Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Wicked Game (Trentemoller Businessman Dubby Games Remix)

Song: Wicked Game (Trentemoller Businessman Dubby Games Remix)
Artist: Chris Isaak
Album: Wicked Game

"Wicked Game" is a 1989 song by Chris Isaak from his third studio album Heart Shaped World. It is written in the key of B minor and utilizes the B Dorian modal scale.[citation needed] Despite being released as a single in 1989, it didn't become a hit until it was later featured in the David Lynch film Wild at Heart. Lee Chesnut, an Atlanta radio station music director who was obsessed with David Lynch films, began playing the song and it quickly became a nationwide top ten hit in January 1991, reaching #6 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, making it the only hit song of his career in the U.S.

Chris Isaak version

Music videos

The music video of the song was directed by Herb Ritts and featured top model Helena Christensen rolling on the beach with Isaak. It was shot in black and white. Christensen was topless and Isaak was shirtless through most of the video, although clever camera angles concealed any actual nudity. Viewers still reacted to Christensen's sexually suggestive performance, and the video was later featured on MTV's Sexiest Video of All-Time countdown.[citation needed] The video won the MTV Video Music Awards for Best Male Video, Best Cinematography and Best Video from a Film. A previous version of the video was commissioned for the Wild at Heart soundtrack, and was directed by David Lynch.

The video was ranked #13 on VH1's 100 Greatest Videos and was also ranked #4 on VH1's 50 Sexiest Video Moments. The video was ranked #73 on Rolling Stone magazine's "The 100 Top Music Videos".


The song is a classic Love/Hate relationship. The narrator (Isaak) acknowledges that “no one could save me but you” in the first line but then paradoxically says it was “foolish” to partake in the second line. The chorus pines for not wanting to fall in love yet is sung with such passion that one knows he is, or has been in love. He expresses his reluctance, yet hints at wanting to "fall in love" knowing this love of worldly desire will most likely break his heart. The almost silent "don't" in the chorus line "No, I don't want to fall in love" also indicates a longing for this person, being in conflict with reason.

Uses in popular culture

Track listings

CD maxi - Europe
  1. "Wicked Game" by Chris Isaak
  2. "Cool Cat Walk" by Angelo Badalamenti
  3. "Dark Spanish Symphony" (string version) by Angelo Badalamenti — 2:34
CD maxi - Promo - U.S.
  1. "Wicked Game" (album version) — 4:46
  2. "Wicked Game" (edit) — 4:06
  3. "Wicked Game" (instrumental) — 4:48
  1. "Wicked Game" (edit) — 4:06
  2. "Wicked Game" (instrumental) — 4:48
12" maxi - UK
  1. "Wicked Game" by Chris Isaak
  2. "Cool Cat Walk" by Angelo Badalamenti
  3. "Dark Spanish Symphony" (string version) by Angelo Badalamenti — 2:34
7" single - Europe
  1. "Wicked Game" by Chris Isaak — 4:06
  2. "Cool Cat Walk" by Angelo Badalamenti — 3:22


Country ↓ Certification ↓ Date ↓ Sales certified ↓
U.S.[2] Gold April 17, 1991 500,000


Chart (1990-1991) ↓ Peak
position ↓
Australian ARIA Singles Chart 15
French SNEP Singles Chart 42
German Singles Chart 9
Irish Singles Chart 10
Swedish Singles Chart 3
UK Singles Chart 10
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 6
U.S. Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks 10
U.S. Billboard Modern Rock Tracks 2

Cover versions

The Finnish band HIM remade this song, first using it in their demo This is Only the Beginning, then in their EP 666 Ways To Love: Prologue, then another recording on their first album Greatest Love Songs Vol. 666, and lastly on the British and American versions of their second album Razorblade Romance. The last recording they made of it then reappeared on their compilation album And Love Said No - The Greatest Hits 1997-2004. With "Wicked Game" on their EP and first album, HIM gained fame in their native Finland. HIM frontman Ville Valo had this to say about "Wicked Game": "I went to Pasila's library and borrowed the soundtrack-vinyl of Wild At Heart and recorded it on tape. So with Linde we tried to 'learn' the song from the tape. It was kind of funny, that we learnt the song a bit wrong. We didn't hear the guitar parts well enough from that 'bad quality' tape. We also heard the lyrics wrong, and when the song was later recorded to our first EP, there were a few funny mistakes in the lyrics."

