Thursday, 21 February 2013

My Musical Diary L

This happens to be the fiftieth edition of this series of Diary blog posts and at the same time the one year anniversary of me writing them. Wow. I prevailed. This calls for a celebration.

Anyhoo, here are my 5 most important songs from this past week. Enjoy!

Bryan Ferry - Shameless



Let's start with something sexyyy. Rock n' roll desire. The song has a very distinct sensual aura. I could sit here trying to analyse the lyrics (which are not in any way straightforward come hither sort of thing) but I'd rather give up on that and get up and dance. There's something seductive about the song. Rock n' roll desire.

Iggy Pop & Kesha - Dirty Love



iTunes only credit this one as Kesha - Dirty Love, so those who don't listen to Kesha and don't follow Iggy's every move would never know this is pretty much a 50/50 duet between these two (which appears on Kesha's second album, whatever that is called). And it's a rock song which is not shabby at all. It suits both of them, it's loud and brash and I had no idea Kesha was capable of something like this. Kudos. Fun rock song in which Kesha's signature "rap" is nowhere in sight and her singing doesn't even sound autotuned here.

As for Iggy's involvement...I think it's totally in line with his reputation. Why not collaborate with someone who pisses off parents, music critics and music snobs alike? Iggy can do whatever the fuck he wants. Adverts, American Idol, even Kesha (ewww).

Marc Bolan & T. Rex - Dandy In the Underworld


At this point I don't know enough about Marc Bolan to guess to what degree the lyrics of this song were self reflective, but they definitely are an interesting read even on their own.

Now his lovers have left him
And his youth's ill spent
He cries in the dungeons and tries to repent
But change is a monster and changing is hard
But he'll freeze away his summers in his
Underground yard


The song itself, the title track from T. Rex's last album, is a memorable one, even after one listen. My problem with Bolan's songs is they all sound a bit same-y to me and it takes a while for them to start emerging as individual pieces (that was my problem with Lana Del Rey at first as well). But I had no such problem with Dandy. It's an incredibly strong song and it does make me feel sad Marc didn't get the chance to write more songs. He could have been onto something really good. On the other hand, with him dying two weeks before turning 30 we forever have this image of an elfin spirit, never ageing, always with at least one eye on the camera, mugging and grinning away - and that is not a bad legacy.

Kelly Clarkson - Because of You



Clive Davis, the music mogul, released his autobiography last week and apart from coming out as bi, he also wrote some stuff about Kelly Clarkson. Some not very nice stuff. Kelly being Kelly didn't let it slide and took to Whosay. Everyone pretty much applauded her for it (except for Davis, naturally), including me. I love Queen Kelly. Davis apparently wasn't a fan of Kelly's self-penned song Because of You and called her a shitty writer, Kelly had to fight for the song not only with him but with pretty much everyone on her label. Of course the song turned out to be a big worldwide hit, so...that speaks for itself. Even if a group of seasoned pros agree on something, it doesn't mean they're right.

Musically the song is a 100% pop ballad - I'm not into ballads but I've always liked this one. It's a great tune. What makes this song powerful for me personally are the lyrics. If you don't listen to them and just concentrate on the title you could think the song was a love ballad, but it really is the furtherest thing from a love song you could find. I connect to the lyrics almost completely.

I will not make the same mistakes that you did
I will not let myself
Cause my heart so much misery
I will not break the way you did,
You fell so hard
I've learned the hard way
To never let it get that far

Because of you
I never stray too far from the sidewalk
Because of you
I learned to play on the safe side so I don't get hurt
Because of you
I find it hard to trust not only me, but everyone around me
Because of you
I am afraid

I lose my way
And it's not too long before you point it out
I cannot cry
Because I know that's weakness in your eyes
I'm forced to fake
A smile, a laugh everyday of my life
My heart can't possibly break
When it wasn't even whole to start with

Because of you
I never stray too far from the sidewalk
Because of you
I learned to play on the safe side so I don't get hurt
Because of you
I find it hard to trust not only me, but everyone around me
Because of you
I am afraid

I watched you die
I heard you cry every night in your sleep
I was so young
You should have known better than to lean on me
You never thought of anyone else
You just saw your pain
And now I cry in the middle of the night
For the same damn thing

Because of you
I never stray too far from the sidewalk
Because of you
I learned to play on the safe side so I don't get hurt
Because of you
I try my hardest just to forget everything
Because of you
I don't know how to let anyone else in
Because of you
I'm ashamed of my life because it's empty
Because of you
I am afraid


I love this Grammy 2006 live performance of the song. It gets very emotional by the end (as does Kelly, and me with her. :) )

Kate Bush - Wuthering Heights



Last week it was the 35th anniversary of the release of Kate Bush's debut album The Kick Inside - and I wrote a little something about it a few days ago, so I won't elaborate on the significance of the album any further here. Since WH appears on the album (in fact it was Kate's first single - and a huge hit), I decided to finally watch an adaptation of the Wuthering Heights novel the day of the anniversary.

