Canadian band Magic! had a smash hit and viral sensation this year with their single “Rude.” Its melody and lyrics are pure pop but it’s music and title reference a genre with origins in a far sunnier climate, Jamaican reggae. They are far from the first white musicians to experiment with reggae’s offbeat rhythms and seductive grooves. Since the late 1960’s, some of music’s biggest acts have tried their hand at the style with varying degrees of musical (and chart) success. Read more…
The 2012 Summer Olympics officially kicked off with an opening ceremony conceived by the Academy Award winning British film director Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire,
Trainspotting, 28 Days Later). One of the sections of tonight’s broadcast bore the unusual name Frankie And June Say Thanks Tim, a love story that contained what NBC’s Matt Lauer described as “a tribute to the best British musical acts of the last 40 years.” Well, although Boyle and his musical supervisors managed to include a decent selection of bands that could be considered canon-worthy, we’d like to call your attention to this (quite undefinitive!) list of 29 highly respected bands that got royally snubbed (in alpha order*):
Elton John (!!!)
Lana Del Rey‘s viral hit “Video Games” has inspired countless covers and regrettable tattoos already, and now it has done one better by drawing Culture Club‘s Boy George forth for a remake of his own. The mostly retired pop icon keeps all the song’s soul but loses the Instagram-ed quality, trading its warm haziness for a gritty twang that we can’t say we expected from the former Blitz Kid. Spin suggests that George’s cover “brings Del Rey’s ‘Video Games’ even closer to Chris Isaak‘s ‘Wicked Game,’ and that’s never a bad thing,” and we couldn’t agree more. The soundtrack to a video tale of “young love in bleak Britian,” helmed by Boy George documentary director Mike Nicholls, the song haunts the real world of an enamored couple kissing in an alleyway, playing on the coast, and sweetly sharing cotton candy. It’s as if, where Del Rey’s version haunts a dream world. We’ll keep both, if that’s okay.