Tommy Sparks - She’s Got Me Dancing

It feels like this was wheeled out to cash in on the current electro trend and is likely to end up being a one-hit wonder.

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Released 5 May 2009 | Island | By Shefali Srivastava | Rating: 2-5
Tommy Sparks - She’s Got Me Dancing

There's a theory that connects the resurgence in popularity of electro - with its fluoro-bright colours and slick, sharp sounds - and the recession, being that more or less the same thing happened when there was an economic brouhaha in the 80s. It makes sense, when you think about it – there's nothing like a pair of neon leggings and some spiky dancefloor-orientated tunes to cheer you up when all around is financial chaos. If you want something with an air of indie-cool and progression, then look no further than the likes of Friendly Fires and La Roux, flying the flag for pioneering the hip-hop/electro hybrid is Kanye West, or if you prefer something from the more, ahem, 'camp' and poppy end of the spectrum, then there's artists like Lady Gaga, and this newcomer, Tommy Sparks.

There is a lot about this single that defies being taken seriously. There's his name for a start, which reeks of a cabaret act from Butlins, or Blackpool, or somewhere hideously cheesy. The vocals are tinny and faintly irritating, having a diction that's very similar to Jack Penate, and the lyrics run the gamut from mediocre to bad, being repetitive and uninspired. Is there anything good about this song? Well, the music itself and production is decent. The intro, with its shrill electro squawks, is pretty arresting and the beat, which has the well-placed addition of handclaps, is extremely catchy, admittedly. But overall, it kind of feels like this was wheeled out to cash in on the current electro trend and is likely to end up being a one-hit wonder.