Song of the Day #4,024: ‘On a Roll’ – Ashley O

At risk of turning this into a Miley Cyrus blog, I have one more of her songs to share. In this case, she is performing in character as Ashley O, a Britney Spears-like pop star at the center of the new Black Mirror episode ‘Rachel, Jack and Ashley Too.’

As with most Black Mirror episodes, the less said about the plot the better, so I’ll just note that Cyrus plays Ashley O, a teen idol who has just released an Alexa-like robot device called Ashley Too so her fans can have their own mini-Ashley companion.

Also starring in the episode is Angourie Rice, the Australian actress who memorably played Ryan Gosling’s daughter in The Nice Guys and turns in a delightful comic turn in this summer’s Spider-Man: Far From Home.

It’s a quick, fun watch, much lighter than the typical Black Mirror fare, and I highly recommend it.

Ashley O’s big hit, ‘On a Roll,’ is a pop remake of Nine Inch Nails’ classic ‘Head Like a Hole,’ and a wonderful example of how the same song can become something vastly different with a few production tweaks.

[Verse 1]
Oh honey, I’ll do anything for you
Oh honey, just tell me what you want me to
Oh honey, kiss me up against the wall
Oh honey, don’t think anything, just have it all

[Pre-Chorus]
Yeah, I can’t take it, so don’t you fake it
I know your love’s my destiny
Yeah, I can’t take it, please demonstrate it
‘Cause I’m going down in history

[Chorus]
Hey, yeah, whoa-ho, I’m on a roll
Ridin’ so high, achieving my goals
Hey, yeah, whoa-ho, I’m on a roll
Ridin’ so high, achieving my goals

[Post-Chorus]
I’m stoked on ambition and verve
I’m gonna get what I deserve
So full of ambition and verve
I’m gonna get what I deserve

[Verse 2]
Oh honey, let’s get in through the door
Oh honey, not concerned who sees us ripping up the floor
Oh honey, we’ll go dancing wherever you choose
Oh honey, you know we just can’t lose

[Pre-Chorus]
Yeah, I can’t take it, so don’t you fake it
I know your love’s my destiny
Yeah, I can’t take it, please demonstrate it
‘Cause I’m going down in history

[Chorus]
Hey, yeah, whoa-ho, I’m on a roll
Ridin’ so high, achieving my goals
Hey, yeah, whoa-ho, I’m on a roll
Ridin’ so high, achieving my goals

[Post-Chorus]
I’m stoked on ambition and verve
I’m gonna get what I deserve
So full of ambition and verve
I’m gonna get what I deserve

One thought on “Song of the Day #4,024: ‘On a Roll’ – Ashley O

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    I may have to check out this episode of Black Mirror.

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