DD TV Playlist – 10th December 2017

Duran Duran – All you need is now

Anna Ross – Early AM

Dom Brown –  Bad Boy

Andy Taylor – Visible target

Arcadia – Say the word

The Power Station –  Communication

Warren Cuccurullo – The Unknown

John Taylor –  Air miles

The Devils – Hawks do not share

Neurotic Outsiders – Nasty ho

Autohypnosis – The blame

Luke Skyscraper (Fashion)  – Technofascist

Michael Des Barres –  Yesterday’s Casanova

The Gravity Drive – Shooting star

Queen – Thanks God it’s Christmas

Noemi – I miei rimedi

Bastille featuring Craig David – I know

Icona Pop – Don’t slam the door

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DD TV Glam rock party – December 2017

OUR OPINIONS, OUR THOUGHTS…

 

We are long time rock music fans and this question came out one day: is it necessary to scream and to make a “rock” voice (à la Bryan Adams, à la Rod Stewart) to sound recognizable?

On 19th March, the pioneer guitarist Chuck Berry passed away: he created the ground for rock and roll as we know it and he was famous also for the “Duck walk” when he played the guiatrs. Berry, who was 90 years old, he influenced ALL the guitarists. RIP and walk like a duck in peace, Chuck!

Why in the TV Talent shows rock songs are rarely chosen for the competitors to perform? What are the rules to respect in the assignment process?

The is TV commercial going on heavy rotation on CNN and it features a legendary song of Ramones. Good taste, the CNN guys…

14th June 2017: Shine in peace to the rock icon of the ‘70s Anita Pallenberg, actress, muse, groupie and model and ex-wife of Keith Richards of Rolling Stones. She was in rock music thanks to her love affairs with members of The Rolling Stones.

20th July 2017: we have lost  the lead vocalist of Linkin Park, the pop-metal American band. Chester Bennington was only 41 and he committed a suicide just as Chris Cornell, a close friend, who was the lead vocalist of Soundgarden, Audioslave. Rock in peace.

German Rock, US rock, …? It is always rock and roll, we think.

The legendary hard-rock English band Led Zeppelin are a huge influence on today musicians: although they stopped releasing records (their drummer has gone years ago and their bass player is retired), the new rockers still take inspiration from their music. And off the ‘80’s, you had Queen, who claimed they sounded like Led Zeppelin and Beatles.

We watched an amazing video footage on the Italian TV channel Rai 5, in late September 2017, about the electric guitars, titled “Turn it up!” Lots of famous guitar heroes were involved and few of them even interviewed. Actually we finally learnt that major rock trademarks are divided on the market like the following: Fender – Telecaster was the commercial opposite to Gibson Les Paul.  The same Italian TV station, few days later, aired another special footage called “It might get loud” and shot in 2008, hosting Jimmy Page, Jack White and The Edge of U2 and in which the three guys spoke of their approach to guitars: we were hooked to the TV set!

25th October: we say goodbye to Fats Domino, one of the pioneers of rock and roll and rhythm and blues. He was also a.k.a “the black side of Elvis Presley”. Blues with rhythm in peace, dear.

19th November and we say goodbye to Malcom Young, the guitarist and founder of the long-time rock band AC/DC. Most of the celebrities cried for the loss of this amazing artist. Awesome legacy.

6th December: another loss in rock music: Rock in peace to Johnny Halliday. He was the French Elvis Presley, he did rock music in French. The French are without their only rock icon.

THE LEGENDARY ROCK ALBUMS – OUR FEEDBACK

THE CREAM OF ERIC CLAPTON (1987)

It deals with a “Best of”  featuring tracks of The Cream, solo stuff, blind Faith and the other band he played guitars recorded in the studio and footage taped during live shows. It is the ideal mix to come to know better the legend and the greatness of Eric Clapton for the “beginners”, for the younger guys that for age reasons could not hear it all; it is the best to go thru better blues music, its roots and how it grew into rock music.

We heard amazing guitar riffs. Clapton guitars can get fit to any genre: here we heard mambo (“I Feel free”, ballads, reggae, “Knockin’ on heaven’s door”).

Impossible to pick up one track that can describe Eric Clapton the best.

And get well soon, Slow Hand!!!

DAVID  BOWIE – HUNKY DORY (1971)

This is the album recorded and released before Ziggy Stardust and Aladdin Sane. It was released in 1971, but for age reasons, most of us could enjoy it only now, with more wisdom and peace.

David is a visionary artist and it shows it also in this piece, because we find experimental, brave and we could “understand” it only after few listens.  We expected rock guitar riffs, having Mick Ronson playing on most of the tracks, instead, to our surprise, more than one song is accompanied by the piano, strings, acoustic guitar.

