BBC Sound of 2012 英國新Hype Spector著陸

今天下了今年冬天的第一次雪。

不過,其實是很弱雞的雨雪。

很久沒update 我的長角了,不是因為懶惰(其實也有一點),而是因為很多東西要處理,my status is literally shit.

最近都只在聽收音機,真正自己播的音樂少之又少。不過今天看到BBC Sounds 2012的名單了,那就去聽一下這些音樂新動力。

還未聽哂,但Spector榜上有名其實就如上年James Blake的榜上有名一樣,因為都係已經在唔同媒體被hyped被講了。記得老早之前聽《Never Fade Away》時已經覺得有趣,Never Fade Away,是一個很勁的statement,很具力量亦有一種很混亂的思緒。再聽最新單曲《Grey Shirt and Tie》,唔,難怪被會被人扣上Roxy Music x Killer x The Strokes這些名字。其實還是很重的Shoegaze的味道,不過整個手法及表達便有不一樣的浪費感覺,感覺有點像北歐dreamy電音撞上英國brit pop,很妙。(不過MV 尾段的footage 竟然係瑞典文…諗返其實成個mv 都頗北歐)

單看宣傳照以為他們的形象又是另一隊indie hipster,怎知來自East London 的他們原來都喜歡西裝上陣,有點posh,或者真是想學Roxy的形象吧?至於主意Fred Macpherson原來已經在MTV當過主持,台上的他被形容為光鮮愛打扮的Jarvis Cocker,哼,目前為止,都係等Spector 出左張Debut Album 再討論。種種跡象,加埋下年support Florance and the Machibne,佢地gonna be big。

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King Krule十七歲大哂

又有遠朋自遠方來,忙得要死,最近計算自己的時間怎運用,發現時間很少但要做的東西實在太多,所以原來忙得一直不可開交是正常的。不過點都,點都要用十分鐘時間寫呢篇。

前幾日看到之前寫過的London十七歲男孩Zoo Kid,原來現已用另一名字King Krule來闖江湖,並剛在美國進行first gig,哇,十七歲;然後再在英國巡遊。

我只能說,佢呢個死o靚仔Archy Marshall真係不得了,talented到爆炸。出生於一個父母均在創意工業工作的佢話自己八歲開始就做歌,你話真係唔係講笑。佢仲話自己從未學過音樂,咁樣答︰

AM: When I was eight as well. I never got lessons. I took influence from Chet Baker, Ian Dury, and Joe Strummer. I don’t hear my voice and think, “Yeah, that’s a banging voice!” It’s more about putting the right emotions into the right words and the lyrics than anything else to me.

哇,Chet Baker, Ian Dury, and Joe Strummer唔怪知得你玩得出一首《Out Getting Ribs》好聽又極度低沉傷感具情感爆發力的作品。最新單曲《The Noose of Jah Cit》一樣好聽到痺,加入中板鼓聲及電子trippy tone,由傷感變得迷幻愜意一點,噢,難怪你可以咁形容主流音樂

“I didn’t really care about anyone else liking it because the mainstream music that everyone likes is shit anyway,”

有關倫敦學生遊行,佢更加不怕被人看小或笑,話自己最近睇了不少馬克斯理論,亦正在消化中。

I’ve never been a real big fan of capitalism. I’ve studied quite a lot of Marxist theory. I’m still quite confused about it, to be honest, but I just like learning about all of it. Knowledge is power.

唔,好,King Krule,你好野。

King Krule- The Noose of Jah City by truepanther


又一必撈電視汁The Fades萬千元素在一身

都是那句,自從會認真地看電視劇後,便明白電視劇也如電影一樣,美式製作總跌入formula及某些大環境因素影響,要比創意,真的比英劇輸蝕很多。英劇從來都有自己一套的Offbeat英式幽默,那種幽默從來都是英國人獨有的,那些簡單的嘴臉,全部都是在timing及對白方面各方配合的。講到尾,其實又想說最近一套【The Fades】。

The Fades 是以針對年輕觀眾的BBC3的產品,台齡還輕的BBC3之前的出色作品就有Little Britain,Gavin & Stacey
, Being Human,Him and Her及How Not to Live Your Life等等。繼Being Human後,The Fades再次是一套有關神鬼嘗試把傳統神鬼故事再以廿一世紀年輕人角度包裝,怎知結果是哇!我相信The Fades等全個series 1播放完畢後再在網絡世界circulate一陣後,會成為像Being Human一樣另一套international hit。

