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Sunday, January 25th, 2004
2:22 am - Otaku no Video

rxgra
Japan is a nation that still to an extent labours under a heirarchical system. Some people don't want to fit into this system, and they escape into the rebellious, unnatural society of the otaku. Otaku are people who devote themselves to their passions, sometimes extremely obscure, and are social outcasts as a result. The most commonly known otaku to the western world is the anime otaku. The easiest cultural comparison would be that of the Trekkie, but the otaku are possibly even more marginalised than them.

1991's Otaku no Video is a satirical documentary lovingly detailing the anime otaku scene of the eighties while at the same time offering some frightening truths.
Otaku no Video balances itself between the real and the ideal by offering the fantasy world in anime form while showing the gritty reality in 'real' interviews.
The animated segments of Otaku no Video tells the story of Kubo, a university student who meets some old acquaintances from high school. While he is initially frightened by their obsessive nature, he realises that they possess the passion that his fellow students do not and comes to see the world through the eyes of an otaku. Kubo comes to understand that being otaku is more than reliving a misspent youth - that anime is genuine artistry! After being dumped by his girlfriend, Kubo vows that if society will treat him in such a way, he will not just be otaku, he will be the otaking!
Throughout the fanciful anime, ostensibly based upon GAiNAX's meteoric rise to fame, are live interviews titled Portrait of an otaku. While they are entirely scripted, each of them rings eerily true. To enhance the idea of the stigma attached to otakudom, each interview subject has his face pixellated and voice digitally altered.
Their names are pseudonymous and at the beginning of each interview a fact sheet that lists "years as an otaku", rather like a documentary's exposé of an alcoholic or drug runner.
The difference between the anime and the "reality" is that Kubo wears his badge with pride, but the "genuine" otaku are ashamed of their position.

As a narrative anime, Otaku no Video develops well. The first OVA is fairly credible, and effectively shows Kubo's progression from tennis player to the uncleansed otaku. The second episode, however, is considerably more fantastic. Kubo takes on Japanese industry and finds contentment. The industry is, of course, little more than a pipe dream to most.
The two segments are edited effectively, with the anime cutting off at appropriate junctures and Portrait of an Otaku weighing down the sometimes overly buoyant anime preventing it from simply floating away.
The juxtaposition is interesting. The sad, pathetic otaku are those in denial. Kubo, however, is completely honest about his otakuhood, and never lets society dictate his behaviour. The anime is shameless, but the 'genuine' otaku is overcome with shame. The anime therefore is about the true otaku; true to himself, true to his way of life. The interviews show the bondage that so many otaku are forced to live under.

The interviews themselves are a mixed collection. Some of them are hilarious, some of them are frightening, and others are simply too steeped in Japanese cultural and social mores to mean much to any other audience. The mosaic goggle segment in particular is ill explained, which is odd as so many of the others offer large amounts of exposition.
While it would be wrong to watch Otaku no Video without the Portrait of an Otaku segments, they don't evoke the same joy afforded by the anime. It's a precarious balancing act that forces the viewer to understand that the anime can't be real.

Production wise, Otaku no Video is standard GAiNAX fare: that is, whimsical and frequently beautiful. The characters of popular 1980s designer Sonoda Kenichi are attractive and showcase a wide array of otaku types, including the cute girl with glasses, the tall guy who speaks archaic Japanese, the old night owl (who allows the group to operate 24 hours a day), the short guy with an outdated crewcut and, of course, the fat guy with glasses. Not coincidentally, Kubo's girlfriend bears a resemblance to Macross' Lynn Minmay, the Chinese singer who earned the love of the entire universe but drifted irrevocably from her love interest.
There are many visual homages to other classics. Cosplay comes up on more than one occasion, with striking results. All of the otaku apartments are full of models and posters, accurate and instantly recognisable. Of course, GAiNAX would never pass up a chance for self promotion, and their characters from Nadia: Secret of Blue Water appear several times throughout; one of them even making the cover.
The whole project culminates in Kubo's vision of Otakuland, which is the pinnacle of both reference and reverence.

The music for the anime segments is good, with an upbeat theme that plays throughout without ever becoming too repetitive. The OP, Fight! Otaking is a marvellous analysis of the noble spirit of the otaku that hearkens back to the golden days of anime songs. 'Burning passion is the only thing I believe in!' It features a powerful male vocal unwavering in its enthusiasm.
The ED, Lost Way of the Otaku, is a duet in the most traditional sense of call and response.
'You tacky, unsightly person, I can't love you.' says She.
'Cosplay is my reason for living!' comes His reply.
Both songs are stylish and hilarious, but their true strength lies in the fact that they're delivered completely seriously and with total conviction.