I read the novel three times. And I just never liked it. Both of the main protagonists make me want to murder them, I just don't care about their passion and love at all. I much prefer the other Brontë sister's Jane Eyre. Anyway, I decided to watch Wyler's 1939 film adaptation, as it's considered one of the very best, plus I like old films. Well, it was even worse than the novel, since it focused solely on flippin Heathcliff and frakkin Cathy. Oh my lohd.

So to this day, the best thing that ever came out of this novel is Kate's song, hands down. It's gothic, disturbing, poetic, cute, sensual, and completely otherworldly. And it features a guitar solo that doesn't make me wanna skip the rest of the song or take a bathroom break. It's perfection.



Video Bonus:

Marc Bolan: Ride On (documentary)

I discovered the following Marc Bolan documentary on YouTube last week. It came out on DVD in 2005, but thanks to the wonders of the internet you can watch it here for free. I think it's a solid documentary - I wouldn't pay for it but it's definitely worth watching. So, in case you're interested in this glam rock legend and haven't seen the Ride On documentary yet, make sure you check it out below:



Marc (TV show)

I've been aware of the six episodes of Bolan's 1977 music TV programme for weeks but only got around to watching them last week and definitely had great time watching them. Five of them are to be found on this YouTube channel:

http://www.youtube.com/user/VenusDeBurgio/videos?view=0

and the 2nd one is available here: http://ofthespiae.hellenistai.com/2012/09/19/marc-episode-2/

The Killers & Bernard Sumner - Crystal (live)

The Killers performed in Manchester last week and Bernard Sumner of Joy Division/New Order fame appeared on stage with them to play New Order's song Crystal. As Brandon explains at the beginning of the video below, The Killers call themselves after the fictional band in the video for Crystal, so this performance makes perfect sense. It's a great performance, by the way. Brandon is in fine voice and Mark excels on the bass. Well done.





Thanks for checking out my blog on this golden occasion. I hope I'll keep writing these even a year from now and that we'll make it past 100 Diary posts and even further than that. Hope you'll return for more next week and until then...

Love, Peace and Ringo! xxx

Sunday, 17 February 2013

Kate Bush - The Kick Inside Anniversary Post



Today is the 35th anniversary of the release of Kate Bush's debut album The Kick Inside. The album that started the incredible career of an artist who inspired countless other piano playing female singer songwriters like Tori Amos or Fiona Apple.

It really is not easy to find a female singer songwriter who doesn't at times sound like a bit of a Kate Bush clone. The aforementioned artists or the likes of Regina Spektor and Amanda Palmer are way too obvious choices but I hear traces of Kate-ness in Robyn, Nicola Roberts, Marina & the Diamonds or Paloma Faith. And what about Florence + the Machine. The Kate legacy is everywhere. And all of it was started by this little album.

I first became aware of Kate Bush when I saw an entry on her with a picture of this album in my rock'n'roll encyclopedia when I was about 12. I really liked the cover art of The Kick Inside (and I still love it today). Some time later I heard Wuthering Heights on the radio. At that point it was the strangest song I'd ever heard (my Bowie years were still a few years ahead of me), something which was impossible to classify. I wasn't even sure what time period the song was from. It was just so strange. And absolutely amazing. After some detective work I managed to connect that Kate Bush person with the song and as soon as I got my pocket money I went to buy the album. At 13 it was one of the first albums I'd ever bought. And boy, was it worth the money!

I became completely immersed in Kate's world. For a month or two I wouldn't listen to pretty much anything else. Apart from the (not very thorough) entry in my encyclopedia I knew nothing about Kate Bush but I connected so well with what she was singing about here. So many stories! I was a complete book worm back then so I was on the same wavelength. Even songs about...lady issues - going through child to woman changes at full speed back then - there couldn't have been a better time to discover Kate.

