This formula was brilliant the first time Calvin did it, it was cute the second time, it was nice the third time and the fourth time it started to get mildly annoying. Now we’re on the fifth recycle and it’s just getting ridiculous. Nowhere near as good as the Spectrum remix and it sounds like a poor man’s Titanium to be honest.
Florence & The Machine has done a pretty stunning video for Spectrum, with the help of nutcase David LaChapelle. My only issue? I bet all the indie kids who are having an orgasm over this are the kind of people of would overlook her ridiculous wig and product placement for expensive watches, but would be the first to drag more commercial artists down for doing the same.
FYI I love the bit where Flo drops her cape and the red-haired ballerina is also mouthing along to the song.
The thing I like most about this video is seeing Florence against a city backdrop. After coming to think of her as some woodland nymph who only visits old churches, it was a bit of a surprise to watch her running down some street and parading around on the top of a tall building.
I can’t lie, this looks pre-recorded and even then the vocals are all over the fucking place. It’s funny how someone like Cheryl Cole would get slaughtered for doing that, but all the indie journos and fans will probably say this was fantastic and showed up all the contestants.
I hate double standards. But I love this song, so it’s not all bad.
I didn’t really want to post about this again, but it really gets on my nerves.
This Guardian article DOES pull up some interesting points though. I do get the sense that in many ways its still a very sexist industry, and that this whole sexual thing is just about the guys getting scared. It reminds me of how both Sex & The City films got mostly horrendous comments from male reviewers, despite both being generally great films.
How does that translate to music? Well consider the last couple of years and the so called “rise” of female stars. Critics everywhere HEAVILY pushed this idea that women were the new big thing due to acts like Lady Gaga, La Roux, Marina, Florence, Little Boots, Ellie etc all popping up and enjoying a decent amount of success.
But think about it this way. There has ALWAYS been women in the charts. Always. I don’t really see that recently there have been “more” And also, these acts don’t just spring up out of nowhere and start making records, people have to give them the deals. It almost felt like people were saying “Oh, its acceptable to be a female singer now. Its a good thing”
But I’m going too far down the wrong track here now. Music has always been sexual. There’s no denying that. Most of the arguments seem to claim that “back then” it was more subtle though. I disagree. I distinctly remember singing along to Alanis Morissette’s You Oughta Know (including the line about scratching backs and fucking) when I was a young child, and I like to think I turned out reasonably fine.
That’s another important thing to consider - kids don’t really get it. There are tons of songs that I hear now and think “I can’t believe I did not notice what this was about at the time” Me, my parents and sisters would freely watch music videos like Just Like A Pill and All The Things She Said without any uncomfortable conversations. Sometimes I admit I do find it incredible that nobody in the household ever brought up the fact that Britney was practically naked in the Toxic video, but I guess it really didn’t matter much.
The women are complaining that the man’s point of view is distorted on this subject. I say both of their views are distorted. How can (and I use the term lightly here because I am aware I will turn 20 later this year) “adults” make such quick judgments about the youth? Oh, yeah, because they do it all the time.
Well I have some news. Just like not all of us are “emos” or “hoodies”, not all of us even like Britney Spears. My eldest sister’s age bracket would probably rather die than be seen listening to her. Come to think of it, a lot of young kids don’t even LIKE female singers anymore. Its all about guys (preferably if they can rap), or to some extent new “boy-bands”
Which is something Mike Stock clearly couldn’t bring himself to comment on. Male pop-stars. But that’s probably because its been talked about way too much, and wouldn’t have got him anywhere near as much publicity as name-dropping Gaga.
I could go on and on about how most rap music etc etc is just as bad when presenting their view of sex, but it doesn’t even mean anything. And sure, Rihanna might sound like she’s glamorising domestic abuse, but how many of you actually took the time to listen to songs like Russian Roulette and Firebomb properly? Rihanna has been openly honest about the fact that she went back to Chris Brown and for a while put up with him and still loved him. That’s not dangerous for children to hear. That’s Rihanna telling the truth and confronting us with her personality. One she’s been pushed to forge by previous critics who detest anything that might sound vague and empty.
And then there’s tracks like Hard and Rockstar 101. I suppose those are terrible songs too, because they encourage girls to be tough and independent? I’m sure nobody wants that.
Don’t get me started on Lady Gaga either. She’s doing more for the warped view of beauty that we’ve got going on right now than any other person in the game. Except maybe Ke$ha, who everybody hates on partly because she’s “ugly” and yet she keeps on going. And you have to remember that really young children like music that makes them feel happy, and videos that look interesting, slightly older children like a completely different type of music. The people concerned most with the antics of Lady Gaga and Britney Spears are young adults, gays etc. If they have a troubled sexual identity, its too late to save them.
This is getting ridiculously long and selfish now, so I’ll wrap it up. Maybe its just my own opinion, but I don’t believe that people form their beliefs and actions solely on what they hear in a song or see in a video. We went through all of this with movies and video games before, let’s not go through it again.
True, there are a great deal of incidents that seem to be linked to things like that. But no matter how great they are, they still relatively isolated. We don’t all play Grand Theft Auto and then go out and run people over. And in exactly the same way, pretty much no kid has ever watched Bad Romance and decided to go out and become a prostitute.
God, I could sit and watch this woman all day! She always makes such amazingly pretty music videos!
Dog Days Are Over is of course a recent re-release and still as brilliant as it was before. Cosmic Love is the proper new single (and the last from Lungs) and what a way to finish. Pretty much the same format as every other song by her, but that’s a good thing don’t worry.
You either love her or you hate her I guess. Boasting the same kind of sickly sweet voice that Florence, Marina, and Shakira have been warbling for some time now, Diana Vickers has been slowly but surely recovering from NOT winning X-Factor, and has just stormed the charts with this shiny, little number.
I heard it ages ago, but only did it feel like a good time to say what I think. First off, love the video. You can’t go wrong with a basket-full of costume changes these days. She’s looking prettier than she ever did on reality television anyway.
Secondly, the song takes a couple of plays to really sound good, but the chorus is instantly infectious. She’s done pop in her own little, sweet way, refusing to do anything obviously post-Simon Cowell. And good for her.
Perfect for summer. And I bet the rest of the album will follow in a similar sunny vein too.