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Pop Idol Goes Techno

Reported by JontySkrufff on September 23, 2010

British reality TV star Cheryl Cole from Girls Aloud is dumping cheesy pop for retro dance music on her new album, her producer Starsmith told X-Factor magazine this week.

"I can't tell you the name of it, but the song I wrote has a 90s house feel. It's fun and makes you want to get up and dance on the table,” Starsmith revealed.

“They told me the type of thing they wanted and we did it, because obviously you can't have an R&B song on a techno album".

Though the astonishingly popular talent show tabloid favourite is almost certain to enjoy vast pop and mainstream club success whatever she releases, she’s unlikely to win over underground types such as Danny Howells, who admitted he was no fan in 2006 (despite confessing to adoring Boney M, the Carpenters and David Cassidy.

“Everyone thinks I’m gay because I like Dusty Springfield and I listen a lot to the Pet Shop Boys in the car. I don't listen to my banging techno and progressive house all the time,” Danny confessed.

“I’m a huge pop fan still today too I love Madonna,” he added, “Though I don’t like things like Girls Aloud and shit like that.”

Bootleg producer and Tiga collaborator Richard X, who helped make manufactured girl bands Liberty X and Sugababes pop stars in 2003, is similarly unlikely to be impressed, admitting at the time that he considered house music ‘the most boring thing on Earth’,

“Bootlegs do give people an excuse to like things they normally wouldn’t, though in this day and age, there’s no embarrassment in liking Girls Aloud or even Will Young,” he told Skrufff, predicting both acts will eventually disappear, unlike their 80s chart topping counterparts.

“They won’t be seen like the Human League and Duran Duran in 20 years,” he predicted, “There’s no humour, no wit, no subtlety behind them, it’s like people standing up and singing karaoke songs.

“But does it really matter if people won’t remember your stuff in the years to come? It’s pop music, it’s here today, gone tomorrow. It can be so effective and so powerful, but there’s no point in wondering whether it’ll be here in 10 years time, because most of it won’t,” he said.

Richard X himself has continued to remix and produce pop acts including Kylie, Goldfrapp, Hot Chip and the Pet Shop Boys though writing on his website this week revealed he’s produced several tracks on the album of Warp Records newest priority act ‘The Hundred In The Hands’. He also appeared to be feeling unexpectedly nostalgic.

“Ten years ago this month saw the recording of the first Girls On Top record, "Being Scrubbed/ I Wanna Dance With Numbers",” he noted.

 “We're not quite sure how to feel about this. Answers on a postcard.”