Throwback Thursday … Drive Darling

This is the song that you can hum immediately when you hear it for the first time.

Drive darling, drive darling, drive darling, drive darling, drive.

The acoustic guitars are already enough to leaverage the timbre of whole songs. Lyrics and melody are just so comfy and make-sense. One thing that impressed me immediately is the bridge. The contrast successfully makes the difference and make you alert of the music. Lovely.

P.S. Music Video is so artistic. At least, they wear enough clothes instead of being almost naked in winter.

 

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CLOCKENFLAP YEAH!!!

851308342_4842Again it’s the Clockenflap month!! Again it’s the beer and “happy” time!!

Undoubtedly, the scale of Clockenflap, 27-29 Nov 2015, booms in a rocket speed, especially in these recent three years. The line-up in 2013 included Franz Ferdinand and CHIC ft. Nile Rodger, Ozomatli and the Vaccines in 2014. This year, Clockenflap had invited Love Psychedelico (Scream!!!!), Damien Rice (Yellllll!!!!), Clean Bendit (Oooooooh!!) and once again CHIC ft. Nile Rodger. This gigantic scale of international artists performing at the same time indeed rarely happens in Hong Kong or even Asia.

Love Psychedelico brought certain impact about Japanese culture in HK around 8-9 years ago as I remember. They are the unique Japanese band that can sing in English. Songs including “Last Smile”, “Lady Madonna” are just so different from the others cheesy Japanese alternative rock. The fluent melody like lullaby makes you sing with them immediately even though you are an idiot in Japanese. One funny thing of their performance in Clockenflap is that – we all agreed that Kumi, the lead singer of Love Psychedelico perhaps is the only singer who smiles entirely when she performs rock music.

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The second highlight for me was that I saw Anthony Wong!!!!! One of the most influential Cantonpop male singer in HK!!!!!! He was singing all the remarkable 80s songs, YMCA, Express Yourself… WOW!!!! It was my honour to see him in such a closed distance!!! OMG!!!
His slightly androgyny style and music in late 80s to 90s was completely on the edge. The idea of erotic was seldom openly discussed in HK at that period, he managed to sang those idea in an classy way.

There are still a lot more to share, see you in next post!

Throwback Thursday … Hard Times by RUN-D.M.C.

Had a home party last Friday. I really felt ashamed that we disturbed the host until 2am and broke the glass again ( actually we accidentally breaks the glass at that place every time… just get used to it). Thanks to Spotify, we have the music station again.

Apart from the typical Bob Marley songs to make us high, we selected some 80s songs. Wow, 80s, that’s the decade where I had not existed yet. That’s why I am so unfamiliar with those musics.

One song from the playlist is Hard Times by Run-D.M.C. Rap at 80s are just distinctly different from the Rap nowadays. The differences do not only lie on the rhyme and timbre, it is also about the context. Well, when you listen carefully, the lyrics of the mainstream rap there in 70s or 80s are more positive and cheerful in worldwide. The Raps in 90s start to be furious and full of anger, especially when you look into the Eminem. In 20s, gangster rap is even more popular, as well as the flirty dirty rap like Snoop Dogg. It is not only happening in the USA, it is just a global phenomena.

Well, that is just what we figure out after the whole night Bob Marley and 80s. A little bit sad and weird to see this change.

Throwback Thursday … Julien Doré – Chou Wasabi

Obviously I have no idea how to speak French. This lyrically and melodically well written French folk is remarkable. It is another song that vitalise the morning.

No need to mention the details of how Julien Doré became a awarded pop idol after Nouvelle Star. He proved himself a multi talented artist and songwriter, with some sense of humour as well. The release of album Løve led to a wave of comments. Obviously, the vibrance he created brings some color and slight difference to the pop music, especially under current dirty atmosphere – the crappy electro music.

Throwback Thursday … James Morrison … I Won’t Let You Go

No reason, I just love this song! James Morrison is really good at creating Pop Ballade. Since he has just released the new album, it’s time to reminisce his old collection.(Actually I replay them all the time)

I think that James Morrison is quite underestimated. Hardly you can find media coverage of him. And, what a pity that such a talented artist have not really entered the international stage like Adele and Ed Sheeran. Indeed, his live performance is absolutely stunning! Compared with most of the other’s performances by the artists who gained international success, he rarely sings out of tune, like really rarely.  The signature raspy voice leads the songs to a sentimental level. Sometimes, his acoustic version is even better than the studio recording.

I have been waiting for his new album for such a long time. It’s good to see him come back with the album Higher Than This.

P.S. I know it is little bit lame to post this one.