It's no secret I absolutely detest Scooter. They are the Oasis of dance music. They rip off other tunes in the same way Noel Gallagher was "inspired" by T-Rex and Stevie Wonder. Their songs all sound the same. And yet they're inexplicably popular, despite regularly inflicting abominations on the record-buying public.
Do you recall last October when I blamed Scooter for serving up my worst musical nightmare? On that occasion they married their awfulness to that relentless juggernaut of dirge, Status Quo. Just when you thought it couldn't get any worse, they come up with this:
Quite apart from the cheesy sexism of the video, The Sound Above My Hair offends not only because it cheekily rips off Black's yawn-along anthem, Wonderful Life, but see the song's bag pipe section 1:09 in? They've nicked the melody of Sydney Carter's cringeworthy hymn, Lord of the Dance! And yet somehow made it sound even worse. If you're going to nick something, at least try and improve on the original, eh? Words cannot describe this level of awful.
Well done Scooter, you've beaten off tough competition from Basshunter to retain the worst song of the year crown. Now please, do us all a favour and go and burn your synthesisers.
Meanwhile a few slices of the very best of what the 00s have had to offer electronic music-wise are available here.