ItsNotYouItsMe Blog: 2020

Friday, April 10, 2020

The Number Ones: Queen’s “Another One Bites The Dust”


According to one of our musical sources:

"Queen – “Another One Bites The Dust”

HIT #1: October 4, 1980

STAYED AT #1: 3 weeks

“I’m tired of the bloody anthems! I want the energy in the clubs! The bodies! I want to make people move.” This is how the absurd 2018 film Bohemian Rhapsody imagines Freddie Mercury speaking to his bandmates. Two of the other members of Queen, Brian May and Roger Taylor, are stricken and scandalized by the idea that Queen should record a disco song. They’re about to throw down over it. In the movie’s version of things, bassist John Deacon writes “Another One Bites The Dust” largely as a way to get everyone else in Queen to stop yelling at each other.




This is not, of course, the way things actually went. Bohemian Rhaposdy, the movie that won a Best Actor Oscar for Rami Malek, presents Queen’s history in the most obvious, dumbed-down way imaginable. That scene does communicate a bit of history. Queen were a bit divided over how much they wanted to mess around with disco, and some of the members of the band were less than fond of “Another One Bites The Dust,” the song that would become their biggest-selling single in the US. But John Deacon did not write “Another One Bites The Dust” in some burst of peacekeeping inspiration. Instead, “Another One” existed in conversation with the other pop music of that moment.




Specifically, “Another One Bites The Dust” is a variation on a riff from another song that had topped the charts a year before “Another One” made its ascent. Deacon’s hard-pulsing bass riff is the heart of “Another One Bites The Dust,” and it’s basically a version of Bernard Edwards’ descending bassline from Chic’s 1979 #1 “Good Times.” Deacon’s version of the riff is simpler and less syncopated, but it’s the kind of thing that would’ve earned Chic a songwriting credit if it happened today.

Taking to NME before his death, Bernard Edwards mentioned that John Deacon had been hanging around Chic’s studio before he wrote “Another One Bites The Dust.” (Of course, Deacon didn’t have to spend time in that studio to hear the “Good Times” bassline. That bassline would’ve been all over the radio in 1979.) Edwards didn’t mind that Queen had taken inspiration from his work, though he did get mad when some people suggested that Chic had stolen from Queen rather than vice versa.

In retrospect, it’s amazing that Queen replaced “Upside Down,” the Diana Ross song that Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards wrote and produced, at the #1 spot. It’s a bit like the 1972 moment when America’s Neil Young imitation “A Horse With No Name” knocked the actual Neil Young song “Heart Of Gold” out of #1. If anything, the whole story only illustrates how much Chic defined the turn-of-the-decade moment when the disco era transitioned into the blockbuster ’80s dance-pop that followed.

“Another One Bites The Dust” didn’t sound anything like any previous Queen song, but it didn’t really sound like Chic, either. That’s a credit to Queen, who took that dance-club sound and pushed it in a completely different direction. “Another One Bites The Dust” came from The Game, the 1980 album that had previously yielded “Crazy Little Thing Called Love,” Queen’s other #1 single. Those songs are both brief toe-dip experiments in different genres, and yet both of them find ways to broadcast Freddie Mercury’s enormous, outsized personality all over the place. That’s a gift.

John Deacon played almost every instrument on “Another One”: Bass, lead and rhythm guitar, piano, percussion. Roger Taylor’s drums were a loop. Brian May made some of the sound effects, running his guitar through an effects processor called the Eventide Harmonizer. And Mercury sings hard over all of it, riding the beat while pushing his voice against it, using it as a percussive effect. When Queen finished recording the song, Deacon was surprised at how hard it sounded. So he ditched his original lyrics, which were about being a cowboy, and wrote new ones for Mercury to sing. The lyrics in the finished version are hard to make out, but that doesn’t matter. What matters is the freaked-out knife-edge feeling that they conjure.

If you look at the “Another One Bites The Dust” lyrics on paper, they’re pretty dumb. The first verse is a short gangster-movie narrative. In the second, Mercury is pissed off after a breakup. In the third, the song becomes a sort of inspirational anthem about standing up against all the forces that are trying to bring you down. It doesn’t hang together. It doesn’t have to. Instead, the song works as a disconnected paranoid freakout, a breathless pant. The image of bullets ripping out of a doorway doesn’t really need context. All it needs is Mercury spitting it out like it’s poison.

