Life’s What You Make It by Talk Talk

A couple of days ago I posted up two music videos of the song “It’s My Life”, the first by Talk Talk and the second a remake by No Doubt for their singles collection, after hearing the No Doubt version on the radio.

It was such a familiar song, but the band Talk Talk didn’t sound at all familiar, so I thought I’d better check out their other songs. None of their most popular songs rung a bell except for “Life’s What You Make It”, which I had thought was a much more recent song.

Lyrics

Baby, life’s what you make it
Can’t escape it

Baby, yesterday’s favourite
Don’t you hate it

[Everything’s all right]
Life’s what you make it
[Everything’s all right]

Baby, life’s what you make it
Don’t back date it

Baby, don’t try to shade it
Beauty is naked

[Everything’s all right]
Life’s what you make it
[Everything’s all right]
Life’s what you make it

Baby, life’s what you make it
Celebrate it
Anticipate it
Yesterday’s faded
Nothing can change it
Life’s what you make it

[Everything’s all right]
Life’s what you make it
[Everything’s all right]
Life’s what you make it
[Everything’s all right]
Yeah yeah
[Everything’s all right]

It’s My Life by Talk Talk & No Doubt

I heard No Doubt’s It’s My Life while driving Jamie to his music lesson tonight and knew it had to be a remake, but who? I knew it was something from my youth; Bryan Ferry / Roxy Music was my guess but it turned out to be Talk Talk. Who? I’ll have to go listen to their other music now.

So here’s Talk Talk’s original version:

And here’s the No Doubt version:

Despite the nostalgia factor when it comes to Talk Talk’s original, I think I like No Doubt’s version better (music, not comparing the videos), although it’s a close call as they are almost identical. But then I am always more partial to female vocalists…

There’s quite an interesting story behind the No Doubt version over at Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/It%27s_My_Life_(Talk_Talk_song)

All about that bass

No not this one:

This one, much better:

This song really suits some sultry, sexy jazz. What I love about the jazz version is how you see a couple of what look like floozies on the side tapping/swaying to the music. And then they start to sing! Wow!! Oh and that two-man bass is pretty damn awesome too. Whose hands are whose?…

Ferris Bueller sings Twist and Shout

Right, so I had to follow up the last past with Ferris singing Twist and Shout by The Beatles, given that last video ended so abruptly. Despite being 12 when FBDO came out, I was still under the illusion that Matthew Broderick was actually singing it… As it turns out, it wasn’t even a Beatles song (I literally found this out just now thanks to our friend Wikipedia).

The Smiths – Please Please Please

Feeling melancholic? Well this beautiful song by The Smiths is for you. It was in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off* as an instrumental. (*One of the best movies ever.)

I can’t seem to find a video of this song, given it was a B-Side and kind of old now (yep, I’m kind of old too), so this will do:

And here’s quite possibly the best sequence in Ferris Bueller’s, if you’re an art lover.

Lyrics for Please Please Please by The Smiths

Good times for a change
See, the luck I’ve had
Can make a good man
Turn bad

So please please please
Let me, let me, let me
Let me get what I want
This time

Haven’t had a dream in a long time
See the life I’ve had
Can make a good man bad

So for once in my life
Let me get what I want
Lord knows, it would be the first time
Lord knows, it would be the first time

Music games using Spotify playlists

We stayed at Cooks Beach in the Coromandel over the Christmas / New Year break, and played a music game while sitting up drinking tea before bed time: load up a playlist of songs on my phone on Spotify (e.g. 80s music) and play the first few seconds. “Points” were awarded for how quickly people would guess the songs, and additional points for the artist, particularly if they were harder to guess or were a not very well known one hit wonder. For some of them, I’d only allow a few beats before pausing and making them guess because they were so distinctive. No, we didn’t really count points, but it was a lot of fun.

Some of the tracks that came up were (and I will link to YouTube videos in time):
– I think we’re alone now by Tiffany (holy crap, that’s a bad song)
– Love My Way by the Psychedelic Furs (excellent song, I think they couldn’t recall the band)
– I Ran by A Flock of Seagulls (as above)
– Hungry Like the Wolf by Duran Duran (I probably played about half a second of that one)
– Africa & Rosanna by Toto
– Girls Just Want to Have Fun by Cyndi Lauper (a second max)
– Never Gonna Give You Up by Rick “Rickrolled” Astley
– Eye of the Tiger by Survivor (about two bars)
– The Final Countdown by Europe (takes a little while to get going, but stop as soon as it does)
– We Built This City by Starship (the only challenge is remembering who sung it)

That’ll do for now. I may follow this up with more terrible, yet beautiful, and just straight terrible 80s music at some stage in the future.

