Posts from 20th February 2003

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Feb 03

PET SHOP BOYS – “Kings Cross”

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“I’ve been guilty of hanging around.” Yeah, me too: the last month or so I’ve turned my life into a lobby, never writing, neglecting everything except eating and sleeping, coming to life three or four times a week when I go out and spending the rest of the time in limbo, self-effaced, a few mouse-clicking kelvin of effort at most above absolute comatose zero. It sounds miserable but it isn’t exactly: I sometimes think I was made to hibernate and evolution played a trick on me.

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Rosmary Clooney and Bing Crosby-On a Slow Boat To China

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Rosmary Clooney and Bing Crosby-On a Slow Boat To China

Clooney and Crosby talk over each other, interupt, butt in, convince, cajole. it is not the call and response that is normal in vocal jazz. This means you cannot hear all the words and because of this it gains an effectiveness. (thanks to Jody at Freezing to Death… for the MP3)

I’ve just realised what my problem with Justin Timberlake’s “Cry Me A River” is

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I’ve just realised what my problem with Justin Timberlake’s “Cry Me A River” is. After all the insideous funky beat is one of the most joyous things in the charts at the moment, and Justin knows how to go falsetto for effect. The problem isn’t even his odd robotic dancing that made him look really lonely on the Top Of The Pops stage last week. It’s the very title of the song. Its a case that merely by quoting the other “Cry Me A River”, just its title, sums it up tome. It is a ‘use your own metaphor’ thing. This song in no other way references the original, and has a pretty different take on the whole river crying deal. The song would be nigh on perfect if it was called “Weep Me A Waterfall” or “Sob Me A Sea”. Even “Osmose Out An Ocean” would nag me in quite the same way.