This is one of my most personal songs. Its an absolutely beautiful cover of a song originally by Sterling Void. Its not the most cryptic song they’ve ever done, but the simplitcity just adds to it I think. I fell in love with this song whilst going through some pretty tough times. I wasn’t depressed or anything, but it was just one of those phases were I felt a bit under the weather and generally a bit stressed. I tend to think of the chorus of this song the aural equivalent of a hug and it always cheered me up no end. I guess the part of the song that I really love is the part were Neil sings “Its alright, I think its gonna be alright” and then Chris affirms “its gonna be alright”. It borders on the affirmative for me, and I do think affirming things can really help lift someones mood. It kind of conjures up an image of someone who feels down, but then as the song crescends they come to the realisation that things will one day look up (I know the song is about world issues, but thats the feeling this song gives me also). I’m not saying this song saved my life or anything because it didn’t, but for a 17 year old teenager who forgets (regrettably too much sometimes) that in reality I’ve got more than enough to be thankful for, this song does give me a better perspective of the world and that little bit of encouragement. For that reason it means a lot.
- Ultimate (Deluxe)
- Battleship Potemkin
- The Most Incredible Thing
Electronic ft Neil Tennant – Disappointed
I guess for anyone who knows me personally this will hardly be a suprise. I fell in love with this sorely overlooked track over the summer and its been a regular play on the ipod since. This was Electronics highest charting single over here in the UK, and strangely enough is sung entirely by Neil Tennant who wasn’t actually a member of the group. Not going to lie, thats probably why I like it so much! By and large seems forgotten about now. I can’t understand why, this is a brilliant song with a totally infectious chorus. I also really love Neil’s voice here and his lyrics. This just makes me wish he had done more work with Electronic!
Prince – I Would Die 4 U
One of many musical backtracks (your going to see that phrase a lot) was with the Purple One. I fell in love with Sign Of The Times overall as an album but for best song it may just have to be this little gem of the Purple Rain soundtrack. This is one of those ridiculously infectious songs that no matter how cheesed off I may be, when it comes on the ipod I will be garantueed to start strutting around like a right royal plonker. The live version from the Purple Rain tour was also awesome. Absolutely brilliant song from someone who is fast climbing my list of favourite artists!
Talking Heads – Slippery People
This was one band that surprised me, big time! I’d never listened to them before, although when I heard Once In A Lifetime I had one of those “Oh I always liked that song!” moments. Having said that my favourite Talking Heads song is Slippery People. The studio version from Speaking in Tongues is great, but on Stop Making Sense (the first version of the song I had heard) was just too good. Those backing vocals just absolutely make it, and despite his quirky vocal delivery David Byrne is quite a genius!
Today marks the 20th anniversary of Freddie Mercury’s untimely passing. He’s one of my absolute favourite men in music, I just adore his flamboyancy and that mesmerising voice he had. Obviously, I never seen him live as he died 3 years before I was born, but my father had the privilege to do so (which I’ll be posting about later hopefully) and said he was absolutely beyond brilliant and would have gladly gone to see him again had the chance arrived. This was coming from someone who wasn’t even a Queen fan until he seen them! He may be gone but he will never be forgotten.
Rest in peace sir, you are sorely missed ❤ xxx
- One of the best things about it is its tracklisting: it has about 12 or so songs on it that wouldn’t be familiar to people only familiar with his work with Quincy Jones. I say fair dues for not including just the big hits that everyone would know, so it may encourage people to investigate his 90’s (which I thought was criminally overlooked) material more.
- There’s also a good number of mash-ups here, whilst they’re all pretty good (and some are really good) my only greivance with that is that too often one song just kind of goes into another. The songs aren’t really mixed together as such or played off each other. The Immortal Megamix sounds really good but Don’t Stop Till You Get Enough just sort of goes into Billie Jean with no real build up which is a shame as a proper mixing of the two would sound phenomenal I think.
- The tracks aren’t vastly different to the studio versions a lot of the time which is good, so I never heard a song and thought “What the hell have they done to this?”. They’ve just tweaked the arrangements more or less. However, sometimes it doesn’t really work. Human Nature has some new bits that don’t really go with the original and it does spoil it slightly. Having said that, I’m hard to please with remixes of that song to be honest as I love the original so much. Also, you’ve got to give the people behind this some credit, remixing a body of work as iconic as Michael Jackson’s would be hard and as the originals are so well known any tweaks are going to come as a bit of a shock
- It doesn’t rip off any live arrangments from tours either which is nice. Listening to it, it feels like they’ve tried to make an individual soundtrack and a lot of the songs here had never been performed live.
- There is 27 tracks on the CD which is a lot. As such, basically all of the songs and mixes are much shorter than the originals or any live arrangment Michael would have used. Some of the songs loose mommentum for that I think, Wanna Be Starting Something is only half the length it originally would have been which sort of kills the build up to the “Mama se mama sa mama coo sa” chant. Its like they’
- The short lengths are a hindrance on the mash-up tracks too. A lot of them tend to be more focused on one track than the other. For instance, Speechless and Human Nature are paired up which I thought would be brilliant. In reality, 20 seconds in it goes straight into Human Nature and there is no more elements of Speechless used. Don’t get me wrong, it sounds good but I do think some mash-ups would benefit from a mash up of tracks more
- The Jacksons
- Happy Mondays
- Stone Roses
- Joy Division
- New Order
I can’t pick just one for my favourite groups. So here is the first one. The Killers were my first real musical love if I’m honest, since the age of 10 years old. At the time, I was wholeheartedly convinced that Brandon Flowers was the most adorable human being on the planet (7 years later and I still have a massive crush on him). I remember being osbessed with their Hot Fuss era singles when they were first released. I borrowed Hot Fuss off my brother who said it was a brilliant album, and when I listened to it I loved it so much I kept it until earlier this year! Whoops! Anyhow. Their second album Sam’s Town was a drastic shock in sound (and in style, I wasn’t a lover of Brandon’s mustache in that era). The album still grew on me however and still has some of their absolute best ever songs. Once again, I loved their 3rd album Day and Age and needless to say I have been missing them dearly on their hiatus. Although Brandon did release a very solid solo album called Flamingo that is well worth checking out. I’ve actually managed to see them both times they’ve played in my home city of Belfast, in 2007 then in 2009 and they were absolutely phenomenal! The second time was probably my favourite, although the first time they did play On Top, which is my favorite Killers song and one I am unlikely to see live ever again. I can’t wait for their comeback in early 2012 and I’m hoping they come back to Belfast!
Here we have Martin Bashir, the so called journalist responsible for framing Michael Jackson in the now infamous Living with Michael Jackson documentary. The footage was edited in a completely disgusting and unprofessional manner, where Bashir edited out vital explanations Michael gave. In the near future I will post more in depth about just how corrupt that interview was. I’ll also do a post that will discredit this theory that Michael was a paedophile because believe me, if you have an open mind and do the research there is enough evidence. Bashir even complimented MJ in the interview: for instance he called Neverland “Stupendous” amongst various other positive adjectives. This footage can be found by typing in Michael Jackson – The Footage You Were Never Meant to See into youtube. Yet in the footage in the final documentary his comments have mutated into calling it a dangerous place for vunerable kids. Call me a die hard MJ fan if you wish but it could just be that I’m an aspiring journalist with enough human decency to research into things and to know that the media is incredibly corrupt. After all, what decent journalist openly admits to being, well, a liar? There are a lot of decent journalists out there but Bashir isn’t on that list!