A rip off or the power of the chords?

April 29, 2011 at 1:31 pm (music) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Everyone’s been ripping into Lady Gaga for copying Madonna’s Express Yourself for her song Born this Way.  Lady Gaga said the chord progression was similar because she used one from disco.  Which I suppose Madonna would have as well since there were grumblings of her stealing from The Staple Singers Respect Yourself. Fortunately for Madonna and unfortunately for Lady Gaga, Respect Yourself isn’t as mainstream as taking from Express Yourself.  But after seeing this vid I truly wonder how many sound combinations there are to make in music.  Especially since everyone from Journey to the Red Hot Chili Peppers and the Black Eyed Peas used the same four chords.

Kagehime

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A Bittersweet Flashback

April 8, 2011 at 10:38 am (music, pop culture) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

One of the most beautiful songs of the 90s and quite possibly of all time, Bittersweet Symphony by the Verve has a Bittersweet history.  A lot of songs sample music from other tracks, but don’t lose their song writing credits. I suppose it matters who you are. If you’ve got a big name like Madonna and that case over her song Frozen, I guess you get to keep your credits. Same case with Bitter Sweet Symphony. The Verve is the less known group when compared to the Rolling Stones, so the Stones ended up with the credit for it, 100% even though the lyrics were original and it wasn’t a direct copy.

So what was copied? The melody for The Rolling Stones’ The Last Time, but not directly. They sampled the Andrew Oldham Orchestra’s version.

And so the Verve whenever they play this song, their most popular and successful song, they helping to fill the bank of Mick Jagger and Keith Richards more than their own.

Kagehime

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Lollapalooza or Bust!

July 27, 2010 at 8:57 am (music) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Since I’m not going to the Free Fest, I set my eyes on a higher prize. The Lollapalooza in Chicago. It would be my chance at a roadtrip too if I find people to join me. Its coming up soon August 6th. Probably too soon to plan, but not to stop dreaming.  Lady Gaga’s getting a stage built especially for her.  Green Day, Soundgarden, MGMT, Arcade Fire, Erykah Badu, X Japan, and Devo are some of the acts going.  And its even more awesome considering that tickets to Lady Gaga by her self can easily cost the amount of a three day pass and she’s set to do a two hour performance.  How can you pass that up? And why are there still tickets? If I lived closer to Chicago I would have bought mine a long time ago.  People in that area must be spoiled having something like that come around every year.

Well I’ll just try to content myself with old Live Aid footage from 1985…which I believe was the greatest concert ever held. And the attempts to copy it with Live 8 in 2005 and Earth Aid not too long after paled miserably in comparision. Live Aid had Queen, Phil Collins, Sting, Mick Jagger, Tina Turner, Madonna, Duran Duran…in fact it would be easier to say who was not there than who was. They each had 20 minute sets and the amount of people who attended was crazy.  You can see in this clip of Queen’s performance that people weren’t just paying to see the performance, because not many people could even see the stage.  They were paying to be in the artist’s prescence.  I don’t think people do that as much anymore considering arenas don’t sell like they used to.

Now it seems Madonna wants to put on a Live Aid type concert for Malawi.  Could be hope yet for me. If I can’t go to Lollapalooza this year maybe next, although I’m sure Lady Gaga won’t be there…and there may be this Live aid type thing.  I know there are always concerts, but not always in my area, and not usually what I can afford. I’m broke as who knows what.  Especially know that I’m going to grad school. Pff. The life of a broke student in a area that usually doesn’t get the awesomeness of the Lollapalooza.

Or not that whole Madonna thing doesn’t seem real…Oh well.

Kagehime

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Abba The Music

July 8, 2010 at 5:03 pm (music) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

 

I worked the Abba The Music concert the other day.  And the heat was horrific. It reached 104 with a 111 heat index.  It was bad stepping out for just 10 to 15 min. let alone having to work all day in the heat or cook…I can’t even think about that.  The crew had to set up the stage in that heat. I don’t think I could have taken that kind of heat.  Even with the air it was hot inside the trailers.

The group Abba the Music was awesome.  They were all from Sweden like the original Abba and had two members who played with the original Abba.  I thought that was neat. Seeing them on stage was like a blast from the past with their 7os outfits and sound.  And just like the 70s the girls were there to sing and dance and not play instruments.  The guys played the instruments. One girl played a tambourine.

Abba’s  music really has influenced a lot today. Madonna used a little of Gimme, Gimme, Gimme in Hung up and I hadn’t realized they did a song called Fernando, which is a name mentioned in Lady Gaga Alejandro.