By comparison, Portrait of an Otaku has very basic production values, at the end cutting to graphs with "summary" music and a soothing voice over explaining otaku mentality. It's essentially approached as a "hard hitting exposé of what is wrong with today's society" and boasts similarly cheap values to those of tabloid TV.

Otaku no Video is at times hilarious, at times disturbing and at times obscure. Admittedly, the audience that would get the most from this OVA are Japanese anime fans of the time of production, but to someone who knows more than a little about anime, Otaku no Video provides a nice indication of the culture that surrounds it. As a direct love letter to anime and its fans, they don't come much better than this.

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Wednesday, January 7th, 2004
12:21 am - Bio-Dome!

mangelbojangel
With a cameo from Jack Black and Kyle Gass as Tenacious D!

I think this calls for a Kylie marathon.

(Slip: I originally typed "Kylie Gass")

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Sunday, December 7th, 2003
6:36 pm - Voices of a Distant Star

rxgra
ADV Films, Madman Entertainment, 25 minutes

In 2002, Shinkai Makoto quit the game design company that he worked for in order to tell a personal story. That story became the independent 25 minute anime project, Voices of a Distant Star. An intensely personal film, Voices of a Distant Star compensates for its lack of technical polish through sheer emotional power.

Voices of a Distant Star is about two teenagers, Nagamine Mikako and Terao Noboru. Just as they are at the point of their relationship where they want to be open about their feelings, Mikako is called up to fight a war against the unknown Tarsians. They promise to keep in touch, but hyperspace relativity means that while little time passes for Mikako, years go by for Noboru. Still, they resolve to be loyal to one another.

The thing about Voices of a Distant Star is that the story is not important; it’s just a frame for Mikako and Noboru. The use of hyperspace and war to illustrate human loneliness is nothing new; in anime it was used to perfect effect in Gunbuster. Hyperspace and war tear the two apart, and their pain is palpable. While Mikako never changes, staying in her school uniform for the duration of the war, more than eight years pass for Noboru. Their dedication to each other as the gap between them grows ever wider is something incredibly sad. Mikako is really just a teenaged girl, not ready to face the reality of war. Noboru himself says that 'it’s a pretty stupid story if you think about it.'
Circumstances beyond the control of people are a strong cause of pain, and Shinkai has allowed this pain to be realised perfectly through the situation of Mikako and Noboru. The love and dedication of these two characters who knew each other for only a short time is tangible, and this is truly a testament to Shinkai’s ability.
The most surprising aspect of the project is the ending, an ambiguous conclusion that stuns with its incredibly abrupt nature while still managing to be wholly satisfying.

The most impact that Voices of a Distant Star boasts as an individual piece is its mentality. Without the contribution of a committee at any level, it doesn’t have an "anime mentality". This shows in that it can’t be classified in the traditional ways: Voices of a Distant Star is neither TV series, film or OVA. The closest that it comes to a definition is that of a short film, but the personal nature lends itself to the idea of a "project".
Shinkai himself calls it a "short story" - something that can be picked up and appreciated at any time, like manga or a novel. Shinkai had very strong ideas about his project and he has allowed them to dominate.
Shinkai Makoto is an excellent director, but his work is not without its shortcomings. As a solo production, the animation and character designs look somewhat amateurish. Mikako and Noboru have simple, sometimes misshapen, faces. Their eyes are pale, and seem almost lifeless. The space battles are roughly animated, with jerky movements and odd CG aliens dampening the mood of the piece.
Paradoxically, Shinkai’s direction is flawless. He has a perfect sense of scene composition, that he taught himself while trying to discover "the skills to cheat his way to making things look right with the least amount of effort". His eye for framing and lighting is what makes Voices of a Distant Star so impressive; despite the substandard character design and animation, he has manipulated them in such a way that the project can stand as a work of art.

The music by Tenmon almost never stops. The opening ten minutes consist largely of light hearted and repetitive music that is almost suffocating. The continuous piano work is an overly optimistic tune that effectively suggest early days and a quick return for Mikako. But as the story progresses, the music is used more sparingly to emphasise the uncertainty that descends upon the characters.
The score culminates in the beautiful song Through the Years and Far Away, performed in English by Low. This concluding sequence is the one point of Voices of a Distant Star where the project transcends the boundaries of the screen and becomes something almost magical.

