Black Chandelier

Currently obsessed with this track. J introduced me to it this past weekend and it’s been on a high-rotation this week. Seeing as I’m completely incapable of writing anything profound on this blog at the moment, here’s the official video (love the look and feel) and the acoustic version. You’re welcome. Lyrics below.

Can’t wait for the album – Opposites, which releases 25/28 January.

Drip, drip, drip, drip

I shouldn’t laugh but I know I’m a failure in your eyes
I know it’s daft but I guess that I know it deep inside
It feels like we’re ready to crack these days, you and I
When it’s just the two of us, only the two of us, I could die

You left my heart like an abandoned car
Old and worn, ain’t no use at all
But I used to be free

We’re gonna separate ourselves tonight
We’re always running scared but holding knives
But there’s a black chandelier
It’s casting shadows and lies

Drip, drip, drip, drip

I’ll sit in silence for the rest of my life if you’d like
Dressing our wings with industrial gloves made of wire
Feel it penetrating the skin, we begin to relax
When it’s just the two of us, and a cute little cup of cyanide

You left my heart like an abandoned car
Old and worn, ain’t no use at all
But I used to be free

We’re gonna separate ourselves tonight
We’re always running scared but holding knives
But there’s a black chandelier
It’s casting shadows and lies


I fink u freek-ing boring…

I know it’s not the popular opinion. Just like I know I’m supposed to be stunned every time Lady Gaga dons another outrageous outfit, I know that I’m meant to be shocked and a little disgusted by every video Die Antwoord releases and every line of their lyrics.

Watch their latest video, then carry on reading my rant:

It’s a great video. Wonderfully styled, directed, conceptualised. It’s strangely beautiful. I’m not criticising the video, not really.

But, I’m afraid, I’m a little bored of Die Antwoord. No, I lie. I’m a lot bored by Die Antwoord. Like Gaga, they try so hard to live their “product” – which sure, takes a lot of dedication – but the problem with their product is that it’s unsustainable. Once they have milked their zef-ness to death – or the world becomes desensitized to their bizarre nature – Die Antwoord will be left with what I would guess is a small fan base. For their sake, I hope I’m wrong.

It is, I don’t hesitate to say, a pity. Ninja (Or, as he’s also known, Watkin “Waddy” Tudor Jones) has been part of some fascinating musical projects here in South Africa and Yo-Landi is bizarrely beautiful and exceptionally talented. Their move from the fascinating, heavy “hip hop-ness” of their earlier material (Enter the Ninja went viral for a reason) and into a slightly more club-inspired genre shows their versatility and their eagerness to reinvent. Their breakaway from Interscope Records displays their commitment to artistic control. I just wish they would be more “real” in more of their material.

This concerted effort to shock/awe/offend is wearing thin. Much like Gaga, their attempts to stand out from the crowd so consistently has become their normal: There is nothing new in the video for I Fink U Freeky. Which is a pity, ’cause it’s a helluva catchy song.

The black and white, we’ve done before with Enter the Ninja. Yo-Landi drapes herself in rats and dons her Pikachu outfit. Ninja cavorts in his tired boxer shorts, imitated by the other stars of the video. It makes them recognisable – but it’s a far cry from the WTF impact of Enter the Ninja and Zef Side.

I watched the video for I Fink U Freeky, I wrote a small article on it, I trawled for pictures, I set up a poll. But what struck me the hardest today were lyrics I saw typed out from So What? in an article in Rolling Stone South Africa – penned by a friend of Ninja and Yo-Landi. Stripped of the show and the pretence, they were all the more impactful – and I’ve thought of those lyrics more than the video I watched:

“Rapped for 20 years, never made a cent/Borrowed money from my mom to pay the rent/Now how’m I gonna get out of this mess/Yo- landi shows me two stripes on the fucking piss-test/Broke-ass Ninja gonna be a daddy/Little baby Ninja gonna need some nappies.”

To me, that “reality” is infinitely more fascinating than the construct that is Die Antwoord.

Coldplay – ‘Every Teardrop is a Waterfall’

It has been a spectacularly crappy day today – Fridays always are, and they’re also my busiest workdays. I’ve had the kind of day where I haven’t been able to publish my main feature for the day because the system won’t allow it. It’s been the kind of day where I’ve sent emails to the wrong people, had to rush articles and skip some things altogether.

On the personal side, it’s been proven that I’m a completely and total lunatic, caring about things that allegedly shouldn’t be my problem anymore. I don’t want to care, but I can’t help it.

Anyway, in the midst of all of this awfulness comes Coldplay’s new single – Every Teardrop is a Waterfall. I find Coldplay extremely comforting – and so I share this with you in the hopes that it brings you a hint of joy.

Lady Gaga’s Judas controversy

You didn’t really think I’d let this one slip through the cracks, did you?

Lady Gaga – never one to do something quietly – has released the audio for her new single Judas. Now, with a title like that you’re not going to do anything but offend the Christian community, really. So I’m pretty sure Gaga saw this one coming. If you want the background to the whole story, you can click here – but basically it boils down to this: Gaga sings about being in love with Judas. You know, the guy who betrayed Jesus to the authorities for 30 pieces of silver.

The president of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights threw a small hissy fit on the matter, accusing her of “trying to rip off Christian idolatry to shore up her talentless, mundane and boring performances”.

“This is a stunt… Lady Gaga tries to continue to shock Catholics and Christians in general: she dresses as a nun… she swallows the rosary. She has now morphed into a caricature of herself”.

Let’s be honest – of course Gaga is trying to be controversial. It gets her sales. And attention. That’s how she rolls. Yes, I’m starting to feel that she’s trying way, way too hard to be “out there” – but it’s better than being vanilla, right?  And there is no better way of stirring up controversy than poking a stick at the Christian community and watching the feathers fly.

But surely, surely these people should realise that they’re being baited? When she dresses like a nun, or swallows a rosary, or covers herself in blood or sings about being in love with Judas, Gaga is trying to get a rise out of you.

And that’s okay. Her soul does not need to be “saved”.

She’s a musician, and much more of an artist than other mass-produced pop acts. If she wants to express herself in a particular way, then let her. Just as the person on the street is allowed to preach in favour of Christianity, she is allowed to use it to as a metaphor.

All of the religious rubbish aside – I’m not particularly impressed with this track. It’s a thumping dance track and is going to be a massive, massive club hit – it’s a powerful track. But it also sounds a hell of a lot like Bad Romance – and still has quite a solid early Madonna feel. But, much like every other song she’s ever written, it’s probably going to grow on me in a massive way.

I just can’t wait to see the video – she’s apparently starring as Mary Magdalene. That’s going to go down very well.