All in all I enjoyed the concert and was glad I could see it, even in the sweltering heat, unlike that Earth, Wind, and Fire that I missed.  And I think everyone’s favorite song of the night was Money, Money, Money, because everyone had that stuck in their head and were singing it.  Me included. Sunday’s the Counting Crows.  I’m looking forward to it. Maybe it’ll have cooled off by then.

Kagehime

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The Problem with Christina’s Image

May 29, 2010 at 1:47 pm (music, pop culture) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Genie in a Bottle [US] by Christina Aguilera cover

Although Christina  Aguilera is on of the best  singers ever and has a diva attitude she was never a pop star on the level of  Britney Spears or Madonna. Her  most success came from her hits in the 90s and her bubble gum pop image, which she quickly discarded in favor of a less mainstream image. She immediately went from bubble gum pop to Stripped calling herself Xtina and dirty. While her music was still  good it wasn’t mainstream anymore. It’s the same when she went Back to the Basics the sound was too jazzy for mainstream pop. And really she almost sings too well for mainstream is not usually the place of the best music anyways.

Now with Bionic Christina wants to be mainstream pop and she hasn’t been for years. And its been a while since her last album, 2006. She seems to be struggling to get back into the game, assuming people will listen and like her music because after all she is Christina Aguilera. Problem is Bionic is the first time in a long time she wanted to really be mainstream and she’s doing electropop, a genre in which you don’t really need a great voice, it kind of trivializes the need for one as pop does anyways.  In pop catchy matters more than if its good. 

Her other problem is a female artist of the same genre who Christina has never said her name, Lady Gaga who is currently the queen of electro-pop.  She has made the mistake of paying her little mind as a threat and yet wearing things Gaga’s already worn and making vids that seem a little familar with either Madonna or Lady Gaga.  It isn’t that she’s copying Gaga and even if she was it really wouldn’t be a huge deal with she didn’t diss her and hadn’t transformed her image and style at the same time as Gaga.  I mean Rihanna has walked out wearing clothes Gaga’s worn but no one cared and other artists have done similar music but people didn’t really care all that much either.  Its that Christina’s image and music have suddenly become similar. Yeah she sings better, but pop isn’t about that or about loyalty and I don’t think she gets that.  She just gets how to make good songs.

It actually isn’t all that suprising she’s had to cancel her tour sadly.  I had been looking forward to this album.  I wanted to hear Christina’s electro-pop. I like Not myself tonight, but I’m not a huge fan of the vid, it kind of bored me. There was no meaning to anything, no faux storyline. There wasn’t really a point to anything done in the vid unless it was to be sexy or pay homage to Madonna. I’m not sure how good the rest of the album is Woo Hoo is kind of a disappointment and the other songs I heard are ok and Not Myself Tonight only made it to number 23, probably because of all this drama which made her makeover fail and the boring vid.

I worry that Christina needs to have some one tell her not to do stuff like wear things Gaga’s worn in public or in music vids, but because she is Christina, she can do what she wants and I fear that may be messing up her career. I’ve heard  that she likes to over sing (I think she does sometimes especially if she’s going to do pop pop) and when people warn her about that she doesn’t listen to them.

 

Yeah these pics are similar, same shades in Not Myself Tonight as Bad Romance. But it could have turned out differently if she acknowledged Gaga. Because at first people were saying Gaga looks like Christina, although they were also saying Christina looked better and at that time she did, now I can’t say who looks better.

 With Christina people always want to start stuff. Remember when they were pitting her against Britney Spears?   Like the radio will play Lady Gaga either right after or before Christina and say how people are saying Christina’s copying her. I think its a load of BS. Pop needs to stuff compared female artists to the point they can’t sell their music. But who’s going to do that when drama’s interesting?

Kagehime

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A gift of music and E music sux

January 27, 2010 at 12:39 pm (music) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Emusic is no itunes. Not even close.  Recently I downloaded 48 free songs.  35 of them came from emusic thanks to ticketmaster’s giveaway while the rest was from itunes.  I must add that emusic pretty much sucks.  I should have been a been to choose 35 songs in about 2 minutes.  Instead it turned into a 2 hour long hunt for some descent music.  No Madonna, Lady Gaga, Bat for Lashes, Weezer, REM, I started to get desperate after a while.  I did end up with good songs but it took far too long. 

