A-ha’s Farewell Tour in NYC May 8, 2010.
These guys are an example of a band that did not get itself involved in any scandals. No break ups, no fights, no drugs, no arrests. They were famous all around the world but not so much in the USA in the 80’s. They are all middle aged now and have families. They look exceptionally good though (Morten, who was a doll in the 80’s, still looks great for 50). All three slim and in shape and with their hair intact:)
The show was good, but I expected them to be a bit warmer with the audience, engage the audience a little more, since this is their farewell tour. Or so they said. I also thought the video as a background onstage is unimaginative-maybe I was expecting a more elaborate production. They wore simple clothes and did not change their outfits. They played some unknown songs in the beginning and then the hits started, with a grand finale with the beautiful “Take on me”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_EXxMlIExpo
Some people think you can find out a person’s age by their musical taste. That is true, but you can be surpised at how many people in their 20’s dig Pink Floyd and other oldies bands and how many middle aged folks like me like some of the contemporary artists. This reminds me of an episode of the great movie “Office Space”, where a white conservative guy is listening to rap music in his car…:)
I was not a fan of R&B and hiphop until Lady Gaga sparked my interest in so called “new music”. I stopped listening exclusively to my 80’s and Britop songs I still love and started listening to a DC radio station called “Hot 99.5”, where they play the hits of the moment. Hard to believe, but now I enjoy the same music as my 19 year old daughter (which makes her laugh).
My favorites at the moment:
Bruno Mars’ “Nothing on you”: http://bit.ly/9Uh5Nq
Taio Cruz’ “Break my heart” : http://bit.ly/c0IB1B
Lady Gaga: everything!
Pierre Aderne, the leader of the Brazilian musical group “Doces Cariocas”, will have a show at the end of August for the Bring Sean Home cause. I am happy that a Brazilian artist decided to publicly show his support to David. The group received the “Premio de Musica Brasileira 2009”, which is like our Grammy award! They will be recording their DVD in August at the Teatro Tom Jobim and will be playing in great venues in Rio and Sao Paulo such as Teatro Rival, Copacabana Palace, Cinematheque and Estudio SP. Congrats Pierre and all the members of the group!
Here is Doces Cariocas’ Myspace pages:
Legião Urbana – Perfeição (clipe original)
This great song from my favorite 80’s Brazilian rock group questions the Brazilian government’s incompetence and corruption. Renato Russo had the most amazing tenor voice. I met him when he was starting, he was in my school when we were teenagers. He died young, like many music geniuses, of drug abuse.
Lady Gaga -“Poker Face”
The name is silly, the appearance is an imitation of Christina Aguillera, Britney Spears and Madonna. One more bleach blonde singer wearing sexy tight clothes on stage? Deja vu. But this girl has a powerful and unique voice, and she brought back fun dance songs, which lately had been too influenced by hip hop. Turn the music high and shake it!
I was too young to really follow the first British Invasion (The Beatles), but I reveled with the second British Invasion (New Order, Pet Shop Boys, Tears for Fears, The Cure, Duran Duran..and the list goes on and on).
Adele is one in the string of very talented British singers that sing like Black women from the 40’s. Amy Winehouse with “Back to Black” is the most famous one. London has an Arts school that has been attracting these talented singers. Interesting how British songs shows more sadness and despair while American music is more upbeat, silly or materialistic (hip hop).
I am happy to witness the third “British Invasion”. Young artists with soulful voices. Raspy voices. Amy Winehouse’s “Back to Black”, Keane’s “Crystal Ball” and Adele’s “Chasing Pavements”, my latest obsession, are my favorites. It’s actually hard to keep up with all the new artists: Duffy, Natasha Bedingfeld, James Blunt, etc. What does that little island have in its water that it produces so many good musicians?
Check it out: Adele – Chasing Pavements: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qz7vGW2_5c0
For some reason, Britopop, with the exception of a few groups like the Beatles (duh) and U2, is more popular in Brazil than the U.S. Since I am an 80’s girl through and through, I grew up listening to all these Britpop bands that hardly any typical American knows off. New Order, Pet Shop Boys, Depeche Mode, The Cult, The Communards, Echo and the Bunnymen, The Smiths, Monaco, Brian Ferry, Tears for Fears, Duran Duran….etc. That surprises me since the language is the same! Most likely it is American protectionism at play. The radio stations do not want to advertise foreign bands. So they cram Journey into your head. How often has anyone heard a French or Italian song in an American radio station? I will say never! I remember how in Brazil in the late 60’s and 70’s you could hear romantic Italian songs by Gigliola Cinquetti, Franki Valli, anyone heard it in America?
Satellite Radio has changed that with its diverse stations, but for some reason it is not that popular (I think people have a hard time paying for music in a monthly basis, it seems so superfluous especially in a declining economy).
When I go to Europe or Brazil I love turning on the radio stations. Ah, finally some good music! I confess I am also a fan of cheesy Europop. And here in the US I STRUGGLE to find one station I like. How come there are no dance radio stations in the whole DC area?
Love the Black 70’s singers like Marvin Gaye. Also am a big fan of Bread, no matter how corny it sounds. David Gates had the softest voice, the lyrics were sad and romantic and the melodies just out of this world. This is a tribute to Bread.
I will say it is a pity you guys are not around anymore-a reunion tour would be just awesome (although some of you are dead, Gates is still around). Here are 2 of my 70’s favorites:
( “Baby I’s a want you” was my second wedding song..so melodic).
Other old favorites:
PET SHOP BOYS – GO WEST – ORIGINAL
To be honest, I don’t know if the Pet Shop Boys or New Order is my number one love…both are amazing and I have never fallen out of love with these guys since I discovered them in the 80’s. Clear lyrics, incredible melodies, soft voice, great rythm..what else do you want?
Because I like Britpop so much, Keane reminds me of the 80’s soulful songs. This is beautiful, as well as his other songs.
The Killers also has a Britpop edge. Love this one:
- Being a mother
- Being a woman
- Dating world
- Difference between cultures
- Social Media
- World Events/News