Stuck on repeat… January 2016

It’s a rare thing that I would start a post almost immediately after finishing up the last one but these things, they do happen!*

*brownie points for you if you know where that phrase is from!

Spectre – Radiohead

I heard this just a moment after posting December’s SOR and knew I’d be playing this ad infinitum. Y’all know how much I love Bond films from my Spectre review and that I wasn’t all that keen on the Sam Smith version until I’d seen it as the title score in the film. The band stated that this song had been turned down for the film and as much as I love it, I understand why. It’s not commercial enough. It’s Radiohead. It’s too good, too dark, too complex and that’s why I love it.

Favourite lyric: Anger is a poison/The only truth that I could see/Is when you put your lips to me

Catapult – Jack Savoretti 

How, HOW have I never heard this beautiful man and his beautiful voice before? No, seriously. Have I been under a rock my entire life?!? I’m ashamed to be joining the JS appreciation society so late but thanks to the Graham Norton show, at least I’m finally on the bandwagon. The tone is so simple and honest…and that rasp… *shivers* It works so beautifully with the romance of the song.

Favourite lyrics: I can be the white knight/You can play the princess/We’ll be running like outlaws/Hiding in the midnight

China Girl – David Bowie

I was so saddened to hear of an icon for so many generations passing away. The Bowie I loved was the Max Zorin-esque Bowie of the 80’s, sophisticated and suave. This particular song reminds me of car journeys as a kid, and that bass line is just so excellent.

Favourite lyric: She says…Ssshhhh.

The Hills – The Weeknd

So this is a NSFW one, but it’s dark and kinda creepy and I love it. A toxic tale of love and lust. And we’re all a little effed up, aren’t we?!

Favourite lyric: I only call you when it’s half past five/The only time that I’ll be by your side/I only love it when you touch me, not feel me/When I’m f**ked up, that’s the real me

Kiss Me – Olly Murs

I don’t watch X-Factor any more (too many reasons to mention) but I don’t hold grudges against genuinely decent pop. Originally I thought this was a Nick Jonas jobbie, as it had a similar vibe to Jealous (which I loved) and a chilled 80’s retro beat which I have a bit of a penchant for at the moment!

Favourite lyric: If this is the last night/Baby let’s do this right, kiss me like you mean it

An American Trilogy – Elvis Presley

Even if you’re not an Elvis fan, I would implore you to give this one a listen, if not for the soulful vocals then the spirit-soaring turn by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, especially at 3:30. Actual goosebumps and no flashy jumpsuits.

Favourite lyrics: His truth keeps marching on.

Hotel California – Eagles

Another week, another loss for the music world. I started listening to some more classics. This is one of my favourite songs, one of the greatest songs of all time…EVERRRR. That intro, the bassline, the drums all weave together to make it sound as perfect and relevant as the day it was recorded. The opening lyric is so simple and evocative, I could be in that car right now. 

Favourite lyric: On a dark desert highway/cool wind in my hair

Must See Movie… Spectre

 

 I make no secret of being a Bond fan. I LOVE Bond films and I want to be a bad ass Bond girl. I like the old ones, I adore the new ones. When I first watched Casino Royale I thought that this was the Bond for me. I remember actually shedding a tear (shocker, I have emotions) at certain scenes and thinking we finally have a Bond that can hold a scene and not rely on quips/silly tech/pretty ladies to fill the viewing minutes.

