Today is as good a day as any to pose the following question: "France - what happened to you?" Was it the failure of the revolution of ´68 that broke your spirit, or was it Euro Disneyland? It was Euro Disneyland, wasn't it? The real proverbial nail in the coffin... Whatever the case, it has resulted in French students marching the streets, with slogans like: "slightly worried about my future employment perspectives", rather than the famous Situationist wit.
An even better illustration comes in the form of one, Jacques Brel. There is nothing quite like the following, furious live delivery of "Amsterdam" to point out some obvious differences between you guys back then - and you guys now.
The chanson starts off with this creeping accordion accompanying Jacque, as he completely fails to pretend this will not become a musical approximation of a firestorm; no doubt starting at the ports, at night, so the flames can reflect on the pitch black water, and then - moving on to devour the entire city. Whirls of piano set in as monsieur Brel laments the whores, the sailors, the whiskey and the rotten fish heads; all the while he's doing this fucking insane thing with his body, a fragmented, sped up swing in the song's rhythm. Consider this is a performance of the highest caliber, put the video on full screen, crank it up, and then - in the end - notice the crowd joining in on what becomes perhaps the ultimate gesture - stopping the song in full swing as if it would otherwise threaten to explode and kill everyone in the room.
JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE - MY HEART (PAUL OAKENFOLD REMIX)
Just to show how much you meen to me, and also, to make it painfully clear that here, at ZA/UM, we are not indie nerds, voila! Justin Timberlake's "My Love", remixed by that disgusting big-beat, trance DJ, Paul Oakenfold. Let it be known that this particular remix of this particular song has taken on anthemic qualities at ZA/UM, or as Martin Luiga puts it: "It's not our anthem, man! There is no such thing as the ZA/UM anthem, that would be embarrassing... it sure does lighten up the mood, though!"
This massive, dumb, biohazard-class infectious remix of Justin Timberlake's otherwise lesser '07 single release boasts what one, extremely reliable Youtube commentary believes to be "the most phattest beat". In addition to this "most phattest beat" "My Love" also has incredible lyrics! (A discovery some reviewers might not agree with.) They are in fact so insencere, so cliched (I can see us holding hands / walking on the beach / our toes in the sand) so exaggerated, (if I wrote you a symphony!!!) and delivered with such a nasal falsetto, that something reaches breaking point and these lyrics, they turn inside out, becoming a sincerely credible sentiment on everlasting love and devotion. Especially in this, remixed version. Because everlasting love and devotion is just as dumb, massive and disgustingly big-beat as "My Love".
It is also by no accident, that the following video features half-naked chicas, in bikinis, spreading their legs as the color scheme flashes from pink to acid green. That goes to show, that we at ZA/UM are firmly footed in the soul of the proletariat.