Track listings

German release
  1. "Wicked Game" – 3:54
  2. "For You" – 4:00
  3. "Our Diabolikal Rapture" – 5:20
  4. "Wicked Game" (666 Remix) – 3:58
Finnish release
  1. "Wicked Game"
  2. "For You"
2000 UK release
  1. "Wicked Game" – 3:36
  2. "When Love and Death Embrace" (Amnt mix) – 3:34
  3. "The Heartless" (Serdlidlim Mix) – 3:11
2000 Swedish release
  1. "Wicked Game" 2000
  2. "When Love and Death Embrace" (Amnt mix) – 3:34

Other versions

  • VAST plays a cover of Wicked Game during some of their live performances.
  • Australian musician Edward Guglielmino plays it as a cover at his live performances.
  • The industrial band Crossbreed recorded a version of this song for their 1998 release .01.
  • The Swiss video artist Pipilotti Rist also recorded a version of this song for her 1998 album Remake of a weekend, changing the title to I'm a Victim of this song. She also made a video shot in the interior of a European café.
  • Irish band JJ72 released an acoustic version of the song on their 2003 UK single release 'Always and Forever'
  • Giant Drag added a cover of the track to the European release of their Hearts and Unicorns album
  • The German dance/techno-outfit Novaspace recorded a version of the song for their 2004 album Cubes.
  • Heather Nova included a cover on her 2005 album Redbird.
  • The gregorian chant -inspired music group Gregorian made a cover of the song for their album Masters of Chant Chapter III.
  • R.E.M. included a cover of the song on their 1995 Fan Club Christmas Single.
  • The winner of Australian Idol Damien Leith performed the song in 2006.
  • Ima Robot did a cover of the song, which appeared on their MySpace site in 2006, and then on their mindviz site in early 2007.
  • Corey Taylor of Stone Sour performed this song acoustic in the band's tours of 2006 and 2007. A live acoustic version of the song is on the special edition version of the Stone Sour album Come What(ever) May.
  • Adam Gontier of Three Days Grace performed this song acoustic in the bands tours of 2007 and this version is available for download on the iTunes version of their cd, One-X.
  • West Australian hard rock band, Karnivool often play a small version of this song live in the middle of L1fel1ke.
  • Lights of Euphoria recorded a remixed version of this song
  • British girl group Girls Aloud recorded a cover of the Chris Isaak original, but it remains unreleased.
  • British band Turin Brakes have played the song during various radio sessions, as well as playing it live on their live dates in late 2007. However, they have yet to release a studio version.
  • Green Carnation covered this song for the bonus section of their DVD "Alive and well... In Krakow"
  • Maroon 5 has played a portion of the song on its 2008 tour as a lead-in to their song "She Will Be Loved".
  • Aaron Lewis of Staind has done a cover version of this song on his solo acoustic tour.
  • Stone Sour included a version on their album "Come What(ever) May".
  • Bossasonic did a Bossa version for their album "Club Life".
  • The video was parodied in the Bloodhound Gang video Screwing You on the Beach at Night.
Wicked Game - Chris Isaak

Wicked Game - HIM

Monday, June 29, 2009


Song: Heartbreaker (w/John Legend)
Album: Fist of God

MSTRKRFT (pronounced "Master-craft") is an electronic music group from Toronto (The Beaches), Ontario, Canada who are signed to Last Gang Records. The group was started in 2005 by Jesse F. Keeler formerly of Death from Above 1979 and Al-P (Alex Puodziukas) formerly of the Mississauga electropop group Girlsareshort.[1][2][3] Al-P was also the producer for Death from Above 1979s album You're a Woman, I'm a Machine as well as several of (Jesse's former band) Black Cat#13's records. The duo has been close friends, as well as work partners, for a long time. MSTRKRFT also produced Die Mannequin's first EP, How to Kill, and Magneta Lane's second LP, Dancing With Daggers.

