Iain Mew. Cis/white/hetero/male. I am from the UK. I write for The Singles Jukebox and I also did One Week One Band: Coldplay. The url comes from this song. My avatar is by werepop. See here if you want to see photos of stuff I ate.
Three Lions” frames the problem of English football in a way that would become increasingly familiar. Football had lost its way, lost its hunger and passion and cheek, but with those it could go back to the golden age. It was the same way Oasis had framed the problem of English pop. “I know that was then but it could be again”. This was one of the fatal promises of punk, or at least punk as the culture came to remember it – punk as a giant reset button on a stagnant scene. But once you had shown there might be a reset button, the lure of pressing it again became far stronger.
The way this turned out it may not really be a ‘review’ of the song as such. It’s one of those Popular entries where the “narrative” of the blog takes over a bit.
I didn’t realise this Popular entry was coming up next; it had to be a big one and lived up to expectations. This quote was exactly the bit I was planning to quote if Tom hadn’t already! ”Three Lions” was the first contemporary pop song that I loved and was moved by, and I another crucial bit of the entry was definitely the case for me:
The song – and I write as a part of that market – is a bluffer’s guide to fandom, an off the shelf attitude to the England team, a way of buying into history and resolving the anxiety of newbiedom
The first England game I watched from start to finish was this one, which piled humiliation on top of failure to qualify for the 1994 World Cup. I was a newbie by youth and had only second hand glimpses of an England history of anything but failure (was the repeat of the whole of the 1996 World Cup final on TV around this time?). The song drew together all of those and what they meant. Or at least as Tom says, one compelling narrative of what they meant.
Seven-hundred fifty more blurbs, dozens of countries, thousands of subpar “Control” responses: let’s Amnestize one! more! time! Next Monday we’ll begin running singles handpicked by our writers, as well as a smattering of major tunes that eluded our otherwise firm grasp.
Just like in 2012, we want you to tell us your favorite singles we missed during the year. Shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org with your nomination and your ironclad, one-sentence reasoning. We’ll cull the best suggestions and run them later in the month. As an added bonus, should your song be selected, you’re welcome (but not obligated) to run your own blurb of a max 250 words. Nominations need to be in by Sunday night, December 8 at midnight Central Standard Time.
Some quick notes on eligibility: the song should have been released in 2013. It should be a single (music video, radio play, Soundcloud feature). We’ll be happy to let you know if your tune qualifies, but we’re pretty lenient. Songs from scenes and countries out of our regular purview are highly encouraged. And for the love of God, no Drake. Thanks so much for making the Jukebox a treasured online destination for millions. 2014′s gonna be rad.
If there’s something you’d like us to have covered on the Jukebox this year, now’s your chance. If you’re not sure if we covered it already, the search function at the top of the site has been upgraded recently-ish and should help!
Source: inat40 / Vanbot
enaek sent me a link to katy perry performing unconditionally at the AMAs with an “oh boy” and i was like, “what? what, is this going to be racist or something? what the fuck could katy perry possibly do with her performance of this staunchly banal song to — ” and then the video loaded and for a second i thought i was watching a clip from the met’s last staging of madame butterfly because to sing a song about undying unconditional eternal love katy perry s2g dressed up as a geisha and i was like “oh.”
There is a long history of yellowface in media, specifically in film. Katy Perry’s terrible costume, as bad as it is, doesn’t even begin to touch the enormity of how terrible the fact that her backup dancers have makeup on that makes their eyes look squinty. This is yellowface in 2013.
I am in my 20s, and the shitbag boys who used to pull their eyes back and say “ching chong” still hurt me. This sort of shit is not funny or artistic to me; it just reminds me that I am still not an American to a lot of people and that someone who looks like me still cannot be a Katy Perry of the world.
Source: SoundCloud / Neneh Cherry