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Video Reviews for the Week of January 4, 2015 featuring: Jennifer Hudson and One Direction





Video Reviews for the Week of January 4, 2015
By C. Duke 





One Direction – Steal My Girl: Steal My Girl was published to YouTube in October of 2014 and is the leading single of British boy band, One Direction‘s (1D) 2014 fourth studio album, “Four”, out since September of 2014.

With the chorus stating, “Everybody wanna steal my girl/Everybody wanna take her heart away/Couple billion in the whole wide world/Find another one ‘cause she belongs to me” One Direction worry over losing their girlfriends to rivals and they should go find someone else because, “She belongs to me”.

The band starts out in the desert coming out of a silver trailer, wondering where the director is. As they are talking among themselves you see two people carrying a lips couch, hmmm, is that the same couch that was in Meghan Trainor’s, “Lips Are Moving” video? Suddenly, he drives up and it’s none other than Danny DeVito. He tells them they are there in the name of art, they’re bringing life to the baron dessert and proceeds to name them, Love, Light, Power, Danger and Mystery. Danny further tells them they have to destroy their inhibitions, destroy then create. And the music kicks in here.

An 80’s feel keyboard dominates in between the verses and goes silent on the verse creating a stop and go effect.

There’s much going on in the video so, I’m just going to name what to look out for in it as best as I can. Ready? Begin: Sumo wrestlers, Africans dancing, a chimpanzee with sunglasses, ribbon dancers, a man hula hooping, ballerinas, a marching band, a lion, flamingos, a mime, a man on an old timey bicycle, balloons, giant hand sculptures, a silver mannequin, a piano and an 1800’s diver. Have fun looking for them all.

As all these people and the band are gathered together, it starts to rain and Danny DeVito yells cut after they stop singing, turns to the camera and says, “That was all right”.

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Gorgon City – Go All Night ft. Jennifer Hudson: “Here in your arms/I could go all night/Here in your arms/I can spend my whole life/…Give me your love and I might keep on dancing” confesses Jennifer Hudson in the chorus. She wants another’s heart and devotion.

Jennifer Hudson, one of 2004’s finalists on American Idol, teams up with Gorgon City, an electronic music production duo, to bring you this dance tune with oscillation synthesizers, keyboards and long play strings features a barely recognizable Hudson, very slim and sporting short hair.

Published on YouTube, November 6, 2014, we open with a bird’s eye view of a record on a D.J.’s spin table. Someone puts the needle on the record to which we hear record static before the song starts. With just high pitched strings and hand claps, Hudson sings as she gets ready for a show along with a group of men in drag and shots of Gorgon City picking out their records.

Gorgon City and Hudson arrive at the club and G.C. begins spinning and Hudson performs. From there it’s traversing shots of party goers dancing, the D.J.’s and Hudson. Bonus shot to look for is the guy using his shoe as a phone.

At the end of the song everybody comes filtering out of the club and departing their separate ways.

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INDICA – In Passing Official Video: INDICA is an all female Finnish band from Helsinki founded in 2001 and signed to Sony Music in 2003. This review is a single from their 2010 album, “A Way Away”. Their fifth studio album, with two released since then.

Published on YouTube, April 30, 2010, this soft edge video/song is about a sister who has passed and is telling her little sister, “It's okay to feel
down/And just remember/That nothing's made to last/I know you're sad/That too will pass”.

Johanna Salomaa (lead singer and violinist) opens the video on a swing set up high in front of the moon. You see her and her bandmates throughout most of the video. They are: Heini Säisä (bass), Sirkku Karvonen (keyboards), Jenny Julia (guitar) and Laura Häkkänen (drums). Except for the beginning which shows her “little sister” playing hide and seek in the house alone.

The little girl is shown again at the end of the video painting a vertical line above and below her eye like her “big sister” had.

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Olly Murs – Wrapped Up (Official Video) ft. Travie McCoy: Olly Murs (Oliver Stanley Murs) is an English singer/songwriter, musician and television presenter who rose to fame on the sixth series of The X Factor (2009) as a runner-up. He has four albums released, the fourth being the album this video/song is from titled, “Never Ben Better”.

Travie McCoy is an American singer and rapper who is the lead vocalist in, “Gym Class Heroes”, a rap/rock band. McCoy also co-wrote the song with Murs and raps toward the latter part of the song.

Published on YouTube, October 28, 2014, this tune with disco bass and chewy rhythm guitar, is an upbeat dance tune that will have you “wrapped up” in a groove on the dance floor. Olly Murs reminds me a little of Justin Timberlake, the U.K. version, in his dance and musical style.

This is set inside a studio. Olly opens up walking on and against a people mover. A clever idea. He is soon joined by a team of female dancers. The rest of the video weaves in and out of different studio shots of Olly and the dancers…dancing and Olly, under the spell of a girl sings, “You got the lock/I got the key/You know the rest/You know just where I wanna be/Don't ever stop controlling me/I kinda like it when you bring me to my knees”.

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The Pogues Featuring Kirsty MacColl - Fairytale Of New York (Official Video): Here’s an oldie Irish folk-style ballad and Christmas song. The U.K. and Ireland considers it their number one Christmas song of all time. This video was published on YouTube, December 7, 2011, but is actually a video from 1987.

The Pogues, a Celtic punk band out of London, first formed in 1982 and was fronted by Shane MacGowen who left in 1991 and was replaced by Joe Strummer of The Clash and then replaced with Spider Stacey before their break up in 1996.

Kirsty MacColl was an English singer/songwriter who had some pop hits during the 80’s. Unfortunately she has since passed as she was killed by a speedboat while swimming in Cozumel, Mexico.

This video/song is humorous as it starts out with MacGowen in the male character role singing almost out of tune and sounding half asleep of a hopeful Christmas and a better time when all their dreams come true while the piano plays and we see black and white footage of MacGowen brought in to the precinct (the cop looks like Matt Dillon) and being thrown with the other drunks into the drunk tank. A few scenes of the various drunks nodding off and talking to themselves brings us back to MacGowen singing at a piano with the band waiting patiently.

Kirsty now comes in as the female character role as the music kicks into some Irish folk at 1:25 singing of being in New York City and their budding relationship. She is standing at a piano at a bar. We move to shots of the couple walking together arm in arm around N.Y.C. and then the two in the bar at the piano with MacGowen playing.

Then they lash out on each other, alternating the verses, “You're a bum/You're a punk/You're an old slut on junk/Lying there almost dead on a drip in that bed/You scumbag, you maggot/You cheap lousy faggot/Happy Christmas your arse/I pray God it's our last”. Of course we now have scenes of them arguing and fighting.

We end with the couple dancing together into a fade out.

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