Katy Perry – Chained To The Rhythm

I believe this song is proof you can still make good music these days. Not only is the tune extremely catchy but the lyrics are meaningful, raising social awareness.

This message ties up perfectly with the video, done in that freaky, absurd style that I love so much (see Soundgarden – Black Hole Sun and Skunk Anansie – Lately).

The futuristic theme part featuring a hamster wheel so representative of the routine we lead on a daily basis, along with many other elements, aligned with the lyrics mentioning happily numb people, all worked to making a very interesting piece that solidified my admiration of Katy Perry as an artist even more.

I know Perry wrote this in a political context but when I first heard it I thought of the music that is out there these day and how we seem to be content that the chorus is basically the same line repeated like 6 times and no actual lyrics.

Oh well. Above all it’s a fun song.

Eric Clapton Plays “Tears In Heaven” For The First Time Since His Son’s Death

Today people celebrate love all over the world. I choose to celebrate the love of those who are no longer in my life but are always with me.

What better way to do that than with such a powerful song?

Thank you for this post, Lowlife Magazine!

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In 1992, in an interview with English broadcaster Sue Lawley, Eric Clapton performs “Tears in Heaven” for the first time. The song, co-written by Will Jennings and used in the 1991 film Rush, is about the suffering and grief felt by Clapton following the tragic death of his 4-year-old son, Conor, who fell from the 53rd floor of a New York apartment in March 1991. Clapton arrived at the apartment shortly afterwards.

Subsequent to the accident, Clapton made several public service announcements in order to raise awareness for the childproofing of staircases and windows, and in 2004 he stopped playing the song, as well as “My Father’s Eyes”, stating: “I didn’t feel the loss anymore, which is so much a part of performing those songs. I really have to connect with the feelings that were there when I wrote them.”

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Trip Down Memory Lane

I was on the car driving back home, humming Careless Whisper by George Michael and feeling nostalgic, so figured I would share a few videos from my childhood/teens.

These, and others, are songs that combined well thought out, meaningful lyrics with wonderful, touching melodies. I can’t say I have felt towards music in any way even remotely similar to what these made me feel back then, in the past few years, even couple of decades.

It was tough to pick just 10; there were so many awesome songs back then. But here they are.

In no particular order:

1. Gary Moore – Still Got The Blues
That guitar blows me away to this day, it’s almost as if it’s crying, I don’t know.
This is such a superb song.

2. The Animals – House of the Rising Sun
There have been so many versions of this song but I still find this one the best.
When I was a kid, my parents got me an organ and, amongst other popular songs, it had this instrumental one pre-recorded.
I did not listen to the original version until much later but it was part of my life from a young age.

3. Soul Asylum – Runaway Train
I was a pre-teen when I first heard this, didn’t really know much English back then so I would just sing along as best as it could. I thought it was a very intense song but did not realize how sad it was until I understood the lyrics later on.

4. Extreme – More Than Words
Possibly the best love song ever made, in my humble opinion – both because of the melody and the lyrics.
And it is proof that you really don’t need many gimmicks to make an outstanding song.

5. Richard Marx – Hazard
I always found this song so eerie and yet was compelled to listen to it over and over again.
It sounded dangerous and immensely sad, at the same time.
Again, I had no idea what the guy said at the time.
Right Here Waiting by the same guy was another that touched me very much.

6. The Righteous Brothers – Unchained Melody
A classic, if there ever was one. Incredibly romantic and yet unrelenting.
I believe this song can move the stoniest of hearts!

7. Whitney Houston – I Will Always Love You
Who can forget singing IIIII eeee IIIII will always loooove yooooouuu from the top of their lungs?
I know I did!

7. Ben E. King – Stand by Me
This song has one of the coolest rhythms of all time. The gourd and upright bass make such a cool combo!
I still need to watch the movie. I read the novella it was based on and now I really need to get to the film.
But boy the song is an all time favourite.

8. Phil Collins – Against All Odds
There are several Phil Collins songs I could have chosen but this one was definitely one of my favourites.
Such a sad and intense melody… It is one of those rare songs that takes its time building it up and then it just blows you away.

9. Scorpions – Still Loving You
Speaking of songs that build up to crescendo and then blow you away… This has got to be right at the top.

10. Radiohead – Creep

Boy, this song made me nuts! Still does. So deep, it has a way of crawling under your skin and leave you raw.

And the bonus track… I remember dancing this when I was little, usually with my cousins. It was HUGE here in Portugal.

Kaoma – Lambada

As I said, it was really, really hard picking just these, there are so many more I loved, from even before I was born, stuff from The Moody Blues (Nights In White Satin, anyone?) to Nirvana.


So… Which song(s) would you add to this list?
Which still mean a lot to you, taking you back to happy times or even sad ones?

Skunk Anansie – Lately

This video caught my attention because it reminded me of another I have posted before – Soundgarden – Black Hole Sun -, so I was surprised when I read in the Wikipedia description (pasted below) that this was actually an homage to Black Hole Sun.

