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Live Gig Video: Young Rebel Set perform ‘The Lash of the Whip’ on ARD Morgenmagazin German tv programme

 
By on Tuesday, 1st October 2013 at 4:00 pm
 

Na klar! I always love an excuse to practise my German. Young Rebel Set were in Germany recently, even stopping in on the ARD Morgenmagazin morning breakfast tv programme. Frontman Matty Chipcase chatted with a female presenter (sorry if you don’t understand German, but they dubbed over his lovely Stockton accent with a German translation) before they started into playing their current single out now, ‘The Lash of the Whip’. Watch the performance below. Toll!

‘Crocodile’, Young Rebel Set’s second album, is out now on Ignition Records.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0QxHKJYpFUM[/youtube]

 

Live Gig Video: Two Door Cinema Club perform ‘What You Know’ in the Fuse studios

 
By on Friday, 28th September 2012 at 4:00 pm
 

Two Door Cinema Club are currently in America, bringing ‘Beacon’ to North American shores this autumn. They stopped by Fuse tv station to record this version of ‘What You Know’. Watch it below.

 

To Glee or not to Glee? – The Permission and Use of Indie Music in Mainstream TV

 
By on Wednesday, 9th May 2012 at 11:00 am
 

‘You Are the Quarry’ had been called Morrissey‘s comeback album in May 2004 after the much-maligned ‘Maladjusted’ released in 1997. Things were looking good for the Mozzer; the album was his highest charting album ever in America. Fast forward a couple months and I’m flipping through cable channels to find something interesting to watch and I hear a couple bars of something familiar. I look more closely at the television. It’s the new MTV teen reality show Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County, and during what I’m guessing was supposed to be a tender moment, what do I hear in the background but ‘First of the Gang to Die’.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fTSCQNEMD5A[/youtube]

Sadly, I don’t have a YouTube video to go along with this; the video above is taken from the film for Who Put the M in Manchester?, filmed live at the MEN in 2004 (I’ve played my DVD of this so many times, my DVD skips, I think I broke it). But in my research for this piece, I also learned it was used in an episode of Date My Mom, such that a boy and the coed his mother chose as his date can disappear into the sunset. By limo. We have no way of knowing if Steven Patrick Morrissey himself approved the usage of this song, but it’s hard to believe he would allow the song, about a kid in a Latino gang who becomes a martyr by being the first in his group of friends to die, to be used in either context. While it is a pop song, it’s not really a song about sunny days and going out on dates.

It seems not surprising that the E4 reality drama Made in Chelsea, essentially the UK’s answer to Laguna Beach with well-heeled rich kids from a posh area of London, also uses current ‘hot’ songs in their shows. I won’t list every artist, but a quick glance at the tracklisting for the first episode of the first series for Made in Chelsea lists tunes form some pretty impressive stars that we’ve written about before: Adele, Dragonette, Morning Parade, Muse, the Script, Tinie Tempah (erroneously credited as ‘Tinie T’) and Two Door Cinema Club (twice!). Either the producers have been reading up on the music blogosphere or consulting with people in the know on ‘what’s hot’ (more likely the latter).

That said, what role – or what rights – do artists have in permitting (or not permitting) the use of their songs on television. The use of Noz’s ‘First of the Gang to Die’ and the Made in Chelsea soundtracks came into my mind when I read that Australian singer/songwriter Gotye, recent Saturday Night Live performer and pretty much world pop sensation, was complaining that his mega hit ‘Somebody That I Used to Know’ was no longer his. Specifically, this had to do with its usage in the American pop tv sensation Glee. You know, that show where famous songs are redone by teen actors and generally speaking, the original versions of the song gain quite a lot of publicity, while the young people of the world get confused about music history. Goyte’s quandary? “I wasn’t sure whether something so mainstream was right for my music and whether it reflected on my music in my bad way. But I think I realised that the song’s so popular, it’s kind of out of my hands, so when something like Glee comes along, why would I say no?”

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0cay2dnuhcs[/youtube]

The man subsequently whinged on the success of the song, saying, “sometimes I feel like I’m a bit sick of it. My inbox, on any given day, has at least five covers or parodies or remixes of it and there’s only so many times you can listen to the one song.” I don’t know about you, but I can’t even begin to count on both hands how many bands I’ve met over the last 3 years that would love to be a similar position of ‘discomfort’. I guess success – and the happiness you get from success – is a fickle thing; maybe when you have it and realise it’s not so great, you want to bash it and everything that comes with it. Careful though: Goyte had to give his permission to the producers of Glee to use ‘Somebody That I Used to Know’ in one of their episodes. He could have easily put the kibosh on the matter entirely by blocking its use on the popular American tv show; there are probably others, but most notably Kings of Leon and Foo Fighters have refused the Fox tv programme permission. Dave Grohl’s response to the invitation: “It’s every band’s right, you shouldn’t have to do fucking Glee. And then the guy who created Glee is so offended that we’re not, like, begging to be on his f**king show… f**k that guy for thinking anybody and everybody should want to do Glee.”