It works. The Queen of “Another One” understand how disco operates. The song’s sound is brittle and minimal. Roger Taylor doesn’t really get any drum fills in. The metronomic insistence of the song helps it snap, and it’s certainly possible to imagine Mercury’s vocal as diva histrionics. But where disco was so often about exulting in your own personal euphoria, “Another One Bites The Dust” finds transcendence in fear and stress and violence. “Another One Bites The Dust” presents tension and relief at the same time. It presents tension as relief.

Brian May’s sound effects — the rising drones, the echoing thunder booms, the ominous ripples — give “Another One” a weight and a presence, an almost cinematic mise en scène. There’s nothing outwardly rock about “Another One.” When the guitar isn’t making sound effects or echoing Deacon’s bass riff, it’s doing scratchy funk things. But “Another One” does present a toughness that most of Queen’s arena-rock peers weren’t even attempting at the time.

On “Another One Bites The Dust,” Freddie Mercury yips and howls and grunts. He seems lost in the push-pull of the song’s beat, his words becoming half-nonsense exclamations. This might be why some church groups thought Queen were using “Another One” to put out backwards-masked subliminal messages about smoking weed. After all, with a song this disconnected and nonlinear, what else could the intent be? The members of Queen like to tell the story about Michael Jackson, backstage at a Queen show, advising the band to release “Another One Bites The Dust” as a single. Maybe it’s no coincidence that Jackson adapted a hard, percussive, freaked-out singing style of his own shortly thereafter.

In retrospect, “Another One Bites The Dust” makes its own kind of sense. It’s an extremely coked-out record, a record that grabs and embraces that cocaine feeling where paranoia becomes its own kind of euphoria. The members of Queen were indulging in plenty of their own excesses at the time. It shows through in the best ways. “Another One Bites The Dust” is a really good cocaine record.

In the US, “Another One Bites The Dust” made noise in spaces where Queen had never been before. Black radio loved the record, and it peaked at #2 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart. It also peaked at #2 on Hot Disco Singles, which means it was getting actual club play, also a new thing for Queen. If “Another One Bites The Dust” was a play for Michael Jackson’s audience, it worked beautifully. It did not, however, continue to work. Queen tried to go in a funkier, more synthetic direction on their 1982 album Hot Space. It was a relative brick, though the single “Body Language” peaked at #11 in the US. Hot Space caused a backlash in Queen’s old rock fans. Queen worked to win them back by returning to theatrical hard rock on 1984’s The Works.

In the years after “Another One Bites The Dust,” Queen played to absurdly huge crowds around the globe — including apartheid-era South Africa, a move that drew its own backlash. They recorded the soundtracks to the movies Flash Gordon and Highlander. They played the Live Aid set so legendary that it was pretty much replicated moment-for-moment in Bohemian Rhapsody. Queen remained enormously successful up until 1991, when Freddie Mercury died from complications of AIDS. He was 45, and he kept recording with the band for as long as he was physically able.

For all Queen’s success, though, they did not remain a significant pop-chart presence in the US. During Mercury’s lifetime, Queen never had another top-10 hit after “Another One Bites The Dust.” (Queen will appear in this column again, but only in sampled form.) A year after Mercury died, however, Queen’s 1975 single “Bohemian Rhapsody” once again became a hit after showing up in the 1992 film Wayne’s World. Reissued to capitalize on the movie’s success, “Bohemian Rhapsody,” which had previously peaked at #9, reached a new peak of #2. (It’s a 9.)



Since Mercury’s death, Queen have remained a hugely successful legacy act. In April 1992, the surviving members of Queen played a massive all-star Mercury tribute at London’s Wembley Stadium, with stars like Axl Rose, George Michael, and Elton John singing Mercury’s parts. In the years that followed, Queen kept performing and releasing music with different singers. For a few years, they toured with the former Free/Bad Company singer Paul Rodgers. In more recent years, they’ve been playing with the American Idol runner-up Adam Lambert. Brian May, weirdly, has become a prominent astrophysicist. And of course, there’s the aforementioned Bohemian Rhapsody, the Queen biopic that, despite sucking, won Oscars and grossed hundreds of millions of dollars. It’s possible that Queen are more popular now than they were when Mercury was alive.



GRADE: 9/10

BONUS BEATS: On the pioneering 1981 DJ-mix single “The Adventures Of Grandmaster Flash On The Wheels Of Steel,” Grandmaster Flash scratched Chic’s “Good Times” bassline into Queen’s “Another One Bites The Dust” bassline. Here it is:




(Grandmaster Flash And The Furious Five have never had a top-10 hit on the Hot 100. Their highest-charting single, 1982’s “The Message” — a song that will eventually appear in this column in sampled form — peaked at #62.)

