Monday, June 21, 2010

Back on the block

Hello! So what's been going on round here for the last week? Anyone care to fill me in?

No need to worry about the following three videos, however. I couldn't fail to avoid them, even in the wifi wilderness of the Peak District. So here they all are, for the sake of completion.

1) Mark Ronson & The Business Intl - Bang Bang Bang


:: This was quite unexpectedly the song of the holiday.
:: It contains lyrics from French nursery rhyme Alouette.
:: "Je te plumerai la tĂȘte" means "I shall pluck your head" (?!)
:: The video will appeal to fans of the Simmons electronic drum.


2) Katy Perry - California Gurls

:: Helpfully, the video contains the same air of forced jollity as the song.
:: But I like the bit with Snoop Dogg buried up to his neck in spunk.


3) Kelis - 4th Of July (Fireworks)

:: The radio edit of this song is a triumph.
:: "Nothing I ever say or do will be as good as loving you" is a brilliant pop lyric.
:: The video is slightly awkward, although I like the nod to Jacko's Rock With You.
:: The bit with a skipping rope made of lights (3'11") is a genius display of making special effects on a limited budget, that sadly outstays its welcome by about 30 seconds.
:: The whole endeavour would have been improved tenfold by the inclusion of an eagle.

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