DD TV Playlist – 12th August 2018

Duran Duran – What are the chances?

Zoe Nash – Love bug

The Gravity Drive – Inside out

Dom Brown – Let’s begin again

Andy Taylor –  I might lie

The Power Station –  Fancy that

Robert Palmer – Found you now

John Taylor – The anti-wife

Neurotic Outsiders – Union

Warren Cuccurullo – The end

Arcadia –  The promise

Bloom Twins – Amnesia

The Devils – Memory palaces

Shadowy Lines – Airwalk

The Pull of Autumn (feat. Luke Skyscraper (Fashion))  – Laura song

Michael Des Barres – Raw Power

Erin Stevenson –Invisible woman

Anna Ross – Fall away

 

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DD TV Playlist – 5th August 2018

Duran Duran – Come undone

Zoe Nash – Love bug

The Gravity Drive – Inside out

Dom Brown – Amazing

Andy Taylor – Violence

The Power Station –  Love conquers all

Robert Palmer –  Pride

John Taylor – Echo park

Neurotic Outsiders – Jerk

Warren Cuccurullo – Zoom out

Arcadia – Rose arcana

Bloom Twins – Fahrehneit

The Devils – Come alive

Shadowy Lines – At these prices, Bob

The Pull of Autumn (feat. Luke Skyscraper (Fashion))  – Laura song

Michael Des Barres – Raw Power

Erin Stevenson –Addicted to you

Anna Ross – Early AM

 

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DD TV – Why was it the last encore

Again I’m here to argue about an artist of the past I loved, an artist who peaked at no. 1 and seemed to always make the right choices, then … apparently, dropped out from the public eye. This one wants also to be a tribute to that artist, who, for the first time, is a solo artist: Miss Kim Wilde

Recent history. It seems she stopped her music career in the ‘90’s, opting for a theatre career and she got back at it in early 2000s: in 2003 she has a smash hit as a duet with singer Nena, “Anyplace, anywhere, anytime”. The song was big only in few countries over Europe. In 2007, she had out another single “Together we belong” that was also used for the 50th anniversary of the European Union foundation. She is also a gardening expert.

My memories She was one of my favorite female pop stars: I first heard her with the single “Keep me hanging on”, her cover of Supremes hit. She seemed to have the perfect song at any moment: radio –friendly, or disco-friendly… For me, she could rock it. Then since early Nineties, she chose differently and the music industry changed.

Thoughts on her “exit strategy”. A thing common to all of my favorite artists who dropped out of the scene in the late 80’s was to enjoy their life thru other ways than making music. I can understand that because with the globalization and the different  rule on the market of the labels, my favorite acts  mostly preferred to keep a low profile.no one so far seemed to opt for politics, which is funny!.. LOL!! No one of my idols seems to have taken part to any Reality show, too, but I fear they were invited.

Female musicians I see are the ones who struggle the most to keep their name, but not because of discrimination, but due to their choice of raising a family, rather than write songs for others, or performing live gigs in some obscure venues of faraway countries.

The audience changed their taste, as well: I’d love to hear only my Kim Wilde’s hits of the 80’s with no re-arrangements or otherwise: I’d be more demanding, but as growing older, artists change their taste and music direction for something more sophisticated and less commercial. While during the Eighties it was the label that told them what and how to sing, today it is the artist that has to reach out for new fans and it is hard, because it is totally new territory and it is a totally new generation. When it was easier for artists like Kim to be successful, it was also stressful; when it is harder to maintain success, it is quieter for them.

 

 

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DD TV Playlist – 29th July 2018

Duran Duran – Late bar

Zoe Nash – Love bug

The Gravity Drive – Inside out

Dom Brown – Crocodile tears

Andy Taylor – Broken window

The Power Station –  Communication

Robert Palmer –  Hurts me too

John Taylor – Dance for freedom

Neurotic Outsiders – Revolution

Warren Cuccurullo – Machine language

Arcadia – The flame

Bloom Twins – Set us free

The Devils – Lost decade

Shadowy Lines – Rocket air

The Pull of Autumn (feat. Luke Skyscraper (Fashion))  – Laura song

Michael Des Barres – Raw power

Erin Stevenson –Automatic

Anna Ross – Code to my heart

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DD TV The Screamer – July 2018

THE STUDIO ALBUM FOR THE AMAZING SCREAMERS

We have a long time listening experience of studio albums featuring vocalists with a particularly powerful voice, the one we enough jokingly refer to as “the screamers”.

