Singles of the year: #34

34. This Is The World We Live In – Alcazar

1999: I Don’t Know What You Want But I Can’t Give It Any More – Pet Shop Boys
1994: She’s Got That Vibe – R. Kelly
1989: Pump Up The Jam – Technotronic featuring Felly

I like the airbrushed ersatz Studio 54 sheen. I like the self-mythologising, and the way that every time you say their name (“Alcazar!”), a little starburst of glitter detonates above your head and flutters to the ground. (It also happens every time you say “Shalamar!”, but you’ll already know that.) I like it that they’ve melded an 1980s Genesis song which I’ve never heard before (Land Of Confusion) with the Diana Ross/Chic classic Upside Down, making it sound like the most natural combination in the world. I like it that they’re a Swedish two-boy two-girl combo; always a good sign. And I like it that this song never fails to make me smile.

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