We had an idea that the songs of this album are somehow linked, related together, as if in a “concept album”, as if in a music base for a musical on whatever. Amazing!

Our fave tracks are: the hit singles and, Andy Warhol, Queen B*cth, The Bewlay Brothers (“…We were so turned on… “), Fill your heart.

STEVE LUKATHER – LUKATHER (1989)

It deals with his debut solo opera recorded between 1988 – 1992 . We expected a rock album and in fact it is. Steve Lukather is a long time rock guitarist, session man who played guitars for the greatest and he is the only member of Toto who has played in any of their studio albums since 1978: his long time musicianship is not arguable.

The guitar is the leading instrument, it is the loudest instrument. Steve Stevens, Slash are some of the gusts on his record. The album recalls much of the Toto-style music, lyrically as well and not because he wanted to “copy” his original band, but because he was used to play in that way.

It is a rock “party” album we’ll certainly keep in our music library to listen to over and over again. Our favourite tracks are: Twist the knife, Swear your love, Drive on a crooked road, Fall into velvet, Darkest night of the year,

PINK FLOYD – ENDLESS RIVER (2014)

This is the final encore; this is the last studio album the legendary long time rock band released before splitting up ever. (We will miss them…. Awesome legacy: are they aware of it??)

These songs come from the recording sessions the guys did after the “Division Bell” tour, circa 1994, so Richard Wright is the only member credited on the songs, but he passed away few years later.

The album is ambient rock and ambient style music, purely Pink Floyd-style and totally instrumental, apart from the few opening second on “Things Left Unsaid”, when you can hear two men arguing on whatever and you hear one of them saying “Things left unsaid”.

Both guitar riffs, drum solos and moog, synths are equally and awesomely played. We easily took certain guitar riffs for the sound of a bird

Our favourite tracks are: Sum, Ebb and flow, Anisina, This is what we do.

 

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DD TV Playlist – 3rd December 2017

Duran Duran – Drive by

Anna Ross – Early AM

Dom Brown –  I’m not bitter

Andy Taylor – Be good to youself

Arcadia – Missing

The Power Station –  Love conquers all

Warren Cuccurullo – Channel one (I wanna see Nirvana)

John Taylor –  I know

The Devils – Come alive

Neurotic Outsiders – Six feet under

Autohypnosis – Hopeless American Summer

Luke Skyscraper (Fashion)  – You in the night

Michael Des Barres –  Maybe means nothing

The Gravity Drive – Shooting star

Elton John and George Michael – Don’t let the sun go down on me

Ghali – Shake

Rita Ora – Your song

Jason Derulo – Kiss the sky

 

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DD TV Lyrics – Why do we still to learn them by heart?

I think I started to rate lyrics as something important since my late teenage. Basically, no one in my circle or family forced me to, but there was then one reason that today I guess it might sound silly: I didn’t want to cut a poor figure whenever it occurred I had to sing along an English song with others (at the pub, or at a gig)!!

Growing up into my adulthood, I did change perspective on music overall, I did change the views on the ones was surrounding me; also, I changed company, also I later started to work: I guess any of these factors mentioned, with a different impact, changed my fan experience.

Lyrics represent to the non – English speaking students a huge opportunity to learn new words and new terms (not so much the grammar, because they’re words in rhyme to be sung, so grammar is a bit neglected for lyrical reasons): apart from the pronunciation of them, everyone can take the chance to put new items in their vocabulary. So, fun apart, you can enhance and enrich your English: the only thing is that in non-English speaking areas you can’t practice what you have learnt, Ta-dah … we have the internet, where you can swap ideas and have amazing conversation with other fellow fans using the words you have just heard: with the help of their English answers you can keep monitored your vocabulary. On all, lyrics are the best opportunity for your fluency in English if you really are interested in English written lyrics and also if you are patient and determined. If you English is poor, do not give up to this.

The funniest side of sharing the lyric was primarily and basically to be able to sing your favourite tracks along with your friends: is it again? There is nothing bad to sing along while listening to your music on the radio: your radio has been the gym where I could practise during my teenage, in order to meet with other fellow fans, at parties, or rendezvous, or at the meetings during the Year End holidays.  Now in my adulthood, I still listen to the radio, but the “frantic life” so to speak (LOL!) on the social platforms there is little chance to sing along my songs with others. The fans in my circle are now grown up guys and do sing but on their own. I try to do my best to not give up the fun.