MSTRKRFT have been commissioned to remix songs by such artists as Justice, Bloc Party, Metric, Wolfmother, Annie and The Kills.


JFK and Al-P w/ dsrnr @ The Social, Toronto, ON

Their first single was "Easy Love", released in 2006. They released their second single, "Work On You", on July 6. In contrast to the "Easy Love" music video, "Work On You" featured animated robots similar to those found in classic cartoons (see: Voltron, Transformers ). Although The Looks is MSTRKRFT's first album featuring original content, the band has created remixes from a variety of other artists ranging from Buck 65 to The Kills to Jesse F. Keeler's own band, Death from Above 1979.

MSTRKRFT released their first LP, The Looks, on July 18, 2006 in the United States and February 2, 2007 in Britain. Keeler and Al-P told Eye Weekly weeks before the release of The Looks, that as the album was being finished, the planning stages for a follow-up record had already begun. Describing the upcoming album's new direction, Al-P said that the album would be "darker, underground disco and house with elements of American rock music."

The "2007" version of their song "Street Justice" was also released as a single. On the band's website message board, Keeler mentioned they were also working on a compilation album composed of their remixed tracks. Street Justice was also featured on the THQ action game, Saints Row 2. Neon Knights was also featured on Need For Speed: Pro Street, and their remix for Justices' D.A.N.C.E. was featured on the movie "Meet The Spartans".

Their song "Paris" was featured in a 2006 commercial for the online music store URGE. In 2007 MSTRKRFT appeared at the WEMF World Electronic Music Festival.

In September 2007 MSTRKRFT performed at an Australian spring music festival "Parklife" in Brisbane. They performed their remix of the song "Woman" from Modular label mates Wolfmother. Andrew Stockdale of Wolfmother appeared on stage and sang live while MSTRKRFT performed the remix.

In 2008 through Obeygiant.com released a mix cd with Z-Trip. In conjunction with this CD, Obey offered the Art work print, entitled Soundclash of the Titans. On May 24, 2008 MSTRKRFT were featured on the famous BBC Radio 1 show, The Essential Mix. MSTRKRFT later performed at the 2008 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, which included a diverse group of artists ranging from Metallica to Jack Johnson.

On March 17, 2009, MSTRKRFT released their second LP, titled Fist of God. All songs were written by Jesse F. Keeler and Al-P. Initial critical response has been average at best, with major periodicals Spin, Rolling Stone, and Blender giving the album less-than-stellar reviews. The album features guest appearances by John Legend, E-40, N.O.R.E., and Lil' Mo, among others.

Fist Of God is the second album by MSTRKRFT, released on March 17, 2009. All songs were written by Jesse F. Keeler and Al-P.


Initial critical response to Fist of God was very average. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album has received an average score of 57, based on 18 reviews. Jesse F. Keeler told ClashMusic.com that he expected the mixed reception.

I expect a lot of people to not like the record, but I expect a lot more people to like the record now that we’ve reached a way bigger audience making it. It might sound like a calculated business move, but it was mainly a musical thing. We kinda knew what the reaction’d be, and we even told a lot of the kids on the message boards: ‘Well, a lot of you are gonna hate it’. It’s difficult, too, you know, because a lot of people have just discovered us, and they’re going to go on this record initially; but we didn’t want to make a record that was too ‘now’. We could have got a lot of the rappers - like The Cool Kids, Spank Rock and Kid Sister - but we tried to choose things and people that were more timeless. And, anyway, I love bad reviews, they’re my favourite things.

