This song goes out to the girl who didn’t know Tears for Fears was the original creator of the ‘Everybody Wants to Rule the World‘ beat until young adulthood (the girl is me). The first time I heard any part of the song was when Nas sampled it (I had a few older cousins who were really into rap and I started listening by osmosis). Anyways, this newly released cover for the upcoming Hunger Games movie made me think back to the time I DID hear the original on the radio and reacted a lot like this:
It’s a bit of a shame Lorde’s cover isn’t longer though, I easily could have listened to another couple minutes of it. If you feel the same way I included the original and sampled version by Nas below for you to fill your time with.
Happy Halloween!! Along with Katie, I’ve compiled some songs to play tonight to celebrate a day where people dress up and be who/whatever they want, terrifying or fabulous, or terrifyingly fabulous and eat chocolate, yum. Here’s what’s on my list:
Kanye West– I am a God. The screaming is what makes this feel like Halloween — the type of song that would play during a movie scene where the main character is running for their life. *My reaction* But seriously, get the guy his croissant so he can calm down.
Ending my playlist is a funny song because I’m the kind of person who needs to chase something scary with something funny or cute or else I can’t sleep at night, so Werewolf Bar Mitzvah… it is! “Boys becoming men, men becoming wolves…” typical Halloween.
I’ve played Lorde’s new album repeatedly since getting it. You’d think the hype from her song Royals would have made me jump all over listening to her EP back when it was released, but I resisted (I hate when I do that). At the beginning of September I purged on The Love Club and now I’m obsessing over Pure Heroine (I had to resist the urge to make a cheesy addictive joke…).
It’s an album that I love listening to all the way through, it sort of has the drum machine feel of the XX, with Lana Del Rey moments mixed with a little hip hop flare. I just can’t believe she is 16, when I was that age the majority of my time was spent either watching Law & Order: SVU or playing Neopets, #perspective.
Here are some of my favourite songs off the album so far, in no particular order:
Love it when she sings “you buy me orange juice…”
White Teeth Teens
I think I begin to full body sway every time I hear this song, I can’t help it.
How old were you when you revelled without a care Lorde? 10? WHY DO I FEEL SO OLD??
Both Lorde and Jake Bugg are musicians with serious chops beyond their years. Their sounds are completely polarizing, but they share the common trait of being incredibly inventive solo artists with a vision and flavour that warps their respective genres.
New Zealand’s Lorde is 16. When I was that age, I was still trying to figure out whether to upgrade my cassette player to a cd player and spent a lot of time sketching in my room wearing track pants. I certainly wasn’t recording kickass vocal tracks. Clean, bright, and fresh, I could listen to The Love Club all day long. I bet the kids in her algebra class nod their heads to this. I can see her morphing into a junior-version of St. Vincent with reductive dance-hall inclinations.
Nottingham’s Jake Bugg is 18. When I was his age, I was clumsily navigating my first relationship, which involved a lot of deep inhalations of Life Brand Axe Body spray and the entire discography of both Radiohead and The Cranberries. Jake Bugg’s music is a beautiful blend of folkish stylings which evoke Simon & Garfunkel, Laura Marling, and The Tallest Man On Earth. All he needs is a flossy new haircut, and he’ll be the folk scene’s new boss.