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!


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!

Sia – Chandelier

I imagine by now you are pretty tired of hearing this song. It soared through the charts for good reason. The tune is catchy but the video… Boy, this video. I stared at it gaping the first time I watched it because 1) what the heck was this kid doing?? and 2) how the heck can she do that??

When I read an article where the choreographer said he wanted to film a little girl playing around a house I thought well that’s a bit of a bleak place for a girl to be playing… It didn’t even look like playing to me, at first.
The more I watched it the more I could see it, though and how talented that kid is. She, and the choreography, are very expressive, and I cannot seem to get tired of watching this.

Video description from Wikipedia:

The music video for “Chandelier” was released on 6 May 2014. It features Maddie Ziegler, a young dancer.[52] Ziegler was personally asked by Sia to appear in the video via Twitter.[53] The video was directed by Sia and Daniel Askill,[54] and was choreographed by Ryan Heffington.[55] Ziegler shared her thoughts about the dance moves to New York magazine:[53]

“I like the whole dance. It was really different and weird for me, because I usually don’t, you know, be a crazy person every time. It was so fun to do and it was really out of the box and it expanded me a lot, because I’m used to competition dances where you’re like, ‘Point your legs!’ But this time it was like, you just need to let go and feel it.”

In the video, Ziegler wears a blonde Sia wig. Throughout the clip, Ziegler dances in a deserted apartment “while spinning, kicking, leaping, crawling, falling, twirling and hiding herself behind window drapes”.[54] An alternative one-take version of the clip was released in June 2014.[56] The choreography was praised by media outlets; an editor from The Guardian wrote that Ziegler “dances with such impressive flexibility”.[56] Nolan Feenay from Time magazine commented that the dance moves in the “Chandelier” music video could be the best dance routine of 2014.[57] “Chandelier” received nominations at the MTV Video Music Awards for Video of the Year and Best Choreography, and ultimately won the latter.[58][59] On 5 December 2014, it was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Music Video.[1] The video went viral on YouTube and became the seventh most-watched video on the video-sharing website of 2014.[60][61] As of January 2015, Billboard ranked the video at number 12, on the list of the 20 best of the 2010s (so far).[62]

Silverchair – Freak

This one closes the trio of freaky videos from my growing up years.

Happy weekend!

Video description taken from Wikipedia:

The video features the band playing in an oven-chamber, monitored by a scientist in a control room. Their sweat is collected, received by a doctor and taken to a wrinkled-up woman in an adjoining room. The doctor touches part of her flesh with the sweat, and it smoothens. The doctor injects a large amount of sweat into the woman, and she regresses to being middle-aged. The doctor calls for more sweat, so the scientist turns up the heat, as high as 175°F in the oven-chamber, causing the band members to sweat even more. Their sweat drains into a sort of water cooler, where the doctor collects a glass of it. She gives this to the woman, and when she drinks it, her youth returns. However, she is still not satisfied, so she orders and drinks another dose and turns into an alien mutant. She loves the new look and pays the doctor. When this is all done, the heat lamps are turned off, and the room now seems to appear very cold. The band punch out their time cards and walk out.

Soundgarden – Black Hole Sun

Speaking of disturbing videos, I think it is safe to say this one gave me nightmares for a while.
I am pretty sure I had not even entered my teens when this came out.

Video description taken from Wikipedia:

The surreal and apocalyptic music video for “Black Hole Sun” was directed by Howard Greenhalgh,[20] produced by Megan Hollister for Why Not Films (London, England), shot by Ivan Bartos, and features post-production work by 525 Post Production (Hollywood, California) and Soho 601 Effects (London). The video follows a suburban neighborhood and its inhabitants which are eventually swallowed up by a black hole, while the band performs the song somewhere in an open field. In the video, Cornell can be seen wearing a fork necklace given to him by Shannon Hoon of Blind Melon.[1] In an online chat, the band stated that the video “was entirely the director’s idea”, and added, “Our take on it was that at that point in making videos, we just wanted to pretend to play and not look that excited about it.”[21] Thayil said that the video was one of the few Soundgarden videos the band was satisfied with.[22]

The video was released in June 1994.[23] After several weeks of airplay on MTV, a second version of the video was substituted containing more elaborate visual effects than the original, including the addition of a computer-generated black hole.

Radiohead – Just

Now I would like to think I have watched my share of disturbing videos but I have to say this one holds a special place in my heart. It creates a subtle hint of unease and sort of relates to the literature I enjoy reading.

Also, Radiohead are awesome.

Description of the video taken from Wikipedia:

The single’s video was directed by Jamie Thraves, who was hand-picked by the band after they saw several of his experimental short films. It was shot near Liverpool Street Station in London, and intersperses footage of Radiohead playing the song inside an apartment with scenes of a middle-aged man (played by Dorian Lough) who lies down in the middle of the pavement just outside of the apartment building. People start to gather, thinking that something must be wrong with the man, and the band are shown looking out the window at the events below. A heated (subtitled) conversation between the man and the crowd develops, as the people start demanding to know what the man is doing and why he is lying there. In subtitles, the man finally gives in and says, “Yes I’ll tell you, I’ll tell you why I’m lying here… but God forgive me… and God help us all… because you don’t know what you ask of me.” The camera zooms in on his mouth as the man finally gives the answer, but the subtitles have now stopped, leaving what he said open to the viewer’s interpretation. As the camera zooms back out, it shows the pavement covered with the crowd of people, all lying down just like the man. The video is available on Radiohead’s 7 Television Commercials DVD and the EMI released Radiohead: The Best Of DVD.