Opening track that draws attention to itself
Maximalist 1975s pop rock haphazardly merges disparate musical elements and lyrics that veer from sincerity to self-awareness, with meta commentary and plenty of pop culture references. And so, natural fodder for a pop culture column emphasizing the connections between loosely related things. The obvious place to start is the leader Matty Healeywhose parents are known to many as Tim Healy (Auf Wiedersehen, Pet) and Denise Welch (Coronation Street).
Tell me something I didn’t know
It’s not possible to think of Corrie without being immediately stunned by the theme music. The music was composed in 1960 by Eric Spear. In 2010 it was re-recorded with the trumpeter Christopher Deacon bending his pipes on this famous cornet solo.
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Deacon’s credits include performing on the score of Steve Jobs’ interesting but flawed biopic, which earned Michael Fassbender his second Oscar nomination in 2016. At that ceremony, Alicia Vikander won Best Supporting Actress, and a year later Fassbender and Vikander were married. Well, isn’t life dandy for the Vikanders?
Being French in a foreign language
This summer, Olivier Assayas and Vikander took a meta bend in Irma Vep, a miniseries about a Hollywood star making an ill-fated French TV series, updating the director’s 1990s film about remaking a silent film from the 1910s. It’s fun, and with the beautiful people having fun in Paris, what’s not to love? However, if you’ve seen the 1996 version of Assayas, it might seem a bit pointless. Lars Eidinger steals the show as an outrageous actor and crack smoker. Previously, he appeared in another French master’s foray into English-language cinema, High Life by Claire Denis. Denis’ second English film, Stars at Noon, starring Margaret Qualley, came out this month.
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Qualley, who excelled in the Netflix miniseries Maid, recently appeared to announce her engagement to a super music producer Jack Antonoffof which you will know everything, finally, since he has worked with Taylor Swift, St Vincent, Lorde, Lana Del Rey, Clairo… He also co-produced Being Funny in a Foreign Language, the new 1975 album, which landed yesterday .
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Beverage On the recent single Part of the Band, Healy sings mischievously, “I love my men like I love my coffee / Full of soy milk and so sweet … ” Soy latte with a bong of Hermesetas it is then.