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77. ‘Gimme More’ by Britney Spears (2007)

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on January 12, 2010 by G.K. Reid

She’s fine!

Even without the coinciding Greek tragedy of Britney’s tabloid-salivating meltdown, this track would retain its authentically sinister, seedy undertones.  The way the backing vocals warp as they intone ‘more!’, alternating between an exaggeratedly feminine and macho question and demand, and peaking with a compliant, orgasmic exclamation; the lyrical references to both sides of the voyeuristic gaze (which Britney insists is thrillingly erotic, but the queasy and primal musical arrangement suggests is a much darker, baser human impulse); the ‘Danja!/danger!’ sirens as the demands for ‘more’ are clearly being satisfied. Gimme More is very much a song for this century, as it positions the sexual act as audience entertainment and can’t conceive of an existence where someone isn’t watching, and there isn’t something to demand for oneself. 

Bonus points: This made for an excellent twofer with the hilarious philippic that is Piece of Me.

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96. ‘Toxic’ by Britney Spears (2003)

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on November 27, 2009 by G.K. Reid

Whee-wo-whee-wo. Those strings kick ass. You know it, I know it, Britney knows it. Well, maybe Britney doesn’t know it. Only God knows that. But Britney does know exactly the kind of airy, deceptively passive vocal this song requires. This really should have been a Bond theme, or at least the theme to a Bond spoof (anyone know what the theme tune to ‘Johnny English’ was? Well it should have been this.) Britney vacillates expertly (yes, expertly!) between “feminine” rapture with a probably-no-good man figure, frustration with his lack of forthcoming, and downright insistence that he satisfy her needs. And, man, those fucking strings.

Bonus points: Game-changer. Aside from reasserting Britney as a major player (nobody expected ‘Baby, One More Time’ to be rivalled as her “signature” number), this had a hand in remodelling pop music and its appeal for the 21st century. Well done, Britney! Now go have a lie down.