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Music VIDEO: Ian Brown – F.E.A.R.

by on Saturday, May 5, 2012 at 12:36 am EDT in Arts & Entertainment, Music

I adored the Stone Roses when they released their self-titled album on Silvertone Records in the late 80s, and was fortunate enough to finally see them perform live, in support of their second album, Second Coming, at Webster Hall in NYC (May 22, 1995).

The Roses split shortly after that tour, and lead singer Ian Brown set out, solo, in a fresh new direction, assembling crafty electronic dance rhythms with soulful memorable melodies. 

Over the course of fifteen years and eight albums, he has put together a rather impressive catalog of amazing songs. Here is one from his third LP, Music of the Spheres, called “F.E.A.R.” Inspired by The Autobiography of Malcolm X, each verse of the song forms the acrostic F.E.A.R.


For each a road
For everyman a religion
Find everybody and rule
For everything and rumble
Forget everything and remember
For everything a reason
Forgive everybody and remember

For each a road
For everyman a religion
Face everybody and rule
For everything and rumble
Forget everything and remember
For everything a reason

You got the fear
F.E.A.R. (You got the fear)

Final eternity arouses reactions
Freeing excellence affects reality
Fallen empires are ruling
Find earth and reap 

Fantastic expectations
Amazing revelations
Final execution and resurrection
Free expression as revolution
Finding everything and realizing

The F.E.A.R. video was shot on the streets of Soho and Chinatown, in London, England, on what was rumored to be a $300 budget.



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.




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

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) — but absolutely nothing like the electronica music they would become famous for in the years to follow.

I’ve gone through periods — especially in the mid-to-late 90s — virtually addicted to their electronica/dance albums; never quite getting enough, never tiring of them.

Here they are performing their song, ‘Before Today,’ live at The Forum in London, England (November 1999).


The single, ‘Before Today,’ or its full-length studio album, Walking Wounded, can be downloaded here: Everything But The Girl - Walking Wounded - Before Today

Watch: Groove Armada Perform ‘Superstylin’ LIVE At Brixton Academy 2002

by on Friday, October 30, 2009 at 12:50 pm EDT in Arts & Entertainment, Music

Grammy-nominated single ‘Superstylin’ is one of my favorite dance club ‘Big Beat’ tracks — definitely my favorite Groove Armada track.  Behind the heavy bass, and awesome melody is some powerful Jamaican-style toasting.  It’s something between dance-hall reggae and a heavy rave/club tune.  Truly hypnotic — the kind of song that will fuel your gym workouts, […]

Watch: Colin Newman’s latest Band, Githead, perform “Drop”

by on Friday, October 9, 2009 at 9:32 pm EDT in Arts & Entertainment, Music

For those of you who followed the band, Wire, back in the 1970s and 1980s, as well as Newman’s solo efforts in the 80s, you’ll love his latest band, Githead.  Here they are performing an acidic-trip, house-hop number entitled “Drop”.  Very catchy: [youtube][/youtube]   The Githead single, “Drop,” or the full length album, Art Pop, […]