Aha – Take On Me

After posting Aha’s “The Sun Always Shines on TV” and making reference to “Take On Me”, I had to post “Take On Me” too…

The nostalgic side of me says this is one of coolest music videos ever with the comic book stuff mixed in with the live action, but hey I was only 11 when it came out! I showed Jamie the video last night (he’s 10) and he thought it was pretty cool too.

Lyrics:

Talking away
I don’t know what I’m to say
I’ll say it anyway
Today isn’t my day to find you
Shying away
I’ll be coming for your love, OK?

Take on me (take on me),
Take me on (take on me)
I’ll be gone
In a day or two

So needless to say
Of odds and ends
But I’ll be stumbling away
Slowly learning that life is OK.
Say after me
It’s no better to be safe than sorry

Take on me (take on me),
Take me on (take on me)
I’ll be gone
In a day or two

Oh, things that you say
Is it a life or just to play my worries away?
You’re all the things I’ve got to remember
You’re shying away
I’ll be coming for you anyway

Take on me (take on me),
Take me on (take on me)
I’ll be gone
In a day

Take on me (take on me),
Take me on (take on me)
I’ll be gone (take on me)
In a day (take me on)

Aha – The Sun Always Shines on TV

When I was out driving in the car today, Aha’s “The Sun Always Shines on TV” came on the radio. I don’t think I’ve heard this song in 20 years and had forgotten all about it. But I could still recall the lyrics and sang along!

So I got home, checked out the video on YouTube and there’s some of the same cartoon/comic elements that “Take on Me” has, and even the same girl in it. (Again, I’d forgotten the video, but it was all very familiar when I watched it.)

On a side note, the girl in the Aha videos is Bunty Bailey, and Jane reckons she was Morten Harket’s girlfriend at the time (he’s the lead singer); a quick Google seems to support this.

So here’s the video, unfortunately in pretty crappy quality (I did my best to find a higher definition version):

And here are the lyrics:

Touch me
How can it be
Believe me
The sun always shines on T.V
Hold me
Close to your heart
Touch me
And give all your love to me
To me…

I reached inside myself
And found nothing there
To ease the pressure of
My ever worrying mind

All my powers waste away
I fear the crazed and lonely looks
The mirror’s sending me
These days

Touch me
How can it be
Believe me
The sun always shines on TV
Hold me
Close to your heart
Touch me
And give all your love to me

Please don’t ask me to defend
The shamefull lowlands
Of the way I’m drifting
Gloomily through time

(Touch me)
I reached inside myself today
Thinking there’s got to be some way
To keep my troubles distant

Touch me
How can it be
Believe me
The sun always shines on TV
Hold me
Close to your heart
Touch me
And give all your love to me

Hold me
Close to your heart
Touch me
And give all your love to me
To me…

Paolo Nutini – Scream (Funk My Life Up)

I’d never heard of Paolo Nutini until he turned up on Graham Norton one night and amazed us with the voice coming out of this 27 year old Scottish dude, singing Scream (Funk My Life Up). I was faffing around tonight on my computer, listening to my favourite tracks on Spotify when this came up, so had to share it.

Here’s the live version from Graham Norton, which I reckon is far better than the official video version:

Lyrics:

How was I to know you’d just come along?
(And funk my life up)
Lips like they’ve been singing sexed up strawberry songs
(Just funk my life up)
Never heard it coming, thought it’s just another woman
With a shotgun in her hand
(Funk my life up)

She’s the bass, she’s the beat, she’s the rhythm, she’s the band
(Just funk my life up)
And the girl, so fine
Makes you wanna scream Hallelujah

Yeah…

Sly hands, spinning webs like silk
Beats are dripping on me, like spider milk
And I never heard the warning when I woke up this morning
With my sunshine on a drip
She’s my rock, she’s my bud, she’s tequila, she’s a trip

And that girl, so fine
Makes you wanna scream Hallelujah

Yeah…

How can I refuse? I’m not fit to choose
(Just funk my life up)
I said the only way I win is the way I lose
(Just funk my life up)
And I never got the script, I unzipped
Got a little bit wet up in my brain
She’s your church, she’s your sin, she’s atomic,
she’s the, oh she’s the rain

And the girl, so fine you wanna scream
Yeah, yeah

She gets me silly, she’s like a trick on me
Hell, I don’t even know her name but yet she sticks to me
And in the climax she would scream with me
Yeah, she sticks to me
She gets me funny, she doesn’t want none of my money
So I pour it over her like gasoline
Light a match and then I’m back in my teens
Me and super girl smoking my green
Me and super girl smoking my green

Unload, reload, eyes back swinging,
Sweet thing, knows things, Jeff Beck sings
Roundhouse, going down…… Let’s go!
And the girl so fine makes you wanna scream Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Yeah, the girl, so fine, you wanna scream

Big Day Out 2010

I went to the Big Day Out in Auckland yesterday (January 15th 2010) and post some comments about this here.

