Monday, 16 July 2012
As a student I worked for a several years for a monstrously obese old queen called Norman Gray, who ran a crammer in Oxford. He was famous for bon mots ('I have given up the pleasures of the bed [wheeze, wobble] for the pleasures of the table...') and for a series of outre stories. One of the worst was that he used to take his Rolls (yes) to Italy every summer, and leave it unlocked in some piazza while he went for dinner. 'And when I came back', he averred, 'it would be full of boys.'
How nice, therefore, to see Madonna applying much the same principle in the deliciously instagrammed video for Turn Up the Radio. As nugatory and meretricious as anything she's done lately, it's still worth a look.
Monday, 9 July 2012
This is an extraordinary performance by an extraordinary artitst. Ben first alerted me to the fact that Jeff Buckley had covered one or two of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan's ecstatic qawwali songs. What a talent the poor fellow had, dead at 30.
The song starts at 3.30ish.
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And again: here Tori Amos does something wonderful with Kate Bush's Running Up That Hill.