Day 3 of my week with Goldfrapp and today its 'Strict Machine'
'Strict Machine' was released in 2003. It was taken from their second album 'Black Cherry' released the same year. 'Strict Machine' was the second single from the album.
This is a very electro pop song with a thumping beat to it. Its still Alison's vocals that raise it above others in this genre though. The song is catchy, and very dance oriented, but its still her that makes it unique.
The video is also very electronic and special effects. It has Alison dressed in a sort of psychedelic number dancing with men who have dog's heads. Bit odd. There are butterflies around her and the colour contrasts against black and white backgrounds as things split and mirror image themselves.
This single reached number 20 in the UK singles chart. Apparently, its about lab rats who were being experimented upon to feel joy when they carried out commands. She interpreted this to write about humans and machines on a more sexual level. Who knew?
The lyrics are all about electronic love. "I get high on a buzz, then a rush, when I'm plugged in u" is how it opens. Then "wonderful electric". It seems to be something sexual without actually saying so. Clever and also very catchy.
This song has a real dance beat, and a strong pulse, as well as a catchy hook. Its well produced, lyrically enticing and vocally as ever, perfect.
So there we have it - Day 3 'Strict Machine'. You can find Days 1&2 plus loads more over at My Music page - just click here. Happy listening :)