BONUS BONUS BEATS: Here’s video of “Weird Al” Yankovic performing his 1981 “Another One Bites The Dust” parody “Another One Rides The Bus” on Tom Snyder’s Tomorrow Show:




(Yankovic’s highest-charting single is 2006’s “White & Nerdy,” a parody of another song that will end up in this column. It peaked at #9, and it’s a 7.)

BONUS BONUS BONUS BEATS: For years, “Another One Bites The Dust” was the entrance music for the pro wrestler known as the Junkyard Dog. Here’s JYD coming to the ring to the song:




BONUS BONUS BONUS BONUS BEATS: Here’s MC Hammer’s video for his 1988 single “Let’s Get It Started,” which briefly samples “Another One Bites The Dust”:




(MC Hammer’s highest-charting single, 1990’s “Pray,” peaked at #2. It’s a 4.)

BONUS BONUS BONUS BONUS BONUS BEATS: Here’s Flying Lotus briefly sampling “Another One Bites The Dust” on the 2014 Snoop Dogg collab “Dead Man’s Tetris”:" -Stereogum.com


Unravelling Anonymity: A Jaunt In Time With Martin Margiela



"Though his face still remains anonymous, the mysterious designer has been defying the public eye through collections that span decades of meticulous craftsmanship. Margiela, however, has ultimately chosen to unravel a personal glimpse into his practice with a full-length documentary. Unquestionably, we’re so here for it.

Titled Martin Margiela: In His Own Words, the designer offers a jaunt within his major inspirations and visions via self-commentary. Despite the film set to be officially distributed in a few days, the trailer offers great hints of what one can expect. Reiner Holzemer, the film’s scriptwriter and director, remarks that he thrived in having Martin to open up about his anonymity along with his desire to lengthen his legacy in years to come. Apart from the man, further names comprise the likes of Jean Paul Gaultier and Carine Roitfeld, among others.

Stated to release on April 10, take a look at the trailer of the film Martin Margiela: In His Own Words below:" - Fuckingyoung.es


MMSCENE PORTRAITS: Jackson by Alessandra Huynh




"Fresh faced Jackson at IMG Models stars in Un Anglais à Paris story captured exclusively for MMSCENE PORTRAITS by fashion photographer Alessandra Huynh.

MMSCENE EXCLUSIVES
For the session stylist Atias Huynh selected pieces from Cocoshnick, Victoria Andreynova, Gunther Paris, and Arche." - Malemodelscene.net









Horsing in Ghana for Helmut Lang




"Helmut Lang unveiled its new Jeans campaign shot in Ghana by Daniel Gebhart de Koekkoek.

Photography: Daniel Gebhart de Koekkoek
Models: Ebenezer, Henry, and Tetteh
Driver/Fixer: Prince." - Fuckingyoung.es











Thursday, April 9, 2020

Allow Us To Introduce You To Saucy-Stellar Spanish Rap Kitten, Ms Nina & Her Infectious ‘Caprichosa’ Video Single!




Allow us to introduce yall to saucy-stellar artist Ms Nina! She's a one-shot of lethal rap injection. A reggaeton force of nature, with a fresh and authentic sexual provocativeness that's needed in the musique market both in Latin America and worldwide.

Her video single entitled, “Caprichosa” exudes a plush and tangible lyrical that is rough raw and extremely candid. As the saying goes, say it like you mean it. Boy does Ms Nina exemplify that expression To a T.

Its rhythmic sonics were produced by fellow artist Kabasaki.  Thee inevitable catchy chorus is reminiscent of Khia's iconic 2001 track "My Neck My Back.  An uber vivrant, electrifying melodic dirty dancing that puts Christina Aguilera's legendary 2002 "Dirrty" to shame.

“Caprichosa” (translated to Capricious in English, samples thee forever ingrained in our brain, thee reggae song  “Murder She Wrote.” by Chaka Demus and Pliers’. Thee musique video aesthetics was helmed by Ana Sting. Her direction added a maraschino cherry on top.  Ms Nina is sunkissed, drenched across California’s High Deserts. Granting auditions for a possible “daddy.”

Dating as a single gal is thee name of thee motif game here. Ms Nina just wrapped a Latin American Tour and shall continue her journey on a festival tour across Espana. Trekking through the Summer season appearing at the Sonar Festival in Barcelona.

Without further ado. Get into thee ItsNotYouItsMe groove with our latest hit parade. Ms Nina's explosively sensual raunchery, ‘Caprichosa’ featured right below!









