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T.G.I.F: A Musical Tribute to Everyone’s Favourite Day of the Week

18 Mar

From Left: David Bowie's got Friday on his mind; Katy Perry provides another hit from Teenage Dream; Robert Smith from The Cure and their Friday anthem.

This week, another twitter trend, another internet sensation and another girl’s dreams are ruined. Rebecca Black’s (heavily auto-tuned) attempt to break into the music industry produced the video for her song Friday attracted the attraction of millions. It has been universally mocked on account of her pitchy vocals, dodgy camerawork and lamentable lyrics. It’s an all-singing, all-dancing version of The Room. I’d say that this is surprising but my sister astutely noted the double standard, ‘how can they mock Rebecca Black  but they still buy Fergie’s records?’ Just for fun, let’s do a little experiment. Which of the following lyrics are Black’s, and which are Fergie’s?

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Every Breath You Take – Scala & Kolacny Brothers

26 Oct

scala.jpg image by Saltlick

The Social Network was a fantastic movie, tightly written and excellently paced. But they say that behind every great movie is a great trailer. And this was no exception. For me, The Social Network‘s trailer stood out as innovatively produced with the hauntingly observations about our use of Facebook. What really had an affect was the song playing. Seemingly a staple of the Autumn trailers, a childrens’ choir can be heard singing along to Creep. It’s a wonderful cover of a song that has been covered a wondrous number of times. There are more reasons to listen to the song rather than as one youtuber would have us believe, ‘I love hearing little girls say the f-word.’

Here’s the trailer:

The choir behind that are Scala & Kolacny Brothers. Their repertoire is huge but my favourite is their rendition of The Police‘s Every Breath You Take. (This also had the (dubious) pleasure of appearing on an advert for ITV.) That youtuber, although crude, was onto something. They manage to subvert unexpectedly the whole sentiment of the song. Listening to a group of girls sing about stalking someone produces a haunting and reservedly beautiful song.

Here’s the song:

And if you were wondering, the trailer which I think is really quite effective: