With Just A Hint Of Mayhem

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“Golden” – Harry Styles November 18, 2020

Filed under: Observation,Rants,Review — justwilliam1959 @ 11:06 pm
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I might get some flack for this post, but do you know what? I don’t care. Regular readers will know that I have never been a big fan of boy bands particularly the likes of Boyzone, Westlife and yes, One Direction (or Wand Erection as they have been called). However every so often, or maybe every generation, there is the rare occurrence when a boy band breaks up and one of the team proves that they have something so much more to offer. I guess George Michael is the most shining example of that, some might say so was Robbie Williams, although I have never been a fan of the latter. I should add a small note of praise for Charlie Simpson from Busted who branched out nicely with Fightstar though.

But right now I believe a really talented 21st Century pop star who was formerly in a boy band is in our midst and making an amazing mark on the world. I am talking about Harry Styles. I loved his eponymously titled first album from back in 2017 and I think that last years ‘Fine Line’ is even better. The new single, “Golden” is the fifth single to be released from ‘Fine Line’ and I suspect that it won’t be the last. “Golden” harks back to the finest 70s pop rock anthems. The “doo doo doo” part reminds me of America’s “You Can Do Magic” hit from 1982. I will go as far as saying that “Golden” is one of my favourite singles of 2020, it makes me feel good every time I hear it. OK, so now I have confessed to the world that I am a Harry Styles fan and in doing so I hope that I have proved that I am not a music snob, well not too much of one anyway, although I really don’t like Robbie Williams’ music and I have always found Gary Barlow to be a bit of an arse! Oh and I also love the Vogue cover shots that Harry did, that took balls!

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“I know a place where you can get away, it’s called a dance floor” July 15, 2012


If you have read, seen or heard the news headlines recently you might be forgiven for thinking that Madonna (aka Her Royal Madgeness) was changing her name to Sue. But don’t worry it’s not true, well not as far as I know at least. But she is currently being sued on at least two fronts.

Madge disses frogs legs, I think!

Firstly she is being sued for the use of a sample from the Salsoul Orchestra‘s “Ooh I Love It (Love Break)” which was released in 1977. Is this something she has used on her current album ‘MDNA’? No it’s apparently sampled on her 1990 smash “Vogue”. It has taken 22 years for VMG who represent the Salsoul Orchestra to figure this out. VMG have claimed that the reason it took so long is that the producer of Madonna’s song, Shep Pettibone deliberately hid the sample. Here is their statement; “The unauthorized sampling was deliberately hidden by [Madonna] within ‘Vogue’ so as to avoid detection. It was only when VMG specifically looked for the sample, with the technology available to it in 2011, that the sampling could be confirmed” VMG served legal papers over the issue last year and again in February of this year.

Marine Le Pen is clearly a big fan of Vogue as she ‘strikes a pose’

The second litigation relates to an image used in her recent Paris show. The video screens showed a picture of the leader of the National Front, France’s far right party, Marine Le Pen with a swastika superimposed onto her face. That image was also closely followed by an image of Adolf Hitler. It wasn’t the first time the images have been used on the MDNA Tour, so clearly it wasn’t contrived just for the Paris gig. I think this one could get quite interesting. What do you think?

This next video proves that Madge needs to nip things in the bud or she’ll end up with a real bum deal!

 

 
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