Popfools is on holiday! A lovely, tan-on-the-beach, swim-in-the-sea, and drink-lots-of-cocktails type holiday. So that you still get your Popfools fix over the next fortnight, and to convince ourselves that our holiday is hard-earned and well deserved, this feature will be rating some of the top holiday tunes, in plenty of time before the British summer hits. We have devised and strenuously-tested all new holiday-themed criteria for our best holiday songs to live up to, so hold onto your inflatable fly-fish, because this is going to be a whale of a ride!
For those of you who are unfortunate enough not to know who Ashley Tisdale (aka ‘The Tiz’) is, she played Sharpay in era-defining artistically-acclaimed musical smash ‘High School Musical’. This track comes straight from High School Musical 2, and must surely be one of the most holidayish of all popfoolish holiday jams. But how will it fare against those rigid, sturdy and legendary popfoolish criteria?
References to beach/sea/sun/sand in lyrics?: A better-than-average 14. 8/10
Steel-drums present? The steel drums are lacking, lacking, lacking… Rating: 0/10
Other dodgy ‘holiday’ sound effects? The whole composition sounds like a big fat splash in the p0ol with its playful sounds. Rating: 7/10
Video evoke ‘holiday’? The song doesn’t have a video, but we will treat the clip from the movie as its video for the purposes of this exercise. Floppy sunhats and swimewear aside, there is a piano player sat in the swimming pool, drinks with cocktail umbrellas, sunglasses, ‘lifeguards’, parasoles, sunglasses, and an AMAZING synchronised-swimming themed dance routine, including inspirational work with beachballs. Rating: 10/10
Nonsensical lyrics, preferably holiday-themed? The glorious ‘faaaaaaab-u-louus’ is accompanied by an equally memorising ‘oooooh-ooh’ and many background ‘fabulous’es. Wondereful. Not forgetting an eargasmic ‘Maaaaa-ia-ia-ia-aaaaane’. The lyrics are iconic, for example ‘Fetch me my Jimmy Choo flip flops’ and ‘Where is my pink Prada tote?’ The song is just about being Sharpay (and being The Tiz) but in typical High School Musical 2 fashion, is completely off-the-wall with it.
Verdict: Fabulous is a song for princesses on holiday to get glammed up to before heading to the pool and being waited on hand and foot. Sounds fabulous. Fabulous scores 35/50
The Popfools Ultimate Holiday Playlist (Ranked)
The Vengaboys – We’re Going To Ibiza 57
= The Vengaboys – Uncle John From Jamaica 57
The Cheeky Girls – Hooray Hooray (It’s A Cheeky Holiday) 53
Peter Andre – Mysterious Girl 46
Alphabeat – Vacation 37
New Kids On The Block – Summertime (RedOne Remix) 36
Ashley Tisdale – Fabulous 35
Beenie Man – Dude (ft. Ms Thang) 30
Madonna – La Isla Bonita 29
Annie – Anthonio (Designer Drugs Remix) 21