A particular featurette on our Facebook Page is one we ironically named “Read it and Catch it”, in which we make few lyrics reviews on a selection of songs fans wrote us in. That is a big test of our knowledge on the artists, and on the making of that lyric, then you have our own interpretation. The knowledge of the artist and of the song is the base,  it is the starting point of any lyric review: I think that you have to know the exact moment in the career of the artist, the reasons why it was written. That’s a huge help. Before proceeding with the lyric review you can read specific written footage on the song that you can find on the online interviews or off clippings. You actually can make less mistakes on your reviews if you proceed like the above. It is the best trick, it is what we advise you. This featurette is the occasion to share our views on the meanings of songs with the rest of our peeps, but if there is confrontation, it is a test on the level of our fluency in English (that is, if the song is totally misunderstood, we’d better read the lyrics again with the help of a English-Italian dictionary) .

To end we are going to write an ironic conclusion: if you aren’t interested in lyrics (because you are English-speaking or because you choose to put more importance on the music in any song) then… choose to listen to instrumental tracks only!!! LOL!

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DD TV Playlist – 26th November 2017

Duran Duran –  Faster than light

Anna Ross – Early AM

Dom Brown –  Love another day

Andy Taylor – French guitar

Arcadia – Goodbye is forever

The Power Station –  She can rock it

Warren Cuccurullo – Crystal clear

John Taylor –  I do what I do

The Devils – Aztec moon

Neurotic Outsiders – Story of my life

Autohypnosis – In the loop

Luke Skyscraper (Fashion)  – Eye talk

Michael Des Barres –  I don’t need no doctor

The Gravity Drive – Shooting star

Band Aid – Do they know it’s Christmas?

Francesca Michielin – Io non abito al mare

Jennifer Lopez – Amor, amor, amor

Eminem feat. Beyoncé – Walk on water

 

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DD TV Glam Pop Party – November 2017

We are on the way to say goodbye to November 2017, as it is coming to an end. It feels already as much cold as if in December… brrrr… the climate change is hitting hard! The show must go on, so they say

So, we are here to share the new end-of-the-month list, arguing on one topic versus some of the others that we usually speak of !

This time the topic is “The challenge” (in particular the challenge to take the right decisions to celebrate at best the big anniversaries on the road)

The challenge vs. Style

After years spent on the road and in the studio every artist has tried all ways to appeal and to be appealing to the masses and to the media. The biggest challenge to them is when it marks a milestone anniversary: although it is a little quieter and more relaxed time to go thru, on the celebration of a milestone date they have to struggle the pressure of the long-time fans, basically and all offers of the major record labels, secondly. They have to fix it all with style…

The challenge vs. The question

The dilemma is: new music, or a whatever “Greatest Hits” compilation out for the fans? The answer might change the artist’s fate.

The challenge vs. Live shows

Celebrating the milestone dates with a mini or larger world tour isn’t obligatory for any musician, but feeling the love on the stage and being with the people who have supported you so far for a couple of hours is temptation hard to resist !!! The celebrative special set lists are a hot topic. Live shows are a business, but when they’re to celebrate, they’re, they must be parties!

The challenge vs. Legacy/currency

Celebrating a milestone date is the door to the present and future for any artistic career and it is the point where legacy and currency can meet. The challenge is to give to each of them the fair share of importance and relevance.

The challenge vs. The top albums

If any musician who arrives marking an important anniversary decides to make new music, it means it is like his inspiration reaches the top and goes to the studio to record a top album.

The challenge vs. Music Awards

The only Music Award that they deserve is a Lifetime Achievement Award, at this point: this is the honour to a life spent for music and arts. This acknowledgement represents the one of the industry to the efforts made.

The challenge vs. Covers and remakes

Covers and remakes can be imagined and recorded on the occasion of big anniversaries, but who would record a tribute to others when the tributes should be paid juts by those “others” ??? And covering other artists hits might be a risk to see their anniversary spoiled by critics on the cover made, which is not the case, who artist  would run that risk? ….

The challenge vs. Producers

We guess the producers of the best record(s) done thru the years, if still alive, should be contacted to take part to the celebrations: the challenge is to resist to the temptation to call in them again for another amazing record!

 

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DD TV Playlist – 19th November 2017

Duran Duran –  Too bad you’re so beautiful

Anna Ross – Karman Line

Dom Brown –  Dr. Feel

Andy Taylor –  Violence

Arcadia – Say the word

The Power Station –  Murderess

Warren Cuccurullo – Big Stress

John Taylor –  Lucy Lucy

The Devils – Dark Circles

Neurotic Outsiders – Janie Jones

Autohypnosis – And time moves forward

Luke Skyscraper (Fashion)  –Something in your picture

Michael Des Barres –  Black sheep are beautiful

The Gravity Drive – Shooting star

Toto – Stop loving you

Jovanotti – Oh vita

Macklemore feat. Keisha – Good old days

The Weeknd – Secrets

 

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DD TV The Screamer – November 2017

WHAT IS THE BEST METHOD TO TRAIN ANY VOCALIST TO HAVE A “BLACK – STYLE VOICE”?