ItsNotYouItsMe "Come Thru Thursday Vocals" Features Dance Mood-Groove Tune By Love Regenerator AKA Calvin Harris ! Plus, Sunny-Saucy Sonics From Singer Liza Anne!







ItsNotYouItsMe "Come Thru Thursday Vocals" features dance mood-groove tune by Love Regenerator aka Calvin Harris ! Plus, sunny-saucy sonics from singer Liza Anne!

“Calvin Harris is paying homage to his love for house and techno this year via his new artist alias Love Regenerator. The Scottish DJ has released his fourth EP under the moniker in four short months, and each EP showcases a colorful collection of electronic bliss after years of Harris’ experimentation throughout a variety of genres. Harris teamed up with distinguished house music producer Eli Brown for his newest compilation, titled Moving. The producers started teasing the EP on socials earlier this week, and the EP includes two new tracks “Moving” and “Don’t You Want Me.”

Title track “Moving” will be at home during the peak of a discotheque. As is characteristic with Love Regenerator releases, the single draws upon vintage electronic sounds and synths. “Moving” is no exception, but the single finds a way to blend a variety of styles including jazz-infused piano notes, techno-laced electronic notes, and a kicking bassline keeping the track fast-paced and the listener dancing.

“Don’t You Want Me” similarly infuses a hectic energy with booming hardstyle house notes that compliment the energy and style of “Moving.” A dramatic and orchestral laced song break heightens the anticipation for the track’s intense drop, which takes over the listener as the vocals build excitement throughout."- dancingastronaut.com








"Vacations can be the best or the worst. Either all glorious sunsets and good conversations, or mosquito bites and weird moods that leave you dying to go home. A bit like being in love. This is the premise of Georgia-born singer-songwriter Liza Anne's new single, "Bad Vacation.

It's a dark humored, catchy song with a killer bassline. "You were a long bad vacation/ Hotel with a view but I just stayed in," she sings. Later: "You were like sand in my ice cream/ It was a long trip to see the same shit."

The song plays around with ironic surf-rock guitar hooks, before the bad vacation comes to a head. Everything melts down into a chaotic explosion as Liza fantasizes about blowing the ceiling off a shitty hotel. Her vocals travel between a low sultry strain, and a freaked out falsetto, adding to the tension.

Liza is fresh off the release of her March single "Desire," which follows her 2018 album, Fine But Dying. If you like bright hooks and sharp, funny reflections on romance, check it out.

"It feels like a strange time to release music but an even stranger time not to," says Liza. "Writing this song was a mental playground for me: turning pain into satire and imaging a hope-filled world with no ceilings. I wanted to bottle up that electricity that happens when you're free of something taxing."

Since, in light of the global pandemic, no one can go on vacation right now (good, bad or otherwise), Liza put together her best tips for making your "staycation" as pleasant as possible.

Liza Anne's Tips To Avoid a Bad Staycation

[a list of hints that could add something new to the repetitive cycle that has come from this global stay-in-place]

1. Stretch your body. Breathe in for 7 seconds, hold for a moment, breathe out for another 7. Repeat.

2. Lay on your floor (or some grass if you can!) and listen to one of your favorite records all the way through. Don't let anything interrupt it.

Recommendations: Joni Mitchell's Blue, Margo Gruyan's Take A Picture, Great Grandpa's Four of Arrows, Madison Cunningham's Who Are You Now, Angel Olsen's Half Way Home.

3. Read a little bit each day.

Recommendations: Anne Lindbergh's Gift From The Sea or Patti Smith's Year Of The Monkey or (I'm starting this now) Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert.

4. Play dress up in all you'd wear if you were going to leave the house! Remember being a kid! Turn on Natasha Bedingfield! Dance! LET LOOSE!

5. Learn something new! Painting, speaking French, writing short stories, playing an instrument, baking bread, some choreography, how to start a tiny garden in your window, etc.

6. Take a really nice long walk! Move your body! Listen to your new favorite song that just so happened to come out today ;) (okay, it's my song and this is my cheeky plug for "Bad Vacation," go listen!)

7. Watch PEN15. Again.

8. Set a screen time limit and keep it. And when you inevitably are clumsy, forgive yourself. And then maybe think of other things you can forgive yourself for, work through them one at a time. You have nothing but time. Why not come out on the other side of this kinder to yourself?

