Oh My Gosh

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"Oh My Gosh"
Oh My Gosh.jpg
Single by Basement Jaxx featuring Vula Malinga
from the album The Singles
Released March 14, 2005 (2005-03-14)
Recorded 2004
Genre House
Length 3:58
  • Simon Ratcliffe
  • Felix Buxton
Producer(s) Basement Jaxx
Basement Jaxx singles chronology
"Plug It In"
"Oh My Gosh"
"U Don't Know Me"
"Plug It In"
"Oh My Gosh"
"U Don't Know Me"
Vula Malinga singles chronology
"Oh My Gosh"
(2005) Oh My Gosh2005
"Hush Boy"
(2006) Hush Boy2006

"Oh My Gosh" is a song by British electronic music duo Basement Jaxx. It was released in 2005 as the lead single from the band's greatest hits album, The Singles. Vula Malinga and rapper Skillah are two vocals contributor in the song.[1]

The song achieved moderate success when it peaked at number 8 in the UK Singles Chart and was also nominated for the Popjustice £20 Music Prize.

Background and composition[edit]

The duo sat down and wrote the song specially as a single for the album. Ratcliffe personally felt encouraged by it; he thought it was a good way to ease them back into songwriting process. They applied the same treatment to their later single "Hush Boy" but, however, failed.[2]

The duo had been working with her for three years earlier.

Critical reception[edit]

While reviewing The Singles, AllMusic's Andy Kellman listed the song as one of his "track picks" on the album and called the song "rubbery", "deliciously flirtatious and cartoonish."[3] Writing for Drowned in Sound, Julian Ridgway gave the song 5 out of 10, stated: "They’ve proved themselves masters of the dumb pop single in the past – records that make you smile even if they don’t make you think. But with 'Oh My Gosh' the smile’s started to freeze over, like the one you get when people make you look through their holiday photos." He concluded his review by commented that the "airhead" lyrics are "quite funny" but the song "is pretty average stuff for them."[4] In 2004, it was nominated for the Popjustice £20 Music Prize, but lost to "Some Girls" by Rachel Stevens.[5]

Chart performance[edit]

On March 26, 2005, the song debuted at its highest position with number 8 on the UK Singles Chart. Thanks to its digital downloading availability, the song gained 18 places to number 27 of its second week.[6]

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Mat Kirkby, who previously worked with Basement Jaxx on the video for "Good Luck". is directed is set in a retirement home, and features elderly man and woman singing about how they like each other whilst doing elderly activities. One of the dancers of the video was Deanne Berry, the dancer and fitness guru that previously famous for making her appearance on the music video of Eric Prydz's "Call on Me". In the video, she dressed as an old lady, which she thought was "pretty funny."[7]

The video is the one of the two comedic works from Kirkby, while the other is his 2013 short film, The Phone Call. "There were some interesting similarities on the shoot – in comedy I’m usually sat behind a monitor, biting my hand/trying to stifle a laugh/keep quiet so that I don’t ruin the take," he said. "In both cases I find that zipping up your snorkel and pulling down your hat helps muffle the sound."[8]

The video was awarded "Best Video" at the 2005 House Music Awards, Malinga was there at the ceremony to receive it.[9]

Formats and track listings[edit]



  1. ^ "Vula @ Play - see the pics!". BBC. Retrieved 2014-05-08. 
  2. ^ Interview Basement Jaxx - Felix Buxton and Simon Ratcliffe (part 2) on YouTube. FaceCulture. August 4, 2006. Retrieved August 17, 2016.
  3. ^ Andy Kellman. "The Singles - Basement Jaxx". AllMusic. Retrieved 2015-06-26. 
  4. ^ Julian Ridgway (2005-03-14). "Single Review: Basement Jaxx - Oh My Gosh". Drowned in Sound. Retrieved 2015-06-26. 
  5. ^ "Basement Jaxx's "Oh My Gosh" nominated for Popjustice £20 Music Prize". PopJustice. Retrieved 7 June 2014. 
  6. ^ "Christie stays top in new chart". BBC News. BBC. April 17, 2005. Retrieved August 17, 2016. 
  7. ^ Berry, Deanne (April 13, 2012). "Best of summer metallics". Mirror Online. MGN Limited. Retrieved August 17, 2016. 
  8. ^ "The Phone Call". HungerTV. Hunger Publishing Ltd. October 14, 2013. Retrieved August 17, 2016. 
  9. ^ "The 2005 House Music Awards". Getty Images. Retrieved August 17, 2016. 
  10. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2015-06-26.
  11. ^ "ARIA Charts - End Of Year Charts - Club Chart 2005". ARIA Charts. Retrieved August 17, 2016. 

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