What we love the most, logically, is to hear their immense voice, thanks to which they can sing whatever as they are able to reach every high note. Less frequently, they are also vocally a virtuoso, i.e. they sing falsetto and/or modulate their voice to other music genres inside their songs.

What is their best music to sing on? We feel we cannot include the dance music, rap and hip-hop beats and we surely can think of most slow numbers, because on slower drum beats they can “unroll” their voice. The unplugged music can help putting a light on their vocal skills and we also think that fewer instruments played on you can hear the words better. The Arabian – style songs that are these days slowly surfacing the market are a brilliant opportunity for these lucky vocalists to be heard; rock music is the last chance, with a particular attention on again the slow numbers.

We are just listeners, fans and we are aware that the final choice is of the producers, who can try their best on the “screamers”. We think the powerful vocalists in question should never complain, because are aware of their luck to be able to sing on whatever

THE WINNER IS

We are still waiting for announcement and updates on the second year of this new TV Talent show for vocalists.

NOW OR NEVER (ORA O MAI PIU’)

It is the 2018 updated version of the Italian Talent show called “Music Farm”, launched successfully back in 2000: the vocalists/competitors, now and then, are former singers a bit “in the dark” who try to regain part of their popularity in this sort of school of vocalists” (where you can see what they do together, 24 hours on 24,  what they sing during their rehearsals, much like in the “Big Brother” trained and supported by other more popular vocalists.

Each and every of the applicants taking part to this Talent show did a short clip to introduce themselves: we were much impressed by the tales of solitude, isolation and depression coming after their success. How can this Talent Show be a “rehab” for them: musically or vocally, either both?

The artists accepted to take part, hoping to be healed and helped, so we think it’s bad to make it a competition. However, the winner is Lisa (one-hit wonder off 1997)

THE VOICE OF ITALY 2018

We share the highlights of the 2018 edition

1) debut of the Talent on late March 2018 and the applicants didn’t sound that bad: we support for the “rock category” (Cristina Scabbia); outside of her team we support a rock-metal vocalist who chose to join the J-Ax team. Overall, we are amazed at how well prepared the vocalists today are: they are supposed to know the game and they seem to not be shy.

2) the Blind Audition: judges unanimously  didn’t appreciate a songster who sounded to us stylistically very close to Sting: his touchy reaction after the four judges’ refusals was ridiculous. We are impressed by the very young applicants, as their age ranges from 16 to 20 years old.  They are performing covers of mostly British hits, rather than Italian or made in Italy hits; female vocalists seem to be better appreciated by the coaches than the male vocalists seem to be; we are hearing more “screamers” and fewer rock voices  à la Rod Stewart or à la Bryan Adams. The Italian songs aren’t the most picked up songs to cover and to perform on the stage; our favorite coach Cristina Scabbia, was not the first one to “complete” her Team; we were impressed by a rock set of Jessie J’s “Bang bang” of a young girl, who sounded also to have a “rock voice”.

3) The “knock out” round-up: We appreciated very much the vocal performances of the following guys, who we gave each a nickname. “the Screamer” who did a vocal set on “Ain’t nobody” of Chaka Khan; the drag-queen and the guys who did “Master of the wind”. The second round-up: Beatrice and Mara the best vocalists. Girls generally seem to be more “determined” than boys are.

4) The “Battle”: we supported the Drag Queen “Tekemaya”, Mara and Beatrice. Beatrice wins the “Battles” and the “sing off” round-up and goes to the “Live” final match. Wow, we supported for her and still we will!