Previous Big Days Out

Previously I went to the first New Zealand Big Day Out in 1994 when I was at the front for the Smashing Pumpkins; 2002 when Garbage and New Order played; and 2004 when I got down to Basement Jaxx (and oh my goodness they were just absolutely fantastic – quite possibly the best live performance I’ve ever seen).

In the other years there either wasn’t enough to interest me (the majority) or I later wished I had gone to. In the early years I remember listening to 95bfm (Auckland University radio station) when it was on and wishing I’d gone…

I probably also used to be more self concious about going to a music festival on my own but now I don’t care; if anything it’s easier because I can see who I want and do whatever I want while I’m there. I’m sure I’ll be going to more future events more frequently after this year.

Big Day Out 2010

I arrived about 11:15 and sat down to The Drab Doo Riffs while I had a good read through the programme and the artists that were on for the day. I used to be a grunge / heavy guitar band guy but have changed as I’ve grown older and the stuff on the minor stages and in the Boiler Room (read big hot dance music tent) is what appeals more to me these days. I’m generally not interested in what’s going on on the main stage.

I briefly checked out James Duncan before heading off to Nick D in the Boiler Room. Then I briefly checked out True Lovers and The Checks before filling up my water bottle and going to the toilet and then it was back to the Boiler Room for Magic Johnson. He played a good set and there was dancing all round but I found his transitions between songs a bit odd.

Dimmer followed up Magic Johnson which seemed an odd choice for the Boiler room. I watched a couple of their songs but ducked off for some lunch before returning for Concorde Dawn and Minuit. They both went off and Ruth of Minuit is way cool but then I knew that already 🙂 I was soaking wet with sweat and water by the time they’d finished.

Girl Talk came on next and he was just amazing – he does some crazy mash ups of stoncking background beats with classic lyrics on top; everything from the Red Hot Chilli Peppers to Crowded House to The Carpenters and everything inbetween. I would have liked to see his full set but I really wanted to see Ladyhawke so left after about 10 minutes or so.

Ladyhawke was great, finishing with her best song My Delirium, but also playing her other singles and some other stuff too. She even had three violinists playing live along with the band.

Back to the Boiler Room for Peaches and my only regret of the day… she started off doing some rappy stuff which wasn’t really me, so I thought it was a good time to fill up the water and go to the toilet again. I sat down on the main field while Powderfinger was playing to have a snack and after a while decided it wasn’t really for more and Peaches was more my style. I got back just in time to see her last two songs and SHE WAS AMAZING. What a performer! I wish I’d seen the whole thing. Oh well, she’s been to enough BDOs so is sure to be back again.

Tim Phin was up next and played a great set and then was Calvin Harris. I wasn’t really sure what to expect from Calvin Harris; I knew a couple of his songs from GeorgeFM (an Auckland dance music station, playing mainly house music) but was a little surprised when it was quite a guitar based set. Nevertheless he absolutely went off and was fantastic. He finished with “I am Not Alone” which was just amazing.

Phew, hot. Outside. I was absolutely soaked with sweat and water after that and needed some fresh air. I had quite a lot of time to kill before Groove Armada so it was time for dinner.

I got something to eat and went to the upper field to see what Gin Wigmore was all about and stayed for her whole set; I’d never heard of her before (other than seeing the “Under My Skin” song on the Air New Zealand ads, and then I didn’t know it was her or who she was). Her great sounds and voice kept being puntucated with her Kiwi Lass Accent inbetween which I found quite funny.

After Gin I grabbed a coffee, took one last pit stop and back into the Boiler Room to listen to Sasha while waiting for the main event: Groove Armada. I have to say I did like Sasha’s set but it was very repetitive and effectively a little bit boring. People certainly weren’t getting down to it anywhere near as much as I expected and I managed to get pretty much up the front in time for the groovemeisters.

And then Groove Armada came on. I can’t really say much except they were simply brilliant. I saw them the last time when they were here about eight years ago and it’s not possible to compare the performances. Last time was played more like the albums and this time more guitar rock and both were fantastic. This was the highlight of the day for me and they topped it off with a ten minute rendition of “Superstylin” at the end.

The only other regret I have for the day (other than not seeing all of Peaches’ set) is not seeing Head Like a Hole, but that was out of my control as they played during Groove Armada. I saw them a number of times when I was at University so there was a real nostalgia factor there, plus a friend commented after the BDO that they were superb.

Wrapping up, for me Groove Armada absolutely rocked with Calvin Harris in close second. I think Minuit and Ladyhakwe probably tied for third place and I just wish I’d seen more of Peaches. I hope next year’s line up is just as good.