Do you remember a song that was top of the charts in 2008? It went: They call me The Wild Rose But my name was Elisa Day Why they call me it I do not know For my name was Elisa Day The song is “Wild Rose”, performed by Nick Cave and Kylie Minogue. And it used to be on the radio all … Continue reading Violence against women – with lyrics by Nick Cave, Johnny Cash and Robert Browning
Last week I watched “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” for the first time. Continue reading Gentlemen prefer blondes, but ladies prefer diamonds. Materialism and the modern woman
“It was one of countless similar songs published for the benefit of the proles by a sub-section of the Music Department.” Continue reading George Orwell predicted 21st-century pop music
As a teenager, I was enchanted by both the ambition and the sexual decadence the songs written for James Bond expressed. A beautiful woman sang of her unrequited love for Goldfinger. Nobody could do it better (than Bond, I assumed). Ingrained in the singers’ desire for powerful men was the desire not only to be in a man’s power, but also to be part of … Continue reading Why Lana Del Rey should write the next Bond song.