The DVD comes with three audio tracks: The original Japanese demo cut featuring Shinkai and his fiancée in the lead roles, the professional Japanese recording, and the English dub.
The best of the three is the professional version; Mutoh Sumi and Suzuki Chihiro are right on as Mikako and Noboru, hitting the emotional range perfectly. Shinkai and Shinohara are, unsurprisingly, raw in their demo performances. A drawback to watching this version is not only that they don't have the range, but also that the subtitles aren't quite timed to the dialogue.
The English dub is a disappointing effort from Stephen Foster, who has seen to it that the work has been almost completely rewritten. To further complicate the matter, Cynthia Martinez has been completely miscast as Mikako, with a voice far too deep. This is especially confusing as Martinez has used a higher pitch in the past. Adam Conlon simply sounds bored as Noboru.
Sadly, Voices of a Distant Star can not be recommended for those who can not watch subtitles.

As a whole, Voices of a Distant Star leaves a strong lasting impression. Despite its amateurish production values, Shinkai's abilities as a director allow it to become something special. While it's difficult to call Voices of a Distant Star anime, it's definitely a worthwhile departure.

She and Her Cat

The real highlight of the Voices of a Distant Star DVD is Shinkai Makoto's 1999 animated short, She and Her Cat, winner of two Grand Prix awards.
Perhaps even more personal than Voices of a Distant Star, as it came forth from a difficult time in his life, She and Her Cat is a simple story told from the perspective from a cat about his feelings for his owner.

She and Her Cat does not feature any colour, and animation is almost non existent. Shinkai wholly relies on his abilities of composition and lighting to create the atmosphere. This was his training ground as a director, where he taught himself how to make maximum output with minimum effort. The minimalist direction of the piece combine with the attention to detail to make an interestingly contradictory experience.

The monochromatic world of She and Her Cat is incredibly realistic, as is She Herself. But Her Cat is just a cute and simple cat. Her Cat is a pure character, with somewhat complex emotions. He refuses to marry his cat girlfriend because he "prefers the love of an older woman". Her Cat's emotions seem entirely realistic, but at the same time impossible.
Of course, it sounds freakish that a cat would love a human so deeply; but it's the purest form of love, one without sex. Still, the idea of such a multi-layered cat is intriguing and makes She and Her Cat well worth watching.

Her Cat is voiced by Shinkai himself, and he does it perfectly. Her Cat is a character that is in total control of his emotions, and the delivery of his thoughts is with total and matter of fact conviction. Shinkai makes everything so believable in She and Her Cat that it is real.

Three versions of the short are present; a digest, a three minute cut and the complete five minute version. It is interesting to watch each of them one after another to witness Shinkai's editing skills; he can tell the same story just as effectively with his careful works. The five minute version is, of course, the definitive, and completely immersive. The other two are nice counterpoints.

She and Her Cat may only be a five minute short with almost no discernible animation, but it is something that should stay with you forever. She and Her Cat by itself would be worth buying; in fact, it's almost as if the DVD were She and Her Cat with special bonus feature Voices of a Distant Star.

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Wednesday, November 19th, 2003
11:09 am

justdontcare
I think memes are stupid... but... well.... that sisn't sto me creating a roxette one, hehe..... i posted it over at roxettefans I dont wanna cross post it :-)

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Saturday, October 25th, 2003
3:15 pm - Church of your Heart!

rxgra
The video was recorded in the Eastern suburbs of Sydney!

Vulnerable was recorded at Katoomba and Bondi Beach!

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Friday, October 24th, 2003
11:47 am - Delta Goodrem

justdontcare
I was reading the paper about teh singer Delta Goodrem... and three things surprised me....

A) How young she was compared to my impression of her
B) That she has cancer and
C) That she was in Neighbours.....

The relevance to this community is this....

so just who was she in Neighbours? Was she in it for long? When? etc

I'm not a huge fan I was just really curious after reading that.
I watched Neighbours yesterday for the 1st time since Holly left and this is what happened... Steph's live in boyfriend's sister came to stay and was being a complete two faced bitch, digging for info from his daughter (hey i don't know their names, I only know steph as i used to watch it... she's really good looking) then at the end steph ran to karls house and was crying saying she doesn't want to die.

heh... last time i watched it, michelle chickened out of moving to new york (what a wuss) and flick was still there.

i know neighbours in the UK used to be 12-18 months behind australia, but i reckon it must have caught up a lot. (it was about 12 years ago when it was THAT far behind Oz)

Anyway info on Delta would be nice :-)

Thanks :-)

current mood: curious

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Wednesday, October 22nd, 2003
1:56 pm - Two sentences of varying impact.

rxgra
War on Izzy.

