though I expect they'd disavow everything to do with the group altogether as well). Formed as a result of the TV show Popstars: The Rivals, they faced Girls Aloud in a chart battle with their debut singles. Am I claiming "Shakespeare's (Way With) Words" was a better song than Girls Aloud's second single "No Good Advice"? Not by any stretch. But I like it! It's a nice cheesy boy band song. This was the last song they released--never even made it to an album, which I'd say is a shame, but I'm sure it would've flopped horribly. I'd probably still like it, though :-/

Shakespeare's (Way With) Words--one of the strangest uses of parentheses you'll see in song titles, but that doesn't take away from the song itself, even if it does make it annoying to type out. It is unarguably cheesy, but it's catchy! Maybe it's just proof that I like the "boy band sound" enough that I'll accept almost anything from it, but I don't see why it's so awful. It's not modern at all and yes, the lyrics are dorky, but how is it so much worse than a lot of the other things coming out at the time that it's universally a punchline? Wait--on second thought, don't answer that; let me just go on enjoying this.

To buy One True Voice's second single, "Shakespeare's (Way With) Words," go here (physical).

Next up: maybe a remix of a British singer's song.

8 comments:

Troy said...

It's like you're reading my mind!

Today i was listening to One True Voice and thought... I should post their 2nd single!

I LOVED this song! I actually went out and bought the single like two years after it was released for like 0.50! The single has an upbeat radio version.

I'm gonna have to post about Hear'Say now... don't scoop me on that one ;-)

Resa said...

I was just thinking about how much I loved this song when it came out (my boyfriend at the time learned the words and cheesily sang it to me). Oh to be fifteen again.

Thanks for this mp3!

Paul said...

i kinda like this song, you are right it's not so great, it's album track worthy not single worthy but it's not dire. The boys were screwed over with the music foisted upon them, frankly a cover of Janet Jackson's If would have put them in a class of their own. I quite fancied Keith, whose name can be added to non popstar names like David Sneddon, Debbie Gibson and Rik Waller.

Alexander said...

I always liked this song. A bit dated perhaps, but still good.

Poster Girl said...

Ha ha ha, Troy! The same thing happens with me and what you post sometimes. I promise not to ;)

Resa, that is so cute! Awww... And no problem :)

David Sneddon still has to be the ultimate un-popstar name. I, um, don't think I know any of their names--but I couldn't watch the TV show, so that's my excuse.

So I'm not totally crazy then--phew!

J'ason D'luv said...

Rick Astley wrote this song.

J'ason D'luv said...

Also, Pete Waterman said in the press he'd commit suicide if their first single didn't beat Girls Aloud to #1 that Christmas. It didn't, and he didn't. Though, after The Sheilas charted at #91 yesterday, he might be looking back on that comment.

Poster Girl said...

Well, that sort of puts 50's whole "I'll quit music if Kanye beats me" thing in perspective--seriously, if Pete Waterman is outdoing you in the hardcore sweepstakes, maybe it's time to reconsider your image (not that I'm encouraging suicide, folks!).

Aww, I like that Rick Astley wrote this--that's nice! I never bothered to look at the credits on the single.