Posts from 6th May 2009

May 09

The FT Top 100 Tracks Of All Time: 27: Chaka Khan – I Feel For You

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Chaka, Chaka Khan, Chaka Khan, Chaka Khan
I love the cover of this single. Much experimentation with what was left of my childhood crayons convinced me it was a lot harder than it looked.
Chaka Khan let me rock you, let me rock you Chaka Khan
I knew about rap in the early nineties, I just hadn’t really heard much of it.
Let me rock you that’s all I want to do
I had heard The Message, I think it was on an early compilation tape I had, but it hadn’t really stuck in my brain.
Chaka Khan let me rock you, let me rock you Chaka Khan
I had liked White Lines, but for its incessant bassline more than its rapping. And to be fair much of the rapping in White Lines is half sung, and whilst impressive it is slow, allowing the “talking” insult to be thrown at it.
Let me rock you cos I feel for you.
I Feel For You is not really a rap song. Even though Melle Mel’s rap comes back twice, I only think of it as an intro. But it is a terrific post disco dance track, slathered with electro, flirting with allsorts – even a bit of Stevie Wonder’s harmonica before its ubiquity robbed it of any significance.
Chaka Khan let me tell you what I wanna do


Tiny Chin Simm vs Big Chin Affleck

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State Of Play makes a good fist of its convoluted conspiracy theory adaptation of the BBC series. Really. It lacks a special ooomph that a faithful adaptation often does, in attempting not to fuck up the original it shows a lack of willingness to experiment with the storyline and thus is merely an excellent translation (HELLO WATCHMEN!) But for all the journalistic clichés and breathless holding of the presses its a thoroughly enjoyable experience. But is there anything in there for the viewer of the original.

Well John Simms tiny chin become Russell Crowe and his bulbous nose (it rhymes). And Helen Mirren appear to play Bill Nighy with exactly the same lines, hairdo and – bar the odd dress – wardrobe. But Kevin Macdonald, the director, has got his eye out for the British audience. He throws us a bone that only UK viewers could get. In the early scenes where Ben Affleck’s (BIG CHIN) Senator is being debriefed by his colleagues, we get two politicians sent to deal with this out of control situation.