Pop/ska duo The Monroes
had a big hit in Norway with Sunday People
in 1983. Perhaps the tallest musical duo ever they were often referred to simply as 4 meters of pop
. Sadly, last year they both
died of cancer. Their second hit was Cheerio
posted by sidra
on Apr 14, 2014 -
Diana’s challenge to the monarchy was that she took its nickname – The Firm – literally. She had been fired by the firm, and like a true entrepreneur she set up her own business as its competitor, disrupting it by doing exactly the same things – touring the world, visiting the poor or sick or industrious – with less protocol and more agility. The ultimate 80s icon was taking 80s politics to its unthinkable conclusion: privatise the monarchy. To do it, she used things the Royal Family could hardly touch – the media; youth; even pop.
Music journalist Tom Ewing's ongoing coverage of every UK #1 single reaches the biggest seller of them all: Elton John's Candle in the Wind 97.
posted by rollick
on Apr 8, 2014 -
We lost a great one...
Asheton co-formed the Stooges in 1967 in Ann Arbor, Mich., along with Pop, Dave Alexander and guitarist Ron Asheton, his older brother who died in 2009. Their best known songs include “I Wanna Be Your Dog” and “Search and Destroy,” and the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2010.
The rock and punk world has lost one of the greats as Stooges drummer Scott Asheton has passed away at the age of 64. Iggy Pop revealed the news to fans via a post on his Facebook page, revealing that the drummer died Saturday night (March 15).
Asheton joined Pop and his late brother Ron as part of the original Stooges lineup in 1967. During their tenure, they released the classic albums ‘The Stooges,’ ‘Fun House’ and ‘Raw Power.’ The band split in 1974, but both Asheton brothers were part of the Stooges reunion in 2003. Ron Asheton, who was the band’s original guitarist and also played bass at times, died in 2009. As for Scott Asheton, he manned the kit for The Stooges until 2011. [more inside]
posted by shockingbluamp
on Mar 16, 2014 -
Why is pop music so sad?
(PDF) published in the Journal of Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts tracked the mood of pop songs over five decades of Billboard charts, and it confirms that pop has changed in substantial ways.
Over the years, popular recordings became longer in duration and the proportion of female artists increased. There was also an increase in the use of minor mode and a decrease in average tempo, confirming that popular music became more sad-sounding over time.
) [more inside]
posted by Lanark
on Dec 21, 2013 -
"You live now, Adam Ant
, as you have lived many times throughout history, fighting evil wherever you may find it!"
posted by scody
on Dec 19, 2013 -
Everybody's talking about Beyoncé, but earlier this week, 90s alt-pop superstars Cibo Matto dropped the music video "MFN"
, their first release in over fourteen years. It's the leadoff to their upcoming album "Hotel Valentine" due on Valentines Day, 2014.
And it's about time.
posted by SansPoint
on Dec 14, 2013 -
From the music website, Cover Me
, Five Good Covers
: five cross-genre reinterpretations of an oft-covered song. Why not enjoy all new versions of Cars
, Can't Help Falling In Love
, The Sound Of Silence
, Life In A Northern Town
, Modern Love
, You Shook Me All Night Long
, Age Of Consent
, Don't Fear The Reaper
, Be My Baby,
and much, much more. ( Cover Me previously
posted by The Whelk
on Aug 23, 2013 -
While we've discussed it before
, the link was removed but YouTube's new content guidelines have allowed it to be re-uploaded. In 2001, photographer and filmmaker David LaChapelle
directed a video to be shown before Heatherette's first runway show and MAC cosmetics in-store video. Starring Amanda Lepore, the 6 minute video is a bizarre gunshot of pink lipstick, gay cowboys, 80s pop music, and constant full frontal nudity. YouTube
(sign-in required) Vimeo
posted by The Whelk
on Aug 11, 2013 -
A new Lady Gaga song called Burqa
has leaked online. Its production is pretty interesting. Its lyrics are... controversial, to say the least. "Lady Gaga bas a burqa problem," writes Jezebel
. "You can't just ornament yourself in other cultures (especially not if those cultures are specifically targeted for violence and harassment in your home country)." Other criticisms abound on The Atlantic
. A blog called Racist Little Monsters
has popped up to collect pictures of fans posing in self-made burqas [warning: nsfw language abounds]
posted by Rory Marinich
on Aug 8, 2013 -
Graham Hastings, Alloysious Massaquoi and Kayus Bankole are a musical trio from Scotland. They first met at a local hip-hop night for under-16 youth in Edinburgh
, where the music scene is more focused on indie rock than beats and rapping. They started collaborating a few years ago, and now go by the name Young Fathers
. They mix rap, grime, modern R&B, afro-beat, noisy samples and more, though they write music from a pop-perspective, and consider themselves "pop boys."
They have two short releases that are something between EPs and albums, plus a handful of singles. Their primary releases, Tape One
and Tape Two
, have been (re)released on the US label Anticon
, and they have a handful of official videos: Deadline
are the first four tracks from Tape One; I Heard
is the first video from Tape Two; The Guide
is separate single to stream and/or download
, for free on Soundcloud.
posted by filthy light thief
on Jun 19, 2013 -
"Soon, however, with the strength of eight men, Pépée became an uncontrollable tyrant
who would strip guests – including once a government prefect and wife – of their clothes and valuables, bite others who failed to accede to its whims and once stole a baby, which it took to the roof despite Leo
waving a toy pistol at it and shouting: "Daddy's
not happy. Daddy's
going to shoot."
posted by unSane
on May 22, 2013 -
is sort of like what you'd get if you crossed Kate Bush and Mike Patton. Togawa, who became known in Japanese culture after appearing in a bidet commercial
, was half of the electro-cabaret band Guernica
, which sometimes sounded very classical
and sometimes sounded very new wave
and sometimes much stranger
. Somewhat more straightforward is her rock outfit Yapoos
, which similarly varies quite a bit
. Her solo work, unsurprisingly, is quite melodramatic
, with some very interesting arrangements
, both parodically poppy
. I particularly like her covers of All Tomorrow's Parties
by the Velvet Underground, Brigitte Fontaine's Comme à la Radio
, and – weirdly – Pachelbel's Canon
posted by Rory Marinich
on Apr 21, 2013 -
In 1964, The Beatles put together a one-off variety show
, with musical numbers specially pre-recorded for the show, presented in the style of theater-in-the-round. Around the Beatles
was aired in the UK and later that same year in the US, but never commercially released. The show includes The Beatles performing a scene from A Midsummer's Night Dream
, with Paul McCartney as Pyramus, John Lennon as his lover Thisbe, George Harrison as Moonshine, Starr as Lion, and Trevor Peacock
(the only actual actor in the lot) in the role of Quince. A color clip of that
was posted previously
, but you can watch the entire (almost) hour-long show with The Beatles' segments accompanied by seven other musical acts, on Dailymotion
, though it's in black and white. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief
on Apr 18, 2013 -