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mark ronson / johnette napolitano – music i fuckin’ dig.
May 24, 2007, 10:12 pm
Filed under: music

this.is.the.shit.

seriously, i’m so f’ing in love with this re-working of the smith’s classic (by way of some killer horns and a bit of the supreme’s thrown in for good measure)…

if your not familer with mark – this bio from his website sum’s him up/funny as shit:

I’m a bit sick of looking at that stock-form bio (no offense, gabe), so i thought i’d just write something else….. I was born in london, and then my mum (she’s great, you would love her) moved us to new york when i was eight. before she moved though, her and my dad would throw tea-parties at their house in st. john’s wood and i (3 or 4 yrs old at the time) would sit, eating crumpets & playing air-drums next to the stereo speakers. drums was my first instrument, i have since laid them to rest…… skip to nyc, I started a band in high-school (playing guitar) and i listened to alot of good music (not to be confused with g.o.o.d music–g’day ‘Ye). then the brand new heavies came along and i found the funk aswell….. i started dj’ing in ’93 in downtown NY clubs, for whomever had five dollars. at some point, i got good and started to build a nice rep. around the same time, “urban music” (i borrowed that term from one of my college textbooks) got very fabulous, so alluvasuddden, it’s like well-blinging. then, the fashion world decided hip-hop was zuper-cooo-el, so i milked that for a bit, dj’ing gucci parties in milan (where i got in a shouting match with charlize theron–i’m usually a very peaceful person, like jehovah’s witness-peaceful) and a pair of puffy parties in paris (try and say those last seven words 10 times fast)….. then i hooked up with nikka costa (thanks dom), and me and her husband justin produced her criminally slept on debut album (“like a feather”, respect game). that led to my debut album on elektra (rip), “here comes the fuzz”–which kind of bombed in the US, but gave me a nice top 10 around the world with “ooh wee” (top of the pops, thanks for the memories)……. hooked up with rich kleiman and started Allido Records, which will release chicago superstar Rhymefest’s record this summer and australian wunderkind Daniel Merriweather next year. we’re also putting out the soundtrack to “Half Nelson” (a really good movie with Ryan Gosling) and a series of rocking compilations for the Hard Rock….. i still love dj’ing (and you can hear me most fridays on my east village radio show (hello Echo) but i’m mostly producing records right now. i have some of my best stuff yet coming later this year–robbie williams, lily allen, amy winehouse, christina aguilera, rhymefest, domino etc…. and, of course, my upcoming album “VERSION” featuring the radiohead cover (hello, alex greenwald–may i have a call back, please?) and many many more joints……Stay Tuned

so there you go; mark’s a musician-producer-dj; triple threat…. what i love about the above (and the other two songs thus far released in the u.s.; “no one knows” featuring domino & “god put a smile upon your face” featuring the daptone horns is that, while being terribly respectful to the original’s, he funks up the joint with old school r&b – the kind of r&b that kicks ass every which way from sunday (not the modern r&b…. the stuff the kids are listening to – that’s rubbish). 

i’m so psyched for the full record (out in the u.s. on 7.10)…. this is what music should be – full of power and joy and beat’s that kick your ass.

in other musical news; johnette napolitano, she of concrete blonde, pretty & twisted & vowel movement, is about to release her first proper solo album (‘scarred’) next tuesday.  word’s can’t sum up how jazzed i am.  she’s also playing minneapolis on june 4 – james & i are going…. i’ve seen her everytime she’s played my fair town for the past 15 years – i’m so gonna get my geek on that night.

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to hear the first song (as well as the rest of the album) ‘amazing’ go to: johnette napolitano.  no need to do anything, the song starts automatically.  it send’s chills down my spine (honest). 

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Pretty cool take on The Smiths (you know I love me some Smiths), though he should have left those shoes alone 😉

Great song by Johnette. She does have a unique voice. I haven’t listened to her stuff since high school with Concrete Blonde. Maybe if I can get that mixed cd by you know who, I’ll know who/what/where to start on some of this music 😉

You boys have fun at the concert!

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