Track listing

  1. "It Ain't Love" (featuring Lil' Mo) – 3:42
  2. "1,000 Cigarettes" – 3:27
  3. "Bounce" (featuring N.O.R.E. & Isis) – 2:52
  4. "Vuvuvu" – 3:40
  5. "Heartbreaker" (featuring John Legend) – 3:14
  6. "Fist of God" – 4:05
  7. "So Deep" (featuring Jahmal from The Carps) – 3:28
  8. "Click Click" (featuring E-40) – 3:29
  9. "Word Up" (featuring Ghostface Killah) – 3:52
  10. "Breakaway" (featuring Jahmal from The Carps) – 6:39
  11. "1,000 Cigarettes" (featuring Freeway) (bonus track) – 3:11



Wednesday, June 24, 2009


Song: Metropolis
Artist: Cicada
Album: Roulette

Cicada is the name of a UK-based electronic music band. Members include producers Aaron Gilbert (aka Mr. Natural), Alex Payne and Icelandic vocalist Heidrun Anna Björnsdottir (formerly of GusGus).

They released several critically-acclaimed singles throughout 2005 and 2006, including "The Things You Say", "Cut Right Through" and "Electric Blue". They have also done remixes for Depeche Mode, New Order, Chicane, Dannii Minogue and Client, among others.

Their debut album, Cicada, was released in summer 2006 on Critical Mass Records.

Band Website: www.cicadamusic.com
Band Members: Aaron Gilbert, Alex Payne, Heidrun Bjornsdottir.

Official biog for new album “Roulette” released on iTunes 1st June, in shops 8th June.
We were flying back from Russia in this cranky Tupelov plane,” recalls Alex Payne explaining how Cicada came up with the title ‘Roulette’ for their new album, “We joked that it would be Russian roulette whether we made it home or not. Then we started thinking how the music business is a roulette wheel and Cicada are small operators gambling against the house - but winning so far…”
He’s right, Cicada are on a roll. ‘Roulette’ is a follow-up that kicks. With songs such as the driving Moroder-esque disco throb of ‘Falling Rockets’ or the pulsating bassline power of ‘Don’t Stare At The Sun’, Cicada deserve to dramatically increase their armada of devoted fans. Their self-titled debut album sold in droves in 2006 and topped online polls without significant marketing from the group’s tiny Critical Mass label. It was a genuine word of mouth success. However, where that album was awash with delicious Balearic grooves ‘Roulette’ ups the energy levels to an irresistible dancefloor buzz.

Cicada began life as London club-heads Alex Payne and Aaron Gilbert’s successful production team, remixing Depeche Mode, New Order and many others, but they wanted more, they wanted to return to the band ethic and build a project that reflected their love of rock and pop as well as dance. They started creating tracks but needed a vocalist.

“We didn’t want diva-ish vocals,” explains Aaron, “We wanted someone with an interesting voice who didn’t just belt it out.”

After an extensive search they found Heidrun Bjornsdottir, who’d previously sung with Icelandic housers Gus Gus and Liverpool rockers Gloss. She fitted in perfectly and, with their first album rousing interest and receiving positive reviews, Cicada were suddenly in demand for gigs. Initially wary, the trio added drummer Duncan ‘Pixie’ Mills for shows and before they knew it they were gigging across the globe.

“We didn’t want to be U2 in a month,” says Alex, “but we gained confidence, made live instruments fit with phat analogue, and played this fantastic festival called Good Vibes in Australia. We thought we’d be stuffed in a tent in the corner but the promoters said, ‘We absolutely adore the album, do you mind going on the main stage before The Beastie Boys and Snoop Dogg’.”

Playing to 20,000 Aussies going mental was nerve-wracking but exhilarating, and over the next year and a half they gigged solidly, playing crowd-slaying sets at two consecutive Glastonburys. They loved it and wanted to make an album that reflected the live experience, a new set that took the roof off.

“Performing is the part I like best,” agrees Heidrun, “It’s where I really have fun and the crowd always have fun with me.”

‘Roulette’, then, explodes with dancefloor attitude but it’s also pop. Pop? Yes, pop with attitude and cheeky underground pizzazz. Cicada know pop music can mean anything from the Faithless to U2 via Frankie Knuckles and Maximo Park. ‘Roulette’ appears just as proper pop is being rediscoveredby sites such as Popjustice and Wonkypop, a whole movement devoted to recognizing when pop music is glorious and reclaiming it from TV talent shows such as ‘The X Factor’. It suits Cicada down to the ground.

