In the past week, social media was abuzz with rumours, tipping that Years & Years would represent the UK at Eurovision 2024 and/or serve as the opening act for the upcoming Girls Aloud Arena Tour. Olly Alexander neither confirmed nor dispelled these claims. He shoved out a new single release instead.

Due to the ongoing tour for 2022 album “Night Call” and multiple festival appearances this summer, Years & Years did not release any new solo material this year. Or so we thought. In a surprise move last Friday, the project released “A Very Bad Fun Idea,” a track previously hinted at and written by Olly for the Josh O’Connor/Mike Gilbert Sky Original film “Bonus Track.”

Although not officially confirmed. It is likely the LGBTQ rom-com which premiered at the 2023 BFI London Film Festival, will launch soon. The recent release of the soundtrack music “A Very Bad Fun Idea” is an undoubted sign that the release date is approaching.

It’s true, the Olly Alexander helmed project has established a signature sound that we all recognize and love, and “A Very Bad Fun Idea” is no exception to that dance-pop style. However, what caught my attention about this track is that it is produced by Georgia Barnes. (The talented producer and performer behind albums “Seeking Thrills” and “Euphoric.”) Albeit, it’s not the first time they’ve worked together. Olly guests on the latest remix version of the Georgia track “It’s Euphoric.”

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On “A Very Bad Fun Idea” Olly said…

“This song is about the extreme emotion we feel at a pivotal moment in our lives and the lengths we go to for the people we love. I made the demo at home and I’m very excited you’ll be able to hear that version when you watch the movie (next year!) I’m also very excited to share this version of the song produced with my angel sister bff Georgia.”

Furthermore, I understand. The release timing of “A Very Bad Fun Idea” was strategic, taking advantage of the December winding-up process. The song stands out among other chart-bound mainstream dance-pop releases of the week. It would shoot into the top 20 at any other time of the year. Yet December is a difficult month to compete in, with the usual Christmas classics like Wham!, Pogues ft Kirsty McColl, Mariah Carey, and Michael Buble taking up their annual chart residence.

Only liberal streaming will save this from becoming snowed under by grannies’ festive favourites!

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