Because I had my music on shuffle on Friday and kept skipping songs to hear Goldfrapp instead of just bringing up Goldfrapp specifically, here are my top 10 favorite Goldfrapp songs! (In no particular order, as per usual…)
1) Lovely Head
Ahh, “Lovely Head.” The very first Goldfrapp song I ever heard. It had me hypnotized and hooked from that very first haunting whistle. My junior year college roommate had Felt Mountain and played it occasionally. This is the first track on that album. I’ll never forget the chills it gave me when I was walking down the hallway toward our room (she had the door propped open) and I heard that whistle floating down the hallway. This song still makes me swoon when I hear it.
2) Strict Machine
Oh, geez, I really love this one so much. So sexy. Too sexy. Just, UGH. ARGH. Another one that makes me swoon. It really swallows me up and I just love blasting it when I’m in my car alone. It’s a very sex-positive BDSM-themed song. It makes me feel really confident, and likewise I am usually feeling very confident when I play it.
3) Ride A White Horse
Hahahaha, I have written about this song too many times, I think! Specifically, about the music video. Hmm, so what can I say about it that’s new? I guess I really like that the song is so confident and straightforward, both in the lyrics and in the sound. Allison just sounds so unfaltering and fierce in her delivery, even with her husky voice. It’s another one that, in turn, makes ME feel more confident.
Oh my gosh, this is kind of embarrassing because this song is about oral sex BUT I’M STILL ADMITTING THAT I LOVE IT. It’s another song that swallows me up and makes me swoon. (Goldfrapp has that affect on me in general.) There’s something innocent about it in its frankness though. She’s not ashamed to ask for it and describe just how she wants it to happen, and she doesn’t hold back. It’s so honest and that’s, well, sexy.
Oh, this song. Ohhhh, this song. This was the first single they released from their latest album and it made me so excited because it’s SO good. It’s honest in its sound. I don’t know if that makes sense. It just feels naturally…Goldfrapp. Haunting and beautiful and romantic and cinematic and intimate and tender. This song will forever be one of Goldfrapp’s greatest, to my ears.
Ah, yes. The song Allison will bluntly state as being about breasts. Haha, well it is! But it’s about a lot more than that too. It’s really hard to make out what she’s singing about in the song because she sings in such a high pitch. Basically, the song is about her coming to terms with entering her 40’s and observing women on TV with breast implants and plastic surgery and asking herself if she really wants to be like them. I just adore how angelic she sounds.
7) Ooh La La
Another sexy song! So many of them! And, again, very bold and confident, as well as honest and straightforward about desire. No one needs to ask what “Ooh la la” is in this song or what it means. I like blasting this one too! All the layers of noise and vocals are fantastic. It comes together seamlessly and comes at you relentlessly. And it goes out with a bang. Perfect intro track for this album!
8) Winter Wonderland
I’ve written about this before! Yes, it’s a Christmas song, but sometimes I’ll listen to it outside of the month of December. Goldfrapp just performs it so wonderfully! It’s so characteristically in their style, it just feels like the kind of song you could listen to any time of the year.
This song is so full of drama and flair, it feels like it ought to be in the scene of a noir film where a woman walks into the office of a detective and you hear the detective say as the narrator “I just knew she was trouble the moment she walked through the door.” It sounds like a song you would do the tango to. So intimate and hot and heavy. It’s absolutely seductive and otherworldly.
This song sounds like it came out of a dream…Or it’s a song you would hear when you’re dreaming. It’s very sci-fi and ethereal. This comes not just from the lyrics but also from the weird electronic noises blending with the orchestral and, at times, operatic sounds. It plays with the idea of what an utopia really is and what it means. It’s also pretty heavily about obsession, and all that comes together very well in this song.
Well! It was harder to pick just 10 songs than I thought it would be! Here are some honorable mentions:
-Cologne Cerrone Houdini
-Lovely 2 C U
It was pretty tough leaving those off! Eagle-eyed Goldfrapp fans may notice I did not include any songs from Head First. Well…That may be a post for another day. I have complicated feelings about that album, but it should be clear that it is my least favorite. 😦 I’ll just set that aside for now though and revel in my favorite, favorite, FAVORITE Goldfrapp songs!