Fall at your feet by Crowded House

One of those days again, when I’ve been listening to the same song over and over again, because for some reason a tune drifts into my head and I just start to hum or sing it softly to myself. So I play it a few times. And then it still won’t leave my head.

Fall At Your Feet was released in 1991. Written by Neil Finn, the lead singer of Crowded House, it is from their third studio album Woodface, released the same year. The band was first formed in Australia in the mid eighties, and became well-known with their huge and memorable hit Don’t Dream It’s Over from their debut album. Although the band broke up a decade later in 1996, it reformed in 2007 albeit with some different members and is still active today.

It’s always fun to check into YouTube to enjoy again the music video of the songs I’m thinking of, and end up enjoying not only the song’s original release, but extra treats like live performances and accoustic versions, if I’m lucky to come across them. In addition to that, other versions by other artists as well.

I love the original:

I didn’t enjoy the 2010 version from Australian indie rock-folk band Boy and Bear as much. It’s a bit ‘over-produced’ to me. The first half was captivating and lush, and overall I enjoyed it, but at the same time I feel it’s a bit too grand a treatment for the quiet and intimate spirit of the song.

More my cup of tea is James Blunt‘s version below. I’m not normally a fan of his style of singing, which I find a tad over-dramatic to be honest, but I thought he did alright by this song.

After saying that I think Boy and Bear‘s version too grand and overdone for the ‘quiet and intimate’ song, it’s strange that I find the passionate and spirited flamenco style of Jesse Cook‘s version suits it stunningly well. I just like this one a lot more. It somehow clicks and fits snugly like a tight bear hug. Jesse is the guitarist in the vest in the video, by the way. I read in Wiki that he recorded the song with a singer called Danny Wilde, so I’m guessing that’s Danny singing in the video. An exhilarating performance by them both and the rest of the band! Song starts at 0:28.

And finally the version I love most of all, from the songwriter himself. Just a man and his guitar, his voice clear and sincere, and those haunting lyrics. Simple and unassuming, but cuts devastatingly deep. Just lovely.

 

 

 

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The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert

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An Australian classic I always enjoy no matter how many times I watch it. As I write this I just realized it will soon be the 20th birthday of this much-loved movie! How time flies. I remember I first watched it in the cinema when it was first released. And now it’s been 20 years. Wow. Oh well, Happy Birthday, Priscilla!

From Wikipedia:

The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert is a 1994 Australian comedy-drama film written and directed by Stephan Elliott. The plot follows the journey of two drag queens and a transsexual woman, played by Hugo Weaving, Guy Pearce, and Terence Stamp, across the Australian Outback from Sydney to Alice Springs in a tour bus that they have named “Priscilla”, along the way encountering various groups and individuals.

… The film was noted for helping to bring Australian cinema to world attention and for its positive portrayal of LGBT individuals, helping to introduce LGBT themes to a mainstream audience.

I love that after Priscilla, all three actors who held the three main roles in the story have successfully moved on to entertain us further with their incredible talent in so many other movies.

*The images below are taken from various sources, from sites of other fans in Tumblr and Pinterest. Click any of the images to go to its source.*

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Left to right above: Terrence Stamp as Bernadette, Guy Pearce as Felicia and Hugo Weaving as Mitzi.

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Mind blown when you remember Hugo Weaving in the pink wig above is Agent Smith in The Matrix trilogy, Elrond in the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movies, and V in V for Vendetta, among many, many, other excellent performances. I find the Australian’s work as V particularly breathtaking as he’s in a mask the whole time, and yet his performance was deeply compelling.

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As Agent Smith in The Matrix trilogy

Hugo Weaving as Elrond

As Elrond in the Lord of The Rings and The Hobbit movies

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As V in V for Vendetta

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English actor Terence Stamp has of course appeared in many movies as well, so many I haven’t seen yet, but the three most memorable and entertaining to me are: as Terry Stricter in the hilarious Steve Martin classic Bowfinger, as Ludwig Beck in Valkyrie, and of course as General Zod in Superman and its sequel. Sure the first two Superman was not after Priscilla but way before, but I can’t resist putting General Zod here since, like Bernadette, it’s such an important iconic role from Terence.

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As General Zod in Superman and Superman 2

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After Priscilla, the most memorable roles to me that Australian Guy Pearce carried was as eager new detective Edmund in L.A. Confidential, as Alexander in The Time Machine, and as Fernand Mondego in The Count of Monte Cristo. Recently we also saw him as Aldrich Killian in the last Iron Man.

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as Edmund J. Exley in L.A. Confidential

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As Alexander Hartdegen in The Time Machine

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As Fernand Mondego in The Count of Monte Cristo

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As Aldrich Killian in Iron Man 3

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Day 89

Not the ending I was hoping for, but I still liked it.

I came across this short (7 minute) film from Australia via Gaybros.

The ending left me scratching my head. It’s kinda silly, I thought. Okay, it didn’t have to have a predictable happy ending or anything saccharine sweet, but the one featured here left me all “huh… what?“. If the filmmaker was making some social commentary thing or some other point, it just zoomed straight by simple ole’ me.