I'm pretty sure there are people who can analyse every song on the album from all possible angles so I won't even try to do that, I just wanted to share what this album meant to me. It opened a whole new horizon to me (well, a multitude of them). It started my love of piano playing songwriters. If it wasn't for Kate I might have never started listening to the Dresden Dolls, who knows. The utter weirdness of her later output prepared me well for Bowie's over the top musicianship and vision. And as I said, I see and hear her legacy in pretty much any female artist coming after her.

There are not that many artists in the rock/pop/weirdness genre that can boast being so influential. And even less of them are female. Whenever I listen to Kate I feel proud I was born a woman. She makes me feel great about not having a penis and being 5'3''. And she manages to do so just by the sheer force of her quietly fierce and independent talent, dazzling and inspiring artists and non-artists alike, 35 years on.

Friday, 15 February 2013

My Musical Diary XLIX

Hello everyone, another week has passed, and so another edition of my Diary arrives. This week has been pretty eventful, thanks to great new music videos being released, everyone performing like crazy on TV and/or at the Grammys and because of brand new music from debuting artists emerging as well. Here we go:

Woodkid - I Love You



One of my recent discoveries thanks to Twitter. Yoann Lemoine is a French music video film maker (directed Lana Del Rey's Born to Die among others) turned singer songwriter (under the pseudonym Woodkid) and I Love You is the first single from his upcoming debut album called The Golden Age. Definitely a fine smart electro pop song - and it doesn't hurt Woodkid has a very interesting voice which reminds me of Antony Hegarty a bit. The song is a recommended listen and be sure to watch the video as well. It's great.

(For the song only, click here.)

David Bowie - Five Years



And it was cold and it rained so I felt like an actor

Five Years is without any doubt in my mind one of the very best songs Bowie has ever written. As much as the Ziggy album gets overrated I don't feel like Five Years ever really got the praise it deserves - and thank god for that, I suppose.

Five Years finds Bowie at his best lyrically, presenting us with a whole picture, a film even. The song also shows him at his theatrical best, demostrating what he's learned from the likes of Jaques Brel (as well as his acting stints) and it also presents us with an intriguing drum pattern (more on that & other aspects of the song here).

Rihanna - Stay (feat. Mikky Ekko)



Five days after Rihanna (& MN) performed this song at the Grammy ceremony it's already become quite uncool to declare you loved it but I don't care. I don't listen to Rihanna. In fact I find her voice pretty much unpleasant to listen to but fuck, that was a great performance. Not only really well sung but sung with passion  and emotion as well. Moving. So, credit where credit is due.

The other reason I like this song could be it's a wee bit Lana Del Rey-ish, isn't it. Almost as if Rihanna's people heard Lana's songs and thought...we need a song like that for RiRi. We need Video Games gone Rihanna. And they found it. And it's good.

Laurence Fox - So Be Damned



Laurence is first and foremost an actor, mostly to be found on British TV. He's also the husband of Doctor Who's famous companion Rose Tyler - aka Billie Piper, as well as related to two of the biggest stars of the British cinema of the 60's and 70's: James Fox (father) and Edward Fox (uncle, naturally). His cousin (Edward Fox's daughter) Emilia Fox also acts (most famously in a TV series called Silent Witness) and you can see her in the video for So Be Damned, creating a pretty powerful image.

Laurence is about to release his debut EP (Monday 18th Feb) which features So Be Damned. This song is definitely a grower. But once it got into my head it refused to leave and I wasn't too angry about its residence there. Soft but powerful, acoustic at first but eventually building up to a climax, it's the type of song that can stay with you for a long time, quietly but steadily. Laurence's voice is a nice bonus: deep, caressing but with a bit of an edge. Give it a few listens.

The Beatles - Within You Without You



This song started playing in my iPod last week, just as I was running an errand in a part of Prague I'd never visited before. Therefore the lyrics of the Hindu culture-inspired George Harrison-written Beatles song came to the fore more than when I usually listen to it.

And to see you're really only very small,
And life flows on within you and without you.

Video bonus:

Amanda Palmer has released The Bed Song as a single and the re-recorded version got itself a video yesterday, a beautiful one. So beautiful, I had to make a separate entry about it. Check it all out here.

Jack White Grammy 2013 performance

One word: HAWT.


Jack White - Love Interruption & Freedom At 21... by IdolxMuzic

Hurts - Miracle (Live on the Jonathan Ross Show)

Hurts performed their new single on Jonathan Ross's chat show last Saturday, stylishly shot in black and white. Good performance. Worth watching.