The final “Live” match was amazing, but Beatrice didn’t win the Talent Show, she arrived top second. The winner is Maryam, from Team Albano: good luck and all support!

X FACTOR 2018 – 2019

The team of judges for the 2018 edition was announced. After rumours and much speculation, the new line-up is Fedez, Mara Maionchi and Manuel Agnelli, who are confirmed from the past editions, whereas the only new entry is the Italian actress Asia Argento, who accepted notwithstanding the recent loss of her fiancé, the American Chef Anthony Bourdain.

 

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DD TV Playlist – 22nd July 2018

Duran Duran – You kill me with silence

Dom Brown – Dr.Feel

Andy Taylor – Take it easy

The Power Station –  Murderess

Robert Palmer –  All the will in the world

John Taylor – Good Tonic

Zoe Nash – Love bug

Neurotic Outsiders – Feelings are good

Warren Cuccurullo – The lost master

Arcadia –  El diablo

Bloom Twins – Blue

The Devils – Hawks do not share

Shadowy Lines – Positive return on investment

Luke Skyscraper (Fashion)  – Hanoi annoys me

Michael Des Barres – You gotta serve somebody

The Gravity Drive – Inside out

Erin Stevenson –Juicy

Anna Ross – Sell me down the river

 

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DD TV Glam Pop Awards Party – July 2018

DD TV Glam Pop Awards Party – July 2018

We are all preparing to go off on our summer break, but before “wrapping it up”, we are sharing one last thing: the list of July 2018.

This month has been a long one, plenty of big stories in music, some of which touched also the personal side as music fans.

After the break, the “Glam Awards parties” will be shared again.

You will find some of the old topics used before here, matched, according to our taste, with the winners’ names off one of the Music Awards won by one of our favorite band. The matches are shortly argued, explained and justified.

The Music Awards are recent: the names of winners aren’t from before than 2000.

The winners are from the main categories (if not similar to the following ones): Best Album, Best record, Best Female and Best Male Artist, Best Video clip, Best Breakthrough act and Best Live act/concert

Here we go: Clef Awards 2000

Enjoy!

BEST ARTIST – Eurhythmics

BEST NEW ARTIST – Five

BEST LIVE ACT: Ronan Keating

Our matches:

Listening pleasure: Eurhythmics. It is a band we always appreciated and their Clef Award was well deserved.

Legacy/currency: Five: They are five (white) young rappers of the past, but rap music is still so current.

Make up/style: Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart, the two Eurhythmics members,   always knew it right about style, because they were big in the decade of “style”, of talented make-up artists and well-prepared crews of hair dressers

Video clip: Eurhythmics: they are a long time music act and they were definitely the most experienced on the visual arts. With them it has been awesomeness in terms of style, imagery, genuinely at any time.

Lyrics: Ronan Keating from the then boyband “Boyzone” has been an amazing and an incredible songwriter; it is great to read what he sings

 

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DD TV Playlist – 15th July 2018

Duran Duran – A matter of feeling

Dom Brown – I get loaded

Andy Taylor – French guitar

The Power Station –  Some like it hot

Robert Palmer –  Nobody but you

John Taylor – Ode to Richard Prince

Zoe Nash – Love bug

Neurotic Outsiders – Better way

Warren Cuccurullo – Lazy modes

Arcadia –  Say the word

Bloom Twins – Amnesia

The Devils – Come alive

Shadowy Lines – While supplies last

Luke Skyscraper (Fashion)  – Die in the West

Michael Des Barres – You gotta serve somebody

The Gravity Drive – What is love?

Erin Stevenson –Truthfully

Anna Ross – Karman line

 

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DD TV The Viewer – July 2018

July 2018

Aside the only official Oscar’s ceremony held in LA every year, this is the place where we post our feedback on some of the amazing movies we have watched in these past few months.

We use the following “rough” method for the rating.

