Monday, August 16, 2010
Music Video Monday: Robbie Williams
For this week's music video, I've selected a cool retro song by Robbie Williams (and actress Nicole Kidman), which is a remake of Frank and Nancy Sinatra: "Something Stupid." A week ago, British bad boy Robbie Williams finally got married. A shock! He has been quoted as saying several times over the years that he saw himself dying old and alone. He didn't think he would ever get married. He's been known to bed numerous models, actresses, girl band members, and of course, groupies. In fact, in his single "Rock DJ", he sang a line tongue-in-cheekily: "Give no head, no backstage passes." In the music video, he even acted out that gesture (putting his tongue into his cheek). This is the sort of knowing wink and witticisms that he's known for. His songs are full of irony, and perhaps why he's never found the kind of musical success in the USA as he had hoped to. He's simply too smart, too witty, too British for Americans.
The woman who managed to tame the wild bachelor, Ayda Field, is an American actress (ever heard of her? Me neither!) and claims to have "psychic ability." She supposedly foresees them as an old married couple in Australia. Why she captured his heart over all the other ladies is because he credits her for helping to turn his life around, inspiring him to be a "better man", and all those other cliches that cause everyone else to roll their eyes. I hope, for their sake, that this love is genuine and long-lasting. But, we've seen enough celebrity marriages ending in divorce to be cynical.
In a British magazine, Williams said that he gave in to her wishes for a dream wedding. He wanted a quick wedding in Las Vegas. She wanted a wedding with family and friends at his Beverly Hills mansion. Williams said, "I didn't have those marital dreams that are ingrained in women. My idea, was 'Yeah, I love you, I'm yours for life, so why don't we just pop to Las Vegas and make it official?' But then I realized how important the day is to Ayda, and that she had a day planned in her head. I thought, 'Baby, whatever you want to do.' It's about the bride, isn't it?"
I agree...the bride gets the most say in how she wants the wedding. Many women seemed to have dreamed about their fairy tale wedding day since elementary school. Someday, when I get married, I hope that the lady I marry will allow me "creative control" over the invites / programs and the music. I don't care about the flowers, seating arrangement, location (nowhere cheesy, though), cake, menu, gift registry, etc. Just music and the writing aspects. Because I have ideas that I think would be awesome.
The duet "Something Stupid" has that 1950s bossa nova sound that I love. The whole thing is retro (from the song, the musical arrangement, and the video itself). I used to not like the 1950s, but in the last decade, since I've gotten into the Beat Generation and went to a special exhibit on the 1950s at Emory University's museum, I've come to the view that a lot of how our society is now was shaped by the decisions and styles that originated in the Eisenhower decade. A big reason why I love the show Mad Men (it takes place in the early 1960s, which was still similar to the 1950s. Things didn't really change until after 1966 because of Vietnam, the Peace Movement, the inner city riots), is the style of the 1950s. People dressed better back then. Bossa Nova (a Brazilian jazz style of music) became popular during that decade and for some reason, while I'm not a fan of jazz, there is something about bossa nova that has intrigued me. I'm still searching for the ultimate bossa nova CD.
Robbie Williams seems to like the 1950s and 1960s as well. He acted as a James Bond wannabe for his music video "Millennium." In 2001, he came out with the album, "Swing When You're Winning," in which he sang standards that Frank Sinatra and other members of the Rat Pack were well known for. Williams also loves Las Vegas (a Rat Pack hangout, along with Palm Springs, California). I think he should take his love for all things 50s and 60s to the next level. I've seen quite a few of his music videos and have read a little about his exploits (his drug and alcohol problems). He would be the perfect personality to play Jack Kerouac in a biopic. Williams has acting ambitions and this would be a great project for him. He could even record the soundtrack (Kerouac wrote a cool song about his traveling experiences). I'd love to write a screenplay biopic on Kerouac and see Robbie Williams star as the famous author.
Anyhow, here's to Robbie Williams and Ayda Fields on their marriage! Best wishes for the future. I hope she stabilizes him. I never understood why such a talented guy was so self-destructive. In a future post, I'll be writing about boy bands because I'm intrigued enough about them to consider a future novel about a fictional boy band in the context of our celebrity-obsessed culture. This writing project is in the incubation phase, though, as I have four writing projects ready to be written as soon as I land a new job (thereby ending the longest job search in my life). For now, the future blog post will have to do.