Well, in answer to the first question: yes, they were on ANBAD in 2010 – I saw them play a short, brilliant gig to an empty room underneath Oldham Street in Manchester and simply had to tell someone about it.
In answer to he second and most important question: they are #1 because, simply, LDD’s Pop Musiiic wheedled its way into my brain from the instant I heard it in October, and I’ve been humming its insane keyboard break ever since.
And if you need a better reason than that, then it’s time to take life less seriously.
LDD totally disappeared after I saw them. Then they reappeared, a year later, with this song. Bands are here-today-gone-today nowadays, so their return counts for something.
How many bands are really, honestly determined to cast off the shackles of currently accepted cool, plough their own furrow, and create a flat-out pop song?
By which I don’t mean making a pop song with a nod-and-a-wink, but pop music that actively longs, positively urges us to revel in its hooks, a sing-song melody and manic keyboard noodles.
I’d happily, and dutifully, count all the ways this song fulfils all the Perfect Pop criteria: it’s two and a half minutes long, it milks a brilliant chorus dry, it celebrates pop itself, etc., but really who can be bothered in the face of such a kaleidoscopic onslaught of Scandinavian Pop Excellence?
How about this for hyperbole: in a time when the biggest selling pop stars are making million-selling, thunderously direct dance-pop songs just like this, would Rhianna sing Pop Musiiic?
I think: probably.
Maybe Lissi Dancefloor Disaster‘s presence on this list sort of breaks the rules. Well, fine. Consistency has never been a part of the plan, and I’m not going to let a song like this pass me by. But hey, these lists are also meaningless, right?
So celebrate the now: indulge your base passions in a fascinatingly creative band with all 20 fingers pressed clammily to Pop’s pulse; a band who are usual and unusual enough to raise even the hippest of eyebrows. Excellent.
(And in answer to the latter question in the first paragraph: you really ought to know this by now.)