“Pop isn’t a dirty word,” they reckon, “From Saint Etienne to Santogold, it’s possible to do it credibly, we’re not techno DJs from Berlin, we’re just trying to make an album that, if someone finds it on their shelf and plays it in five years time, they can still enjoy the songs.”

To this end ‘Roulette’ springs all manner of surprises on the listener. Heidrun helms most of the vocals, notably on the first single ‘Metropolis’, a gem that comes on like Tiga’s finest electroclash given a sparkling 2009 update, and features tasty mixes from Charlie Fanclub and Twelves. Elsewhere guest vocalists make appearances. Bjorn Synneby of Swedish bands Pacific! and The Whyte Seeds, sings on the contagious Empire Of The Sun-esque ‘Talking’, leading to questions about whether Cicada have a thing for Nordic vocalists.

“I never thought of that,” Alex laughs, “but I’ve never been mad for raucous rock vocals in dance, or anything indie or overwrought, whereas I love soulful vocals with froideur, a little bit of melancholy.”

The other guest vocalist, Tom Smith from The Editors, fits this description brilliantly. Cicada remixed The Editors a couple of times and the rock band loved their work but no-one could have predicted a new collaboration would work as effectively as the song ‘Executive’, one of the album’s most memorable moments, akin to the Talking Heads majestically produced by William Orbit.

Perhaps the centrepiece, however, is ‘One Beat Away’, a contagious indie-dance stomper riding a bassline Peter Hook would be proud of, a song so immediate it’s become a call and response ritual at Cicada gigs. It’s a dancefloor detonator that ebulliently sums up Cicada’s intention to create music with one foot on the dancefloors of Ibiza and one down the front at Britain’s most rockin’ festivals, territories that collide euphorically on their smashing new album.

Cicada’s remixes and productions include:

The Editors ‘All Sparks’
Mish Mash ‘Speechless’
Lorraine ‘I feel it’
Candi Staton ‘You got the love’
The Editors ‘Munich’
New Order ‘Everything’s gone green’
Medcab ‘Dance’
Energies ‘Tell me the truth’
Electric 6 ‘Radio ga ga’
Narcotic Thrust ‘When dawn breaks’
Odessi ‘Over again’
13 senses ‘Into the fire’
Flash Brothers ‘Amen’
Client ‘Here and now’
Depeche Mode ‘World in our eyes’
A Studio ‘SOS’
Deepest Blue ‘Is it a sin’
Katafalk ‘Down & out’
Client ‘Radio’
Rogue Traders ‘Stay’
Seelenluft ‘Manila’
Clea ‘Download it’
Double Dee ‘Shining’
Cloak & Dagger ‘The Boat’
Jakatta ‘One fine day’
Da Da ‘Fine line’
Danni Minogue ‘Put the needle on it’
Jolly Music ‘K Fun’
The Silencer ‘Drown in me’
The egg ‘Nothing’



Falling Rockets (Cicada Mix)

Monday, June 22, 2009


Song: Animal
Artist: Miike Snow
Album: Miike Snow

Miike Snow (named after Japanese film director Takashi Miike) are a Swedish band, who formed in 2007. The band consists of Andrew Wyatt, Christian Karlsson (Bloodshy & Avant) and Pontus Winnberg (Bloodshy & Avant).

Early years

Miike Snow formed in 2007 in Stockholm, Sweden, yet Christian (Bloodshy), Pontus (Avant) and Andrew had met in 2000 when writing an album.

'Miike Snow'

Their first album, self-titled, was recorded in Stockholm and released early on May 12th, 2009, by Downtown Records. A single for the track "Animal" was released February 17th, 2009 The Guardian spoke highly of the band, saying Miike Snow's "coolly emotional pop suggests a-ha meets Animal Collective". The band are currently touring North America.



