01 September 2005

the hidden cameras - "learning the lie" (from the learning the lie 7", available for purchase here.)

the hidden cameras, along w/ ashlee simpson, are to my mind the leading purveyors of the "la la," and, since foxy brown fell off, are in a dead heat w/ the kaiser chiefs when it comes to "na na." my problem w/ the cameras has little to do w/ urine or enemas or the like. no, a bigger problem is their reliance on short-term melodies, that is, songs that i quite enjoy when i first hear them but never listen to again after a couple of weeks, vide "doot doot plot" ("doot doot doot doot doot doot doot doot doot doot doot doot doot doot") and "the fear is on" ("na na na na na na na, na na na na na na na"), but not "ban marriage" ("hey, ahh waa waa waa ahh").

"learning the lie" is cut from the same cloth. it goes "doo doo doo doo doo, ah ah ah, doo doo doo doo." which is v. catchy. the main difference here is the potential for change; "learning the lie" is merely in the demo phase. it's quite an ingenious way to connect w/ your fanbase, releasing in-progress material. being an official release and available to the public at large (or small, as it's limited to a run of 2,000), it performs a useful service by eliminating the tired old bore who criticizes all the album versions for not being a patch on this bootleg or that japanese-only flexidisc. it performs another useful service, that is if one is connected to their fanbase: it allows for constructive criticism. i'll do my part: like any good sitcom, a pop song needs a "b" section; as catchy as "doo doo doo doo doo, ah ah ah, doo doo doo doo" is, its melody shouldn't have to support the verse and chorus. please revise and resubmit. thanks!

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