Wednesday, February 25, 2004


We were beginning to worry that we'd never get a chance to say this again, but Busted might just save pop after all. There we were, thinking Busted were going to try and turn themselves into serious musos (well, Charlie seems very keen to do that, anyway) when some lovely people over at the Popjustice Messageboard mentioned that we might want to check out Busted's cover of The Black-Eyed Peas' 'Where Is The Love?'

And what a joy it is to behold. Never before has such a pompous and worthy song been deflated and kicked in the metaphorical nuts in quite the same way. The original got on our nerves for so many reasons (it included Justin Timberlake, the lyrics were awful, and it was one of the few pro-peace songs that actually made us want to commit serial homicide) and Busted's version manages to be infinitely superior by taking the piss left, right and centre. For us, the part that truly makes it is just before the second chorus where Matt chants, in a broad Essex accent, "Where's the lavv, James? Where's the trewf, James?" It's just so joyously silly. It's nice to know that Busted haven't become dead set on being "serious" musicians 100% of the time. We'd like to see the Darkness try and do something this inventive.

And we're not really that scared of Charlie leaving any more - much as Charlie's rendition of Justin Timberlake's part is a triumph, it's Matt who makes this song. Easily. We think we might love Matt, actually.


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