Posts from 20th November 2009

Nov 09

FALCO – “Rock Me Amadeus”

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#569, 10th May 1986, video

The lyrics to “Rock Me Amadeus” cast Wolfgang M as casanova and punker, not that 95% of its English-speaking audience cared. We just got off on the bug-eyed spit-shower of consonants and the sudden detours into cod-Wagnerian backing vox. Almost everything about the record is staccato – the jittering drums, Falco’s jumpy gutturals, the layers of jabbing keyboards behind him.

It was a post-film cash-in, though only in the loosest sense: Peter Schaffer’s florid examination of genius and jealousy simply gave Falco the excuse to raid the costume box and party. Just as well – any attempted weightiness would have distracted from “Rock Me Amadeus” colossal likeability: its easy, addictive silliness that casts some of this year’s attempts at comedy in an even worse light.

JLS v Alexandra Burke: Album SCIENCE

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Last year’s series of X Factor was far from depressing for fans of well-sung pop. If you were posted to Outer Mongolia last Christmas, here is a quick catch-up: Alexandra ‘Leona II’ Burke received the highest number of audience votes, pipping non-ugly boyband JLS into second. Both acts signed with the same management team and both have recently released their debut albums through Sony; both have clocked two #1 singles each since then. But which one has ended up the REAL winner? The only way to tell is…