“Common People” by Pulp, Wasted Masterpiece

have you ever listened to a song and wished that someone else sings it and does it Justice?

this happens to me a lo, but with being extra gutted whenever I listen to the masterpiece that is “common People” by pulp, and what’s  super annoying is no one ever did it justice, including  pulp themselves with their weird way of singing it, totally wasting the marvelous story the song presents. I tried and looked for cover versions and was disappointed by them all (I like covers very much, they revive songs,  give them another dimension, adding experiences and interpretations and color, provoking different emotions and bringing to life distant memories. A totally silly song in it’s original version could become an absolutely amazing full of meanings when someone covers it, giving another interpretation,  adding a whole new feeling and experience into it). To be fair, what provoked me to look into it in the first place is a Girl named Emily Worton who auditioned for the second season of the Voice UK performing an acoustic version of “Common People”, I was fascinated by it because I didn’t know the song before and thought “God, what an amazing lyrics”, I read the lyrics and was impressed that the story is so clear and sensible could be quoted in a movie, Novel, Paint or whatever piece of art you’re trying to make, then made my way through to the original pulp version and my hopes were shattered.

Here’s the amazing Audition.

 

Now, it’s a story filled with cultural hints, we could visualize it, get the atmosphere of it and imagine ourselves as this girl from Greece. we might have known someone who’s from foreign country and wanted to experience and ordinary common life of one of us, we might have felt this way ourselves when we travel. The Lyrics Drew an amazing detailed picture that takes you in and works your imagination.

Here’s the lyrics:

She came from Greece she had a thirst for knowledge

She studied sculpture at Saint Martin’s College, that’s where I caught her eye.

She told me that her Dad was loaded

I said in that case I’ll have a rum and coke-cola.

She said fine and in thirty seconds time she said, I want to live like common people

I want to do whatever common people do, I want to sleep with common people

I want to sleep with common people like you.

Well what else could I do – I said I’ll see what I can do.

I took her to a supermarket

I don’t know why but I had to start it somewhere, so it started there.

I said pretend you’ve got no money, she just laughed and said oh you’re so funny.

I said yeah? Well I can’t see anyone else smiling in here.

Are you sure you want to live like common people

You want to see whatever common people see

You want to sleep with common people,

you want to sleep with common people like me.

But she didn’t understand, she just smiled and held my hand.

Rent a flat above a shop, cut your hair and get a job.

Smoke some fags and play some pool, pretend you never went to school.

But still you’ll never get it right

‘cos when you’re laid in bed at night watching roaches climb the wall

If you call your Dad he could stop it all.

You’ll never live like common people

You’ll never do what common people do

You’ll never fail like common people

You’ll never watch your life slide out of view, and dance and drink and screw

Because there’s nothing else to do.

Sing along with the common people, sing along and it might just get you thru’

Laugh along with the common people

Laugh along even though they’re laughing at you and the stupid things that you do.

Because you think that poor is cool.

I want to live with common people, I want to live with common people [etc..]

It’s one of those songs that makes a statement, carving the name of the artist in the national memory.. if pulp never have done but this one, it would be enough. Here’s a 2011 lively nostalgic performance after the band reunited following a an Eight years break up.s The audience went crazy and made it an Extra special Moment

Now, I tried tweeting Emily Worton asking her to post a cover of the whole song, because it was the best interpretation of the song and the only one that did it justice, but she didn’t respond ..

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5 نظريات مجنونة متعلقة باختفاء الطائرة الماليزية

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دخل البحث عن الطائرة الماليزية المختفية MH370 يومه الـ 11 ولازالت النظريات تجتمع، بعض النظريات المتعلقة باختفاء طائرة تحمل 239 شخصا لم يتم نفيها من قبل الحكومة، لكن البعض الآخر يميل نحو التفسيرات الغريبة والمثيرة للسخرية. هنا 5 نظريات غريبة متعلقة باختفاء الطائرة:

مثلث برمودا

ألقي اللوم على مثلث برمودا بعد أن قرر سياسي ماليزي أن المثلث قرر تغيير مكانه وانتقل إلى المياه الفيتنامية، حيث ذكر في تويتر “تم رصد مثلث برمودا جديد في مياه فيتنام، الأجهزة والمعدات المتطورة ليس لها فائدة”.