Warning: hairy man ass shot towards the end at 6:41. A bit too fleeting with its one-second or so appearance.

What I liked about it: 1. The actors were adorable, in a scruffy derpy way. Goodlooking and funny, now that’s a combination that’s always a major turn-on. 2. The story except for the ending. It’s hilarious and entertaining.

There seems to be some outrage and unhappiness as part of its reception. I’ve read someone opined that it promotes transphobia and homophobia. Frankly I don’t agree with that. If anything, I thought the short film shows acceptance of transgenders, by storytelling the idea that attraction ultimately crosses even gender. Pete eventually is still attracted to Harry. Attracted to him as a individual person, regardless of what Harry has between his legs now.

Matthew Mitcham

Photo by Philip Myers. From Wikipedia, uploaded by user Hekerui. Click image to go to source.

In London Matt Mitcham is set to compete on Friday the 10th and Saturday the 11th. Yay!

The Australian diver is already an Olympic champion with the gold medal he won in Beijing 2008 for the 10m platform event, for which he also achieved the highest single-dive score in Olympic history. Matt was reported to be one of only eleven openly gay athletes competing in the Beijing Olympics, out of over 11,000 athletes from more than 200 countries.

The sweetly handsome 24-year-old is also a spokesperson/model for Australian swimwear company Funky Trunks.

Image from projectqatlanta.com / Click to go to site, and to see many more fab photos of him there.

Thanks heaps to my friend Ossi for mentioning Matt, which reminded me to post his gorgeousness here :-)

Update 12th August: After bowing out in the semi-final stage in London, Matt is already aiming for Rio in 2016. A real champ! Best of luck to him. Excerpt from The Sydney Morning Herald article by Robert Dillon:

“Before coming to London, I’d pretty much decided that this was going to be my last Olympics,” Mitcham said. “I was going to retire, just because of all the injuries and everything. I couldn’t see it getting any better, just how wearing 10m is on the body … but once I got here, all bets were off.

“The Olympics is just the most amazing experience and I never want to miss another one again. In no matter what capacity —  whether it’s a diver, maybe just a springboard diver, or whether it’s media or anything, I’m definitely going to be in Rio, no matter what.”

Sibling rivalry gone bizarre

When it comes to rivalries between nations in anything, I think it’s usually deeper and more tense (and hilarious) when it’s between next-door neighbours, like Singapore and Malaysia. I like to call it ‘sibling rivalry’. It can be petty and silly to downright nasty, and naturally it’s most scathing online in the form of comments made by blissfully anonymous users.

But I don’t remember coming across anything so unbelievably childish, so blatantly mean-spirited as this: Australia’s Channel 9, their official broadcaster of the London Olympics, had reportedly wiped their neighbour New Zealand off their top 10 Olympic medal table on national television. This happened days ago when New Zealand held the tenth spot on the medal ranking.

I read about it in this article published last Saturday 4th August. Excerpt:

“Can’t believe Channel 9 only showed top 9 in medal tally plus Australia, then admitted we didn’t want to be reminded NZ were 10th,” Sydney Morning Herald journalist Brad Walter tweeted.

The two gold medals won by rowers, double scullers Hamish Bond and Eric Murray, and single sculler Mahe Drysdale lifted New Zealand, albeit briefly, above Australia in the race for overall Olympic glory.

New Zealand’s three golds and two bronze medals is now good enough for 11th on medal table while Australia is languishing in 18th position with one gold, eight silvers and four bronzes.

And then earlier today I was stupefied again to see the photo below, where an Australian newspaper had apparently put New Zealand and Australia in the same box, combining their medals and calling the combo ‘Aus Zealand’. Now that is so hilarious and bizarre that it has got to be a joke. A cheeky take on solidarity.

Source: Twitter, Jess Maher. Via tvnz.co.nz. Click to go to site.

Maybe Aussies and Kiwis just have a really wicked and rough-and-tumble sense of humour that I just don’t get, or something? Or something.

Somebody that I used to know, by Gotye feat. Kimbra

I came across the delightful song a few days ago. I heard it first on the radio, which was funny because I don’t usually listen to the radio. I can’t stand the deejays because I think they yak so much, like they’re so in love with their voices or something.

I was clearing some shelves and came across an old CD player that also features radio and a cassette player. I was checking if anything still works before I throw it away. When I fiddled with the knob for the radio, this song came up and I immediately loved it, and rushed to get pen and paper to scribble something, anything, from the lyrics that I could catch. For that actually works, I found. I did it a few times before. Typed a line or two from a song or poem in Google or some other search, and eventually the title I was looking for would come up.

When I heard the chorus I really thought it was Sting, and then later I thought the song features Katy Perry as well. Wrong on both counts. But well I discovered two new singers.

Not crazy about the video. It’s alright I guess.

And the song: I love it but must be careful not to listen to it too often. I can see it getting on my nerves, in a ‘Lemon Tree‘ sort of way. Thank goodness I don’t listen to radio heh.