The Fades是一部集青春劇、科幻、恐怖劇、喜劇、懸疑、神鬼paranormal、殭屍⋯⋯⋯⋯等等元素集一身的犀利電視劇。故事講述一個geek(香港稱的宅男、電車男)的十七歲John是在學校不起眼、被欺凌的男生。不過同時佢又不斷發奇怪的惡夢並會驚到夜晚瀨尿,成為家姐笑柄,同時並能看見鬼魂。起初看似還不是另一套講鬼怪電視劇?對,頭一集確實是令人感到不少顧慮及不肯定的。但我敢說,電視劇一集比一集精彩,故事的野心及膽量一集比一集犀利,很多twsists的同時不是那種讓人覺得為扭而扭的橋,你只會一直感到整個劇本是十分聰明且是真正的being gutsy, reflective, thoughtful and creative。

很多時鬼怪片都會跌入一個trap,就係跌入左果種對抗邪魔的二元關係。當然,近代的鬼怪zombies種類己經明白呢個缺點,所以很多時都會令到角色更活生生,更多人性及角色的陰暗面。但係The Fades就更加將呢個層面鑽入更深的程度,利用角色年輕青春期的設定,將佢的思想行為放落整個故事的發展,令到故事能夠唔係理所當然地進行。當然,點解好睇?同時係因為當中的喜劇元素依然好強,一路緊張之餘一路又有offbeat幽默令你笑,其中第五集的一幕尤其笑死人︰

「My Boyfriend’s dead and you’re a library monitor」

我真係笑翻了。

當然,曽為SKins及This is England 電視版的編劇Jack Thorne應記一功。而喜歡Skins或Misfits 的亦一定要睇,如果Misfits係Skins x Heroes,咁The Fades就直頭係The Skins x the Walking Dead x Misfits x Heroes,哈哈!仲有Skins的演員,第一季飾Chris的Daniela Nardini及黑人笑匠Daniel Kaluuya與及第二季的Naomi Lily Loveless(應該係stage name 掛)擔演。

講多無謂,下星期The Fades第一季就完,好緊張!我敢說,上年電視劇係Sherlock一鳴驚人,今年到The Fades了(今年有另一套好好笑的喜劇,遲下講)。(同時睇完The Waling Dead的第二輯首集,well,真係越來越平庸了,喜歡The Walking Dead的,試下The Fades)

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就係呢一日,再見,Manics;但聽返The The!

可謂是威爾斯的鎮國之寶的Manic Street Preachers宣佈會休息一會,以翻唱The The經典《This is The Day》作告別,Well, 坦白說,本人十分喜歡Manics的,但這個cover又確實真係十分行加真係有d 強姦感覺。不過咁,你地暫別,我都希望你地會返來同有個更有心的come back, cheerio! 但播The The 版本的《This is The Day》,賣飛佛!


與Morrissey一起埋葬在北歐…

北歐是什麼意思,人待在北歐愈長反問的東西就愈多。我不在香港不在我香港的家我究竟在幹什麼。這裡是個天堂哪裡是個天堂。無疑北歐仍然是我喜歡我國度,我喜歡這裡。然而,當把靈魂鑽個圈再慢慢細看,你又會看到裡面流著不一樣的汁液。我想,Morrissey對北歐也有一樣的迷思,又或者他知道北歐的歌迷特別喜歡他所以他也特別用這迷思,對,《Scandinavia》正是Morrissey未出版的新作品,我特別喜歡

Stab me in your own time in Scandinavia.
Uncomplaining I’d die in Scandinavia.

歌曲很黑暗很有力量。

當然,記起My Little Airport的《北歐是我們的死亡終站》。

原來,北歐是一個理想的終點站。這是天堂吧?

Crime in Trondheim;
I despise each syllable in “Scandinavia”.
Let the people burn,
Let their children cry and die in blind asylum.

But then you came along,
And you held out your hand,
And I fell in love with you and Scandinavia.

I kiss the soil,
I hug the soil,
I would eat the soil,
And I praise the god who made you.

Stab me in your own time in Scandinavia.
Uncomplaining I’d die in Scandinavia.