قام بعض قراصنة الانترنت من الاستفادة من اهتمام العامة المتزايد بالقضية فوضعوا صورا مزيفة لطائرة قرب مثلث برمودا مدعين أنها الطائرة الماليزية، طالبين من القرّاء أن يشاركوا في استطلاعات واستبيانات وهمية.  المنشورات تحوي مقاطع فيديو لتزيد من مصداقية الخبر  عن أماكن وجدت فيها الطائرة، قائلة أن الركاب “أحياء” أو “ناجون”

ارتباط بسنودن

مستخدم شبكة Raddit الاجتماعية  Dark_Spectre دخل النقاش حول مصير الطائرة مطلقا نظرية تقول أن السلطات الأمريكية أو الصينية قد تكون اختطفت الطائرة لتحصل على معلومات عن موظفي Freescale Semiconductor الواقعة في تكساس، والذين يعتقد أنهم كانوا على متن الطائرة. ادّعى Dark-Spectre أن الأمر مرتبط بإدوارد سنودن بناء على الأشخاص الذين يصر أنهم بين الرّكاب. يقول ”  إذن لدينا المدير الأمريكي للتخزين التقني في IBM لماليزيا، رجل يعمل في التخزين الشامل في الشركة من قبل المتورطين، وفقا لأوراق سنودن، في تقديم خدماتهم لمساعدة وكالة الأمن القومي في التجسس على الصينيين. .. والآن مجموعة من تقنيي الولايات المتحدة يعملون في تطوير نظام رائد عالمي في المعالجات الإلكترونية (جزء لا يتجزأ من تقنية الهواتف الذكية وتقنية الدفاع) كل هؤلاء معا .. على طائرة .. وتختفي .. مصادفة؟؟؟

لا، يقول Dark_Spectre، هذه ليست مصادفة، التفسير الوحيد المحتمل هو هذا ” علمت المخابرات الأمريكية أن الـ 21 عقلا على متن الطائرة على وشك أن يتم القبض عليهم واستجوابهم من قبل السلطات الصينية فور وصولهم هناك، قررت المخابرات أن ذلك يشكل خطرا كبيرا على برنامج التجسس على الدول الآسيوية فاتخذت إجراءات لتطهير الطائرة أثناء طيرانها”

الفضائيون

قائمة نظريات المؤامرة لن تكتمل بدون فرضية الاختطاف من قبل المخلوقات الفضائية. أليكساندرا بروس من Forbidden Knowledge TV قامت باستخدام برنامج رادار لتحديد مسار الطائرات كمثال على التورط الفضائي في اختفاء الطائرة. استخدمت بروس فيديو يوتيوب مصوّر من قبل أحد المواطنين وحسابه DAHBOO7 ، لتقول أن قراءات الرادار توضح تدخلا وإشارات غريبة  لا يمكن أن تعود إلا ليوفو فضائي. الفيديو يعيد تصوير آخر لحظات الطائرة ويظهر جسما غريبا يطير بتسارع عالي والذي هو بالواقع طائرة من الخطوط الجوية الكورية رقم 672.

تم أخذ الركاب إلى بيونغ يانغ

وهذه واحدة من أكثر النظريات شعبية، أن كوريا الشمالية قد استولت على الطائرة مع جدل الكثيرين أن قرار الصين نشر 21 قمرا صناعيا للمساعدة في البحث يشير بطريقة أو بأخرى أن هذه الفرضية لازالت مطروحة على الطاولة.  يقول Nickryane مستخدم Raddit أنهم قاموا بذلك عام 1969، فلم لا يقومون بذلك الآن؟

لازال الركاب على قيد الحياة 

قال أفراد عائلات المختطفين انهم استطاعوا الاتصال بالهواتف المتنقلة الخاصة بأحبائهم على متن الطائرة بعد أيام من اختفاء الطائرة، مما يقود لتوقعات أن الركاب لازالوا على قيد الحياة في مكان ما من العالم. البعض استطاع إيجاد أقاربه على موقع مراسلة فورية صيني مما يفترض أن هواتفهم لازالت متصلة بشبكة الانترنت.  المكالمات الوهمية دفعت الناس للاعتقاد أن الطائرة لم تتحطم،  ووصل بآخرين الحد أن المكالمات الهاتفية من عمل قوى خارقة للطبية، لكن خبراء التقنية بددوا هذه الشائعات قائلن أن الهواتف التي أغلقت لا تحوّل المتصل مباشرة إلى البريد الصوتي، بل يعتمد ذلك على الشبكة والموقع.

Favourite Musical Performances from “The Graham Norton Show”

It’s argued that Graham Norton Show has the best TV live musical performances, I tend to agree a little bit, the sound system is great and the atmosphere is Theater like, Graham himself interacts very well with the musical guest.