9. Make a list of people you love and why and send them a postcard or maybe flowers.

10. Write every day as much and with as little pressure on it as you can. A sentence is fine. Maybe a few words. Just a time capsule of "I lived, I felt this and this is what that looked like today." - papermag.com/liza-anne-bad-vacation-premiere-2645628478.html?rebelltitem=9#rebelltitem9









It's Here! Tones and I Official Follow-Up From 2019's Juggernaut Hit "Dance Monkey" Comes Her Darkl Enchanting New Music Video "Bad Child"!



It's Here! Tones and I official follow-up from 2019's juggernaut hit "Dance Monkey" comes her dark enchanting new music video "Bad Child"!

"Australian singer-producer Tones and I released a visual for her new single “Bad Child” on Wednesday, directed by Nick Kozakis and Liam Kelly. The video depicts two children (one of whom is dressed in Tones’ signature baseball cap) who feel like outcasts inside their family’s lush mansion. One of the kids finds a darkness lurking inside the house, and the two of them must find a way to escape what’s hiding underneath.

“I’ve always wanted to write a song in someone else’s shoes, writing from their perspective,” Tones said. “[This song] was the first time I got to do that. It’s seeing life growing up through someone else’s eyes. This is the first of a bunch of songs I’m releasing this year and I can’t wait to share more.”

Tones and I shot to fame last year with the success of her single “Dance Monkey,” which was a hit on streaming services and won Best Pop Release at the 2019 ARIA Music Awards. “Bad Child” and “Can’t Be Happy All the Time,” both released last month, mark her first releases since last year’s The Kids Are Coming EP.

Tones and I recently completed her first-ever headlining tour through North America, including performances on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and NBC’s Today. She was scheduled to return to the U.S. and Canada for more shows in April, but the tour was postponed due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic." - Rollingstone.com




Dig Out Randy Newman's Wisdomatic Brain Write A Stellar COVID-19 Charmer Entitled "Stay Away"!



Dig out Randy Newman's wisdomatic brain write a stellar COVID-19 charmer entitled "Stay Away"!

"Randy Newman wrote a charming new song about the COVID-19 pandemic. The singer-songwriter performed the track at home on piano.

He prefaced the performance by explaining that he was asked to write the song “because of my scientific background,” he cracked. “Apparently there’s some disease that’s going around. Stay six feet away from people. Wash your hands, religiously and often.”

“Venus in sweatpants/That’s who you are,” he began. “And when this mess is over/I’ll buy you a car.” He sings the jovial lines in his signature voice: “Stay away from me/baby, keep your distance, please/stay away from me/words of love in times like these.”

“I wish everyone well and wish myself well — to some extent,” he told the camera. “Stay safe. It’s hard for Americans who don’t like being told what to do at all. But in this case, you know, let’s do it. We’ll be all right.”

Newman wrote “Stay Away” for KPCC, a Southern California radio station that is seeking donations for their coronavirus coverage.

Newman composed the music for both Toy Story 4 and Marriage Story in 2019. He appeared at the 2020 Oscars in February, performing “I Can’t Let You Throw Yourself Away,” from Toy Story 4. He recently recovered from hip surgery, which had caused him to cancel 2020 tour dates in Australia and New Zealand." - Rolllingstone.com










Listen Up Musique-Lovers! Radiohead Shall Broadcast Classic Live Gigs Every Week During Quarantine!






Listen up musique-lovers! Radiohead shall broadcast classic live gigs every week during quarantine!

"Add Radiohead to the growing list of bands who are livestreaming classic concerts.

In an Instagram post on Wednesday, Radiohead announced their intention to air classic shows once a week in order to keep their fans entertained during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Now that you have no choice whether or not you fancy a quiet night in, we hereby present the first of several LIVE SHOWS from the Radiohead Public Library now coming to Radiohead’s YouTube channel,” the band said.

“We will be releasing one a week until either the restrictions resulting from current situation are eased, or we run out of shows. Which will be first? No-one knows,” the statement continued.

The first of these shows will air on Thursday (April 9) at 10 pm UK/2 pm PST/5 pm EST. The concert being shown is Radiohead’s Live From a Tent in Dublin from October 2000. This classic Kid A era show is one of the band’s finest, at least according to Ed O’Brien.

“Those Dublin shows were mental!! The audience were spectacular and we were on fire.. such a vibe in that big top.. stay well and strong good people..BIG love EDX,” O’Brien wrote in the comments section of Radiohead’s post.

Check out a teaser and the full statement below:" - Spin.com






Igor Kolomiyets (part 12) by Bell Soto (again)





"Igor Kolomiyets (part 12) by Bell Soto." - morphoman.blogspot.com/2020/04/igor-kolomiyets-part-12-by-bell-soto.html


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