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“We Are The World” is a legitimately awful song, and unfortunately for official charities, there’s a list of songs as long as Geldof’s contacts list that were released to “help” their cause.
While a cynic might question whether an artist’s inclusion in a charity is because they genuinely care or they have an ulterior motif: namely, to boost their profiles. Even the most positive of optimists would put a good spin on some these records though, many of which have – thankfully – been lost in the mists of time. Better not make too much of a big deal about that however, or Bono will be recruiting a line-up of “Artists Against Forgotten Charity Records.”
Since Sir Bob’s dream of an all-star line-up to record “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” (or, to elaborate, a line-up that would sell more copies than a Boomtown Rats recording), artists »
- Dan Bull
The Grammys! They’re this coming Sunday and I almost forgot! To celebrate, here are all 55 winners of the Record of the Year Grammy ranked for your consideration. Now beat it.
55. “Don’t Worry Be Happy,” Bobby McFerrin
Finger-snapping never sounded so un-snappy.
54. “Rosanna,” Toto
53. “Sunny Came Home,” Shawn Colvin
You know, a Grammy windfall was bound to happen to one of those exactly 1998 female singer-songwriters (Meredith Brooks, Natalie Imbruglia, Paula Cole, etc.), and Shawn Colvin was the big winner. “Sunny Came Home” is contemplative, but Grammy-worthy?
52. “Change the World,” Eric Clapton
Sort of annoying when a legendary artist wins for his most palatable and forgettable material. “Change the World” is merely radio-friendly, not an artistic breakthrough.
51. “We are the World, »
- Louis Virtel
Though we may look different, and though our methods of communication are worlds apart, us humans are all around not unlike the animals that we eat, hunt and make pets out of. In fact, some of our features and body parts are very similar to the ones found on our animal friends, which is why overweight people are often referred to as pigs, while those with less meat on their bones may be criticized for having 'chicken legs.' I can only assume these sorts of insults served as the inspiration for Chinese artist Liu Xue's 'We Are The World' sculptures, though perhaps I'm totally off base in typing that.
Regardless, Xue's highly unusual hybrid creatures walk the line between horrifying and oddly beautiful, the upper body of a man joined with the lower body of a dog in one, and the wings of a chicken tearing out »
- John Squires
3 items from 2014
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