Animal (Fake Blood Remix)

Friday, June 19, 2009

I'll Tumble 4 Ya

Song: I'll Tumble 4 Ya
Artist: Culture Club
Album: Kissing to be Clever

"I'll Tumble 4 Ya" was a single from Culture Club's debut album Kissing to Be Clever.

The single was released only in North America, peaking at number nine in both the U.S. and Canada. With this single, in America, Culture Club was the first band to have three top-ten singles from a debut album since the Beatles.

"I'll Tumble 4 Ya" was one of the most performed songs by Culture Club in their live shows. It has appeared in every tour they did.

Chart positions

  • U.S. Billboard Hot 100: #9
  • Canadian Singles Charts: #9
  • U.S. Hot Dance Club Play: #14
  • U.S. Adult Contemporary: #33

In popular culture

The song was featured in the film "Billy Madison" (1995).

Kissing to Be Clever is the debut album by New Wave band Culture Club, released in 1982. It was anchored by the international hit "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me", which with its sunny reggae tones and neo-torch song vocals, remains one of Culture Club's signature songs.

Since the demise of the Epic Records edition, the band's first album has been available without the song "Time (Clock of the Heart)" and with the black-and-white drawing pictured here, instead of the original colour photo (in 1996, it was reissued by Disky Communications, this time returning the colour photo, but still missing "Time (Clock of the Heart)"). The remastered 2003 CD edition contains additional tracks (including "Time (Clock of the Heart)", and "Romance Beyond the Alphabet", which is its orchestral instrumental version, also included on Culture Club Collect - 12" Mixes Plus and its subsequent re-release Culture Club Remix Collection as "Time (Clock of the Heart) (Instrumental Mix)") plus the restoration of the original colour cover.

It also features the two first Culture Club singles, "White Boy" and "I'm Afraid of Me" (both were relative flops, making #114 and #100 in the UK Singles Charts in 1982, but then becoming quite popular after the group's first number 1), in slightly different forms. The track "I'll Tumble 4 Ya" was also released in North America, going Top 10 in Canada and the U.S.. "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me" topped the charts in many countries. "Time (Clock of the Heart)" also reached the highest positions of many international charts, and peaked at #2 in the United States.

The album also received a positive review from Rolling Stone magazine.

Track listing

All songs by Culture Club

  1. "White Boy" [Dance Mix] – 4:40
  2. "You Know I'm Not Crazy" – 3:36
  3. "I'll Tumble 4 Ya" – 2:36
  4. "Take Control" – 3:09
  5. "Love Twist" [Featuring Captain Crucial] – 4:23
  6. "Boy Boy (I'm the Boy)" – 3:50
  7. "I'm Afraid of Me" [Remix] – 3:16
  8. "White Boys Can't Control It" – 3:43
  9. "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me" – 4:22

Later releases have "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me" as the opening track of Side 2 (#6), and "Time (Clock of the Heart)" as the final song (#10).

Bonus tracks on the reissue

  1. "Love Is Cold (You Were Never No Good)" -
  2. "Murder Rap Trap" -
  3. "Time (Clock of the Heart)" -
  4. "Romance Beyond the Alphabet" -

While on some Japanese editions of the album, the Japan-only single "Mystery Boy" was included, the following is the order of the tracks on the LP record album as released by Epic Records:

  1. "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me?" – 4:22
  2. "I'm Afraid of Me" [Remix] – 3:16
  3. "You Know I'm Not Crazy" – 3:36
  4. "I'll Tumble 4 Ya" – 2:36
  5. "Love Twist" [Featuring Captain Crucial] – 4:23
  6. "Time (Clock of the Heart)" - 3:41
  7. "White Boy" [Dance Mix] – 4:40
  8. "Boy Boy (I'm the Boy)" – 3:50
  9. "White Boys Can't Control It" – 3:43
  10. "Take Control" – 3:09

I'll Tumble 4 Ya

Miss Me Blind

It's a Miracle

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Blister in the Sun

Song: Blister in the Sun
Artist: Nouvelle Vague
Album: 3

Nouvelle Vague is a French musical collective led by musicians Marc Collin and Olivier Libaux. Their name is a play on words, meaning "new wave" in French. This refers simultaneously to their "Frenchness" and "artiness" (the '60s new wave of cult French cinema), the source of their songs (all covers of punk rock, post-punk, and New Wave songs), and their use of '60s bossa nova-style arrangements ("bossa nova" being Portuguese for "new wave").