I didn’t watch every episode of the show, but from the bunch of episodes I’ve seen, I’ll list my Favourite musical performances starting with the remarkable “Bonfire Heart” by James Blunt. I have to say that I watched other TV performances of the song like in X factor Australia (they have a very chillin’ fun atmosphere there, the audience interacts and gets excited as if it’s a concert, unlike the UK X factor which is a bit tense and judgmental) and other performance at the Ellen Show .. Graham Norton one is my favourite.

Another remarkable musical performance was by Paloma Faith for “Picking up the Pieces“, I have to say that Paloma is stunning anyway and mastered almost every performance for this song, but again, this version is my favourite.

Do you have to be a fan of the artist or the song to tell if the performance is great or not? not for me, no. That’s the case with Laura Mvula and Her “Green Garden” performance, very unique.

Glen Hansard “Rhythm and Repose” Album Review

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Finally, I had  the first roll of the Album 2 nights ago, after waiting for long long time in my library .. it left a deep impression.

First of all it sounded like a demo version, the way Glen sang the tracks and produced the music, having written the album by himself and played majority of  the instruments. Glen  is not blessed with the best voice, but he is sensational.

There wasn’t much of a production, sounded like he was harmonizing his new Material in a small listening party, or as if he is singing them around the camp fire, pitching sometimes, or holding back, or even going outrageous, with plenty of acoustic material, as you would expect.

I was strongly reminded of Glen in Once with Marketa, she features as a backing vocals in two tracks”You Will Become” and “What Are We Gonna Do“. The Lyrics are written from a man’s prospective of hopes and fears, love and life.

My Aunt was vividly present in my mind while listening to the album, don’t know why really, and my sister as well. in some tracks I felt 10 years old watching a lot of Cowboy and western Movies, being one of my favourite genres till now.

My favourite track, the one that stuck with me is “Races” and “High Hope“, it’s sincere and painful as well, presenting a status reminded me of something similar I went through. He delivered the lyrics that comes from personal place perfectly, previous and present experiences, suited him well and sounding exactly as you would expect it to be.

Shane Filan “Youn and Me” Album Review

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Shane Filan decided to go Solo after Westlife split and Thankfully, his first studio Album is a success.

The Album “You and Me” was proceeded by an EP (Everything to Me) containing 4 tracks.

I had the pleasure of purchasing the EP,  then the Deluxe digital edition of the Album, 12 You and Me tracks + 4 Ep tracks + bonus acoustic tracks and others from his Nashville trip documentary. total of 21 tracks.

I played them while walking ( instead of jogging and running which I hate) all non stop at one time. The time was flying, didn’t realize it’s almost 70 Minutes! The album is lovely, very lovely, Shane co written the Lyrics and have done a trip to Nashville to do so, the folk country influence was obvious, plenty of acoustic and unplugged material, which leaves you excited about attending a live gig to enjoy them even more.

I was simply guessing my way  through the lyrics and melodies, the topics are pure folk and pop ones, simple pleasures and worries of a common people, it doesn’t occupy your mind or leave you confused, in contrast, I was smirking and smiling all the way through, it’s one of those albums that you’d love to play on your road trip or when you’re camping, or simply, when you’re enjoying a beautiful day out.

Pleasant and decent, happy and optimistic, easy on the ear and the heart, connects to almost everyone out there, we all share similar experiences at some point of our lives, actually, it provided me with a feeling of peace and reconciliation with the mad world we live in, reminding me of the simple little joys .. and worries.

Shane said he was influenced and inspired by The Lumineers, I love those brilliant folks from Denver, and felt the influence clearly in his track “Everytime“, which happens to be My favourite, in other tracks I was reminded of Fun as well in terms of  production and instruments.

The title Track You and Me felt like a tribute to Gillian, Shane’s Wife as the lyrics describes the support you receive from your beloved one upon facing a difficult times, which was the case with Shane’s bankruptcy directly following Westlife split.

About you is a Beautiful sensational song, the second single following Everything to Me, It didn’t enjoy a chart success but that makes it even special and precious. The song speaks about an insecure girl who always doubts her self, the one she loves tries his best to reassure her, telling her she’s beautiful, and it’s all right to feel insecure at times and he would be there always for her, the Music Video is very sensational and added to the actual beauty of the song.

If you are a folk country pop lover, this Album is yours, Shane’s voice is spot on as he never ever off tune, there’s some challenging notes and tracks where I heard an unfamiliar notes from Shane and it surprised me a bit.

It deserves to be one of my 2013 Favourites.

Olly Murs Paying Respect to R.W. in His “Hand on Heart”

Tell me “Olly Murs” and I will reply “Robbie Williams“.

