Monday, January 23, 2012

Lana Del Rey proves the haters wrong

Rhubarb, rhubarb, can't sing live, rhubarb, blah, waffle, no charisma, nonsense, huff.

That is basically a summary of the entire internet's hysterical response to Lana Del Rey when she made her US TV debut on Saturday Night Live the other week.

At the time, I strongly suspected her awkward appearance and kinda wobbly vocals had something to do with stage fight. Lana isn't the world's most seasoned performer, after all, and SNL is one of the most high pressure gigs there is.

After hearing her play the exact same set on BBC 6 Music this morning, I'm even more convinced that crippling shyness had something to do with the SNL debacle. Put at her ease by the ridiculously affable Huey Morgan (to the extent that she did a - gasp - accidental swear) and safe from the denuding gaze of TV cameras, the sultry melancholy of Video Games was fully restored.

Afterwards, Huey's team said it beautifully on Twitter:

Or, to put it another way:

If you're visiting this page between 27 January and 26 February, 2012, you can listen to the interview and performance below. After that, the BBC will press a huge self-destruct button and the audio will be removed from the internet FOREVER.

You have been warned.

PS: If you haven't already read Popjustice's backlash against the Lana Del Rey backlash, then get over to their website forthwith.

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