Aug 07

Take A K Away: MIKA vs MIA (A Tanya Competition)

FT + I Hate Music4 comments • 1,246 views

I got mail. Well a comment from someone calling him/herself TamilTyger after my comments about Mika’s probable blindness*:

Dear Tanya, this is a bit of a cheap shot, even for you. Not to mention the fact that whilst that is a terrible cover, I cannot believe you did not notice the covers to MIA’s albums whilst in the MI section of Virgin Megastore. Surely they are much, much worse.

And she always wears dark sunglasses like she is blind.

Whilst I stick by my assessment of the MIKA album cover, TamilTyger does have a point. Of course I did not notice it in the MI section of the Virgin Megastore, because to enter such a place would be putting myself, and everyone at mortal danger of me going on a killing spree. And as we know, presence of dark glasses does not mean that you are actually blind (cf the actually just colour blind Stevie Wonder).

Nevertheless, TamilTyger does have a point. As such I present you with a dangerous competition. I suggest you don dark glasses (or borrow MIA’s or indeed Stevie Wonder’s) before clicking through.

One of these album covers is not actually by MIA. Which one. a) b) or c)?

a) a) b) columbo1.jpg c)arular.jpg

Answers in the comments box. Winners will get to pick an artist for me to critically consider.

*Another obvious point I missed comes courtesy of the lyrics to Grace Kelly:

“Why can’t I be like Grace Kelly”

Er, you’re a curly haired Lebanese bloke, rather than a porcelain skinned Hollywood blonde beauty-cum-European Princess. That’s why it is unlikely that you will ever be cast in the female lead role of a remake of “To Catch A Thief” Mika.


  1. 1
    Ben on 23 Aug 2007 #

    It’s b) and I’d like you to “critically consider” i.e. demolish the Lighthouse Family please!

  2. 2
    Long Time Man on 24 Aug 2007 #

    I’m far too lazy to do the research on this one, so I’ll trust Ben and say its B. too (cheers Ben for saving me tedious google time).

    So that means I get to select someone to critically consider too. Score!! How about Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds – they are critcally acclaimed all the time, but maybe for the wrong reasons (they also have a fine back catalogue of album covers – from the Birthday Party years – just ready for re-interpretation).

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    Peter O'Tool on 13 Sep 2007 #

    You’re trying to fool us. I’ve seen lots of Mia Farrow’s movies, and not only is she not a recording artist, not even the devil would mate with the harridan in the made-up covers above. So the answer is obviously none of the above.

    This godawful racket I keep hearing in the coffee shop was identified by the pincushion behind the counter as “The White Stripes”. At your leisure, please help me to understand this.

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    cheapo on 27 Aug 2011 #

    It seems the time is right for me to enter this competition! I also choose album cover ‘b’ due to majority opinion. And if a magic wand is ever waved in your direction Tanya, and you roll back that old stone, Jesus like, from your grave, I request a critical dissection of Robbie Williams.

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