While I agree with Grohl on this – I personally can’t stand the show and how it repurposes already great music, only to redo them in charmless, overblown, unworthy imitations – there seems to be no right or wrong answer for an artist or band considering allowing commercial use of their songs. Some bands still and will always feel that allowing such permission debases the artistic value of their hard work and inspiration. However, maybe the gold standard yet groan worthy rule of PR applies here: “there is no such thing as bad publicity.” As much as Goyte might complain that the song he wrote no longer belongs to him, ‘Somebody That I Used to Know’ is still #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for the third week running. Suffering for one’s art? Maybe not so much.

 

This week’s Gonzo – Arctic Monkeys chat with Alexa about their new album, and Miles Kane talks about the solo life

 
By on Friday, 15th April 2011 at 12:30 pm
 

Like Arctic Monkeys? Then I dare say you will enjoy tonight’s MTV Gonzo – the last show in the current series, in fact. By now you have heard their new tracks ‘Brick by Brick’ and ‘Don’t Sit Down ‘Cause I’ve Moved Your Chair‘, surely? Well, Alexa has a super exclusive chat with the band to discuss their forthcoming album ‘Suck It and See’, coming out this summer. Alex Turner’s former Last of the Shadow Puppets bandmate Miles Kane also makes a return appearance on tonight’s episode to talk about the solo life (we mean professionally, folks!)

Who else is on? Example and Wretch 32 come by the brown couch to talk about their recent collaboration and offer an exclusive performance of ‘Unorthodox’. Acoustically! One of Alexa’s hot new band tips (and for sure, a hot tip in the UK these days, judging from the manic reactions to their shows in the UK this month with the Vaccines), Chicago’s Smith Westerns, take the time to introduce themselves. [Editor’s note: We’ll be bringing you an exclusive Smiths Westerns interview of our own very soon on TGTF.] For Director’s Cut, Wild Beasts talk us through the making of their wonderfully weird new video for ‘Albatross’. Does this all sound amazingly good? Then tune in tonight.

MTV Gonzo airs tonight (Friday) at 7 PM on MTV Music, with a repeat at 8 PM on MTV Rocks.

 

This week’s Gonzo – Plan B and Pigeon Detectives talk new albums, Daisy Lowe and dog stop by

 
By on Friday, 8th April 2011 at 11:00 am
 

Tonight’s episode of MTV Gonzo is just chock full of goodies! Plan B stops by to talk about his forthcoming album ‘The Ballad of Belmarsh’, to be released later this year, and what’s been going on in his life since his his award winning appearance and infamous performance at this year’s BRITS. Model Daisy Lowe (pictured above) pops in, little dog in tow, for a chat with Alexa on music and Doctor Who. She likes the Big Apple but was reportedly quoted as saying, “I would move to New York, but I can’t bare putting my dog through the plane journey!” (Frankly, anyone who’s been on a plane as of late can surely commiserate. I know I can.) West Yorkshire band the Pigeon Detectives, just coming out of the dark and not having been seen in a long while (probably since their 2008 album ‘Emergency’) are in the Gonzo studio to talk up their hotly-anticipated third album, ‘Up, Guards and at Em’!’

From America comes the Man himself, Snoop Dogg, ready to have an exclusive convo with Alex about his 11th studio album ‘Dogumentary’. The Horrors‘s Faris Badwan has a new band (name unknown at this point…?) and they play for us at the Vatican. (Um…I guess we’re just going to have to watch and see it to believe it.) And Jon Fratelli, who we’ve written about quite a bit on here at TGTF, will be playing his new solo work. Not enough for you? Punk band Flats make their first TV appearance. It all happens tonight on Gonzo.

MTV Gonzo airs tonight (Friday) at 7 PM on MTV Music, with a repeat at 8 PM on MTV Rocks.

 

This week’s Gonzo – the Kills grace the Gonzo couch, and Jamie Woon wows

 
By on Friday, 1st April 2011 at 11:00 am
 

MTV Gonzo gets an interesting visit this week. Well, I’m saying this because we have been advised that “pleather meets leather” when the Kills (Jamie Hince and Alison Mosshart) stop by for a chat with Alexa. Jamie has been quoted as saying “You never woosh back at Nick Cave“. Now, I dunno about you, but considering Nick Cave has been busy with Grinderman these days, inquiring minds want to know what spurred on that comment. Jamie Woon, the artiste that with his track ‘Night Air’ has been making fans swoon, plays a tune. (Haha, that rhymed!)

On the video front, Richard Ayoade (whose recent debut film directorial effort ‘Submarine’ has been getting rave reviews) talks us through the rest of his back catalogue in a very special Director’s Cut. Viewers will also get a sneak peek of a live unplugged performance by the woman who had been fending off the opposition on the UK album charts for weeks, Adele. The video of the week on this episode of Gonzo? My Chemical Romance’s brilliant new video for ‘Planetary (Go)’. It’s a good night to stay in.

MTV Gonzo airs tonight (Friday) at 7 PM on MTV Music, with a repeat at 8 PM on MTV Rocks.

 
 
 

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