*** (3 stars) good movie, but not excellent

**** (4 stars) great

***** (5 stars) don’t miss it, highly recommended

MAD MAX: FURY ROAD – Australia, 2015 with Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron

I watched the first movie of the saga when I was a teenager, back in 1985, because of the soundtrack (the awesome Tina Turner). That movie became a little legend to me and to my generation because Duran Duran’s The Wild Boys clip was said to have taken inspiration from that movie.

In fact, some 30 years later, I had the chance in mid-February, on TV to watch this follow up. Characters and story might have slightly changed, but the theme, the mood, the characters’ costumes all still remind me of that 1985 legendary cinematic Duran Duran’s clip.

No more Mel Gibson in, no more a great soundtrack – in the 1980’s cinema, fashion and arts in general, were more connected than today are – but I could find elements off The Wild Boys: examples are the chains/people captured hanging in many scenes, the aliens’ make up.

There is some violence and few filthy scenes, but I didn’t get much impressed. No obscenity in the language is spoken.

It was a dejà- vu, but how awesome that was! I might read biased, but I didn’t miss the ‘80’s …

Final rating: 4 stars, ****

JAMES BOND 007 SPECTRE – UK, USA 2015 with Daniel Craig and Cristoph Waltz, Monica Bellucci

The 2015 007 movie was premiered on TV in mid-February and since I love James Bond, it was a must-watch to me.

There is more violence and blood more sexy scenes, but never an obscenity in the language they all speak (at least!).Humour is on top, as in certain scenes you laugh hard.

The visionary director Sam Mendes loaded amazing special effects! Sam Mendes’s visionary as much as Peter Jackson, David Lynch are, with the due terms of comparison for their movie genres.

The story is enriched for the complicity of Moneypenny and Q, who both (reluctantly) try to give a help to James Bond out in his “personal plans of revenge” and to capture the head of the terrorist organization “Spectre”

The soundtrack is by Sam Smith, all piano and vocals, but I didn’t feel it right for the kind of movie James Bond is: it always takes an “exciting” groove-y song for James Bond …

THE RED PLANET  – USA, 2000 with Val Kilmer and Carrie-Anne Moss

This is another Mars-related sci-fi movie I often heard about, but never had the chance to watch on TV before. On mid-March I had the chance to.

Prior to say mister Val Kilmer is one of my favorite actors, the story is that a group of astronauts travel to the Red Planet, for a human mission of exploration and exploitation. They are supposed to all land in the area where the hub is, but while landing the planet radiations go and damage their space ship (which recalls me the one of Stainley Kubrick’s “A space odyssey”, although, on that legendary movie, it was directed to Jupiter). The Captain remains on the spaceship and She sends to Mars the other guys thru their safety shuttle. The guys kick off their mission, but an hostile robot and “cannibal” huge insects make their experience a terrible one and the Captain on their repaired spaceship, now on orbit around the planet, in the meanwhile she is still struggling to restore the communication device… It is a some two-hours exciting sci-fi movie!!

I found more fiction than science, of course, but such is all what Mars is inspiring from here …. !

Val Kilmer isn’t at this top here, he played better roles.

My final rating is: *** 3 stars, I agree with the rest of the critics.

INSIDE OUT – USA, 2015 by Pixar

Following the overwhelming commercial success of this 3D cartoon movie, my friends, some of them are parents, recommended me to watch it… and I gave up: I did when the movie was premiered in Italy on TV in late March.

Prior to say it is just a movie designed for children, it appeared to me as an “educational” movie: you see these four characters that represent our main feelings in our brain, who become the real stars of the story: with the adult’s eye, I in the end came to think my life is decided not by my brain but by my feelings!

My favorite part is the sequence of the beginning: that’s science spoken in the easy language for kids (and older…), with the bizarre funny images of a 3D cartoon character, “Joy”, which tells you how your brain elaborates its emotional hints. The rest, seen I am no longer a kid, it was a little boring.

My rating is  *** stars: good movie, but no masterpiece to me

STAR WARS – THE FORCE AWAKENS – USA 2015

Prior to say I am not a fan of the saga and never followed the previous chapters, I was curious to watch this big movie on a premiere in early May 2018.

