June 17, 2012
RXolondon: #SavingPop [updated!]
Last Friday night I got a bee in my bonnet and started tweeting ideas for saving pop music. Here are ten... please give me some more in the comments and I'll post them.
Saving Pop Idea #1: Massive Attack returns in August with a 6 minute single sung by... Tina Turner.
Saving Pop Idea #2: Imogen Heap ditches the electro fingerpads bla bla bla (Ted Talk!) and records a new Frou Frou album with Guy Sigsworth
Saving Pop Idea #3: Dan Merriweather records an album that will be as big as 21 and takes his rightful place next to Adele on the the throne.
Saving Pop Idea #4: Ben Watt and Tracey Thorn reunite as Everything But The Girl. 10 songs, 50 minutes. From slamming dance to quiet piano.
Saving Pop Idea #5: Janet Jackson goes back to Jimmy and Terry. 10 songs, 50 minutes, no interludes. Jermaine Dupree locked in a closet.
Saving Pop Idea #6: Lily Allen vs Greg Kurstin one more time. Silly to serious. ONE. MORE. TIME. [ed: this one IS happening]
Saving Pop Idea #7: 2013, Madonna records an album with Paul Epworth producing. Includes the largest orchestra ever recorded for pop song.
Saving Pop #8: Remaster and re-release Grace Jones' Slave To The Rhythm LP, Vanity 6 and all of Prince 1979 - 1992
Saving Pop Idea #9: Do I need to say it? Just two words needed: Roisin Murphy
Saving Pop Idea #10: (last one, unlikely) God realizes His mistake with Michael Hutchence, Jeff Buckley and Kirsty MacColl. And dear old Amy.
UPDATED below with ideas from Countpopula (he posted in the comments). I LOVE THESE:
Saving Pop Idea #11: George Michael with Groove Armada: I think they would have just the right amount of hip soul, beats, and textures as their last record suggests. [XO says: at least work with Andy Cato of Groove. He did amazing work with Roisin and Will Young.]
Saving Pop Idea #12: Annie Lennox with William Orbit: She would definitely bring more soul power to his textures, and might just be nicer to work with than Lady M. [XO says: LOL the Madonna dig, but for sure a good pairing. Those songs on her Hits LP were shit].
Saving Pop Idea #13: La Roux with Stuart Price seems like a marriage made in electro heaven. [XO says: This is not bad, but I think LaRoux is going to pull it off on their own. We should know by the end of the year!]
Saving Pop Idea #14: Dido with Greg Kurstin: He would bring enough umph to her sound to give her a current update and temper her more sleepy side. His production techniques would mesh nicely with her voice.
Saving Pop Idea #15: Hurts with Trevor Horn: Epic epic epic. Let's start a campaign! [XO says: a sly nod to their mentors, Pet Shop Boys!]
Saving Pop Idea #16: Florence with Xenomania: While Paul Epworth has done an admirable job, I think Xeno could make her sound more fun and less bombastic--see the new Gossip LP.
Saving Pop Idea #17: Siouxsie Sioux with Richard X: He could bring enough dark and sinister tones to her edgier stuff while popping up the more accessible material (and the entire Siouxsie catalog finally remastered. This is supposedly happening in a box set; we shall see).
Saving Pop Idea #18: Sia with Emile Haynie. This seems like the perfect marriage, matching her incredible soulful voice to Lana del Rey's producer/arranger. It would bring back some of her serious side.
Saving Pop Idea #19: In a perfect world, I would also love to see Alan Wilder rejoin Depeche Mode and get Flood producing the next record (already being done by Ben Hillier again)
Saving Pop Idea #20: And Bjork reunite with Mark Bell and Nellee Hooper