Karl living with Taj.

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Wednesday, October 15th, 2003
7:11 pm - The new opening!

rxgra
I just noticed that it's been entirely revamped and has Harvey at the end! I'll have to pay attention tomorrow ... it includes the entire Bishop family!

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Friday, October 3rd, 2003
5:29 pm

rxgra
The Scullys and the Kennedy’s settle their differences, and decide to find Jamie Clarke.

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Sunday, September 28th, 2003
7:54 pm - I want to dance with Sumbati!

rxgra
I was surprised that Ian Dickson was thinking the same as I!

Well Jiao and Rico, we want a full report ... right?

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Friday, September 26th, 2003
6:18 pm - Pardon me, kind sirs.

rxgra
David Bishop. Next week (or at least his announcement).

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Sunday, September 21st, 2003
5:30 pm - Highlight on Roxette: Joyride

rxgra
This week's featured songs: Church of your heart and Things will never be the same



1991's Joyride is Roxette's most successful album, and was the band's first almost total success. The new emphasis on guitar driven pop tunes and the multiple vibrantly composed ballads come together to make a brilliant album that deserves its place in pop history.

There is very little that is wrong with the Joyride album. Six of its fifteen tracks were released as singles - three pop tunes, three ballads - and of the entire album there are only a few truly weird songs.
Unfortunately it coincided with Per's excess make up period and there was a forced Circus motif, but you can't win them all.

The opener was, of course, the ubiquitous and titular song Joyride. Filled with whistling and guitar riffs, it's a very simple tune. Inspired by a note that his wife Åsa left on his piano that said "Hello you fool, I love you", Per wrote this song in one wild free flowing session. The gist of the song was simply that love is just one long joyride - an idea that Per stole from Paul McCartney, who said it of writing songs with John Lennon. Per did not want to make it the album opener, but Marie insisted and a legend was born. The abstract nature of the lyrics was accompanied by a seemingly random video clip that included Marie lip-synching to a piano - Roxette at their craziest, but also truthful. The idea that "we're all magic friends" is conveyed with much conviction.
The fast and agressive Hotblooded, with music written by Marie herself, is a real album starter, although the song's attitude is far more important than the lyrics. Dominated by bizarre metaphor and the oxymoronic message of "I'm fierce and independent, I don't take orders from anyone and I need your love." It's best not to worry about these things.
The album's pop is some of Roxette's best work: fiercely catchy and with an emphasis on guitars. The Big L. featured some of Marie's most soaring pop vocals ever and summarised the Roxette pop ideal: simple but effective pop. Small Talk, lyrical partner to this week's featured Church of your Heart, is a song that does not treat love as something grandiose, but rather as something far simpler. The song is followed by the marginally embarrassing Physical Fascination, which uses surprisingly clean metaphors for sex (surprising in particular because Roxette's recording studio is called "Tits & Ass").
Knockin' on Every Door could almost be written off due to its indescribable sidetracking, but it has a somewhat catchy chorus. It is also one of Roxette's most cruel-hearted pop features. I remember you is a great song that is slightly let down by its intro featuring music reminiscent of jumping kangaroos.
Also inexplicably, Pearls of Passion's Soul Deep makes its triumphant return in a rerecorded version.

That's to say nothing of the ballads, which come out to shine. As usual, the Ballad arena is dominated by Marie. The leading ballad is Spending My Time, a song of which Per said "The way Marie sings this song makes me proud of being part of this band." It's a band favourite, and Per believed that it would have been their biggest hit ever were it not for their evil American record company (a battle that they would wage for the entirety of the band's American presence).
Fading like a flower (every time you leave) is notable for its wonderful section which sounds like Marie is taking time out of the song. It's a song that has many, many progressions and has been described by Marie as "the most American sounding song we ever did".
The simple and beautiful Watercolours in the Rain, composed by Marie and with a full string orchestra, is about resisting the temptation to run. It's a song about instigating change. It was followed by the dramatic (Do You Get) Excited?, a sensual song (partnered with a suggestive video clip) about understanding. And sex.
Perfect Day, the slowest of the ballads, closes the album with expert use of accordians.

The featured pop track this week is Joyride's sixth single, Church of your Heart. It didn't do much on the charts, but it is a personal favorite. Church of your heart is an incredibly simple song both in instrumentation and lyrics, with no gimmicks or any real hooks about it. It's a straight guitar song, which is why it works so well. Not much more can be said about it than that; it's a song that can simply be listened to and loved.