I was struck by the special effects, computer graphics: it was all granted it was shot in the 2000s.

I noticed few silly things: the little robot who in the beginning is with the apparently only human has some kind of gags with him. He interacts with the young boy in his “beep-beep” language! I noticed, also, too humanity in the invaders/robots: one of the metal creatures gets wounded and his hand bleeds… Duh? LOL!

I saw again the legendary laser sword

The sound track is the famous “Song for Leila”: my mum who is a non – fan as much as I am, she knows it, whereas for me it is total unknown territory.

Amazing movie: lots of fun and action.

I’d recommend this movie to the fans.

PERCY JACKSON AND THE OLYMPUS GODS: THE LIGHTNING THIEF (Canada/USa, 2010) with Pierce Brosnan and Logan Lerman

Fantasy movie, “B movie” I watched in early May.

My biggest surprise was the actor who played for a long time James Bond, Pierce Brosnan, dressed up, made-up and turned into a centaur: the creature half a human and half a deer (think of the Sagittarius symbol in astrology). He is the leader of a warrior tribe living in another dimension, who has to find a treasure in a forest, but little they know they are actually in the modern USA!

So, a young boy living in a village nearby their forest gets friends with this weird creatures and collaborates in their venture treasure hunt. Their mission is to bring the object in their dimension to offer to their Gods and to try bring peace in the own world.

Funny story, not so much original (think of the Narnia Chronicles saga): a low budget movie for some fun and some action.

Recommended for all the family.

FROZEN (USA, 2010) with Kevin Zagers, Shawn Ashmore and Emma Bell

This is the thriller movie – it seems taken from a real fact just happened around the time it was shot – premiered on the Italian TV in early July, which I had on my wishing list of DVDs. Below I’m sharing the story and I thank God I never spent money to take the DVD … brrrrrr !

The facts seem to have taken place in New England, although the shooting were made in Utah. The university students, the boys are very god friends and the girl is engaged to one of them, leave their campus to go snowboarding for a weekend on mountain. When already there, they spent the day having a good time, but they decided unanimously to go doing one last snowboard round-up: when it’s late evening and all dark, they persuade the “controller” of the local chair way to lift them to the top, promising they would be back very soon. Mistakenly, the controller, after a few minutes, sees three guys coming back, so he turns off the power and the chair way gets stopped… but instead our three guys remain blocked hanging on their chair. The three unfortunate adventurers realize they can be back, if alive, after 4 days. They first try to spend the early hours battling against the sleep and the freezing cold. In the early morning they decide to try getting safe. One by one climb down to the ground, but the two boys are mauled by a herd of wolves, whereas the girl bumps in  the herd of wolves, but the animals ignore her, because they’re still tearing to pieces the dead corpse of the second boy. Exhausted and no more able to walk, she manages to arrive at the valley, on the street the leads to the small town: when “a good Samaritan” finds her and brings to the hospital.

The worst scenes are just the ones involving the wolves: blood and piece of an eaten arm are there on the screen… blah!

There is suspense throughout the story, tears… and have to acknowledge that beng mauled by wolves, or by lions, either but much less frequently by dogs, isn’t exactly a nice death to bear!

**** 4 stars out of 5 – Awesome thriller, but not for my soul.

Next update in October 2018

 

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DD TV Playlist – 8th July 2018

Duran Duran – Femme fatale

Dom Brown – Chocolate Fever

Andy Taylor – Come back again (What’s wrong?)

The Power Station –  Some like it hot

Robert Palmer –  Fine time

John Taylor – Immortal

Zoe Nash – Rather die

Neurotic Outsiders – Good news

Warren Cuccurullo – The trip

Arcadia –  El diablo

Bloom Twins – Set us free

The Devils – Big store

Shadowy Lines – It is easier to move through the motions than not

Luke Skyscraper (Fashion)  – The innocent

Michael Des Barres – You gotta serve somebody

The Gravity Drive – What is love?

Erin Stevenson – Naked

Anna Ross – First day

 

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