Here’s what I got:

Ozzy Osbourne  Tribute album

Little Boots Stuck on Repeat and Meddle

Lady Hawke  Paris is Burning

Ladytron   Ghosts, Runaway, Blue Jeans (Temple of Jay Remix)

Adele   Chasing Pavements and Hometown Glory

Santigold   LES Artistes and Lights Out

Creature     Who’s hot, whos not and Pop Culture

Roisin Murphy   You know me better (Body Jack Remix)

Kim Carnes     Bette Davis Eyes

Coolio    Gangsta’s Paradise

Bush       Little Things

Savage Garden     To the Moon and Back

Nik Kershaw     Wouldn’t it be good

Human League    Love me Madly?  and Sin City

Ever use emusic?  What do you think?

Kagehime

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The mystery and power of Marilyn Monroe

October 25, 2009 at 8:41 pm (art, fashion, movies, music) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

 

 

Ever since  I heard that the grave next to Marilyn Monroe’s was put on sale,  I’ve been wondering what it was about her that people love so much (men and women) so naturally I had to find out.  What was so captivating that today that people are willing to spend millions to spend an eternity next to her be buried next to her?

Time and time again she appears in pop culture representing the epitome of beauty.  Many female stars attempt to capture her look or are strongly inspired by it.  Need I name some?  I’m sure you know.  Madonna, Lindsay Lohan, Megan Fox, Anna Nicole Smith, you get the picture.

She’s got at least one good song about her at least  inspired by her.  Know Elton John’s song Candle in the Wind?  It was originally written in 1973 about Marilyn.

And of course Andy Warhol painted his famous images of Marilyn Monroe.

Why?  It wasn’t just because she was beautiful and died tragically (not to mention the conspiracy theories her death spawned) at the age of 36, although that in itself might be enough to develop a cult following.  She didn’t let a hard early life stop her from becoming successful.  And seriously how many successful model, actress, singers are there? And of course she wasn’t just a dumb blonde.

What do you think about Marilyn Monroe and her influence today?

Kagehime

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Pop Hearts

October 13, 2009 at 8:33 pm (art) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

4popheartsHere’s a set of Andy Warhol style pop hearts that I made inspired in part by the Pet Shop Boys Pop Art cover. 

 The first heart is fierce.

The second heart enjoys the taste of pop.

The third heart’s in pain.  It needs more pop

And the last heart’s got Madonna and Britney Spears in its eyes as it eats Michael Jackson and eyes Angelina Jolie.

At least that’s what it means to me.  What do you think?

Kagehime

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Madonna vs. Lady Gaga

October 5, 2009 at 12:46 pm (music) (, , , , , , , , , )

Have you watched any vids featuring pop divas like Madonna and Lady Gaga battling it out with words using what looks like a lego video game.  There’s a lot of them out there.  This is just one.   Be forewarned if you’re easily offended don’t watched that vid or the next link. They look like the one Richard Pryor SNL skit with Chevy Chase.  Unfortanately I couldn’t find the real vid but here’s a link.  Really funny.  Basically they insult each other when that wasn’t the intention for the characters to see each other.

Watching Madonna and Lady Gaga battle it out in real life is much funnier than the stiff video game figures.  Their SNL skit was hilarious.  I thought it was kind of scary though.  Madonna was looking extra skinny and muscular, but she would have beat the crap out of Lady Gaga.  I’m wondering if Madonna’s got some hidden anger somewhere.  Kinda looked like she was really going to beat Gaga up.  Gaga needs to be careful around Madonna.  And I thought Lady Gaga was scary with her Phantom of the Opera dress and monster fixation. She did do a monster thing @ 1:30 Looks like Madonna got where she is today for a reason (in addition to talent because sadly talent isn’t enough to find so much success. )

What do you think?

Kagehime

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Mash-ups and Cool Djs

September 20, 2009 at 12:55 am (music) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Mash-ups and remixes are spectacularly crazy and much of the time people are doing them in their own homes and getting them out to the people via youtube.  Sometimes the remix is even better than the original.  It’s not just professional djs anymore not that the pros are slacking.  Here are some of my favs pros and not.

Robin Skouteris  Madonna VS Lady Gaga VS Pitbull, Robin Skouteris VS Nirvana, Cyndi Lauper VS Missy Elliott 

LMFAO  Love LockDown Remix, Shooting Star  I think both are better than the original

 

SoBraLiajdyjonkt Shakira/Ciara/Justin Timberlake/Lady Gaga/Pitbull

Justice  Electric Feel, Genesis

imbastardbob Wolf Game, Love is a Circus, I kissed a girl from miles away Sometimes Songs go with other music.

I have a few more I’m going to talk about soon.  Tell me what you think about these and name some of your favs.

Kagehime

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