It’s that time of year again when the music snobs/purists burst a few blood vessels and take a few stress related sick days from work as The X Factor carnival rolls in to town. Although I don’t mind a bit of pop now and then, I prefer to keep my music and television viewing separate. Unable to select a radio station that isn’t playing The Wanted or JLS imagine my delight when Daughter 2 (aged 10) and I heard Lana Del Ray – Video Games for the first time as we drove back home one evening a few weeks ago.
Now Daughter 2 is an avid music fan. Of course she loves songs and artists that I wouldn’t give the time of day to but she also knows the lyrics off by heart to every Jeff Buckley song. In fact, she knows the lyrics to most songs. Daughter 2 has the ability to hear a song once and remember every line. She can also hear a snippet of song and tell you the title, artist, it’s chart position and a morsel of celebrity gossip associated. She has a brilliant balance of old and new. Her mostly played tracks on her iPod are an eclectic delight.
But when we heard Lana, we sat in silence, eyes lit with excitement as we absorbed every second.
Hollywood sadcore, the DJ informed us was the genre that Lana thought best described her music. A made-up musical genre but we liked it. Yes, Hollywood sadcore suited the song we had listened to so perfectly.
We chattered about what she looked like. My first vision was a mixture between Sheryl Crow and Sophie B Hawkins. She must be in her thirties at least with spirals of curls and a skin tone caramel from years of being sunbaked. I wouldn’t have even been surprised if there was a hint of washed out denim. Daughter 2 said she would be a hippy.
‘A hippy?’ I asked.
‘Yes, with long skirts, long hair and walking about in the sunshine with no shoes on.’ replied Daughter 2.
Her voice sort of sounded familiar but I was hooked after the first play. As soon as we arrived home, we were straight on the internet to find the song to play again.
And there she was.
Described in an article I read about her as Indie boys’ latest wet dream.
She reminded me of someone else though? A hint of Julia Roberts with some Mena Suvari and Lykke Li thrown in? Bridgette Bardot?
Mr Choppalops arrived home from work and I gushed with love for the song I had heard on the radio and Daughter 2 scrambled to play it for him. He nodded with approval.
More information needed! Name typed into the search bar on wiki and then…
She’s called Lizzy Grant and been working under that name for a few years. Oh. Lizzy Grant doesn’t sound as exciting as Lana Del Rey.
Article after article outing her as the latest music management manipulation. Pictures of her pre and post make-over with supposed photographic evidence of her collagen lip implants. Old demos with her voice sounding less gravelly than her current tracks. Even tag-lined by her record label as a ‘gangster Nancy Sinatra.’
She has a new face, new hair colour, new style, new name and a new genre created especially for her?
The more you look, read and listen, you can break down the individual ingredients that went into the Lana Del Rey recipe. Lizzy Grant and her new management stirring the pot, cooking ideas and merging already successful images into one blend, in which I’m sure that Nancy Sinatra – Bang Bang features heavily.
Wiki even suggests that ‘Del Rey edited the video for the song herself, assembled from video clips of skateboarders, cartoons, shots from old movies, and paparazzi footage‘
Yes, I’m disappointed. Very disappointed.
But I’m still not tired of Video Games…yet. Does it matter that she’s as fake as a phony person? Yes, it kind of does. I looked up the writing credit of Video Games and saw it was co-written by Lana and Justin Parker. My cynicism assumes that Lana was credited for attending the session. Will I still listen to Lana? Yes, I think I will.
However, now when I hear Fearne Cotton yapping insistence that she heard of Lana first, MONTHS, if not YEARS before everyone else (as her franticly excited tone implies her hand is in her knickers) I’ll think of Lana as a new Cheryl Cole/Steps/Cher Lloyd/Britney Spears and any other artist that’s manufactured. I’ll just credit Lana with a better voice and a better song writing team.
*Apologies but I can’t help thinking that Fearne broadcasts her radio show masturbating continuously at the sound of her own voice.
Lana Del Rey, I’m sure your career will be a huge success. After all, it seems such an effort has already been made to brand you.