Lana Del Rey - Burning Desire

Lana released a new video yesterday, this time for Burning Desire, which appears in the iTunes version of the Paradise Edition of Born to Die. I'd say it's a standard for Lana: the main focus is her performing the song with some nice "back projections" and shots of a pretty red Jaguar car (the song was actually written for the Jaguar company). I'm definitely interested in the short film for Desire which should come later and will feature what was shown in this video, and eight more minutes of footage.



Little Mix - Change Your Life (live on TV)

I'm happy to see this song climbing the charts (no. 12 last Sunday, currently on no. 11). Yes, it is cheesy but for some reason I really like watching the girls perform this song. And this TV performance from a few days ago is a great one. A nice little pop moment.



And I have to mention I adore what Leigh-Anne is wearing here. Pretty.

Cher Lloyd - With Ur Love (US, non-rap version)

As @poptartsuk put it when the video was released yesterday, this video is utterly ridiculous, but in a good way. I have to say I might prefer the original version to this one but on the other hand, the original video features Mike Posner and this one doesn't so yay for the new magical video, I say! And Cher makes a cute witch.
This version of the song (which appears on the US release of Sticks + Stones) is pretty much perfect. I loved With Ur Love even with the sleazy Posner rap, so this version is pretty much pop perfection.



Robbie Williams - My Way (live at RAH, 2001)

Robbie turned 39 two days ago and since I like this bugger I'd like to wish him a very happy birthday, again here on my blog - and reminisce about the first time I didn't think that dude was a complete bell-end. That was when I heard part of his RAH swing concert on the radio one day over a decade ago, and specifically when he tore into the closing My Way. That was the moment I realised this guy wasn't just an idiot stripping his flesh on TV who probably can't even sing but that he was a very good singer who has soul and the need to entertain, just like Sinatra did. There's something a bit tragic about a 27 year old singing this song. Robbie had already been at the center of the British entertainment for over a decade at that point, and 27 seems a favourite tragic rockstar death age - all this gives the already very good vocal performance another dimension. Luckily Robbie survived his 27th year (despite depression and drug abuse) and keeps on (co-)writing great songs and entertaining us further. Here's to many more years of him doing just this!





Thanks so much for reading. Hope you've (re-)discovered stuff you like thanks to this entry and if you enjoyed my blabbings (masochists!) feel free to share, comment etc. etc. - it's all up to you. Until next week (my one-year anniversary of writing this Diary!!!)...

Love, Peace and Ringo! x


Thursday, 14 February 2013

Amanda Palmer & the Grand Theft Orchestra - The Bed Song: video

This video deserves its own post, so here it is.

There's not much I can write about either the song or the video. It needs to be listened to, it needs to be watched and once it is you'll be emotionally drained and asking for more.



Actually, I did write about my connection to the song here, a while ago. So you can check it out if you missed it. That is after you take a few deep breaths and wash your face which by now is burning from all the crying. It's OK, it's a powerful song. Don't be ashamed.

Friday, 8 February 2013

My Musical Diary XLVIII

Hello everyone! It's Friday, which means it's time for another Diary! I had way too much potential songs to write about this week but had to make cuts so that this entry is not too long (to write and read as well). It was very hard though...hope I remember to write about the eliminated songs here soon because they're all definitely worth it.

David Bowie - Baal's Hymn



Two Bowie songs fought for this spot this week. Five Years, which I realised I knew all the lyrics to when I started to sing it to myself while playing golf on my iPhone the other night - and Baal's Hymn. And because even many Bowie fans never heard Bowie sing this Brecht song, I decided to feature this one.

I'd been aware of Bowie's involvement in the 1982 TV adaptation of the 1918 Bertold Brecht play but apart from The Drowned Girl (featured in the Platinum Collection Bowie compilation) I'd never heard any of the several songs Bowie recorded for it until they were analysed on the Pushing Ahead of the Dame blog (aka the Best Bowie Blog in the Universe) over a year ago. Bowie played the title role in the TV play and sang five songs which were also released as an EP.

Baal's Hymn is the opening track (and opening song in the play) and perhaps my favourite on the EP - partly because of the melody (written by Brecht himself) and partly because of the way Bowie sings it. He is a pretty good singer on a bad day, but Baal's Hymn must be, in my opinion, one of the best vocal performances of his career. Bowie is at his best when he's more or less OTT and in full volume and he gets to do just this on this song. The fact the performance requires expressiveness and a certain amount of theatricality (it's a play and he's acting after all!) definitely helps the overall effect.

Immensely MAAAHVELOUS, indeed.

