Hazey Says | I guess I like the softer part of the song, at the middle eight. Otherwise, this is just far too generic sounding. Never knew the original either but finding out it’s a cover makes sense because it sounds like reading off a script and asking if it’s good enough afterwards. (6)
Cover of Donna Summer’s 1979 disco hit and the other B-Side to Disco Love.
It can be heard in a Volkswagen, at the beginning of the Disco Love music video. They performed this at the G-A-Y nightclub in London the celebrate the release of the single.
Most of the voters who commented in 2015 stated they absolutely loved the cover, a couple liked it even more than the original, but there were a few that said it didn’t add anything new despite being a more than capable rendition.
@Hazey's Mom (10) - Another oldie but goodie, this time I knew immediately that it was a cover!
@louciano (9.25) - Any rendition of this song is bound to be amazing.
@Attis (9) - Now why are the B-sides much better than the single?
@CorgiCorgiCorgi (8) - A risky move, covering one of the most iconic pop songs of all time. But they absolutely did it justice.
Put me in the same place as @Phonetics Girl, as this is how I feel about the whole package, almost exactly. Notice when my Mom said she knew the original right off, she was referring to the real original by Donna Summer. If you read the rest of this commentary, they probably think Martine McCutcheon's 2001 cover is the original dd.
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That's right, there hasn't been one specific comment in either rate, that has been offered up to any of the band members. After Christmas Wrapping, I mentioned there was only one other song with this characteristic and now you have it. Maybe Martine McCutcheon should get the award instead dd.
#48 will be the only elimination tomorrow. It is from an early album and is a bit of surprise to be out now.
Hazey Says | The verses are infinitely better than the chorus, which is a big downer. Rochelle's verse especially, she sounds amazing on it. Overall, it's pleasant but not to the level of it being the fan favorite it is (or so I thought!). (6)
When this ballad was first released to radio programmers, the lyric, "I can't decide if I should slap you" was misheard as "I can't decide if I should stab you." A new radio edit was made, with the phrase amended to "leave you" as their record company feared the original lyric would decrease radio play and sales for promoting violence. Frankie commented to The Daily Mail: "We knew that we were singing 'slap,' so we didn't pay much attention to it at first. But we changed the lyrics to have a clean conscience."
After all this the amended single sat in the Top 10 for four weeks and helped Chasing Lights reach a new high of #9 on the album charts.
They’ve performed it on every headlining tour and it appeared on the TV show Myths.
As far as comments are concerned most people were either declaring it as one of their best ballads or one of their least favorite slow songs. Rochelle got some dragging for her attempt at Chinese. Vanessa especially was praised for sounding angelic throughout and a few people pointed how well they could relate to the song.
@Scaper (10) - As cheesy as the song and its production is, I have a huge soft spot for it. The ‘stab you’ / ‘slap you’ controversy was iconic.
@Hazey's Mom (10) - I find the lyric "I don't know if should slap you or kiss you" to be very funny.
@saviodxl (9.8) - A prime example of how beautifully girlbands can deliver ballads, in a way no boys can.
@Ezz (8.5) - Takes me back to my first year of living in London. The middle 8 is perfect.
@Phonetics Girl (8) - It does sound like "stab", just saying. It's also aged... not well. I guess I've always lived for autumn/winter music videos and I latched onto this one when I was trying very hard to get into them but it's not all that after all.
@Sally_Harper (6) - This has never been a favourite of mine but it’s grown on me a little bit. Rochelle’s verse is still one of my favourite vocals from her, ever, especially “for so LOONG.”
@Attis (6) - The chorus sounds so weird, the chord progression felt unfinished.
@daninternational (5.5) - The balladphobe in me used to hate this back then, but it's not their worst ballad.
@Shockbox (4) - Chasing Lights should have been the ballad release but guess you have to give Issues props for being a hit.
@louciano (0) - Really detest this song. It is a huge miss for me, not even the vocals can save this mess.
Well well well, is this a surprise? Getting a couple of 0's definitely had a huge negative effect on its standing in 2022. I'm not too bothered by it myself, as it just never really grew on me or clicked. I think it's funny that my Mom immediately heard it as "slap" though, considering the controversy over who heard what when the song was released.
