Words by Ben Bowman.
The internet this week has been in collective mourning over the loss of Vine, but some interesting music moments have slipped through the cracks in the midst of a homage to the little girl looking at ‘all those chickens’. I look back at some of the most attention grabbing music moments that have surfaced on the internet over the past week, including a surprising cover that has taken the internet by storm and some rather questionable, but still great Halloween costumes.
First on the list, Australian band DMA’s paid a visit to their iconic and also native Triple J studios and in typical style of the station the 3 piece rockers performed a cover of Cher’s ‘Believe’. The video has spread like wildfire on social media and has over 360,000 views on YouTube. DMA’s and Cher may seem as if a strange pairing but bear in mind, we’ve all heard Arctic Monkeys covering Girls Aloud…
It seems as if everybody has come across the video on twitter and has certainly stopped scrolling to admire the almost hauntingly beautiful rendition of the 90’s pop hit. Most notably Liam Fray of The Courteeners tweeted a link to the video, saying that he loved the band so much which means every fan of the Manchester band also loves DMA’s too. But yes Liam, you’re right it is a mighty fine cover.
Next up, Halloween rolled around again this week which means two things – Harley Quinn’s and annoying kids. Thankfully, not many of our beloved music icons disgraced themselves this year with their costumes, but one in particular did cause a lot of confusion. What exactly was Alex Turner dressed as? Suited up with girlfriend Taylor Bagley combined with a Spiderman mask, I think we’re gonna have to go with ‘SpiderMod’. Although it seems like a great concept for a film, I don’t think it tops Miles Kane’s attempt at wrestler and friend Finn Balor.
Blossoms also got into the dressing-up spirit, playing a special Vevo Halloween show last Saturday night. Their make-up artist has evidently had a field day with the fake blood but it does look a bit last minute with the ripped t-shirts, apart from Tom in his all red leather number of course but it’s the taking part that counts. To be fair they do look scary, but it might just be something to do with the fact that they had to share the bill with Zara Larsson.
From Halloween costumes to gameshows now as it seemed as if for one artist, the pinnacle of their career was reached the other night on ITV. You know you’ve made it when you’re an answer on The Chase, right? Well in that case, RAT BOY need not have turned up at the Q awards this week as he got to witness Bradley Walsh ask a contestant ‘How is musician Jordan Cardy better known?’. Whether they got it correct or not remains to be seen but I don’t think they would have got very far with ‘Squirrel Boy’. I think Jordan has missed a trick there, what a name. Still, I don’t think there will ever be a better moment on The Chase than when asked ‘In 2009, Sunderland scored against Liverpool when the football deflected in off which object?’ the contestant replied with ‘Ice Cream Van’.
In film news, a trailer was released for the much anticipated new Trainspotting film was released starring Obi Wan Kenobi. The sequel to the cult 90s film will be in cinemas in January of next year and I can’t help but feel all but slightly underwhelmed. It remains to be seen as to whether the sequel can live up to the reputation of the previous installment given the hype surrounding it. Attention turns now to the soundtrack of the film with Wolf Alice providing the track for the trailer. Oasis famously turned down contributing to the first film as they thought it was a film about trainspotters. Given the fact that the soundtrack for the original film was so well received, featuring songs of the ilk of Iggy Pop’s ‘lust for life’, people are expecting big things in not only the production, but the music as well.
Speaking of second installments, it was revealed this week that in a conversation spanning back to 2008, Johnny Marr and Morrissey considered the possibility of reforming The Smiths. Inevitably, this took an Oasis style ‘omg they’re getting back together’ turn on Twitter and even a part of me felt a false sense of optimism, but it’s never going to happen. The information came from Johnny Marr’s upcoming autobiography entitled Set the Boy Free in which he described a meeting between him and Morrissey in a Manchester pub. He admitted that for a short while it seemed a very real prospect but it inevitably broke down. Marr has since followed up these comments in an interview with Sky News by saying that Morrissey’s support of Britain’s vote to leave the European Union has made it even more difficult to reform the band claiming that they no longer share common ground over ideology. Come on Johnny, if Williams and Barlow can tour again surely you and Morrissey can put your Brexit differences aside and give the people what they want?
Finally, on a more sombre note it was reported this week that Eagles of Death Metal are to release a documentary on the Bataclan terrorist attack. The band were playing the venue in Paris on that horrific night that 89 victims were taken inside of the venue. The documentary will be called Nos Amis, meaning Our Friends and will be aired in February. It will certainly be interesting to hear the story be told from their point of view and will give a real insight into how the events unfolded on that tragic evening almost one year ago. The documentary will no doubt be an eerie watch, but it will be fascinating to delve more into the ideals of frontman Jesse Hughes after a string of controversial comments regarding gun control in the aftermath of that dreadful evening.