Of course Quantum of Solace wasn’t anywhere near the amazingness of CR. It simply couldn’t be. Skyfall took us back up to the dizzying heights of greatness on the Bond rollercoaster – it was a seriously decent film – but I remember watching it and thinking it wasn’t what anyone expected. It had heart and soul but wasn’t your typical Bond film. 
An absolutely stunning continuous tracking shot throws you right in to the action following Bond during a Day of the Dead festival in Mexico City. My mind boggles at the sheer number of extras used. (Funnily enough I was watching on Day of the Dead before heading home to watching the Mexican GP!) Action ensues and is as thrilling and high-flying as you’d expect. Bravo number one to the stunt guys. 
As for Bond girls – two words: Monica Bellucci. She’s barely on screen and yet still manages to smoulder and seduce with every look. I would not mind to look like her at any age, nevermind 51. Where she is dark and mysterious, Lea Seydoux is soft and (for me) a tad bland but it balances out as it seems to bring out Bond’s gentler side, one we haven’t seen since his scenes with Vesper.
I wasn’t all that keen on the theme song when it first came out. I liked it as a Sam Smith song but thought meh as a Bond tune. I will gladly eat my words. I’d been warned I might. The pre title sequence flows so seamlessly into the music with an exquisite array of visuals that are luxurious and luscious. The accompanying music and lyrics actually make sense. It’s a beautiful audio visual treat for the senses. (But I still think Goldeneye is a better tune by itself!)
Think of some of the most iconic Bond sequences and they’ll probably involve car chases, stunning cityscapes and vistas, somewhere snowy, a train journey that I’ve never seen in all my commuting history or a spectacular fight. Well Spectre has all of the above. 
The cars are gorgeous. Mr Hinx’s baddie drives a devilishly divine Jaguar C-X75 chasing after Bond’s dainty-by-comparison Aston through the empty streets of Rome – reminding me I must head back to my honeymoon city before everything left to crumble collapses in a puff of dust – and deserving of a bravo number two to the stunt guys. The fights are visceral, bloody and exhausting. Take note of the train fight; it’s old school Bond with a modern punch. Bravo number three for the stunt guys. 

Costumes are beautiful, suave and debonair. I’m currently wondering whether I can carry off a bias cut, pale silk dress (I can’t) or if any of my jackets could work with a bustle (they won’t). 
I won’t spoil the film anymore – I’ve written way more than I should have! – but the baddie deserves a mention. He’s perfectly callous, cruel and chilling, although it’s a role he’s played before. 

For me, Spectre is the truest James Bond of the Daniel Craig era.

Spectre is out now. GO SEE IT!

Stuck on repeat…October 2015

Apologies for the lack of posts this month – I have a million post ideas but have lacked the drive to make the words flow out from my brain. 

I’ve been working a little which has limited my music listening and so this months post is a little shorter. I’ve been walking through parks and spooky alleyways and so prefer to remain vigilant to sounds around me, plus I don’t want headphones falling out whilst I’m sprinting for trains and trams (which I do. A LOT.) Click on the titles for their Spotify links and follow my special Curiosity Killed Stuck on Repeat playlist here

Sorry – Justin Bieber

#sorrynotsorry Look, I never thought in a million, trillion years I would play one of his songs willingly, never mind play it over and over again, but his recent few releases have been catchy little buggers and I can’t stop myself. Of course, I still think he’s a bit of a twerp. 

Favourite lyric: I’ll take every single piece of the blame / If you want me to / But you know that there is no innocent one in this game for two

Hello – Adele

Where to start? The lyrics, the vocal, the flip phone… Just. Brilliant. And I can’t wait for more amazingness from the album.  

Favourite lyric: At least I can say that I’ve tried / To tell you I’m sorry for breaking your heart / But it don’t matter, it clearly doesn’t tear you apart anymore

Magnets – Disclosure ft. Lorde

This is such a sinister, creepy little song about being with someone you shouldn’t be with. No surprise that I love the darkness of it with Lorde’s vocals adding a deeper tone.  

Favourite lyric: Pretty girls don’t know the things that I know

Love for That – Mura Masa

First heard this on a long Sunday drive back from the coast and frankly I don’t think you can go wrong with cellos to start a track.

Favourite lyric: If I don’t think it’s right, you’ll think I’m wrong

Writing’s on the Wall – Sam Smith

Ok, so I know in my last post I sort of lambasted this theme tune for not being as strong as other Bond songs, but after having seen Spectre (and LOVING it) I take it all back! It is worked so beautifully into the title sequence and perfect for the film. 

Favourite lyric: How do I live? How do I breathe? / When you’re not here I’m suffocating / I want to feel love, run through my blood