挪威唱作人Lasse Passage首張專輯【IF YOU DON’T HAVE TIME TO COOK, YOU DON’T HAVE TIME TO LIVE 】單是專輯名字已經人嘰嘰笑了。上次的音樂較laid-back，這次反而變得神經兮兮起來。最新單曲《Say Say Say》找來Johanne Birkeland一起唱，Åndheim&Lossuis執導的ＭＶ再一次上演挪威式的家庭暴力，男女打得充滿美感，讓我看得心驚膽跳，只覺creepy。
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。
瑞典的Rebecca & Fiona二人女子組合，或者並非是品味之選，但相信有潛力成為Pop icon或型格之選。兩個女生稱自己為Best DJs in the world，簽上Universal，首支單曲《Luminary Ones》唔聲唔聲取得好唔錯的播放率及注目，《Luminary Ones》展示的是結構簡單不斷重覆的流行曲撞上電子跳舞編排，編曲上稱不上是精彩但在minimal的主線上算是取盡各家大成，確實十分好跳好易上口，it’s been a long time since I have some fun。
好了，相隔一年來新單曲《If She Was Away》就更加進取，歌詞到歌曲到MV都更explicit，旋律上減去了重重覆覆的洗腦式流行編排，更峰迴路轉。其實二人女子組合從來很多遐想，這對靚靚冷酷北歐模特兒身形的女生走在一起，不是Cocorosie的怪誕，相反是那種略帶意淫性感很hot很直接的爽朗電子跳舞作品。《If She Was Away》進一步的更有其瑞典口音，聽起來特別不一樣。
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.
This led to him leaving for London to study film at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, effectively folding the band.
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. 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”, while Melody Maker described Cocker as, “arguably the Fifth Most Famous Man In Britain” and suggested he should be knighted.
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”.
挪威的Cold Mailman其實不太冷，與其名字相反，像《Pull yourself together and fall in love with me》不冷之餘音樂是充滿了一陣陽光溫暖的舒服indie pop，或者我會想起瑞典Gothenborg的Day。上年的第二張專輯【Relax; the mountain will come to you】實在是張被忽略的好專輯，平實不多搶眼的東西掩眼法卻十分動人。大碟其中一支單曲《Time is of the essence》突然惹來不少目光，全因其MV。
導演 André Chocron利用住宅建築物的方塊結構及設計，以開燈熄燈來玩了過癮又美麗的方塊遊戲。其實一直覺得城市的夜景本身已十分好看，人影加燈光已是無敵組合，加點twist與智慧要有stunning 的影像絕對不難。當然，MV不是那麼簡單，利用Oslo的近郊住宅大廈，由遠到近，由動到靜，由歌詞到將音樂與音軌visualise都十分好看。請去片。