Category: MDP On MusicVids

iggy-azalea-01-2014-billboard-650This gal sure has them talking! I’ve listened to a lot of interviews with Iggy Azalea and just as many opinion pieces about her, and I can say with conviction that the girl’s got metal. People are either hating her for her accent, her rapping style, the fact that she’s a white woman, the fact that she’s an Australian usurper, the fact that she’s got a signature booty, the fact that TI’s her mentor…the list goes on. And despite all of that, she’s selling tunes and kicking heads. More power to her!

iggy-azalea-cover-03-2014-billboard-400Though I don’t like some of her hyper-sexualised video imagery (Pussy for one), and (not surprisingly) most of her lyrics are about sticking it to the man (or men and women) who’ve made her journey so tough, I LOVE Iggy’s beats, and I’m super impressed with her stage confidence.

It makes me cringe to listen to some of the crudely personal questions she’s asked about her body and private life, and yet she seems to handle it with adroit deflection. I can’t even begin to imagine how tough it must have been/still is for her trying to find a place in a corner of the music world that is determined to expose her as phoney and talent-less.

I think she’s a determined young woman who’s worked incredibly hard, has a passion for hip hop, and an ear for the best way to pop it up. I also think it’s completely irrelevant whether she writes her own material or not (a matter for endless/pointless discussion on the ‘webs). It’s all about the delivery, and she sure knows how to do that. The Clueless-inspired video for her single Fancy was…well…inspired, and the Bollywood Bounce extravaganza was hectic fun.

New classic, old classic, no classic…Iggy is boss! Music folk: there’s room for everyone.

 

Change Your Life

Bounce

 

 

I really like this song. A lot. It has that D.J. dance beat that characterises club music of the last five years; Swedish House Mafia, David Guetta, Afrojack, Calvin Harris, blah, blah… But I don’t think I’ve been irritated by a video clip so much in a long while.

Two men boysing and competing on the open road in their fast convertibles. Hot chick appears in a lonely roadhouse in her boots and cut-offs. Two men compete over her. Competition gets fierce.

Girl’s favours vacillate between them depending on who is winning the race (because girls are such opportunists, you know). Girl gets carted off by her dad.

Two men are bummed. Until … another hot chick appears … The unabashed representation of a beautiful young woman as an object to be competed over, and a chattel to be tucked away on her father’s bidding, is downright offensive.

With over 38 million views, it’s reaching a huge audience with a message that’s both anti-feminist and insulting. See what you think.

After I cooled down over this one, I went looking at some more recent famous DJ vids. Mistake. I watched Summer by Calvin Harris and got MAD all over again. Who the hell is scripting these? Come on gentlemen, you can do better than this. Rant over. Sheesh. But gimmee Katy Perry any day. ROAR!

I just felt the need to revisit one of the best nights of my life: Rock of Ages on Broadway!

So below here are videos of some of the best songs. Catherine Zeta-Jones rocks the twinset and pearls like no one else can. And soooooo many mullets. Russell Brand looks right at home.

1. We Built this City/We’re Not Gonna Take it

2. Hit Me with Your Best Shot

3. I love Rock and Roll/Jukebox Hero

4. Don’t stop Believin’

Awards

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Peacemaker - Aurealis Award
Best Science Fiction Novel 2014

Curtin University Distinguished Alumni Award 2014

Transformation Space - Aurealis Award
 Best Science Fiction Novel 2010

Sharp Shooter - Davitt Award
Best Crime Novel 2009 (Sisters in Crime Australia) 

 

 

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