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Hard News: Game Lorde

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  • Russell Brown, in reply to BenWilson,

    But performing in your first few big gigs is going to be emotionally exhausting in a way that doesn’t reflect what it will be like when she becomes accustomed.

    True. And that's how it looked.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22850 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    Also: having watched the new Miley Cyrus video, I am even more strongly of the view that if Lorde can rescue pop music from that kind of hideous formulaic bombast, humanity wins.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22850 posts Report Reply

  • Bart Janssen, in reply to Russell Brown,

    if Lorde can rescue pop music

    Is Lorde our saviour? :)

    Kind of big ask, but music is interesting in that there can be huge swings in style from relatively small triggers. We can but hope.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 4461 posts Report Reply

  • Martin Lindberg, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Also: having watched the new Miley Cyrus video...

    Oh, I don't know. She has a sledgehammer and wears Doc Martens. How can anyone compete with that?

    Stockholm • Since Jul 2009 • 802 posts Report Reply

  • Kyle Matthews,

    I’m not certain what kind of band you could assemble to carry it off

    Symphony orchestra. Just listening to the EP now you could easily make that work, and the sound would be intense, and it would cross over age and style like a monster.

    Royals doesn't have much of a melody, but you could add it, and those backing vocals at the beginning of love club could be transferred to a violin.

    I'm picking it on tour in three years.

    Since Nov 2006 • 6243 posts Report Reply

  • Robyn Gallagher, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Also: having watched the new Miley Cyrus video, I am even more strongly of the view that if Lorde can rescue pop music from that kind of hideous formulaic bombast, humanity wins.

    The song is dull, but the new Miley music video is better than either of Lorde's videos.

    Raglan • Since Nov 2006 • 1946 posts Report Reply

  • Jason Kemp,

    My 12 yr old daughter picked Lorde back in May and she ended up buying a copy of the Ep soon after that. That was driven by mostly by video as the youtube generation talk about that more than actual TV now.

    I listened to an interview a few weeks back from last years Jim Mora afternoon radio show and was impressed with what I heard.

    It seems like we have a very savvy songwriter / performer on the rise. She appears to have great people in her team and compared to most of the new music out there more than a spark of originality - so all good.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 368 posts Report Reply

  • SteveH, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Also: having watched the new Miley Cyrus video

    Three and half minutes of my life I'm never getting back. God it's dire.

    Since Sep 2009 • 444 posts Report Reply

  • Alan Perrott, in reply to Martin Lindberg,

    without having watched the video, can I assume it's some kind of Wendy O'Williams tribute?

    if so, nice. if not, for shame Miley.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 438 posts Report Reply

  • Martin Lindberg, in reply to Alan Perrott,

    without having watched the video

    here you go...

    Stockholm • Since Jul 2009 • 802 posts Report Reply

  • Alan Perrott, in reply to Martin Lindberg,

    cheers Martin, but my lapse was by choice.

    there are many things I don't need to know, see, or fret about and Miley's state of mind and career are two of them.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 438 posts Report Reply

  • Danielle, in reply to Russell Brown,

    rescue pop music

    Call me contrarian, but I am always rather suspicious of these sorts of statements. You know how for ages the accepted narrative was "pop music in the early 60s was bland and naff and then the Beatles came!", completely ignoring how great the girl groups were? Yeah.

    Charo World. Cuchi-cuchi!… • Since Nov 2006 • 3828 posts Report Reply

  • "chris", in reply to Danielle,

    I thought Aled Jones rescued pop music back in ’85, in the same key as Royals for anyone who enjoys listening to 2 songs at once.

    location, location, locat… • Since Dec 2010 • 250 posts Report Reply

  • Simon Grigg, in reply to Danielle,

    ignoring how great the girl groups were

    I've played this about a million times since I bought it a few months back.

    Just another klong... • Since Nov 2006 • 3284 posts Report Reply

  • Danielle, in reply to Simon Grigg,

    Oh gosh. A must-own!

    Do you have this? I am a little bit obsessed with it.

