Saturday, November 22, 2014

Jukebox Saturday Night Entry for Nov. 22nd, 2014: The "Later On, I'd Rather Be" Edition


"Later On" by Mezzoforte from the group's Live in Reykjavik release (2007)

This was performed live by the band -- and quite possibly in Reykjavik, and thus "live in Reykjavik" but not to be confused with the group's album of same name on which this song appears. Mezzoforte is an Icelandic band, specifically, described (at least on Wikipedia) as an instrumental jazz-funk fusion band.

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"Rather Be" by Clean Bandit ft. Jess Glynne from the group's New Eyes release (2014)

I love the lyrics to this song. (I'd post them but I don't have time tonight.) They are sung by British singer Jess Glynne rather than the Japanese girl in the video, who is actually the Japanese-born actress Haruka Abe.

The video is strange and captivating. I can't quite tell the story it's trying to tell, specifically, who is her beloved -- another woman (featured briefly in the video) or a guy. I do like all the scenes from Tokyo including its ginormous Tsukiji fish market (through which enormous quantities of the western Pacific ecosystem, having been sucked from the ocean by trawlers, pass), on its subway system, and along the nearby seashore.

Also, the YouTube video has had nearly 173 million hits as of today. That's impressive.

Updated 11:24PM 1/29/2015: OK, what I wrote above has been bothering me for a few weeks. OF COURSE it is OBVIOUS what the video story is: This young woman is having fantasies / bouts of delirium in that she is imagining (or is she?) that she is seeing the four members that make up Clean Bandit in all kinds of unlikely places including on the Tokyo subway (where they start performing, which, apparently, in real life, caused consternation among the other passengers) because she has some sort of weird fixation on the band. Oh, and as of today (1/29/2015), the number of YouTube hits is at 218.5 million.

End of Update

OK, that's all for now. I'm just posting two videos in tonight's Jukebox Saturday Night Entry. I am meeting Damon for dinner at Logan Tavern. I had a decent gym workout this afternoon / early evening but I'm tired now.

--Regulus

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