Monday, June 16, 2008

My Kelly Osbourne "One Word" mania was bound to happen, what with the Ladytron album coming out and all.

On the evening of April 24, I was listening to my LAUNCHcast station and posting a running commentary.

What I've heard: Kelly Osbourne, One Word (Chris Cox Radio Mix). Daft Punk, Something About Us. Merle Haggard, Mama Tried. New Philharmonia Orchestra, Peer Gynt: Suite No. 1, Op. 46: II, Ases Death (Andante Doloroso).

I ended up adding the Osbourne song (which I hadn't heard previously) to my playlist. The song ended up playing for me today, and causing positive reactions on FriendFeed. Here's a sample:

I'm embarrassed of myself, but I dig this track

For those who merely think of Osbourne as the TV brat, it turns out that her music evolved over the years:

Kelly Osbourne's debut, Shut Up — later retitled Changes upon its 2003 reissue — arrived in 2002 in the thick of punk-pop's popularity in the early 2000s and it reflected the sound of the times. Three years later, Osbourne returned with her follow-up, Sleeping in the Nothing, and it sounded nothing like Shut Up/Changes, but like that debut, it reflected its times: it spurned punk revival for new wave revival. So, as the pop culture of the new millennium lives a quarter century in the past, Osbourne rides the wave, drafting L.A.'s favorite collaborator of the last five years, Ms. Linda Perry — who struck it big with Pink, Xtina Aguilera, and Gwen Stefani, not so big with Courtney Love, Lisa Marie Presley, and Fischerspooner — as writer, producer, chief collaborator, and overall musical director.

The official video for Kelly Osbourne's "One Word" is itself interesting. Here's what MTV had to say:

"I'm going for something like very 'Alphaville,' " Osbourne told MTV News last month when she was dreaming up the concept...."Very '60s, nothing that I thought I'd ever do, like very black-and-white. I'm excited for that. And I'm going to wear a wig!"

To flesh out her idea, Osbourne enlisted director Chris Applebaum to emulate "Alphaville," Jean-Luc Godard's classic 1965 avant-garde film. Their take, which shot this past weekend, was filmed in black-and-white 35 mm, while Osbourne herself embodied the look of the film's star, Anna Karina, with sharp bangs and porcelain skin.

See here for a full description of the video. Or just watch it.

P.S. No, I haven't bought Velocifero yet, and haven't heard anything off of it other than "Black Cat."

P.P.S. If you search my FriendFeed for mentions of this song, you will run across an obviously non-lip-synced performance. And this may not be in the feed yet, but it will be. It''s...well, let's just say that George Takei has a performer for his wedding reception.

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