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VIDEO: Lily Allen And Keane Perform ‘Everybody’s Changing’ Live At War Child

by on Thursday, February 23, 2012 at 12:20 pm EDT in Arts & Entertainment, Music

In 2007, Lily Allen and Keane performed a few songs together at a benefit concert for War Child. I had never heard “Everybody’s Changing” until last night, when I stumbled across this video, and instantly fell in love with it. (h/t to Kelly Canfield at firedoglake for the discovery)

Enjoy:

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WATCH: Big Country Performs ‘Inwards’ Live @ The Pier in New York City – 1986

by on Sunday, August 14, 2011 at 10:06 am EDT in Arts & Entertainment, Music

Hailing from Dunfermline, Scotland, Big Country literally roared onto the world stage in 1983 with their debut album, The Crossing. The album sold over one million copies in the UK alone, and due to the success of its single ‘In a Big Country‘ the album quickly climbed into the US Billboard Top 20 and achieved Gold Record status.

Lead singer/songwriter Stuart Adamson (formerly of The Skids) brilliantly incorporated traditional Scottish music (including bagpipes) around his distinctive guitar-work, giving Big Country a truly unique sound for the times. His guitar sound became modeled by U2’s The Edge, R.E.M.’s Peter Buck, and even Metallica’s James Hetfield. 

After The Crossing, Big Country would go on to release one EP and seven more albums over the course of twenty years, many of which garnered wide critical acclaim in the UK, and topped the UK charts. But in the US, none of these later efforts would come close to matching the success of their debut album. 

The band was eventually dropped by their record label Phonogram in 1991, but they remained a favorite opening band for iconic groups like The Who, the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Robert Plant & Jimmy Page. Mick Jagger called Big Country “one of the best opening bands we have had”. 

When not working on side projects, Big Country continued to release albums and tour together, though these later recording efforts failed to achieve anything close to the commercial success they enjoyed in the 80s. Adamson who had had a long battle with alcoholism, dating back to the 80s, suffered from acute depression, and by the end of the 90s he’d resorted to sudden disappearing acts without notice.

His second marriage began to crumble in 2001, and shortly after his wife commenced with divorce proceedings, Adamson disappeared again. On December 16, 2001, Adamson’s body was found in a hotel room in Honolulu, Hawaii, where he had hanged himself. He was 43 years old at the time of his death. He is survived by two children from his first marriage.

The way Big Country stormed into the US charts in the early 80s only to seemingly vanish by the decade’s end, might leave some younger Americans — largely unfamiliar with them — to believe Big Country was just another 80s ‘one-hit wonder’ group. This is most definitely not the case. The Crossing itself is one of the best albums of that era, full of fabulous songs. I cannot recommend it enough.  

Here is a video of Big Country in 1986 performing ‘Inwards’ (from The Crossing) at The Pier in New York City. Though, Adamson has to stop abruptly for a moment to quell some fan on fan violence, this video, in my opinion, succeeds in capturing the band’s live energy.

ENJOY:

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Some other fabulous songs worth checking out from The Crossing LP include Fields of Fire, and Adamson’s personal favorite The Storm.

WATCH: Tracey K and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra Perform ‘The Cure & The Cause’ Live

by on Friday, August 12, 2011 at 6:39 pm EDT in Arts & Entertainment, Music

Ireland’s Tracey K — a singer/songwriter who frequently collaborates with DJ/producer duo, Fish Go Deep (from Cork, Ireland) — is best known for her UK chart-topping dance track “The Cure & the Cause.”

She has been writing and recording House music for much of the last decade — ever since her college days at Galway University. You can learn more about her, and find additional Tracey K tracks on her site.

Here, Tracey K performs the very catchy “The Cure & the Cause” live in the studio with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra.

WATCH:

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UPDATE:

Here is one of my favorite dance remixes of this song:

An Emotional Paul McCartney Plays ‘My Love’ For Linda On Anniversary Of Her Passing

by on Friday, January 22, 2010 at 5:00 pm EDT in Arts & Entertainment, Music

Here’s a touching video of Paul performing the love song he wrote for Linda, ‘My Love,’ at the Coachella Music Festival on April 17, 2009, the anniversary of her passing.  What an amazing song, and such an emotional heartfelt moment for someone to have caught on video. Watch: The single “My Love” by Paul McCartney […]

Watch: The Cars Perform ‘Heartbeat City’ @ Live Aid 1985

by on Thursday, December 31, 2009 at 9:15 pm EDT in Arts & Entertainment, Music

Here’s a favorite Cars song of mine — not as recognizable as some of their hits, although it should be.  I was in Paris when Live Aid was happening, and my brother and I were watching a rabbit-ear antenna’d static-prone TV set in a hotel — unable to understand the French dialogue between the songs, […]

Watch: Curtis Mayfield Performs ‘Move On Up’ Live @ The Hague, 1987

by on Saturday, November 14, 2009 at 9:56 am EDT in Arts & Entertainment, Music

‘Move On Up’ is one of the best songs ever written.  Curtis Mayfield was the master of socially-aware, inspirational music, and his live performances were as tight and emotional as his studio recordings.  His music was and still is loved and covered by artists from all over the world.  Here he was in 1987 playing […]

Watch: Everything But The Girl Perform ‘Before Today’ Live In London ’99

by on Saturday, November 14, 2009 at 12:36 am EDT in Arts & Entertainment, Music

I’ve been a long-time fan of Everything But the Girl.  They have an endless discography of great songs; always managing to keep it fresh by allowing their sound to evolve quite dramatically with the times.  Their early sound had a jazzy, French Cafe-ish feel — not unlike the Style Council (another favorite of mine) — […]

Watch: Jesus & Mary Chain w/ Hope Sandoval “Sometimes Always” Live – 1994

by on Friday, November 13, 2009 at 10:47 pm EDT in Arts & Entertainment, Music

If you were told The Jesus & Mary Chain were attempting to pen a love song — a duet — this is EXACTLY what you’d hope to get from them.  Somehow they managed to incorporate their signature detached (brooding) style — something unheard of in a traditional love song — and yet it works here […]

Watch: Bad Brains Perform ‘I & I Survive’ In Paris – 1989

by on Thursday, November 12, 2009 at 9:45 am EDT in Arts & Entertainment, Music

Here’s an old favorite of mine from Bad Brains.  Unlike a lot of the lightning-fast hardcore tunes they were writing in the early 80s, ‘I & I Survive’ is very much laid-back, melodic reggae.  For that reason it’s one of those timeless tunes from the early hardcore punk days that you can come back to […]

Watch: Paul Weller Performs One Of His Best Hits, “Wild Wood,” Live

by on Tuesday, November 10, 2009 at 5:14 pm EDT in Arts & Entertainment, Music

Paul Weller does an incredible live version of his amazing single, “Wild Wood.”  Enjoy!: