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One of the great things about LCD Soundsystem is the hay they make with stuff we already know, or think we do. So it stands to reason that “Big Ideas,” LCD’s new single from the soundtrack of the Vegas movie 21, is something of an homage to a well-known dance classic by a group LCD can’t seem to stop making reference to. Still, we couldn’t help thinking the video’s set reminded us of a different, yet equally classic, dance-music video, as you can see below.
Soulja Boy! He’s popular. Well, he sells singles. Not so much albums. But a lot of singles! So many singles. And YouTube hits. He attracts the YouTube hits. All related to a dance. A dance you may have heard, seen, or tried to do yourself! You’d think at this point there’s not a single thing left to be said about Soulja Boy and the mini-trend of choreographed toe-tapping that he’s sparked among aspiring popular musicians, one that’s profitable for labels for the moment but not a particularly safe long term bet for reversing dipping sales. And you’d be right! Yet that fact has not stopped the Wall Street Journal from devoting many hundreds of words to recapping the tale of Soulja Boy. He’s divisive! He’s reopened the generation gap! He’s given MC Hammer a reason to go on! And yet despite its rehashery, the WSJ‘s story does raise one important, semi-new, mostly implied question: Would rock bands be improved by their own dance routines? Is there room in indie for cranking that James Murphy?
Well, that’s it. Tag it and bag it. Unless I happen to notice a late-breaking entry from the Burlington Community Times tomorrow while getting my coffee, the publication of the Village Voice‘s Pazz And Jop poll marks the last of 2007’s year-end lists, headed up by LCD Soundsystem (album) and Amy Winehouse (singles). Now let us never speak of either again.
THE GOOD: 2007 is over! Also Feist and Wilco were both kept out of the albums Top 10, plus an honestly surprising, kinda heartening Winehouse-over-Rihanna singles upset, if only by 4 mentions. (And even if No. 2 Rihanna spanked No. 3 “All My Friends” by a whopping 32 mentions.)
THE BAD: As with the Idolator Pop Critics Poll, Peter Bjorn and John earn a Top 10 placing on the singles list despite the evil “Young Folks” first whistling its way into our lives in 2006. Damned twee Swedes.
THE WHAAAA? Radiohead beats M.I.A. to the No. 2 albums spot despite an equal number of points, thanks to four more ballot mentions that break the tie. Not quite fraud at the polls, but clearly the electoral college is not the only voting system that needs reforming.
As part of Idolator’s continuing effort to geekily analyze every music chart known to man, we present a new edition of Project X, in which Jackin’ Pop editor Michaelangelo Matos breaks down rankings from every genre imaginable. After the click-through, he [hilariously] examines the results of the Idolator Pop Critics Poll Tracks Top 10 with some special help:
By now you’ve seen the critics’ lists of the year’s best music. But what about the folks who really count–the people? In interest of fairness and balance, I’ve decided to take the critics’ choices to some regular folks. That’s right: it’s time once again for this column to exploit my family.