QUIRKY POP RATE: THE DEBUTS | #51: "our girl whose favorite ice cream flavor is vanilla" | The Popjustice Forum

QUIRKY POP RATE: THE DEBUTS | #51: "our girl whose favorite ice cream flavor is vanilla"

Discussion in 'Charts, rates etc' started by soratami, Apr 3, 2020.

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    The Rate

    The late 00s and early 10s saw the debut of a range of artists who toed the line between singer-songwriter and pop-star, combining the unique perspective and idiosyncrasies of the former and the big, full pop songs and strong visual element of the latter, in a type of music that was, at least at the time, often labeled as "quirky pop". Many of these artists continue to be forum favourites to this day, and this rate will serve both as a celebration of the starting points of their careers and also as an introduction for those less familiar with them.

    The Artists

    Despite the rate's theme, there's actually quite a wide variety of sounds in the rate. You have all the artists most commonly associated with "quirky pop", such as MARINA Marina & the Diamonds, Little Boots and Florence + the Machine, but also the indie rock leanings of Santigold, Natalia Kills's more straightforward edgy bops, Janelle Monáe's genre experimentation, Lorde's atmospheric and moody songs which heralded a whole different of pop music, and much more. Basically, there's something for everyone. Some of these artists went on to become icons and Great American Songwriters, others found their niche, honed their sound and grew deranged dedicated fanbases, others sadly didn't even release a second album, but here we'll be looking at a point in each of their careers when they were all more or less in the same boat, sixteen unique artists just starting to find their way in the music industry and make their mark on the world.

    The Songs

    Six songs were picked to represent each of the sixteen albums in the rate. These songs were selected in collaboration with forum users who will also be preparing write-ups for each of the albums, and the aim was for them to provide a good representation of their parent album. Of course nearly all of the "big" singles are present, but certain ones that just wouldn't fit the rate were omitted, and we made sure to always include at least one deep cut in each selection, as there's more to these albums than just the singles.

    The Rules

    Rate the songs from 0 to 10, including one 11, and PM me your ballot. Feel free to use as many decimals and write as much commentary as you want. And please be sensible with your scores. Even if you're not a fan of one or more of these artists/albums, I don't want to see ballots completely tanking some of the sections.

    Also: for each of the albums, make sure to list your favourite song not in the rate in your ballot! If there are any albums you haven't previously listened to in full, Why not take the time and do it? There are tons of great songs that didn't make the cut, and there's still plenty of time until the deadline. And on that note...


    The Deadline
    May 23 23:59 BST
     
    Last edited: May 5, 2020
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  2. Santigold
    Santogold
    (29 April 2008)
    Creator
    L.E.S. Artistes
    Lights Out
    Say Aha
    You’ll Find A Way
    Shove It

    Ladyhawke

    Ladyhawke
    (20 September 2008)
    Back of the Van
    Paris Is Burning
    Dusk Till Dawn
    My Delirium
    Magic
    Better Than Sunday

    Little Boots
    Hands
    (5 June 2009)
    Stuck On Repeat
    Meddle
    New In Town
    Remedy
    Earthquake
    Mathematics

    La Roux
    La Roux
    (26 June 2009)
    Quicksand
    In For The Kill
    Bulletproof
    I’m Not Your Toy
    Tigerlily
    Cover My Eyes

    Florence + the Machine
    Lungs
    (3 July 2009)
    Dog Days Are Over
    Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up)
    Drumming Song
    Cosmic Love
    Howl
    Between Two Lungs

    Marina & the Diamonds
    The Family Jewels
    (15 February 2010)
    Obsessions
    Mowgli’s Road
    Hollywood
    I Am Not a Robot
    Oh No!
    Numb

    Ellie Goulding
    Lights
    (26 February 2010)
    Under The Sheets
    Starry Eyed
    Guns and Horses
    The Writer
    Lights
    This Love (Will Be Your Downfall)

    Diana Vickers
    Songs From The Tainted Cherry Tree
    (30 April 2010)
    Once
    The Boy Who Murdered Love
    Four Leaf Clover
    You’ll Never Get to Heaven
    My Hip
    Chasing You

    Janelle Monáe
    The ArchAndroid
    (18 May 2010)
    Come Alive (The War of the Roses)
    Tightrope
    Cold War
    Dance or Die
    Wondaland
    57821

    Natalia Kills
    Perfectionist
    (1 April 2011)
    Mirrors
    Wonderland
    Kill My Boyfriend
    Break You Hard
    Love Is a Suicide
    Acid Annie

    Nicola Roberts
    Cinderella’s Eyes
    (23 September 2011)
    Beat of My Drum
    Lucky Day
    Yo-Yo
    Cinderella’s Eyes
    Porcelain Heart
    Take A Bite

    Lana Del Rey
    Born to Die
    (27 January 2012)
    Video Games
    Born To Die
    Blue Jeans
    Summertime Sadness
    Ride
    Radio

    Charli XCX
    True Romance
    (12 April 2013)
    Stay Away
    Nuclear Seasons
    You’re The One
    You (Ha Ha Ha)
    Take My Hand
    Grins

    Lorde
    Pure Heroine
    (27 September 2013)
    Royals
    Tennis Court
    Team
    Buzzcut Season
    Ribs
    Glory and Gore