Despite Rochelle getting some love for her verse, this has always been Vanessa's song without a doubt (7 shoutouts), back when she truly shined as the lead vocalist for the band, more often than not.
Tomorrow night will be a tie between two songs from later albums.
Issues was nice at the time but really has aged like milk in the decade & half since it was released. I’m not sad to see it go out at this point, despite Vanessa sounding superb on it. It was my lowest rated song remaining on the debut (which hopefully won’t have any more eliminations for a while).
Surely time for Do What You Want With Me at his point?
Glad to see the weak links of On Your Radar leave, though not So Stupid, I like that one. The two disco covers and When Love Takes Over are good covers, but at the end of the day if they have to go in order for my 10s to stay then so be it! Lease My Love is terrible, glad that's gone! I forgot to mention before, but Anywhere With You is very generic, and that Jam rap is awful, but I've always found "Even if they shot me" so stupidly dramatic it does make me laugh. Surprised to see Issues gone this early, but not mad at all since they have much better ballad (one of them was Last Call!).
Hazey Says | The best part is the opening verses, especially Vanessa’s, because the chorus has too much 'the-the-the oh-oh-oh' that didn’t hit the right spot for me like it normally would in a pop song. It eventually fell flat and I grew tired of it after a while. (7)
Not much to say about this song, which barely beat out "I Say OK" in the bottom-two of On Your Radar. Most people in 2015 said it was the weak point of the album and that the chorus was a major letdown for being overly basic and repetitive.
@Scaper (7) - I’m a sucker for songs with siren-type sounds and that’s the only reason why I’ve given this otherwise filler of a song such a high score.
@louciano (6.75) - Abhorrent pre-chorus, but this song still has something quite appealing about it that doesn’t completely turn me off it.
@Sally_Harper (6) - It’s a bit basic, and I don’t like the breakdown bits, but I do like Frankie’s bits and Mollie’s little “aah-aah” in the background of “If I was doing this…”.
@Phonetics Girl (5) - This exemplifies my main issue with On Your Radar - they went so hard after the current trends. I mean, it's not like they were above doing that or anything, it's just that I was sick to death of these particular trends and I still don't have much to miss about them.
I totally agree that the verses are better than the chorus and that overall it's just not that exciting, it's too simple, and ultimately forgettable. That's why having a song like "I Say OK" rank lower than it on the album or other songs we've lost recently -- it's frustrating. At least those songs have passionate fans while this one just skates by with 'meh' scores and no irrational hatred to drag it down.
We haven't had a Frollie song in too long. As I've said, nobody really ever says much about this song, it's gained almost 10 spots yet people are calling for other songs on the album. So, unsurprisingly there were never many shoutouts, but these two have gotten a couple each.
Now, people were wondering why this was this one this one survived while other unpopular eliminations were happening, but again I'd rather have just gotten rid of "Do What You Wat with me" instead. Another 'little bop that could'.
Hazey Says | I love the line “I didn’t put this dress on for you to take it off, but since you’re with me right now...” leading into Una’s explosive vocal in the chorus, lighting up everything in her path. (10)
This was co-written by the band. Performed as part of a medley at the 2014 Greatest Hits Live! Tour, with a dancing routine inspired by Frankie’s impending appearance on Strictly Come Dancing.
It was mostly a love affair in 2015, with most people stating that despite the cheap production choices and basicity of it, they got their lives with how fun it was. It sounded like it was kind of a guilty pleasure for many. Kinda of like a mini-version of "Lose Control" on this side of their discography.
@Ezz (10) - I would have had this as a single over 30 days for sure! Predictably for me, it's Una's lines that are the stand out for me.
@Hazey's Mom (9) - Reminds me of Whitney with that "I wanna dance with somebody" part!
@daninternational (9) - Almost every Saturdays song brings a comparison to mind. Love Generation were robbed!
@saviodxl (8.9) - We love some going to the club with my gals storytelling.
@Scaper (7.5) - Similarly to Anywhere with You, a lot of the song doesn’t work and yet there are some great bits, mainly the chorus. Una’s pre-chorus is very late 90s/00s Europop.
@louciano (6.75) - Really good lyrics, but the chorus is a lot less thumping and energetic than it should be.
@Phonetics Girl (6) - Yay, more dated dubstep! Except I'm not here for it this time.