British Band You Should Know: McFly

There’s been one song that’s been playing on my iPod for the past week: “Transylvania” by British band McFly. It’s a proper rock opera, complete with a tongue-in-cheek storyline about historic love, a harpsichord intro, falsetto harmonies, a Beatlesesque bridge, and yes, even a roundelay ending. On a pure hook-per-minute scale, it’s somewhere around Cheap Trick‘s “I Want You To Want Me.”

McFly’s one play for American success – the soundtrack to Lindsay Lohan‘s rom-com, Just My Luck – was a resounding flop. It’s too bad: rhythm guitarist Tom Fletcher, lead guitarist Danny Jones, and bassist Dougie Poynter are all skilled musicians, songwriters, and vocalists, but their brand of pop-rock isn’t fashionable now. They don’t do tortured, angsty, or strained; they play up their boyish cuteness, a play for teen girls that makes most people write them off as a “boy band,” as if there’s anything wrong with that.

Anyway, without further adieu, here’s the cheeky video for “Transylvania,” which will be released as UK single next month.

The sheer combined power of Beyoncé and Shakira‘s hip movements pushed “Beautiful Liar” ahead of Arctic Monkeys‘s “Brianstorm” on this week’s UK pop chart. Here’s the complete list:

1. Beyoncé and Shakira – Beautiful Liar
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2. Arctic Monkeys – Brianstorm
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3. Timbaland Ft Nelly Furtado and Justin Timberlake – Give It To Me
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4. Avril Lavigne – Girlfriend
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5. Mark Ronson Ft Daniel Merriweather- Stop Me
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6. Ne*Yo – Because Of You
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7. Natasha Bedingfield I Wanna Have Your Babies
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8. Enemy – Away From Here
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9. Proclaimers/Brian Potter/Andy Pipkin – (I’m Gonna Be) 500 Miles
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10. GwenStefani Ft Akon – The Sweet Escape
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Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks founded BBCAmerica.com's Anglophenia blog back in 2005 and has been translating British culture for an American audience ever since. While not British himself - he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri - he once received inordinate hospitality in London for sharing the name of a dead but beloved EastEnders character. His Anglophilia stems from a high school love of Morrissey, whom he calls his "gateway drug" into British culture.

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