    Charo World. Cuchi-cuchi!… • Since Nov 2006 • 3828 posts Report Reply

  • Alan Perrott, in reply to Simon Grigg,

    ooo, are we allowed to derail this thread with some mind clearing girl groups to wash away all thenasty Cyrusness?

    found these 7s at lunchtime:

    The Bermudas

    and The Rag Dolls

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 438 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Danielle,

    Call me contrarian, but I am always rather suspicious of these sorts of statements. You know how for ages the accepted narrative was “pop music in the early 60s was bland and naff and then the Beatles came!”, completely ignoring how great the girl groups were? Yeah.

    And they were totally awesome! No argument from me at all there.

    But have you heard the Miley song? It sounds like someone taking a shit.

    I honestly have trouble conceiving of it as pop music.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22850 posts Report Reply

  • Danielle, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Yeah, it's not a great song by any means, but I'm not quite sure why we're picking on this track in particular. Pop music has always had its fair share of bombastic dross, surely? (Also, she WANTS us to laugh out loud at all the phallic stuff in the video, right? Because that's what I did.)

    Here is my favourite version of "You're No Good". Palate cleanser.

    Charo World. Cuchi-cuchi!… • Since Nov 2006 • 3828 posts Report Reply

  • Alan Perrott, in reply to Danielle,

    oo, that goes straight to my wants list. cheers.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 438 posts Report Reply

  • Simon Grigg, in reply to Danielle,

    found these 7s at lunchtime

    the 7 inch 45s or the vids? If the former, where do you shop at lunchtime as I want to get there by 11.30.

    Do you have this? I am a little bit obsessed with it.

    Don't do this to me Danielle.

    I had a few weeks of Saturday morning shows on bFM recently and really wanted to play a bit of girl-group floss but was nervous. I asked Manu (Station Manager) how far I could go. His answer: You need to have a reason to play something on B. However that reason can be "I like it".

    So I played:

    Just another klong... • Since Nov 2006 • 3284 posts Report Reply

  • Alan Perrott, in reply to Simon Grigg,

    hey Simon, Real Groovy. I'm still digging thru the shedload of 7s they dropped last month. only a shiny dollar each now so I'm dashing up during my lunchbreaks for a looksee.
    you wanna see what else I've found there over the past week...sheesh. even got a slightly beaten up James Brown Night Train (King) today - worth a punt on cleaning it up.

    and apologies to Russell for the further derail, but also got these today -

    Shock, Electrophonic Phunk

    and a long time oddball want, CW "Convoy" McCall's Night Rider

    and if you're in town with squat to do, I'm playing records at Golden Dawn tonight - I hear it might get a breezy.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 438 posts Report Reply

  • Kyle Matthews,

    Also, she WANTS us to laugh out loud at all the phallic stuff in the video, right? Because that’s what I did.

    I hope so, because otherwise I'm unclear why she's demolishing walls in her knickers... and sometimes without. Can't she make overalls look sexy?

    Since Nov 2006 • 6243 posts Report Reply

  • Simon Grigg, in reply to Alan Perrott,

    I’m playing records at Golden Dawn tonight – I hear it might get a breezy.

    Bit of a flight for me, I'm back in the Royal Swamp at the moment, but I've just discovered that my favourite local has just opened a second hand vinyl store on the top floor so I'm a happy chap.

    I wish I had the time to RG at the moment, everyone is finding gold there.

    Just another klong... • Since Nov 2006 • 3284 posts Report Reply

  • Alan Perrott, in reply to Simon Grigg,

    sweet, and I’d love to hear what sort of stuff shows up over there.

    oh, and how about that Miley eh?

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 438 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Danielle,

    Yeah, it’s not a great song by any means, but I’m not quite sure why we’re picking on this track in particular. Pop music has always had its fair share of bombastic dross, surely?

    I only bothered because everyone was talking about it on Twitter, so I had to have a reckon. I dunno, it just seems to be an example of a particularly ugly and elephantine strand of popular music.

    (Also, she WANTS us to laugh out loud at all the phallic stuff in the video, right? Because that’s what I did.)

    Yeah, sorta, when she licked the sledgehammer all those times. But I don't really have a view on the video itself.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22850 posts Report Reply

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