Things will never be the same is perhaps Roxette's most dramatic and action packed ballad, with a genuine sense of urgency about it and a great deal of movement. The guitars give a great sense of drama, and it is one of the rare two sided Roxette songs. Marie's part is about refusing to get back together with her abusive lover, and Per's part is that he really needs her.
"You've got the eyes of a child, but you hurt like a man - always do, always do ..." They can not change it back again. It's a great song about irreparable damage.

Joyride is without a doubt Roxette's most balanced and focused album; a real delight to listen to all the way through, and with few hallmarks of its time.
That it was incredibly difficult to choose the album's highlights speaks volumes.

Next week: Tourism, one of Roxette's most disparate yet tasty efforts.

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2:18 pm - Baladas en Español translated into English!

rxgra
I was looking for a translation of Mazarin (one of the results that turned up was the GRA), but I found these translations instead. They're great, and they change the meanings so much.

Crash! Boom! Bang! is now about losing identity through love.
With the hit songs "I don't know if it's love" and "I'm a woman".
It actually bears very little resemblance to the original songs ... but I guess that with the exception of the awkward new Run to You (Directamenta a ti simply doesn't have the right amount of syllables!) it's a nice sounding album.

For all of these years I had been reading it as "Gyllene Tilder", when it is in fact Gyllene Tider.

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Friday, September 19th, 2003
10:49 am - hi!!!!!!!

justdontcare
You are Pearls Of Passion!!!
You're Pearls of Passion! Some people have never
heard of this first album as it wasn't released
outside of Europe (or widely IN Europe for that
matter) but it's still a favourite with many
many diehard fans, even if not with Per and
Marie themselves. Never fear, I still love you
and you even had a remix album created in your
honour, unlike all the other Roxette albums!!


Which Early Roxette album are you?
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You're Roxette. Simple as that. If you can call countless different (yet weirdly interlocking if you look at Gyllene Tider and other Swedish acts) band members simple. Great songs, known worldwide, loved or hated... Say Roxette and you'll hear "It must have been love" or "spiky hair" or "spangly clothes"... you made your impression for good in the 1990s yet are still going strong in this new century... despite the attempts of the record industry to hide you behind the manufactured "pop idols" and the like. You sing in English, yet know how big your Hispanic following is so even learnt the lyrics in Spanish to your major ballads.. though it didnt get accepted so well, you know where your loyalties lie. You love the fun and your concerts are amazing, shame thre may not be anymore for a while.
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Thursday, September 18th, 2003
12:08 am - G'Day

justdontcare
just thought I'd pop in and say hello.... I used to love neighbours but I'm well out of touch now.... who's thius guy Libby is seeing and erm... what happened to Drew? and did she have that baby?

last i saw, susan lost her memory and didn't recognise carl/karl.... though i loved it best with brad, gaby (even though she cant act at all) etc showing my age though

as for roxette well....................... i didnt even feel the need to mention them here as they're just an inaugral inaugaral (its midnight i cant make that word look right, so i'm gonna give up) part of my existence :)

anyway Hi! I'm Joanne aka engelskjente and it's nice to meet you :)

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Tuesday, September 16th, 2003
2:19 am - Posted by Billy L @ neighboursboard.co.uk

mangelbojangel
Just read this in Outside Soap Magazine.

Ramsay Street Returnees

Emma Harrison, Daniel MacPherson and Dan Paris are set to head back to Ramsay Street in what is promised to be one of the most explosive storylines this year.

The storyline is that Jo Hartman (Emma Harrison) meets Joel Samuels (Daniel MacPherson) whilst they are in the same part of Australia together. They get talking and can't believe the coincidence of them both living at Number 30 Ramsay Street, and having many scenes in swimwear. They embark on a steamy affair and decided to return to Erinsborough after Jo divorces her husband Rob (some actor).

Libby Kennedy is in for a shock when deceased husband Drew (Dan Paris) takes up residence in her fridge and whispers seductively about a woman called Ailsa. While it is only a short term role, fans will welcome his return to the show, as the screen has failed to light up without his presence.


So yeah, sounds like an eventful year ahead!

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Monday, September 15th, 2003
8:31 pm - Damnit.

rxgra
Well, I'm happy with Bek and Cosima. But I was so upset when Courtney didn't get through that I accidentally ate some morning fresh! (I thought it was gravy).

