Angelle is a diva. She's an icon of sorts. Probably the best pop product Birmingham has offered the world (yes, Jamelia go home now!). Her videos included a wardrobe of TX Maxx sort and lots of hooped earrings. She had own TV station (called Vibe TV!!!!) to promote her record Joy and Pain that was then replaced by a shopping channel and is now spewing out "material" similar to the wankstation Men And Motors. Excellent!
According to my intrepid pop savior (and Dont Stop The Pop reader) Chris, millions watched the channel which included a concert that culminated in a £3 million campaign for a song that entered no.43 in the charts. She was so unique the Guardian (such closet poptrash lovers don't you think?) did a full page spread on Angelle back in 2002. They stated:
"This [the t.v station] has all come about thanks to entrepreneur and millionaire Steve Bennett ..Steve is now nobbing Angelle....The first programme on the channel is Angelle In Concert, an amazingly slick production in a TV studio with six dancers, a six-piece band, four backing vocalists and more kit changes than Man United. Angelle lip syncs her way through some ballads that are pleasant in a "Sade is a bit dangerous" kind of way....The real weirdness starts with The Making Of Angelle, thankfully not a home video from a night of Brummie passion in 1979........."
Here's a youtube link for her single Joy and Pain. Angelle (real name Sarah Davies) recorded a brilliant pop album that never managed to find itself on the shelves but was released through her website.....
So today its all about the poptastic Walk Tall. It reminds me of Cathy Dennis during her great Guy Chambers days (before he worked with Robbie). It reminds me of the Kinks. It reminds me of William Orbit when he met All Saints (the chorus). It reminds me of Erasure (the backing "ooooohs" at the start). As a pop song its odd as it has a number of genres and a few hooks which oddly works! At first you think its a tribute to the 80's, then it turns to the 70's and then its all 00's. By the end it goes all 90's. It also the has the camptastic lyric "tonight...I'm feelin' tragic". In other words, Walk Tall is a pop gem...
Coming up on DSTP: something very special regarding Robyn.