On their first album, Nouvelle Vague, the group resurrected classics from the New Wave music era, and reinterpreted them in a bossa nova style. The songs were stripped back to acoustic arrangements with lithe shaker rhythms achieved by gathering a parade of chanteuses from all over the world (six French, one Brazilian and one New Yorker) to cover bands including XTC, Modern English, The Clash, Joy Division and The Undertones. The various female singers on Nouvelle Vague only performed songs they had never heard before, to ensure that each cover would have a unique quality.

Nouvelle Vague in concert at Le Cargö.

Their second album, Bande à Part, includes versions of "Ever Fallen in Love (With Someone You Shouldn't've)" by Buzzcocks, "Blue Monday" by New Order, "The Killing Moon" by Echo and the Bunnymen and "Heart of Glass" by Blondie.

Members, former members and contributors include many French artists who are now very well known on their own and considered as part of what is now called the "Renouveau de la chanson française" (the "Renewal of French chanson"): Anaïs Croze, Camille Dalmais, Phoebe Killdeer, Mélanie Pain and Marina Céleste.

Appearances in media

Discography: Albums

3 is the third album by Nouvelle Vague, released 16 June 2009. Once again, the album consists entirely of cover versions but, according to their official MySpace "this time they’re performing duets with the original singers. The other way NV3 differs from its predecessors is in the arrangements of the songs. Aside from the reggae and bossa nova interpretations, the songs are also inspired by country music and bluegrass. For this is what they do best; they take the songs that you adore and make you fall in love with them all over again."

Track listing

↓ Song ↓ Original Artist ↓ Dur. ↓
1 "Master & Servant" feat. Martin Gore Depeche Mode 3:22
2 "Blister In The Sun" Violent Femmes 3:15
3 "Road To Nowhere" Talking Heads 3:12
4 "All My Colours" feat. Ian McCulloch Echo & The Bunnymen 3:58
5 "The American" Simple Minds 3:44
6 "Heaven" Psychedelic Furs 4:09
7 "Parade" feat. Barry Adamson Magazine 4:04
8 "Metal" Gary Numan 3:50
9 "Ça Plane Pour Moi" Plastic Bertrand 3:25
10 "Our Lips Are Sealed" feat. Terry Hall The Go-Go's / Fun Boy Three 3:30
11 "God Save The Queen" Sex Pistols 2:49
12 "Say Hello, Wave Goodbye" Soft Cell 5:01
13 "So Lonely" The Police 3:48
14 "Not Knowing" Minimal Compact 3:04
15 "Aussi Belle Ou Une Balle" Taxi Girl 3:32
16 "Such A Shame" Talk Talk 3:55


Just Can't Get Enough

Love will Tear Us Apart

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Heavy Cross

Song: Heavy Cross
Artist: Gossip
Album: Music for Men

Here's one I've been eagerly waiting for. I've been a fan of Gossip (weren't they 'The' Gossip before?) for a while and was really digging their new more dance oriented sound. Well, since their last, the EXCELLENT "Standing in the Way of Control" the band signed to a major (Columbia) and got famed producer Rick Rubin to helm the record. I expected them to incorporate the more dance direction, but it's sort of like the new Yeah Yeah Yeah's... it's still very THEM. And honestly, I feel like they will just leave it up to the remixers.

Anyhow, only got to listen to it once but I like what I hear.

Gossip (formerly The Gossip) are a three-piece American indie rock band fronted by Beth Ditto.; the band was relatively unknown until they hit success with their third studio album, Standing in the Way of Control. Gossip's first UK TV appearance was on BBC1's Friday Night With Jonathan Ross, where they performed "Standing in the Way of Control" to a studio audience. This led to many more TV appearances, including lead singer Beth Ditto being the host of channel4's The Friday Night Project, alongside Justin Lee Collins and Alan Carr.

