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John Lennon – Imagine

Imagine” 是 John Lennon solo 时期最著名的作品,  专辑 Imagine 的开场曲, 发行于1971年.

歌词展示了 Lennon 对大同世界的幻想, 部分来源于 Yoko Ono 关于幼年生活的诗, 那时候日本正在经历第二次世界大战. Ono 也指出这首歌是 “just what John believed — that we are all one country, one world, one people. He wanted to get that idea out.” 另外它也受到 Nutopia: The Country of Peace 概念的影响.

Lennon 后期在书中说这是 “anti-religiousanti-nationalisticanti-conventionalanti-capitalistic [song], but because it’s sugar-coated, it’s accepted.” 他自己对这首歌的评价也很高, 认为可以和 Beatles 时期的任何歌相比.

Zbigniew Rybczyński 拍摄了歌曲的mv, 是个波兰的导演. 他也给 Mick JaggerPet Shop BoysLou Reed 等人拍摄过 video. 如果喜欢动画说不定会知道他, 他的 Tango (1980) 在1983年拿到 Oscar 最佳动画短片. 点击下面看

Radiohead – Paranoid Android

Paranoid Android” is a song by English alternative rock band Radiohead, featured on their 1997 third studio album OK Computer. The lyrics of the bleak but intentionally humorous song were written primarily by singer Thom Yorke, following an unpleasant experience in a Los Angeles bar. Six minutes long, and in four distinct sections, the track is significantly influenced by The Beatles‘ “Happiness Is a Warm Gun” and Queen‘s “Bohemian Rhapsody“. “Paranoid Android” takes its name from Marvin the Paranoid Androidof Douglas Adams‘ The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series.

When released as the lead single from OK Computer, “Paranoid Android” charted at number three on the UK Singles Chart. It was well received by music critics and highlighted in many reviews of OK Computer. The track has appeared regularly on lists of the best songs of all time, including Rolling Stone‘s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. Its animated music video, directed by Magnus Carlsson, was placed on heavy rotation on MTV, although the network censored portions containing nudity. Since its release, the track has been covered by numerous artists working in a variety of musical genres.

Music video

Remarking on the band’s goals for the “Paranoid Android” music video, Yorke said that, “When it came time to make the video for that song, we had lots of people saying, ‘Yeah, great, we can have another video like “Street Spirit”, all moody and black and dark. Well, no. We had really good fun doing this song, so the video should make you laugh. I mean, it should be sick, too.” Magnus Carlsson, Swedish creator of the animated series Robin, (and also famous for The Three Friends and Jerry,) was commissioned by the band to make the video. Radiohead were fans of the show, and connected with the Robin character; Jonny Greenwood described him as “affectionate” and “vulnerable”, while Yorke admitted that he found Robin “quite the vulnerable character, but he’s also violently cynical and quite tough and would always get up again.” At first Carlsson sought to work on a video for “No Surprises” and was uncertain as to how to approach “Paranoid Android”. Eventually he devised a scenario to the band’s liking after he locked himself in his office for over 12 hours to stare out of the window, while listening to the song on repeat while jotting down visual ideas. As Carlsson did not have access to the lyrics at the time, the concept for the video was based entirely on the song’s sound. According to Yorke, the band “deliberately didn’t send Magnus the lyrics” because they “didn’t want [the video] to be too literal.”

Like Robin, the “Paranoid Android” video is drawn in a simplistic style that emphasises bold colours and clear, strong lines. It features Robin and his friend Benjamin venturing into the world, running into miserable EU representatives, bullying pub patrons, two kissing leathermen, a drug addict, deranged businessmen, mermaids and an angel who plays table tennis with Robin. The band appears in cameo at a bar, where they are shown drinking while watching a man with a head coming out of his belly dancing on their table. However, in this cameo only the versions of Yorke and Jonny Greenwood resemble themselves; O’Brien said “If you freeze-frame it on the video, the guy with the five strands of hair slicked back, that’s Colin. It looks nothing like him.” Colin Greenwood said “there was no way that we could appear in it to perform in it because that would be so Spinal Tap” and that having animations that did not resemble the band members allowed the video to be “twisted and colorful which is how the song is anyway”. Yorke was ultimately pleased with the video, saying that it “is really about the violence around [Robin], which is exactly like the song. Not the same specific violence as in the lyrics, but everything going on around him is deeply troubling and violent, but he’s just drinking himself into oblivion. He’s there, but he’s not there. That’s why it works. And that’s why it does my head in every time I see it.”

reference:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paranoid_Android