Patrick Wolf深情款款唱我愛我的城市我的家

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英國一向閃閃發光的queer Singer-songwriter Patrick Wolf從來不盡得我心,因為總覺得太pop 太直接,不是我杯茶。怎知近半年在電台上不斷聽到他的新單曲,反而終於被打動。先是《The City》的”Don’t let the city destroy our love”,起初還覺得其實是與保育及與強權抗衡有關;到《House》的”I love my house I love my house, gives me the greatest peace I’ve ever known.”,以物當人予以情,實在可愛。原來這位廿七歲男孩將會與其男朋友結婚,幸福開心的佢就將【Lupercalia】的專輯變為歌頌戀愛的專輯。聽罷,我就還是喜歡佢的醒神singles 多於side tracks 了。


Pulp it!重溫Pulp

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真係唔記得我幾時迷上Pulp,或是Jarvis Cocker 了。我真的記不得。Brit Pop 年代我真正迷迷迷的應該都係Pulp。我諗,來自Sheffield呢個小城市的他們是特別有一種quirky 及草根味,所以才能解釋為何有《Common people》的出現吧。(在訪問中,Jarvis Cocker 說歌曲的靈感其實是他當時的一位女同學,是一個富家女兒,卻跟他說想成為common people ⋯⋯)

很多人不知道其實Pulp 早於七十年代尾已成立,亦不知道其實Jarvis Cocker 係六三年出世,以為Pulp 與Oasis 及Blur 都是同期。而大家普遍認識的Pulp 都係由【His ‘n’ Hers 】開始,或者甚至係 【Different Class】。唔,趁Pulp重組演出,我們是時候懷舊,當然,Jarvis都明白,所以Pulp 將會Reissue 一直冇乜人提同識的首三張專輯【It】、【Freaks】及【Separations 】。

遠自1983年,Pulp 的Debut【It】是出奇地被認為受Leonard Cohen 影響的一張laid-back、淸新專輯。搵了一陣子youtube都找不到他們現場唱當中的歌曲,唯有聽《Wishful Thinking》的The Peel Sessions version。

當然,重讀他們的wiki page,以下是Pulp 的奇事分享︰

一,Jarvis Cocker 為追女仔扮蜘蛛俠跌落街

in November 1985, Cocker fell out of a window while trying to impress a girl with a Spider-Man impression and ended up in hospital, temporarily requiring the use of an wheelchair in which he appeared during concerts.

二,Jarvis 曾讀電影,在第二張唱片推出之後,

This led to him leaving for London to study film at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, effectively folding the band.

三,Jarvis 曽在Brit Awards踩MJ 台,然後被拉,有興趣朋友可看TFI Friday Interview。十多年後在電視節目Question Time上重提此事時更串串地說,he invented Moonwalk。

It was at this time that Cocker gained significant media exposure due to an notorious prank at the 1996 BRIT Awards, where he invaded the stage in protest during pop singer Michael Jackson’s performance of “Earth Song” and “wiggled his backside” at the audience. After complaints by Jackson and his entourage, Cocker spent the night in Kensington Police Station charged with actual bodily harm and assaulting the child performers. However, with British comedian and former solicitor Bob Mortimer acting as legal representation, he was released without charge.[21] This incident propelled Cocker into great controversy in the UK and elsewhere, and Pulp’s record sales soared as a result. The event also coincided with the beginning of their first arena tour and the Daily Mirror, who had attacked the band months earlier, set up a “Justice for Jarvis” campaign backing his actions and carried out a stunt at Pulp’s Sheffield Arena gig on 29 February, handing out free T-shirts. The NME described Cocker’s actions as a “great publicity stunt” which was “creative, subversive and very, very funny”,[22] while Melody Maker described Cocker as, “arguably the Fifth Most Famous Man In Britain”[23] and suggested he should be knighted.

四,九六年的Compilation是未經Jarvis同意出版的專輯,佢叫大家唔好買,

In March 1996, a compilation of Pulp’s early recordings on Fire Records entitled Countdown 1992–1983 was released on the Nectar Masters label. It received largely negative reviews, but due to the band’s popularity at the time it reached the top 10 of the UK charts. Cocker, who’s permission was not sought before release, urged fans not to purchase the album, comparing it to “a garish old family photograph album”.[23]

八月份便會現場見他們,好緊張!