Formation and early history

Performing at London Barfly, 16 May 2007

Gossip was formed in 1999 in Olympia, Washington with vocalist Beth Ditto, guitarist Brace Paine, and drummer Kathy Mendonca. In 1999 the Independent record label, K Records, released The Gossip's first recording, their eponymous debut EP, The Gossip in 1999.

Since the formation of the band, Ditto has been considered controversial by the mainstream for being open about her weight and homosexuality, and not holding back when it comes to discussing fellow musicians.

Their next release was their first album That's Not What I Heard and was released by the record label Kill Rock Stars on January 23, 2001. In between the release of their second album, they released the EP Arkansas Heat on May 7, 2002. Movement, the group's second studio album, followed one year later and was released on May 6, 2003. In November 2003, two months after the release of their first live album Undead in NYC on September 9, drummer Kathy Mendonca left the band to pursue a career as a midwife. Established punk drummer Hannah Blilie joined to replace her.

The first release featuring new drummer Hannah Blilie was the band's next album Standing in the Way of Control. It was released on January 24, 2006 on Kill Rock Stars and later on in 2006 on UK independent label Back Yard Recordings.

Mainstream success

The group's hit song "Standing in the Way of Control" was written by Ditto as a response to the then-American registration's unimplemented national legalization of same-sex marriage. "Nobody in the States was that surprised or shocked by what Bush did, but it made everyone I know feel helpless and cheated", Ditto commented. "I wrote the chorus to try and encourage people not to give up. It's a scary time for civil rights, but I really believe the only way to survive is to stick together and keep fighting.". A remix of the song (the Soulwax Nite version) also gained popularity in the UK when it featured in the advertising for the television programme Skins on Channel 4 in 2007. The album Standing in the Way of Control has since earned Gold Record Status in the UK.

Move to major label

As reported on Pitchfork in March 2007, the group have signed to Music With a Twist, a subsidiary of Sony Music Label Group, concentrating on LGBT music acts. Beth Ditto appeared nude on the front cover of the UK music magazine NME (cover dated June 2, 2007). During the summer of 2007, Gossip was a part of the multi-artist True Colors Tour 2007 [3], which traveled through 15 cities in the United States and Canada. The tour, sponsored by the Logo channel, began on June 8, 2007. Hosted by comedian Margaret Cho and headlined by Cyndi Lauper, the tour also included Debbie Harry, Erasure, Rufus Wainwright, The Dresden Dolls, The MisShapes, The Cliks and other special guests. Profits from the tour went to benefit the Human Rights Campaign.

Gossip are based in Portland, Oregon and have played with bands such as Sleater-Kinney, Le Tigre, CSS, Erase Errata, Mika Miko, Panther, Comanechi, and Mates of State. Furthermore, Gossip opened for the Scissor Sisters for three dates on their tour in November 2006, but in NME magazine singer Ditto complained that she disliked performing for an audience who didn't "know their Ramones."

On June 24, 2007 Gossip closed the Glastonbury Festival, playing the final set on the John Peel stage during which Ditto gave a tribute to the late John Peel. Gossip also performed the following year, on the pyramid stage.

Gossip launched the Live in Liverpool album in the UK and the US in April 2008. The album was produced by Rick Rubin. The album also features a DVD of their live performance. A new studio album called Music For Men will be released June 22, 2009.


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Music for Men is the fourth studio album by the American garage rock band Gossip. It will be released on June 22, 2009 in the U.K. and digitally on June 23, 2009 in the U.S.

Track listing

  1. "Dimestore Diamond"
  2. "Heavy Cross"
  3. "8th Wonder"
  4. "Love Long Distance"
  5. "Pop Goes The World"
  6. "Vertical Rhythm"
  7. "Men in Love"
  8. "For Keeps"
  9. "2012"
  10. "Love and Let Love"
  11. "Four Letter Word"
  12. "Spare Me from the Mold"

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