Song of The Week: Mr.Brightside by the Killers

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“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 ..

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.

Katy Perry “Dark Horse” Review with the Brits 2014 Performance, featuring Jedward

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First of all I’m not a fan of this lady at all, her style of music isn’t my thing, but still I come across some of her songs here and there and I absolutely love Roar, fantastic melody and very good lyrics.

when I was watching the Brits 2014 videos and performances, I saw her own Performance of the new single “Dark Horse”, and I was Disappointed. let’s start with the song itself, apart from the rapping section (which happens to be cheesy) the lyrics are below average, convey’s no emotion whatsoever and leave’s you with nothing, clueless thinking what’s the point of this rubbish lyrics?

yet, the Melody is weird and dramatic, the chorus is a bit good and catchy, yet the song as a raw material is rubbish. The dramatic weird tune and melody gives the singer a chance to be creative on stage, creating a whole new conception and open new dimensions to the song itself, maybe rescuing it, but what did we get at the Brits? another useless pointless choreography by Katy which reminded me of the stupid choreography of her “Roar” performance at the X factor UK 2013.

well, back to the Brit .. the costumes as a design went OK with the the song, phoenix theme, so we can let it pass. what about the colors? neon lights! say she wants to shine and create a visual vibe on stage with these colors so I’ll let it pass as well. let’s come to the dancing now, Oh Dear, I was confused with the booty shaking and sticks moving all around the place, what is this? it’s not even an ancient Egyptian dance and have no relation whatsoever to the melody! and poor Katy, with all the props, costumes, make up, still didn’t shine and had no significant presence .. this is what happens when you overdo things ladies and gentlemen, you’ll be lost. while watching the whole thing I had the “Huh?!?” look on my face, I was really hoping that this particular performance will change my previous opinion about her stage presence and urgent need to fire her Choreographer, because I saw her VMA’s performance, previous Brits and X factor performances and couldn’t help but think that whoever is choreographing her is doing a rubbish job. the chance to turn “Dark Horse” from cheesy pointless song into dramatic interesting visual act was wasted, and left me wondering why this performance, and her overall stage presence, are annoyingly overrated?

it’s really weird seeing international mega star with poor personal stage presence that needs loads and loads of props and production when you see John and Edward (Jedward) ability to steel the show and burn the stage with their mere exploding energy and enthusiasm, nothing else but few dancers  with normal outfits and relevant energetic dance moves in total sync with the boys themselves. I’m not talking about X factor days, I’m talking about their Lipstick Eurovison performance

and simple fan video’s you see from their tours and concerts.. for example, check this out.

and before you say anything, They’re actually singing live . pay attention and you’ll notice their voices vibrating while moving.

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.