Christina Aguilera was once a bouncy young girl who sang about relationships and boyfriends. That was four years ago. She's now not only the biggest female artist in the world (with the exception of Britney) but the most respected because of her lyrics and her voice. Her transformation from teen-pop singer to slick and smooth powerful icon is amazing. She may well be riding on the success of the current teen-pop hate scene which was born as 2002 started, but she's enjoying the ride while she can. In late 2002, Christina released her second proper album titled "Stripped." It was a slow seller at first, but a long one; it's still in the charts as I type and will continue its success well into 2004 by my estimations. This is mainly due to the five massive singles that have come from it. The first single to be released is the most notorious of them all: Dirrty...
For the best part of 2002 Christina Aguilera was a laughing stock for her outrageous hair in the video to "Lady Marmalade." That changed, albeit briefly, as that year ended when the world saw the video to Dirrty. All those straight-laced mothers desperate to protect their daughters from the 'appalling' sight in front of them were obviously disgusted. Christina Aguilera flashing her ass and nether-regions? Well, I never! What people fail to realise is that Christina is simply expressing herself and doing as she pleases. She's not listening to what anyone has to say if it's negative. She'll focus on the positive and know deep down that her reward is waiting somewhere along the line.
So what about the actual song? Well, the video was so shocking that the song flopped big time in the US. Christina's old fanbase love the ballads, and they believe her voice sounds horrifying on this. In the UK, however, it's a different matter. The song stormed to No.1 for two weeks in November 2002 and the video is easily the most played since Britney's "Baby One More Time." The video is probably being played as we speak. It tops the charts still a year later as the most requested video on The Box and other such stations. If you put it up for request on TRL UK, it'd almost certainly be No.1. Anyway, back to the song.
It starts off with the sound of chains crunching, then Christina whispering in the background along with Redman. The beat is subdued, and the song is just ready to blow up. It then starts, and Christina sings "Ladies! Gentlemen!" and the whole song just kicks off. After about 40 seconds, Christina starts singing the verse, "Oooh, I'm overdue, gimme some room, I'm coming through. Paid my dues, in the mood, me and my girls come shake the room. DJ spinnin', show your hands, let's get dirrty, that's my jam. I need that, uh to get me off, sweatin' till my clothes come off." She then sings, "It's explosive, speakers are thumpin', still jumpin', six in the morning, table dancing, glasses are crashing, no question time for some action. temperature's up, 'bout to erupt. Gonna get my girls, get your boys, gonna make some noise." The beat revs up even more as she sings the explosive chorus, "Gonna get rowdy, gonna get a little unruly. Get it fired up in a hurry. Wanna get dirrty, it's about time that I came to start the party. Sweat drippin' over my body. Dancin', getting just a little naughty. Wanna get dirrty, it's about time for my arrival."
The second verse then kicks in as Christina's vocals increase, as does the second chorus. The bridge then starts. It's one of the best parts of the song where Christina sings, "Here it comes, it's the one you've been waiting on. Get up get it rough, yup that's what up. Givin' just what you love to the maximum, Uh oh, here we go. What to do when the music starts to drop. That's when we take it to the parking lot and I bet you somebody's gonna call the cops. Uh oh, here we go." Redman then sings his rap. It adds an even more rough edge to the song, if that were possible. The chorus is then repeated more as Christina's vocals go through the roof, and the song ends abruptly with the words, "Uh, what?"
Overall, this was THE song of 2002 in the UK. Every teenager loved this song to the max. People boomed it out of their speakers at schools and colleges all over the nation. It brought people together. People who loved pop, people who loved rock - all joined by one song. It doesn't happen very often, but when it does you have to savour the moments. I hated the song to begin with, but it did begin to grow on me. It's not the best song to released from Stripped, but it was very close. Buy it now you Americans and discover why you missed out on this classic dance anthem.