One of the benefits of having one of those newfangled smartphones (with the Android and the app store and what-have-you) is being able to go though my Youtube ‘watch later’ playlist without the videos looking like herky-jerky stop-motion fims. This was on there, and while I can’t claim to be a huge fan of Hayley Williams and co. this is certainly catchy enough, despite being more Avril Lavigne circa ‘Girlfriend’ (cf. those handclaps) than I’d like. (Although there’s a touch of latter-day Kelly Clarkson in there to leaven it somewhat.)
Thing was, for a couple of days afterwards, practically everytime I went out I’d hear this, which was odd; whilst having lunch in the food court, on the bus home…like I said, weird.
Repeating the formula from its highly bloggable Batman: The Animated Series Rises video, The Hub has enlisted the original voice cast of Superman: The Animated Series to help recreate the Man of Steeltheatrical trailer almost shot for shot using clips from the classic cartoon. In the video below, Tim Daly and Dana Delany return to their fan favorite roles as Superman and Lois Lane, respectively, to perform in their own styles such lines as “How do you find someone who has spent a lifetime covering his tracks?” and “It’s not an ‘S.’ On my world, it means ‘hope.’”
One of my theme songs, and dug out as today has been emotionally all over the shop, proverbially speaking.
Hole - Malibu
This is a song I’ve decidedly mixed feelings about. To me, it’s staying at a mate’s place, staring at the teev whilst this plays on rage at 5 in the morinng, wondering what the hell you’re gonna do next. It’s being subjected to this (and the entirety of Celebrity Skin) at a not-comfortable volume en route to a country football grand final. It’s polished and radio-friendly and sounds like the lost Rumours-era Fleetwood Mac single Love intended it to be (indeed, she wrote it with Stevie Nicks in mind). But…
I find the lyrics waver between banal and enlightening, as any good pop song does…they implore, rather than condemn:
Help me please, burn the sorrow from your eyes Oh, come on, be alive again Don’t lay down and die… I can’t be near you The light just radiates
It’s a dialogue, the push-me-pull-you of a destructive relatiionship. Displaying empathy, while outlining the need to escape, hoping the act itself will solve everything. But there’s a difference between reaching escape velocity, and simply crashing and burning. And goodness knows California’s full of burnouts.
If you say you’re on your way to where you want to go, then why keep looking back?
Marianne Falthfull - As Tears Go By (1987 re-recorded version for the album ‘Strange Weather’)
A quick Wikipedia history lesson:
“As Tears Go By” was one of the first original compositions by (Mick) Jagger and (Keith) Richards, as until that point The Rolling Stones had chiefly been performing blues standards. A story surrounding the song’s genesis has it that Rolling Stones manager Andrew Loog Oldham locked Jagger and Richards in a kitchen in order to force them to write a song together, even suggesting what type of song he wanted: “I want a song with brick walls all around it, high windows and no sex.” The result was initially named “As Time Goes By”, the title of the song Dooley Wilson sings in the film Casablanca. It was Oldham who changed “Time” for “Tears”.
Oldham subsequently gave the ballad (a format that the Stones were not yet known for) to Faithfull, then 17, for her to record as a B-side. The success of the recording caused the record company, Decca, to switch the song to an A-side, where it became a very popular single.
Faithfull (later) re-recorded her 1964 hit, “As Tears Go By,” in a markedly different arrangement using a slower time signature, and sung a full octave lower than the original.
Heather Morris : But Can You Dance To It?
Daft Punk - Robot Rock
Not my favourite tune of theirs, but there’s something hypnotic about that riff.
The Clash - Should I Stay Or Should I Go
If only because Iron Man 2 is on the teev as I type this.
ABBA - Take A Chance On Me
I’ve heard this twice this week while out. Weird. Damned great pop song, though.