Lady GaGa - 'Poker Face'
Who wants to play a game? What, ALL of you? Well OK then...
It's called Cheese Source, and the aim is to spot all the deliberate references to ridiculous hits from yesteryear which have been crammed into a self-conscious modern pop song like this.
Throwing in references to old songs is partly a desperate response to the scary thought that all of the really annoyingly catchy pop sounds have been done already (which is clearly not true, ask *insert annoying pop person here*), and partly a canny way to create the impression in your audience that they already know and like a song before they've even heard it all the way through.
As a listener, it's your choice to either settle down and enjoy the song as a whole, or invent a game in which you yell "CHEESE SOURCE!" as soon as you spot one of the nicked bits, and then sit back, looking smug. Guess which one I prefer?
So, now we've explained the rules, are you ready to play? Let's go...
CHEESE SOURCE! - At 10 seconds in, the "muh-muh-muh-maah" comes from 'Ma Baker' by Boney M. A No.2 hit from 1977.
CHEESE SOURCE! - "puh-puh-poker-FACE, puh-puh-poker-FACE" could, if you squint, be a nod to the verses of 'Word Up' by Cameo. A No.3 hit from 1983. May have to refer that one to the judges...
CHEESE SOURCE! - After she sings "poker face" in the chorus, there's a backing vocal bit which is basically the "come on Barbie, let's go party" bit from Aqua's 'Barbie Girl'. A No.1 hit from 1997.
*Sits back, smugly*
(OK, it might need some work before we call the Monopoly people...)
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12" Released: March 10th