I am in love with pop music.
I don’t want to be,
I’m trying not to think about it,
but at night I see exposed stomachs
glitter red silhouettes dancing
popcorn punk fanta funk.
Sequins spin and lyrics lick kittens.
The mic is a toy
rippling low blue jean dreams
leans and hands clam to memory.
with its cute approach to lust
and its candy heart sweetness,
it’s got me
I go to bed at night humming lyrics and wake up with the tunes spinning
right round baby right round in my head.
I moan NA NA na na na na na na na na….
I dream in lycra and glitter and everyone is wearing lip gloss.
Pop music is like a warm blanket on a cold dancefloor,
its bouncing ball lyrics and tender soft toy drums comfort me.
I’ve tried talking to pop music,
I tell it we really have nothing in common,
that we don’t have the same friends,
we don’t go out to the same places.
But with its blossoming
soft perky pink pant suit porn
and its shimmering smile and catchy chorus I can’t help but be hooked.
I need it, I want it.
I carry around a mini radio in the hope that my sugar lover will appear.
When it does, I smile teenager.
If I hear my pop music coming out of a shop I stop
and pretend to browse mid drift tops and try on sparkling rings.
It plays my heart like a rubber band.
I just snap crackle and pop music.
I expect we will break up soon, I’m already losing friends,
they have started to call me top 40 behind my back.
It has taken over my hips on any dance floor and filled my belly with Disney magic.
Its classically perky and so beautifully obvious, that’s its thing.
Pop music, my secret lover, my clean and
highly commercialized weakness,
I want you so bad
but I must be strong.
I turn over a new leaf
and fill my ears with toilet paper at shopping malls;
I listen to Radio National
so there is no chance of ever running in to you on my stereo.
I hide my diamante tops in high cupboards
and throw away my pink Barbie running shoes.
I am lost without you,
I must admit
that I just cant get you out of my head.
- 108: DEDICATIONwith L Patterson & L Garcia-Dolnik 107: LIMINALwith B Li 106: OPENwith C SLowe & J Langdon 105: NO THEME 11with E Grills & E Stewart 104: KINwith E Shiosaki 103: AMBLEwith E Gomez and S Gory 102: GAMEwith R Green and J Maxwell 101: NO THEME 10with J Kinsella and J Leanne 100: BROWNFACE with W S Dunn 99: SINGAPOREwith J Ip and A Pang 97 & 98: PROPAGANDAwith M Breeze and S Groth 96: NO THEME IXwith M Gill and J Thayil 95: EARTHwith M Takolander 94: BAYTwith Z Hashem Beck 93: PEACHwith L Van, G Mouratidis, L Toong 92: NO THEME VIIIwith C Gaskin 91: MONSTERwith N Curnow 90: AFRICAN DIASPORAwith S Umar 89: DOMESTICwith N Harkin 88: TRANSQUEERwith S Barnes and Q Eades 87: DIFFICULTwith O Schwartz & H Isemonger 86: NO THEME VIIwith L Gorton 85: PHILIPPINESwith Mookie L and S Lua 84: SUBURBIAwith L Brown and N O'Reilly 83: MATHEMATICSwith F Hile 82: LANDwith J Stuart and J Gibian 81: NEW CARIBBEANwith V Lucien 80: NO THEME VIwith J Beveridge 57.1: EKPHRASTICwith C Atherton and P Hetherington 57: CONFESSIONwith K Glastonbury 56: EXPLODE with D Disney 55.1: DALIT / INDIGENOUSwith M Chakraborty and K MacCarter 55: FUTURE MACHINES with Bella Li 54: NO THEME V with F Wright and O Sakr 53.0: THE END with P Brown 52.0: TOIL with C Jenkins 51.1: UMAMI with L Davies and Lifted Brow 51.0: TRANSTASMAN with B Cassidy 50.0: NO THEME IV with J Tranter 49.1: A BRITISH / IRISH with M Hall and S Seita 49.0: OBSOLETE with T Ryan 48.1: CANADA with K MacCarter and S Rhodes 48.0: CONSTRAINT with C Wakeling 47.0: COLLABORATION with L Armand and H Lambert 46.1: MELBOURNE with M Farrell 46.0: NO THEME III with F Plunkett 45.0: SILENCE with J Owen 44.0: GONDWANALAND with D Motion 43.1: PUMPKIN with K MacCarter 43.0: MASQUE with A Vickery 42.0: NO THEME II with G Ryan 41.1: RATBAGGERY with D Hose 41.0: TRANSPACIFIC with J Rowe and M Nardone 40.1: INDONESIA with K MacCarter 40.0: INTERLOCUTOR with L Hart 39.1: GIBBERBIRD with S Gory 39.0: JACKPOT! with S Wagan Watson 38.0: SYDNEY with A Lorange 37.1: NEBRASKA with S Whalen 37.0: NO THEME! with A Wearne 36.0: ELECTRONICA with J Jones