    Sky Ferreira
    Night Time, My Time
    (29 October 2013)
    Everything Is Embarrassing
    You’re Not the One
    24 Hours
    I Blame Myself
    Nobody Asked Me (If I Was Okay)
    I Will

    Foxes
    Glorious
    (12 May 2014)
    Youth
    Let Go For Tonight
    Holding Onto Heaven
    Glorious
    Night Owls Early Birds
    Home
     
    Last edited: May 24, 2020
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  3. Spotify playlist



    Youtube playlist



    Watch2Gether room & schedule

    Quirky Pop Rate: The Debuts room

    First session: Sunday, April 5, 5PM BST
    Second session: Sunday, April 12, 5PM BST
    Final session: Sunday, May 3, 5PM BST


    PM list

    Santigold - Santogold
    Creator
    L.E.S. Artistes
    Lights Out
    Say Aha
    You’ll Find A Way
    Shove It

    Ladyhawke - Ladyhawke
    Back of the Van
    Paris Is Burning
    Dusk Till Dawn
    My Delirium
    Magic
    Better Than Sunday

    Little Boots - Hands
    Stuck On Repeat
    Meddle
    New In Town
    Remedy
    Earthquake
    Mathematics

    La Roux - La Roux
    Quicksand
    In For The Kill
    Bulletproof
    I’m Not Your Toy
    Tigerlily
    Cover My Eyes

    Florence + the Machine - Lungs
    Dog Days Are Over
    Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up)
    Drumming Song
    Cosmic Love
    Howl
    Between Two Lungs

    Marina & the Diamonds - The Family Jewels
    Obsessions
    Mowgli’s Road
    Hollywood
    I Am Not a Robot
    Oh No!
    Numb

    Ellie Goulding - Lights
    Under The Sheets
    Starry Eyed
    Guns and Horses
    The Writer
    Lights
    This Love (Will Be Your Downfall)

    Diana Vickers - Songs From The Tainted Cherry Tree
    Once
    The Boy Who Murdered Love
    Four Leaf Clover
    You’ll Never Get to Heaven
    My Hip
    Chasing You

    Janelle Monáe - The ArchAndroid
    Come Alive (The War of the Roses)
    Tightrope
    Cold War
    Dance or Die
    Wondaland
    57821

    Natalia Kills - Perfectionist
    Mirrors
    Wonderland
    Kill My Boyfriend
    Break You Hard
    Love Is a Suicide
    Acid Annie

    Nicola Roberts - Cinderella’s Eyes
    Beat of My Drum
    Lucky Day
    Yo-Yo
    Cinderella’s Eyes
    Porcelain Heart
    Take A Bite

    Lana Del Rey - Born to Die
    Video Games
    Born To Die
    Blue Jeans
    Summertime Sadness
    Ride
    Radio

    Charli XCX - True Romance
    Stay Away
    Nuclear Seasons
    You’re The One
    You (Ha Ha Ha)
    Take My Hand
    Grins

    Lorde - Pure Heroine
    Royals
    Tennis Court
    Team
    Buzzcut Season
    Ribs
    Glory and Gore

    Sky Ferreira - Night Time, My Time
    Everything Is Embarrassing
    You’re Not the One
    24 Hours
    I Blame Myself
    Nobody Asked Me (If I Was Okay)
    I Will

    Foxes - Glorious
    Youth
    Let Go For Tonight
    Holding Onto Heaven
    Glorious
    Night Owls Early Birds
    Home
     
    Last edited: May 24, 2020
    Remorque, Maki, RUNAWAY and 29 others like this.
  4. You can post now!

    Also, I'm playing the rate playlist on Watch2Gether right now, so if anyone wants to get a head-start on the rate, come join me!
     
    Remorque, Rem, vague and 13 others like this.
  5. aux

    aux

    So excited for this!
     
    vague, Remorque, constantino and 7 others like this.
  6. Lila

    Lila Staff Member

    It’s been a while since I’ve done a rate so count me into this one since I know most of the songs already.
     
    vague, Remorque, constantino and 9 others like this.
  7. 2014

    2014 Staff Member

    I too am excited but allow me to post some of the tracks that aren't getting rated but they BOP so hard!! xxo





     
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    vague, Remorque, Rem and 12 others like this.
  9. This rate. Talent all around. Will I listen to all the albums instead of the selected songs? Yes.
     
    vague, Remorque, Rem and 14 others like this.
  10. Looking forward to revisit so many of these classics, and discover a few of them!

    I'm still working on my write-ups, sorry for making you wait xx
     
    vague, Remorque, Rem and 9 others like this.
  11. Can someone try joining the Watch2Gether room just so I know it's working properly?
     
    vague, Remorque and berserkboi like this.
  12. I just did! My profile should still be showing up in the member list.
     
  13. Oh those listening session will come in handy for sure as I only know somewhere around half of the songs. I will score each section as we go along as use those initial scores as a guideline before sending in the ballot after them.
     
  14. aux

    aux

    I owe you my write-ups! Pester me for them! I'll try and work on them tonight and tomorrow morning.
     
  15. Perfect!

    In addition to those planned sessions, I'm also playing the songs right now (and rating the songs myself), so feel free to join!
     
  16. I'll do the same. It'd be better for me to listen to the unknown songs in their respective bodies of work, and as for the ones I'm already familiar with... I know I won't resist putting on the full albums instead dd.
     
    vague, Remorque, constantino and 7 others like this.
  17. I would if I could, but #essentialbusiness
     
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