Thursday, July 22, 2010

my heart goes bang

It's all about a squadron of über-producers these days, innit? Greg Kurstin, Stuart Price, Mark Ronson, etc. You could be forgiven for thinking they are interchangeable. Each one takes cues from the past and weaves it with technology of the now, thus creating their own variations on a similar theme.

Also, each of them cut their teeth on being a bit of a reluctant pop star. So what do you do when you're not quite the frontman of your dreams? Hire the talent like you're ordering out for Chinese! Alternatively, use your talents wisely, produce other artists and strike pop gold.

While Mark Ronson was busy producing the next Duran Duran album, he was inspired to pull together the follow up to his previous longplayer, "Version". "Record Collection", which is credited to Mark Ronson & The Business International, is another all star potpourri of collaborations. However, this time all the songs on the album feature original material rather than cover versions.

First single, "Bang Bang Bang", just crashed into the UK top 10 singles chart at #6 with the combined efforts of Amanda Warner from MNDR and some old school, rap flava from Q-Tip. Both take turns mixing it up on the mic.

Here's the fabulous, 80s nerd chic video with a splash of Japanese superhero inspiration for good measure.

For the lingually impaired in our audience, "je te plumerai la tête" roughly translates as "I will pluck the hair from your head". How do I know that? Well, besides being an international traveler of fine distinction, j'ai étudié la langue sur le genou de ma grand-mère.

And there you have it, mes petits chatons.


  1. Witty cover! Particularly the entirely appropriate Nagel rip!

  2. I didn't like this song at first, but it's really grown on me, and also, I'd probably give Mark a nice bang bang bang :P

    There were far too many commas in that sentence.