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Regina Spektor – Samson



So the first time I heard this song, I was 20. My most-recent-ex-at-the-time had made me a mix CD because while we were still dating I’d heard Tori Amos’s version of Smells Like Teen Spirit (which if you’d never heard I’d suggest you listen to, like, instantly) over at hers and been like OMG, and a couple of weeks after we broke up she realised she hadn’t given me a copy like she promised and put it on a mix CD for me (because we stayed friends after we broke up. This is something I do).

But anyway, about a few months later she made me another one, and Samson was on it. Not this version; this version is on the 2006 album Begin to Hope; the version I have (well, I have Begin to Hope as well but you know what I mean) is from the 2002 Songs. I personally think the first version is better, but that’s very much a matter of personal taste.
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SOTD: Third Eye Blind ( @3eb ) - Jumper





I love this entire (eponymous) album. If you’ve never listened, I suggest you do so ASAP. (It contains the song Semi-Charmed Life, which you will recognise from the radio in the late ‘90s, although there will be some lyrics that you don’t recognise because apparently it wasn’t considered ‘done’ to play songs about how awesome crystal meth is on radio.)

This song in particular is just kind of perfect. I can't justify that exactly, but if you listen you'll know what I mean.
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I'm at home for Christmas, and as I flip through the channels post-family viewing of Agatha Christie's Poirot I noticed that the 2009 AMAs were showing on a music channel called 'VIVA'. I'd never heard of this music channel before, but as I'd not had a chance to see the AMAs I pretty much jumped at the chance. Especially as I'm a huge Adam Lambert fan, and wanted to see his performance on a screen bigger than the tiny one on YouTube.

The first performance was by Janet Jackson who, half way through her performance, grabbed the crotch of a male dancer for a considerable time, in a fairly sexually charged fashion. Fair enough, I thought. It's after 9pm, which is the watershed in this country, so that's fine.

Almost two hours later, nearing 11pm, Adam Lambert's performance is finally upon us. I broke off a conversation with my brother (which included hilarious stories about how he always seemed to have to break up fights in his pub on his nights off) in order to give the performance my full attention.

I'm currently planning my letter of complaint to the music channel.

They kept the kiss, which I think they knew they wouldn't have got away with censoring.

What they didn't keep was the moment where, as Ryan Seacrest so charmingly put it, "a dude snorkled in [Adam's] crotch". This was, in my opinion, no more sexually charged than Janet Jackson's performance, and yet despite being almost two hours later this was censored out.

I try to keep this blog all about the music (and, at some point, movies and TV shows), and keep my politics out of it, but since this is an intersect I'm going to make an exception this once.

I do NOT agree with what this music channel did. There are more raunchy things going on in music videos at 6pm than there were in that moment, but for some reason if it's two guys, it's not okay. This double standard is something which I will not stand by and watch happening. I will not accept it. I will not agree with it. And I will not stop pointing it out when I see it.

(In related news, I'm getting Adam Lambert's album for my birthday. Which is - oh, hey, it's the 24th now! My birthday's tomorrow! GLEE!!!!)
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So I was in an absolutely foul mood this morning – still am – due to iTunes being the most evil piece of software on the planet that wasn’t made by Microsoft.

However, on the way to work today I was flicking through my (severely depleted) options on my iBob II, and luckily Dave Matthews was still on there.

SOTD: Dave Matthews Band – Crash Into Me



My history with this song is long and involved, so you’ll be pleased to know I’m not going to go into it. However, I can highly recommend Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds Live in Radio City, which you should all listen to (if you haven’t already).
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So, wow, it's been a while since I last updated. I have been legitimately busy, but I've also been a little in mourning. John Hughes and Les Paul and Allen Shellenberger all going in quick succession was a bit much, world.

On the day, I decided to make a playlist in honour of the music John Hughes used in his movies. The music was as much a part of the movies as the script, in many ways, as good soundtracks often are.

Here's to you, John Hughes. You shaped my childhood, and will be sorely missed. (We'll ignore the fact that you were responsible for Beethoven, including all of the sequels, since that's probably best left alone.)





Playlist:

Psychedelic Furs - Pretty in Pink (Pretty in Pink)
Yello - Oh Yeah (Ferris Bueller's Day Off)
Oingo Boingo - Weird Science (Weird Science)
Stray Cats - Sixteen Candles (Sixteen Candles)
Jesse Johnson & Stephanie Spruill - Heart Too Hot To Hold (The Breakfast Club)
Otis Reading - Try A Little Tenderness (Pretty In Pink)
The Beatles - Twist & Shout (Ferris Bueller's Day Off)
Silicon Teens - Red River Rock (Planes, Trains & Automobiles)
Altered Images - Happy Birthday (Sixteen Candles)
Marvin Gaye - How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You) (She's Having A Baby)
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - Tesla Girls (Weird Science)
Van Morrison - Crazy Love (She's Having A Baby)
Simple Minds - Don't You (Forget About Me) (The Breakfast Club)
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From 15 to not-quite-24 is a strange journey. Your focuses change, and while you may not stop listening to a band, they no longer take up as much of your world as they once did.

When I was 15, Nine Inch Nails were most of my world. For various reasons, I needed an escape, and this band afforded me the kind of escape I needed. I listened to The Downward Spiral at least once a day. Then, when The Fragile came out, I bought it and listened to it all the time.

Since And All That Could Have Been.live and .still I've sort of lost track. I remember seeing the videos for The Hand That Feeds and Only, and then later Survivalism, but never got around to buying the albums. And still haven't, oddly enough.

Today, I found out that Trent Reznor had put his latest album out for free download, because he had broken with his record company because he was disillusioned with the prices they were charging for his music. The Slip is available here, and I would urge you all to go and download it. It's Nine Inch Nails. I can't wait to listen to it.

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