June 04, 2005
Much ado about the nothing
Much has been made of the somewhat derivative nature of Kelly Osbourne's fabulous new hit single, "One Word". Yes, the song is an homage to the 1980 New Wave anthem, "Fade to Grey" by Visage. Rather less has been made of the fact that "Fade to Grey", while fab, was itself derivative of the Human League's 1976 "Being Boiled"*
I am not certain what the problem is supposed to be. Should the video have included footnotes? The "One Word" video, and indeed song lyrics, are clearly inspired by Jean-Luc Godard's film, Alphaville and yet nobody has complained about that. And Flea-readers who have yet to see Alphaville should do so at once.
*Amazon is linked for their sound files not because they are paying me anything for it.
Posted by Ghost of a flea at June 4, 2005 02:23 PM
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Do we care about Alphaville of "Forever Young" in all this? Until we meet in meet space - and, oh, when we do the BBQ and pitchers shall fly - I live in trust, as your Europop '80s cred smacks up against mine heartily.
Posted by: Alan at June 4, 2005 11:57 PM
No, "Forever Young" has no relationship to my point excepting the irritating fact that people who have not seen Godard's film invariably bring up an 80s one hit wonder when I try to talk about it. Seriously, it is a movie that sf fans should see. Beer is good though.
Posted by: Ghost of a flea at June 5, 2005 05:43 AM
okay, so i didn't know that kelly osborne had a new single (i kind of live under a rock) but this post has let me know that i should see alphaville.
Posted by: mainja at June 5, 2005 02:51 PM