Category: pop music

Tracy Chapman, Freedom Now, 1 989

A bit more than one year after her legendary first and eponymous record
that has shaken the planet in softness and (black) powerful political
fight, as Ben Harper did 6 years later, the remarkable Tracy from
Cleveland, Ohio, USA, came back with Crossroads, which was slightly more
commercial and maybe a bit overproduced, but which still had great
quality and superb songs, as this anthem, or Subcity.

This song is about Nelson Mandela jailed by the
Afrikaneer apartheid regime, but enlarges to the general notions of
freedom, jailing and hope in the dark, with absolutely poignant lyrics.
It’s been plenty of years that I have been absolutely hopelessly
dreaming that the black communities in the world and in particular in
the USA wake the fuck up and fight the good fight against the horrendous
tyranny rising in the world and wanting to eat it. Unfortunately, they
don’t see, don’t want to act, are focused on their own case without
seeing that there’s something waaaaay more serious that also targets
them, and we have to remain with ancient lyrics that we can adapt to the
current situation but which don’t find heirs and heiresses.

“But every day is born a man
Who hates what he can’t understand
Who thinks the answer is to kill
Who thinks his actions are God’s will
And he thinks he’s free free free free”.

Basile Pesso, FreeLand, 11 August 2 018, First broadcast then (YWAMag Fb)
Tracy Chapman, Freedom Now

Shed Seven, Bully Boy, 1 996

In the excellent Bully Boy by the English band Shed Seven, you have one
of the numerous school bullying stories of England. in other countries
you have others, in particular in the USA.

The singer-songwriter
of the band Rick Witter suffered harassment at school, probably because
of his extremely beautiful face features, and his mixed-race appearance.

As Sonya Aurora-Madan (Indian/English) from Echobelly in the fantastic
Call Me Names
two years before, song and band on which I wrote two or
three times I think, people with the same characteristics narrate the
same school horror stories.

Here the bully is clearly represented as a fat white young tyrant, and Rick tells him that he’d fight him “to the death”.

Basile Pesso, Freeland, 6th September 2 018, 1st broadcast then (Fb)
Shed Seven, Bully Boy

Lana del Rey, Born to Die, 2 012

The exceptional voice of Lana in a wonderfully delicate, exhilarating song.

She has my support as she decided to cancel a concert in Israel : as
anyone, she has the right to decide that she doesn’t accept the fate
made to Palestinians, and certainly doesn’t have to be harassed for
this. No fucking “anti-Semitism” here, a choice. So hard to get ?

Basile Pesso, FreeLand, 3 September 2 018, 1st broadcast then (Fb)
Lana del Rey, Born to Die

The Beatles, I Want You (She’s so Heavy), 1 96…

The bass level
of the absolute genius Paul McCartney is particularly visible here, as
well as his groovy play, which is not so known when one thinks about

As several other great bass players singing all the wile,
among which one you don’t really know but whom I have already spoken of,
Nigel Clark of Dodgy, and Sting in The Police, he manages something
incredibly difficult : to play the bass with a lot of syncopes, while
singing without stops. I don’t know if you can realize how hard this is, but I can tell you it is.

You can also see here that the notes he chooses often add to the
harmonic progression and enrichment of the composition. Here, it’s not
the groovy/funky aspect of which I’m speaking but the melodic one of the
bass not “per se” but along with the other melodic instruments, and
it’s also quite rare.

Basile Pesso, FreeLand, 2nd September 2 018, 1st broadcast then (Fb)
The Beatles, I Want You (She’s so Heavy)

Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters) and Jeff Lynne (Elec…

In front of the remaining Beatles, Yoko Ono, Sean Lennon, and many
other people. Starts with some excellent tribute words of Dave Grohl to
the Beatles. He then revealed that it’s The Beatles which made him want
to be a musician, which is a great surprise knowing Nirvana and Foo
Fighters, in which there is absolutely no influence from The Beatles in
my opinion.

He also says that Hey Bulldog is his favorite Beatles’ song, I really don’t know how it’s possible, but why not !!

Basile Pesso, FreeLand, 2 September 2 018, 1st broadcast then (Fb)
Dave Grohle (Foo Fighters) and Jeff Lynne (Electric Light Orchestra) covering The Beatles, Hey Bulldog, live, 2 014

Papas Fritas, Hey Hey You Say, 1 997

Not one of the best songs of this wonderful American band from
Massachusetts, USA, but really good. I particularly recommend the rare
songs on which Shivika Ashtana, Indian/American drummer-second singer of
the band, has the lead vocal role.

Basile Pesso, FreeLand, 1st September 2 018, 1st broadcast then (Fb)
Papas Fritas, Hey Hey You Say

Gwen Stefani, What You Waiting For, 2 004

One of the commercial songs with the best composition of the last 20
years. If Gwen Stefani has made a lot of easy stuff, this song from her
solo career reminds us that she comes from a punk/pop band, No Doubt.
The lyrics’ irony is not necessarily usual in commercial “music”, and
this song has tons. As for Gwen’s voice, superbly powerful in very
different styles, from one part of the song to another.

Basile Pesso, FreeLand, 18 August 2 018, first broadcast then (YWAMag Fb)
Gwen Stefani, What You Waiting For

Black Box Recorder, England Made Me, 1 998

Just one record for this project of Luke Haines from The Auteurs, at
the end of the 90’s, excellent as all he has done. You might remember
that I spoke twice of his other side project Baader Meinhof.

gorgeous England Made Me, from the record which has the same name, with
the lovely voice of Sarah Nixey, as on all the record, which I very
highly recommend.

Black Box Recorder,
England Made Me
Basile Pesso, Freeland, 13 August 2 018, 1st broadcast then (Fb)

¿ Siempre hay Otra Manera de Ver las Cosas ?(…

¿ Siempre hay Otra Manera de Ver las Cosas ?

(The Remote Shell)
Sophie Hunger,
Can You See Me ?
Basile Pesso-my BCN © 19 September 2016-First broadcast February 2 017

My web magazine : Yes We Are (link – Fb version here) with a stunner of Corrado Camillo as The Side Look of a Barcelonese #505/Fb Era3

thanks a lot to Victor M.Alonso and Lucida Whisk (Handsomely Nosey) to have added reblogs to the previous one for an image
that I absolutely love : The New Untitled #231 (link) !

CSS, Honey, 2 013

good song as so often with the brilliant Brazilian team from Sao Paulo,
even if they have done sooo much better (Let’s Make Love and Listen to
Death from Above, Patins, Off the Hook,

The video is
veeery representative of the n’importe quoi of the era (“Everyone can be
whatever they want”, “don’t impose anything on my desires”
, etc), no
limits in the representation of feminized/exaggerated gayness of a child ; and
almost sexualized vision of this little dancing boy, all this upon
love/sexual lyrics.

Basile Pesso, Barcelona, 22 April 2 018, First broadcast then (Fb)
CSS, Honey