Do you remember The X factor UK 2009 when the charming extremely cool Olly Murs auditioned? he was brilliant all the way to the final where he sang a duet with the one and the Only Robbie Williams, a great friend and fan of the X factor UK show. They choose Robbie’s iconic beautiful song “Angles“, and needless to say they were incredible together.

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since then Robbie became a huge Olly fan and a big supporter, how can’t he be? Olly is a great entertainer and simple cheeky character, you can’t help but like Olly and fall for him with his charming smile, Essex quick accent, unique style, signature Hat and the rare flawless ability to make you smile all the way through his performances, makes you happy and entertained, you laugh, jump, dance and sing along with the guy next door who’s genuinely wanting to have a good times with you.

after Take That Break following their Album Progress and the Huge Progress tour, Robbie Williams was back in studio working on his new album “Take The Crown” in 2012, was followed by Huge Stadium tour, his first Tour since the Concert Tour “Close encounter 2006″, and for the “Take the Crown Stadium Tour 2013 he Picked Olly Murs to be the opening supporting act, needless to say what the result was.

In 2012 Olly Murs started working on his Third studio Album ” Right Place Right Time“, he released the first single, which is the title track and Made a Music Video featuring his Journey through and after X factor, showing a footage of Olly when he was a child doing some acts to his family, and featuring his 2 years experience hosting the Xtra factor (2011-2012), the Video also featured Xtra factor Co Host and good friend Caroline Flack, 2012 X factor finalists, his audition in 2009 and duet with Robbie Williams in the final. It was a proper Music Video for a song named “Right Place Right time” to highlight his career and life changing experience.

in a clever brilliant attempt to show his appreciation and respect to the One and The Only Robbie Williams who had an incredible contribution to Olly’s Journey and popularity, he choose him as a part of his teem in Soccer Aid team of 2012 alongside Mark Owen and one of the JLS guys and other proper English Personalities.

Not to Forget Olly featuring in RW new and second swing album Swing Both ways in a track named I Wan’na Be Like Youalongside other artists who also features in the albumMichael Bublé,  Kelly Clarkson,  Rufus Wainwright and  “

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so, how he decided to show his appreciation and respect? and how deep the friendship between those two are?

by making a tribute Music Video for his second single “Hand on heart” where he matched his clip shot by shot to RW classical song, the one they duet before, “Angles“. to make it more clever and exciting, RW features in the Olly Video, dressed in the exact clothes and facing Olly while playing together.

“Olly Murs’ music video for brand new single ‘Hand On Heart’ has been pipped as a homage to Robbie William’s classic ‘Angels’ visuals, however the clip takes more than just a little inspiration from the former Take That singer, pretty much matching Rob’s video shot-for-shot and also featuring a cameo from the father-of-one … Read More

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Olly said about the Video Concept ” I was really excited by the idea for this video and to get Rob involved was important to me,We had great fun filming it and I am so pleased it’s got his stamp of approval”. And Robbie was Definitely pleased by the flattery, he said “Imitation is the highest form of flattery. I am easily flattered, and I love Olly,We always have a good time together and this was no exception… Read More

Angles” is not only their Duet, but it was the song that gave RW a place in the top. the musical world acknowledged him and took him seriously after it, everything changed to his favour and God he deserves it. it became his biggest selling single and has been voted the best song of the past 25 years at the BRIT Awards.

The Original Angles Music Video 

Maybe, this song would be Olly Murs and Robbie Williams Lucky Charm, although as incredible they are, they absolutely don’t need it.

Backstreet Boys Poster Girl

Poster Girl is one of My all time favourite tracks of Backstreet Boys from their brilliant and best Album “Never Gone 2005”. it’s a fun yet philosophical song, was produced perfectly to give the sound of an old Vinyl Record or an Outdoor recording, which blended perfectly with the fun outdoor nature of the Lyrics, and The Landscape Visualizing that you’ll eventually be doing.

It is so clever and underrated,  it tells the story of “Judie”, quite the charming captivating girl. the chorus in the song says ” she makes you wanna believe, That the consequences of your actions really are just a game
That your life is just a chain reaction taking you day by day
She says nothing’s forever in this crazy world”

I tend to agree with Judie, and I do Like her, can’t help it despite having a vague feeling that she will eventually die out of occasional drug overdose. yet, she has a very philosophical view and comprehension of life and tricky ability to remain free from all bonds and barriers. And the way the song ended, how the guy approaches Judie who said earlier “what good is tomorrow without a guarantee”

he came to her saying ” Let me be your guarantee” ! such a spotted smart approach, he handed her the tool she needed to flip this world upside down.

I’m quite curious about Judie’s response, if she would accept him as a guarantee or not, if she did, what she will do with this powerful magical tool she’s having now between her hands?