(For a more detailed and very interesting read on the Baal EP check out this link.)

Peter Gabriel - Don't Give Up (feat. Kate Bush)



At some point last week I realised I hadn't listened to this song in months and immediately felt ashamed. I have to say I don't think I ever really "got" this song until last week. But the overwhelming presence of the global economic crisis might have helped me to make an interpretation.

An observation: If you listen to this song while watching tiny birds feeding at the feeder on your balcony it offers a moment of tranquillity. If you listen to it while watching the official simple but very effective video, there's a big chance you'll get a wee bit choked up.

A sidenote: Kate's vocal in this song is like a gentle caress...oh I just love this woman so much. That's all.

Pet Shop Boys - Jealousy



I listened to the Pet Shop Boys quite a bit last week. Whenever I do so I always get a guilty feeling because it's obvious I don't listen to them nearly enough. You can never listen to them enough. The melodies, the masterful lyrics, the deadpan humour, the emotionless emotion...there can never be too much of that.

And Jealousy, right the first song Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe ever wrote together, has all the above qualities. And as far as songs about the subject matter of jealousy go, this surely has to be one of the very best ones.

Do check out this adorable 31+ year old demo version of the song:



Suede - It Starts and Ends With You



The 90's glam kids Suede are back. No longer kids, even remotely. But the second of the new single (the first being Barriers) is still as strong as any of their biggest hits. I'm on greatest hits terms with Suede but I think it's a testament to the quality of It Starts... that I think it totally could have been on a best of album. It's a strong, catchy and signature Suede song. Well done!

The Avett Brothers - The Once and Future Carpenter



I discovered this folk-rock North Carolina band in 2009 because of Kick Drum Heart, which is an amazingly rocking, piano & drums-led affair. But I've almost entirely forgot about them in the last couple of years until I saw a review of their new album The Carpenter in a Czech online music mag. The review made me check out the new songs and I have to say, listening to them late at night and paying attention, wine in hand, the music on this album moved me in a way I had no idea I could be moved. This is music made by people who just love writing songs and playing. People who have human things to say and don't care much about what the latest trend in pop music is. It's just a joy to listen to someone who doesn't make music for any kind of pretence, but just for the joy of it (not that there's anything wrong with pretence in music, mind!). It's hard to explain, I suppose the album has to be listened to and connected to. I can't promise what happened to me (tears) will happen to you but I personally can only recommend The Carpenter.

Video Bonus:

Little Mix - Change Your Life

Manufactured pop time!!!!!!!! Yay!

Change Your Life is a mid-tempo song about...well, changing your life, stepping up and not letting anyone drag you down. In short ONE BIG CLICHÉ but as a pop song from a girlband it's not bad at all and if I were God I'd make sure it becomes a proper hit. O'well.

The video is nothing special (unlike the video for the girls' previous single DNA) but cute and adequate to the song. There you go.



Hurts - Miracle

There was so much I wanted to write about the new Hurts video. There was going to be a whole freaking essay (not really) about how it made me like the song (which is sounding too Coldplay-ish for my taste). But the video has been taken down a few days ago and now it's nowhere to be found online. I have no idea why.

You can see parts of the official (?) video in the fan video below but while nice, it's not as good as the real thing. There was a lot of black, some fire, dark angels of destruction (aka girls in skimpy black underwear) and a good white angel who possibly got killed by all the Hurts evil. Or something. And there was a raven. I love ravens. My only criticism of the original video was: too much of Theo's face and Adam's guitar, not enough of Adam's face. And not enough of the raven. But that's just nit picking. I loved the video. Please come back, dear video.



Thanks for reading, comment and share if you want....and till next week..........

Love, Peace and Ringo! x

Friday, 1 February 2013

My Musical Diary XLVII

New Diary is here! I was sadly sick last week but I'm back up again, and writing. Hope you'll enjoy the fruits of my labour and even discover some cool music here this week. ;)

REM - Recovering My Religion (Losing My Religion, major scaled)

Major Scaled #2 : REM - "Recovering My Religion" from major scaled on Vimeo.

A few weeks ago I discovered this Vevo account which features songs that were originally minor scaled reworked in a major scale. I think this REM one is my favourite (the Doors one is worth it for the hilarity, and the Metallica one is just so very pretty), because Recovering still works really well. It's kind of melancholy euphoria captured in a song. The guy who sings this is dancing on a roof but as the song ends, he's going to jump off it. That's what I hear in this major scale version. In a way, it's more deep, depressing and desperate than the original version in minor, to my ears anyway.

