The first album I ever bought was ‘Riot’ by Paramore. I can vividly remember walking into HMV, hell-bent on buying it. I can also remember the feeling of relief when I finally had it. In retrospect, I admit to treating it similar to the way Sikhs treat the Guru Granth Sahib, or rather the way Gollum treated the Ring. I know. I was obsessed. Really obsessed.
This album was one of their best. It was written during their best moments as a band, when the brothers were still there and they hadn’t starting producing pop hits (‘Still Into You’, for example. That is if you think it’s even worth mentioning!).
What makes Paramore stand out from other musicians is that Hayley Williams (lead vocals) doesn’t use her looks to sell her music. She has set a role model for girls, she shows them that they don’t have to be “sexy” or “attractive” to be liked and popular, and that it’s ok to be who you are, whoever you are.
She has changed the way a lot of people look at famous women because she is different. How can you not like her?!
Pulp’s ‘Common People’ is basically a six minute pop song that explains everything you need to know about Britain in the Britpop year, from the posh and common to the males and females, and even to the rum and the beer, Cocker covers it all. Literally. So inevitably, ‘Common People’ defined Generation Britpop.
Just in case you’ve been living under a rock for the past eighteen years, I’ve attached a link above to the video. 🙂
I generally don’t like covers of songs. To me, their just cheap rip-offs done by wannabe artists without the originality or imagination to write anything that’s really worth listening to. But I’m not saying that all cover songs are bad, I guess a few are actually better than the originals. Take Johnny Cash’s cover of ‘Hurt’ for example. Although I do love the original Nine Inch Nails version, Cash perfects it.
The Nine Inch Nails version is about a young man living with depression, it is beautifully written and beautifully sung, I believe Trent Razor and the Nine Inch Nails should have received a bit more credit for creating such a powerful and moving song. A very nostalgic Johnny Cash sings the song as quite an elderly man, reminiscing the days of when he was younger, wishing he could go back in time and fix all the mistakes he had made.
I have no personal connection with this song, yet Cash makes me feel like I am the elderly person who looks back over my life and morn over what has happened. I suppose that’s why I adore his cover so much, very few artists manage to do covers that make me actually want to listen to it, let alone completely make it their own, like Johnny Cash did.
Dave Grohl is my all time favourite musician. Instead of writing a billion paragraphs of him, I’ve shortened it down to a list of twenty, which was difficult considering I had about a hundred.
#1 – Let’s be honest here, Grohl could even drum a bloody toaster and it’d go platinum.
#2 – He’s probably been in more bands than STI’s. Queens of the Stone age, Nine Inch Nails, The Crooked Vultures, The Foo Fighters and so on.
#3 – ‘The Pretender’ = genius.
#4 – He was in Nirvana.
#5 – He once said this, “I neve took lessons to learn how to play the drums, and I never took lessons to learn how to play the guitar, I just sort of figured it out. I think that if you’re passionate about something and you’re driven and focused, that you can pretty much do anything that you want to do in life.” Enough said.
#6 – His beard.
#7 – He was seen moshing at a Soundgarden gig.
#8 – He practically plays every instrument going.
#9 – He was once arrested for drinking whilst driving a scooter.
#10 – Grohl has been a vocal supporter of Gay Rights for over 20 years.
#11 – He loves the Reading + Leeds festival.
#12 – Dave once helped a guy propose to his girlfriend at a Foo Fighters gig.
#13 – This other quote: “Stay in school, don’t do drugs, because look what happens.”
#14 – The Learn To Fly video is beautiful.
#15 – Stops playing during a Foo Fighters gig to kick out a fighting audience member.
#16 – Played the devil in Tenacious D’s Tribute song.
#17 – He has played live with Tenacious D.
#18 – Dave has a wonderful taste in music, he even had The Joy Formidable tour with them.
#19 – That time when he dressed up as a “Redneck” whilst protesting against hate-preaching mongrels, or otherwise known as the Westboro Baptist Church.
#20 – This photograph:
Kodaline have done pretty well with their new album considering it’s their first. Usually musicians are on their second or third before reaching popularity. It’s probably because they’ve successfully followed a blueprint of bands like Keane and Coldplay, that they’ve already reached number 3 in the UK album charts, which I kind of have to give them credit for, taking into account that a ton of other bands have tried and failed doing so.
‘In a Perfect World’ touches themes of heartbreak and loneliness, though sadly, it’s one of those albums that sounds achingly familiar and points towards a band’s bleak future of blending into the background as they struggle to add their own touch of uniqueness.
Overall, it’s neither a bad or a great album, but rather in the middle somewhere. It evokes strong emotions, both euphoric and wistful, although lacking originality.
Personally, I’d like to see them cope with the immense pressure of making an even better second album.