Posts from 21st September 2009

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Sep 09

3LW – “No More (Baby I’m A Do Right)”

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Autotune-slathered teenpop from 2000, just to reinforce how the technique has basically been in favour for the whole decade. 3LW could sing, though – as the long interlacing vocals on the coda prove, especially that “No more! No more!” cutting frustrated through all the talk. So why the vocal FX? A gimmick for sure, but emotionally the treatment works to mask the hurt, build up a defense that the rest of the song can break down again. Whatever the reason, it sounds fine (though it’s not as adorable as the castanet-backed rap) and it stands out in a production job that’s creditably minimal.

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The Most Important Game Ever Made #6: The Politics Of Dancing

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Finishing off the Cavern Club set, Paulbot leaps into ‘I Saw Her Standing There’.

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USA FOR AFRICA – “We Are The World”

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#548, 20th April 1985, video

A charity record is a bargain struck between the urgency of the situation and the weight of the subject: you want to get something done quickly, but it also has to be serious enough not to seem tasteless. As gesture turned into genre, instigators would reach for readymade gravity in the form of cover versions: but initially the donation of songwriting talent was as important as that of singing time. “We Are The World”, written and performed by genuine heavyweights, is the most monumental example of this.

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My Ten Favourite Films Of 2008: 3: Definitely, Maybe

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The worst thing about Definitely, Maybe is its title. Despite it being the only good Oasis album, the Oasis stink permeates the name, possibly warning off the one group of people who really would enjoy it. Something else that might put you off is that its a romantic comedy. And as often bemoaned recently, where have all the good romantic comedies gone? Oh, it was also released for Valentines Day in 2008 (usually a very bad sign – its a date movie for people who NEED date movies), has a kid in it (Oscar nominated Abigail Breslin) and is produced by Working Title, the people who pay for Richard Curtis’s vomitorias. It is no standard rom-com though. For one, the lead character searching for love is a bloke. Secondly he is divorced with a kid. And third, it is brutally honest that happily ever after doesn’t really happen. Oh and fourth, it is the first proper nineties nostalgia film.

Nineties nostalgia seems a bit misplaced in 2008, it seemed all too soon. But the nineties Definitely Maybe (in itself a nineties nostalgic name) leapt upon was framed by the political optimism of the 1992 election and the Clinton campaign.

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