The UK Pop Chart…Now with Duck Sauce

This week, the UK’s charts are being dominated by an aggressive man with a shiny head and a prominent grill for the second week running. No, not Darth Vader, he’s wheezier, I mean Cee-Lo Green, whose sweary chart-topper “Forget You” is enjoying a second week at the top.

And he’s been joined by his old friend Bruno Mars, whose “Just The Way You Are” is at No. 2. Bruno, you’ll remember, had more than a little hand in writing Cee-Lo’s song, which makes him the Grand Moff Tarkin in this scenario…or possibly the Emperor. Either way, the Imperial forces have done well to crush all forms of rebellion thus far.

But wait, what’s this? Do my eyes deceive me, or is there a plucky, duck-faced challenger, flying up the charts in a rickety craft which is powered by goodwill alone? Is it piloted by a charismatic rogue and a hairy oaf, both with funny names? And will it bring about the total destruction of a world-destroying space station?

Well no, but “Barbra Streisand” by Duck Sauce is clearly a force for extreme good, and if there’s a disco equivalent of a lightsabre duel where the good guys always win, that rallying howl of a refrain must be it. Armand Van Helden and A-Trak might not have toppled the Lo and the Mars from their lofty perches yet – it’s at No. 3 this week – but given time and support, and a re-cut video in which Kanye West is actually smiling like everyone else, and who knows, we could blow up the Def Stars.

Elsewhere in the chart: last year’s X Factor winner (and Rage Against The Machine Facebook campaign trouble magnet) Joe McElderry is back, and this time he’s singing a song about ambitions fading. A song which, performed by Donkeyboy, was No.1 in Norway for 13 weeks. Joe’s version has only been in the UK charts for one week, and it’s at No.6.

Here’s the Donkeyboy original:

Which even Rage fans would have to admit has a certain something to it…

For the rest of this week’s chart, Radio 1 has the full rundown.
Should reality TV keep tramping all over other people’s songs? Let me know your thoughts.

by Fraser McAlpine

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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