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Radiohead – Paranoid Android

by on Apr.23, 2010, under Cavia666

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.”


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Blur – Girls & Boys

by on Apr.06, 2010, under Cavia666

Girls & Boys” is a song by the English britpop band Blur. It was released as the lead single from the band’s third album Parklife, on 7 March 1994. Charting at number five in the UK Singles Charts, “Girls & Boys” was Blur’s first top 5 hit. In the United States, it reached number fifty-nine on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart and number four on the Modern Rock songs chart.

The video, directed by Kevin Godley, featured Blur performing this song to a backdrop of people on 18-30 package holidays (which the band interspersed into the video). Kevin branded the video as “Page 3 rubbish” while Blur found it “perfect”. The front cover of the single was taken from a pack of Durex condoms.

The single release also includes a remix of the track by Pet Shop Boys, who later covered the track live on tour in 1994.

In 2003, Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke confessed that he wished he had written the song.


年轻的 Graham Coxon .. 突然想买一件 Damon Albarn 身上那种运动衫..

另外歌词是讽刺中产阶级生活的, 千万别搞错了. mv 拍的不错, 虽然我第一次看的时候没怎么注意, 就像 Beck 的 “Loser” 一样.

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David Byrne 和 Thom Yorke 讨论音乐的真正价值

by on Dec.19, 2007, under Cavia666

David Byrne/右: Talking Heads 主唱, 贝托鲁齐的电影<末代皇帝>的配乐(同坂本龙一一起获得奥斯卡最佳电影原声奖), Windows Xp 主题歌 Like Humans Do 的演唱者. (应该就在你的文档了, 如果你没先进到vista 的话)

Thom Yorke/左:  Radiohead 主唱.

背景: Radiohead 新专辑 In Rainbows 在乐迷等待4年之后以数字音乐下载的方式发行, 没签公司没做宣传没有唱片封面, 只有一些宣传画, 而价格是由你自己来定的. 就是你想给多少就给多少. 吉他 Jonny Greenwood 接受采访时说”我们并不是如大众所猜想的, 要抵抗传统唱片产业或为人们做一些改变, 我们只是觉得, 让人们稍微停下来想一想如今音乐的价值是件有趣的事情”.

这次发售已经引起轰动, 在一个月内下载量既达到120万次. 而且也确实引起了大众对音乐销售模式以及音乐本身的意义的思考. 虽然乐队否认抵制传统唱片, 但从此却可以看出传统唱片业衰败的可能性.


第二件. David Byrne 对音乐人的一些指导. 有兴趣的话点这里.

第三件. 强大的”Creative Commons 创作共用” 简称CC 今天五周岁了, 虽然在主流文化界算不上惊天动地, 但已经取得了很好的成效. 这是个好想法, 只是需要时间去实现. 但愿不是像社会主义这样的无穷大.

第四件. 遵循CC协议的关于知识产权和文化的电影 Good Copy, Bad Copy 已争取导演Henrik的同意被汉化. 里面也提及到大量音乐知识产权的案例以及业内人士的观点, 包括很出名的Danger Mouse 的 Gray Album等等. 同时也有很出名的BT 站 The Pirate Bay 的故事.


今天的四件事全和音乐和知识产权有关, 数字音乐发展到现在这个地步, 唱片公司似乎可以被避免掉. 早在radiohead 发唱片之前就有人曾经画过一个类似的销售图, 我忘了在哪, 大概意思就是消费者完全可以跳过唱片公司直接通过网络方式购买某艺人的音乐, 这样艺人也可以获得更多的利益. 我也一直考虑这些问题, 但还没有具体结果. 不管怎样 知识应该是免费的. 只是在传播的过程中需要有好的方式. 虽然这种方式我还不能确定, 但目前国内的教育制度却可以作为一个相当好的反面教材.


update: 今天的新闻报道英国自由民主党新领导人Nick Clegg 雇了 Brian Eno 作为顾问, 意图为该党吸引更多的年轻人. 哈哈

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