Not only are the effects and the whole video absolutely crazy but it’s also very amusing to see Skin performing all the different roles.

I bought this cd and when I listened to this song it quickly became one of my favourites. I would however never picture it associated with this video. I still have trouble relating the two. But I figured I would leave you with this freaky footage and great song.

Happy wednesday!

Description of the video taken from Wikipedia:

The surreal music video was directed by Howard Greenhalgh, who directed the music video for “Goodbye” by Spice Girls, a year earlier. The music video shows the band performing in a small town where all its inhabitants are smiling while a comet (played by Skin) begins to have a collision course with Earth. The video for the single was a homage to Soundgarden’s music video for “Black Hole Sun”, which was also directed by Greenhalgh in 1994.

Michael Jackson – Earth Song

This is not one of my favourite songs but I find the video and lyrics quite powerful and, although I am a day late for Earth Day, I wanted to share it with you guys. We are so caught up in our own personal problems that sometimes we don’t even notice the beautiful things in our planet and how we can keep them alive. Each one of us can do it, even the smallest effort does make a difference.

Would you consider yourself an eco-friendly person?

Video description from Wikipedia:

The music video for “Earth Song”, directed by fine art photographer Nick Brandt, was expensive and well-received; it gained a Le Film Fantastique: Best Video Award in 1996, the 1995 Doris Day Music Award at the Genesis Awards and a Grammy nomination for Best Music Video, Short Form in 1997. The production had an environmental theme, showing images of animal cruelty, deforestation, pollution, poverty and war. Jackson and the world’s people unite in a spiritual chant—”Earth Song”—which summons a force that heals the world. Using special effects, time is reversed so that life returns, war ends and the forests regrow. The video closes with a request for donations to Jackson’s Heal the World Foundation.[20][30] The clip was shown infrequently in the United States.[31]

The video was filmed in four geographic regions (Americas, Europe and Africa). The first location was the Amazon Rainforest, where a large part was destroyed a week after the video’s completion. Natives of the region appeared in the video and were not actors. The second scene was a war zone in Karlovac, Croatia, with famous Croatian actor Slobodan Dimitrijević and the residents of the area. The third location was Tanzania, which incorporated scenes of illegal poaching and hunting into the video. No animals were harmed in the making of the “Earth Song”, as the footage came from documentary archives. The final location was in Warwick, New York, where a safe forest fire was simulated in a corn field.[30]

Björk – Army Of Me

Björk is one of those artists who no one can copy or even imitate. I was in my teens when I found her and she really impressed me. This is one of my favourite videos by her; the song itself is very powerful as well, both the melody and the lyrics. I hope you enjoy it.

Happy tuesday!

Description of the video taken from Wikipedia:

For the music video of the song, Björk collaborated again with Michel Gondry, who directed her video for “Human Behaviour” in 1993. In the strange music video, Björk is the driver of a tanker truck. The singer said that she wanted to capture that “tanker-truck” feeling, the sense of a big machine grinding unstoppably through town”[29] and further stated: “I thought I should be driving a very, very big truck to try to wake this person who’s asleep, so I get the biggest truck in the world, and I’m so mad I’ve got metallic teeth, because when you’re really angry, you grind your teeth. So I have to go to the dentist, who tries to steal away from me a diamond I don’t know I have”.[29]

The dentist is actually a Gorilla, and Björk explained:

When Michel [Gondry] gets his strokes of genius and, in the video for ‘Army of Me’, wants a dentist that’s a gorilla to find a diamond in my mouth, some people call it nonsense. But it’s probably the most realistic way of expressing what situation I’m in – all these people trying to take things away from me, and the gorilla finding a diamond that I don’t know I have and then stealing it. “Army of Me” is so much about me actually learning that I have to defend myself. I have to stand up and fight the fucking gorilla. Once I’ve got the diamond and I run away with it, it becomes massive ‘cos it’s mine. But if the gorilla had kept it, it would have gone really tiny. That’s surrealism for me.[30]

Björk and her label declined to use footage from the film Tank Girl (which features the track on its soundtrack) in the music video for “Army of Me”.

GNR – Cadeira Eléctrica

GNR is a portuguese band which has been around for over 30 years. Along with a couple other bands, they were pretty much pioneers in their time when it came to rock music in Portugal, so it is surprising that they are still around and kicking.

The band launched this new single recently, and the minute I watched the video I was gripped. This is exactly the kind of stuff I love, and to be frank, given the state of my mind some days, it is scary to think I might find myself doing one of these things at some point.

Hopefully sprinkling the chicken fillets with cake decorations. Must not be particularly tasty, but considering the rest, it does seem to be the most harmless option, right?

I know it’s quite exaggerated, but I am sure you know what I mean. Can you relate at all? :)

I hope you will enjoy it and not find the music itself too annoying, as it is probably pretty different from what you are used to listening to.

Hope you all have a blessed easter!