Damn you, Levi! Curse you, tasteless Australian public!

Courtney must be one of the most frustrated people in Australia. And goodbye boring blonde guy!

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Sunday, September 14th, 2003
6:20 pm - Highlight on Roxette: Look Sharp!

rxgra
This week's featured songs: Dangerous and Listen to your heart.



Look Sharp! was Roxette's international breakthrough album and, as band researcher Sven Lindström says, it was the album through which they "found a sound of their own".
Despite the four smash hits the album spawned, the rest of the tracks don't display near the amount of power or enthusiasm.

The album's headline single, The Look, was somewhat ridiculous. The incredibly addictive sound of this song appeared to blind listeners to the fact that the lyrics didn't really make much sense. By Per's own admission, the lyrics were simply guides and he couldn't think of anything better. Still, the song proved to be "tasty like a raindrop" and the Roxette personality and attitude was established.
Dressed for Success was along the same lines, with brilliant vocals from Marie provided in one take fuelled by her intense anger at Per and Clarence for their overbearing direction. "How to turn anger into hit singles", remarked Per.
The rest of the album, while nice enough, is nothing overly special. It can be best described as "lightly catchy". The least successful single from the album, Chances is one of the songs that draws the fine line between pop and ballad. The instrumentation and the brilliant chorus of "No shadow will haunt you, no heart will desert you, no one will hurt you, no space or no time" is rewarding but it just seems to be lacking something. Look Sharp! is an album littered with catchy choruses, but with too much understatement in the instrumentation. Another problem is the lack of any real ballads. Fortunately, the one true ballad on this album defines the idea of a "Roxette power ballad".

Dangerous is a song that Per described as a "nice piece of bubblegum". Marie only ever liked the chorus. Despite the advice from Per on fade out "Due to the exceptional weakness of this song, play loud" (listen to it - it's there), it's a song that stays with you. Inspired by a seventies action movie, it's about nothing more than a dangerous woman. Simple lyrics, but effective. This woman may be potentially poisonous, but she's fun. Another plus is that it is not mired in the eighties. It's an easily accessible song, with a particularly nice guitar solo from Jonas Isacsson.
And two Per driven pop hits on one album - unprecedented! As the years progressed, however, it became increasingly clear that the pop belonged chiefly to Per and the ballads to Marie.
The US single released of this song seemed to bear no resemblance to the actual song, but that's nothing out of the ordinary for Roxette's track record with the country.

Listen to your Heart: "the big bad ballad". Per explained that this incarnation of the song was Roxette aiming for the stars to "recreate that overblown American FM-rock sound to the point where it almost becomes absurd." While many of the other songs featured on Look Sharp! suffer from underproduction, Listen to your heart is produced almost to the hilt.
Oddly enough, this is a song in the third person, advising some one in matters of the heart. Per was inspired by many late night talks with a friend torn between an old relationship and a new love. It is actually a cautionary tale. The fear of the unknown and the security of the established come into consideration. The lesson is that the heart has to make the ultimate decision, but choices must not be taken lightly. It's a beautiful song, and it just grows and grows. Marie's vocal performance in the final verse - "The scent of magic, the beauty that's been, when love was wilder, than the wind ..." - truly is wonderful. The bizarre synthesiser at the end of the track was dropped for all later versions.

Look Sharp! does not hold up extremely well to the harsh light of modern times, but its hits are deserved, almost timeless, classics. Through it, Per gained even more confidence and the way was paved for the most successful album of Roxette's entire career: Joyride.

Next week: Joyride, Roxette's almost perfect album - the guitar and harmonica era.

Download this week's highlighted songs! (8.4mb)
Buy Look Sharp! from Amazon! (You can actually get Look Sharp! and Joyride in a bundle for $23 US! What have you got to lose?!)

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Friday, September 12th, 2003
10:22 pm - The First Wives Club

rxgra
Movie of the year!

Goldie Hawn!
Bette Middler!
Diane Keaton!
Dame Maggie Smith!

And let's be honest - nobody really cares about Sarah Jessica Parker.

I've seen it millions of times before, but it's still great. I mean, just look - Bronson Pinchot! While Elise and Annie's husbands were lousy, it was clear that Brenda still loved Morty. I liked that, and I liked that he came around.
But there's not much more to say other than that it was brilliant, and I even got accustomed to Goldie Hawn's lips ... again.

One of Elise's movie posters had the tagline "Policewoman by day ... hooker by night."

And so many mentions of "This is the nineties"...

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1:22 pm - Friday, September 19

rxgra

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