Bob Dylan/Bryan Ferry - Don't Think Twice, It's Alright

Don't Think Twice It's Alright [Bob Dylan 1962] from Dan Pick on Vimeo.

Originally released in 1963 on Bob Dylan's second album, this is one of his oldest songs. I haven't been able to find my way to Dylan quite yet, but I do love many of his songs and definitely respect his song writing skills (and his original way of singing). It kind of amazes me he wrote such a complete song at such a young age. No wonder The Beatles were shamed into writing better lyrics once they heard Dylan's work.

Dylan's Don't Think is is a bitchy lover scorned:

Goodbye is too good a word, babe
So I just say fare thee well

I ain't a-sayin' you treated me unkind
You could have done better but I don't mind
You just kinda wasted my precious time
so don't think twice, it's all right




But the song translates so well further in time, beyond the end of a young love affair. Bryan Ferry (the biggest Dylan fanboy in the world) covered this song on his 2002 album Frantic and his version is definitely a melancholy gentleman in his mid-50's through and through. Is it a coincidence Bryan decided to record this song on the first album he released after his 20 year long marriage ended? Could be. Or this context could also add another layer to this song's lyrics. 20 years is a lot. It is an actual precious time. But you know, whatever. This is behind us, let's move on. Don't think twice, it's all right.

Many artists have covered this song, I'm sure. A honorary mention - check out Johnny Cash's version.

Robbie Williams - Lola



Right. So my favourite version of this famous Kinks song is by Robbie, which he recorded in 2007 for an album celebrating Radio 1's 40th birthday. Gasp! Heathen! The Kinks' version is kind of tinny in comparison, and I just prefer the fullness of Robbie's vocal and the ballsiness of his band. But I'll be eternally grateful to The Kinks for writing this one (and obviously, Robbie's version doesn't deviate from the original much, it only rocks more). Does a better song about a transvestite and naive youth exist? Don't think so. The story behind it is quite funny too. Male or female. Too drunk to give fuck, yo.

Keith Urban - Put You In A Song



A bit of country. Well, this is kind of a fun rock song, really.

Nicole Kidman's cute hubby is working his Australian charms over on American Idol and together with Nicki Minaj he manages to make the ageing singing competition quite fun. The man clearly loves music, has endless positive energy and quick wit, and likes to show off his amazing tattooed chest. He lets us peak. Yum.

It was the charm and the "heavage" that made me check out Keith's music and I have to say I quite like what I've heard so far. You can totally put me in your song, babe. And close to your chest. I'm 5'3'', you wouldn't look like a midget next to me. Just sayin'.

Adam Lambert - Shady



Adam turned 31 a few days ago and apparently got a lap dance from Courtney Cox's ex. Well good for him. I'm going to celebrate Adam's birthday with his own sanging (not a typo).
Adam and Sam Sparro, an Australian electropop singer-songwriter/producer (check out Sam's Black and Gold!) wrote a song together, called Shady and they asked Nile Rodgers, the legendary David Bowie and Madonna collaborator, to play guitar on it. The collaboration appeared on Adam's second studio album called Trespassing (which came out last year) but the trio never got to perform this song live together, until last night. Below there's a video of the historic occasion and here is some info about it.



Video Bonus:

Robbie Williams - Be A Boy

One of my favourite songs on Robbie's latest album, Be A Boy is the third official single representing it. I don't think this song has any chance to be a big hit like the amazingly silly Candy, but it's cool that such an understated song gets to be a single and get its own (not a terribly inventive, but nice) video. Enjoy.



Robbie Williams - Losers

This video completely passed me by when it was released last month. Now this one is very original. And if you check out the comments you'll find most of them are from my country - why? Stay till the end of the video. Well, stay for the end of it anyway. Shocking revelation awaits you.



Japanese Bryan Ferry interview, 1995

Because if there's one thing I've learned in life so far, it's that there's never enough of Bryan Ferry. And I discovered this short gem on YouTube a few days ago and thought I'd share: Bryan in conversation with a Japanese music icon Yukihiro Takahashi. Too bad I have no idea what Yukihiro is saying. Bryan looks hawt though, and that's all that matters.




Thanks for reading guys.
Now I've got questions for you: would you recommend another cover version of Don't Think Twice? What are your favourite musical collaborations? And do you prefer the major scaled version of Losing My Religion to the original?
Tell me below!

And until next time let me wish you

Love, Peace and Ringo! x