We often watch the talent shows or simply the music shows on TV and whenever we hear any coach or any critics saying “Oh, you are awesome: you  got a black-style voice!” this makes us smile (if not laugh…!).

Black music spread throughout the States thanks to the slaves who arrived in America – North, Central and South – from Africa: those guys brought in there their culture, values, their approach, their traditions, their folk. They inspired and produced several music genres of the African diaspora, including rock and roll, Caribbean music, blues, jazz, R&B, ska, reggae, soul and gospel, … to name a few.

According to their culture, music is designed to unify people; to these guys music is something with no borders: our own approach in music is way different to theirs, although now also few “white” vocalists do have songs off the black music genres in their repertoires. As for the voices, to speak it easy, our throats is physically different to the black vocalists and what comes out is not a vocal melody featuring the same notes (high notes vs. low notes): the vocalists who are “naturally” able to reach the other’s notes are just awesome! School and vocal coaches can give their contribution to keep the ability, but it’s a matter of throats, it’s an innate skill. This is a different throat that can give a new approach to the voice and to the vocal melody: that’s amazing!

The origins of any music is important and relevant to whoever’s ears: these guys had a unique talent and everyone in our Continent has noticed it. This makes them  unique vocal performers. Being “unique”, we are all aware of this, inspires respect and admiration from  the rest and that’s why these new “voices type” is now known thanks to TV.

We admire these new vocalists (trained or “innate”) and we guess that singing à la black music” is the new little “challenge” option for the vocalists competing in the Talent shows and a new performance for us to review in the future. (wink, wink) .

THE WINNER IS

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

X FACTOR 2017 – 2018

The team of judges for the 2017 edition was announced. After rumours and much speculation, the names are: Manuel Agnelli, Levante, Mara Maionchi, Fedez. Levante (it means “East” in Italian) is a young Italian songwriter, who comes  from the indie world and never won any talent show; the other three coaches are people confirmed  from previous editions.

X Factor Italy has kicked off in mid-September 2017.

One of the coaches, Fedez has announced his split-up from the format next year, for family reasons.

The first audition was good, we were impressed by some bands, in particular, whose guys sound less afraid, more opened and more grounded. Then the usual screamers performed with their share of passion on the stage.

The three applicants for each category were chosen and we’re going to share our “Will wins-shold wins” here: category “Bands” will win: Sem&Stein (they do music off the 80’s and are queer guys) – should win: Ros, because they actyally are a long time “indie” band – category “Under aged men”: should win Samuel Storm (he’s a migrant); should win Gabriele Esposito (he’s a long time Talent Shows applicant) – category “Under aged women”: Will win and should win Camille Cabaltera (same as of Gabriele Esposito); category “Over 25 years men”: should win: Enrico Nigiotti (he’s an awesome songster and he applied in other Talent Shows) – will win: Andrea Radice (a pizza maker who is fond of music and singing). All support!!

 

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DD TV Playlist – 12th November 2017

Duran Duran – New religion

Anna Ross – Karman Line

Dom Brown –  Changing

Andy Taylor –  Take ut easy

Arcadia – Goodbye is forever

The Power Station –  Babyin’ you

Warren Cuccurullo –  Nova Express

John Taylor –  Immortal

The Devils – Memory palaces

Neurotic Outsiders – Union

Autohypnosis –  Luxury

Luke Skyscraper (Fashion)  – Silver blades

Michael Des Barres –  Stop in the name of love

The Gravity Drive – Shooting star

Wham – Last Christmas

Ermal Meta featuring Elisa – Piccola anima

Franz Ferdinand – Always ascending

Tom Walker – Leave a light on

 

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DD TV The F*ck-it list – November 2017

You will find listed below in no particular order and with a short, more or less hilarious comment, the things I think I just don’t love.

I dislike the fake alarms … for whatever (bombs, symptoms of whatever sickness but then all turns right, …);

I can’t say that I love catching colds on summer…..

I don’t go crazy for celebrating my birthday with my co-workers, as early September is a messed-up, f*cked-up period at work.

My bosses should learn to keep looking at their deadlines marked on their schedules, at any moment, anywhere.

Working until late after hours and hours with my (same above) bosses on papers and on data without getting the solution of the problem. I hate wasting time like this.

It sucks when they announce a public transport strike, you change your plans to fit in, but then the strike is cancelled. Grrr …..

I don’t like mycoses, the infections on toes nails (more rarely finger nails) due to them are a nuisance and the recovery might come a long while after, as scientists are still working on empowering the current treatments, to speed the recovery up.

I don’t like saying goodbye to summertime. It means to me winter is starting.

I don’t like waiting for the bus when it’s cold.

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