Thursday, 17 September 2009

69: Dizzee Rascal - Holiday

UK hip-hop's first megastar is at #69 in my countdown. Originally, I had this space reserved for the second of his three number one hits, but 'Bonkers' might be suffering a little from over-exposure. Whilst it's still a great anthemic club tune, I've come to the conclusion that latest single, 'Holiday' is heaps better.

The third consecutive chart-topper from the yet-to-be-released 'Tongue 'N' Cheek' album is a sun-drenched ode to the British summer vacation. Dizzee sets his stall out with the opening gambit of "get your passport and your bikini" and it is immediately clear that Mr. Rascal intends for us to join him in getting away from it all on a beach somewhere.

I was on a stag this past weekend, and when the DJ in Bristol's Syndicate nightclub pumped 'Holiday' out the soundsystem, the dancefloor became noticeably more crowded and unquestionably more sweaty. As the trance-like outro kicked in, the lasers started flashing and a thousand pairs of hands were raised to the sky. This is one song that will be getting us moving on dancefloors for years to come.

Oh, and as if all that wasn't enough, Dizzee's got the lyric of the year prize wrapped up with "I know you're really busy and I know you've got plans, but are you really too busy for a suntan".

1 comment:

  1. +1 for having Goldie in the video as a sort of pointless Bez character