Chico and Rita

I’ll happily admit I’m truly rubbish when it comes to watching foreign language films. They’re not boring, I’m not lacking in the intelligence to understand them, and I’m sure given a bit of practise I would get used to the whole being able to read the subtitles without getting distracted. I don’t have time to watch everything I guess, and this, as far as my brain goes, is my blind spot. My friend Naomi doesn’t like animated films. I think she finds them creepy. I need to lock her in a room and make her watch ‘Up.’

So it’s a big thumbs up to myself (well done me) for heading down to see new Spanish animated film ‘Chico and Rita’. I probably wouldn’t have noticed it had it not had a gorgeous animated poster on the tube which featured the words ‘COLE PORTER’ in large letters. Set in pre-revolution Havana, the story centres around a relationship between two musicians and the pivotal point in jazz music where it exploded into an international scene. At times it’s really beautiful and listening to jazz in the context of this film makes the music make more sense than it ordinarily would.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZTWxB9hRjwI[/youtube]

Much recommended.

ADELE

I’ve never really liked Adele.

Well, no, that’s a lie. I love her cover of ‘Make You Feel My Love’, am reasonably comfortable with her debut album, and think Daniel Merriweather duet ‘Water and a Stone’ should have been #1 for 10 weeks.

The problem came with ‘Hometown Glory’. To me it’s a complete copy of Sia’s ‘Breathe Me’ and I fail to see both now and when it came out how everyone didn’t say hello, alert! about this fact.

Forget all this though. Her new single is incredible.

The first release from the forthcoming ’21’, ‘Rolling in the Deep’ is a slice of gruff, bluesy gospel reminiscent of Vera Hall’s Troubled So Hard. Adele lets rip like we’ve not really heard her before, sounding like the less annoying sister of Beth Ditto. It’s also the first Adele song that lends itself to putting on some boots and stomping about in a grumpy fashion. Tonight at Popstarz, I hope someone will do just that.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lazyDlfaptM[/youtube]

One Direction : The Winner’s Song

There’s a dirty rumour going around that Adele’s version of ‘Make You Feel My Love’ is going to be the X-Factor winner’s song this year. This makes sense in that this time last year everyone was predicting Journey’s Don’t Stop Believing. It’s been used the most on the show this series and has been happily sitting in the iTunes Top 10 for weeks now. Well done Bob Dylan.

However, should One Direction beat Boring Matt to claim the trophy (Cher or Aiden for the win is obviously where we’re at though), then there are only three songs that Simon Cowell should be considering. All boyband classics, all with the ability to let Harry look gorgeous and furious at the same time. The top two make me ridiculously wet eyed every time I hear them.

1. BUSTED – 3AM
The last of Busted’s singles before Charlie bogged off and ruined a brilliant band, and also their 4th #1 although it was paired with the regrettably diabolical ‘Thunderbirds’. Also ‘lol’ at Tim Kash’s introduction.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s7PZIT5nvJM[/youtube]

2. FIVE – CLOSER TO ME
Sitting on a dusty shelf in the Sony back-catalogue, this comes directly from Cowell’s past. He’s even in the video if you look closely. Released after the band split, this was their last ever single (there’s a running theme here).

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s6Q6XLylXbs&ob=av2n[/youtube]

3. A1 – STUCK IN THE MIDDLE
As pointed out by Sir Tom of Gormer, this slightly more uptempo number fits perfectly into the grumpiest boyband hits of all time.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DM8LtBIphL8&ob=av2e[/youtube]

All proper top quality pop songs, and anyone who ignores them just because they were sung by boybands is a prize loser.