Punk veteran Siouxsie Sioux has added her name to the list of celebrities urging bosses at a top British department store to stop selling foie gras. Fortnum & Mason chiefs are under increasing pressure to pull the product from its shelves following a People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) campaign backed by celebrities including Sir Roger Moore, Morrissey and Ralph Fiennes.
The Siouxsie and the Banshees frontwoman has penned a letter to the store's CEO Ewan Venters urging him to follow other leading department stores and abandon the controversial pate.
She writes, "Music, fashion and taste evolve. Other iconic British shops such as Selfridges and Harvey Nichols have listened to their customers and now realise that selling foie gras is a faux pas. So please Mr Venters, get with the times and take this vile product off your shelves."
While Hans Zimmer's scores have expertly matched the dark tone of Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy, it seems a shame that the rebooted caped crusader has been robbed of the blockbuster pop song in addition to a sense of humor, a concise running time and in the case of The Dark Knight Rises, a coherent plot. Indeed, Batman & Robin may have been slaughtered by critics for its style over substance, wooden performances and Mr. Freeze's horrendously corny one-liners, but at least it had a great theme tune. Here's a look at five of the best songs released during the Keaton/Kilmer/Clooney era.
Prince – "Batdance"
One of nine tracks The Purple One recorded for 1989's Batman, US number one hit "Batdance" might not exactly be his finest hour. But its slightly ridiculous mix of percussive dance-pop, slinky electro-funk and sampled dialogue certainly echoed the chaos caused by Jack Nicholson’s The Joker.
Siouxsie & The Banshees – "Face To Face"
Adopting the slinky feline persona of Catwoman, goth-punk icon Siouxsie Sioux sensuously purred her way through this appropriately tense waltz-like accompaniment to Batman Returns' revelatory ballroom scene.
Seal – "Kiss From A Rose"
Initially ignored on its 1994 release, "Kiss From A Rose" then topped the US charts a year later when it landed on the Batman Forever OST. Slushy it may be, but an impassioned Seal sells the pop madrigal as if his life depended on it.
U2 – "Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me"
Nominated for both a Golden Globe and a Razzie, this T. Rex pastiche divided audiences when it appeared on the soundtrack to Joel Schumacher's less-derided directorial attempt. But 18 years on, its majestic electro-rock production stands shoulder to shoulder with anything else U2 produced during the 90s.
The Smashing Pumpkins – "The End Is The Beginning Is The End"
One of the few good things to come out of 1997's disastrous franchise-killing turkey, Billy Corgan and co. picked up a Grammy for this suitably bombastic mix of crunching guitars and propulsive beats, a slowed-down remix of which was later used in the trailer for Watchmen.
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Yoko Ono joined punk veteran Siouxsie Sioux onstage to close the Meltdown Festival in London on Sunday (23Jun13) by duetting on the last song she recorded with her husband John Lennon. Ono was given the task of curating this year's (13) Meltdown and attracted stars including Iggy Pop, Patti Smith, and Boy George to the bill of the 10-day event.
Sioux, who famously covered Lennon's 1968 track Dear Prudence during her days as singer with Siouxsie and The Banshees, was one of the many artists who performed on the final night of Meltdown on Sunday, and Ono joined her for a rendition of Walking on Thin Ice, the track she and Lennon were working on the night he was murdered.
Ono later took to Twitter.com to post a photograph of the pair onstage together, along with the message, "The last song of the last night of the Meltdown! Siouxsie and me doing Walking on Thin Ice."
Lennon was assassinated outside his New York apartment building in December, 1980 after returning from a recording studio with Ono.
Here's something to make us all feel old — today marks the birth of the one and only Sir Paul McCartney, who is now 70 years old. And while the youth of today may be trying to figure out who he is, those of us who have been following this artistic legend's career can appreciate just how much this man has shaped the history of music. And his band The Beatles (you might have heard of them) didn't do so poorly either.
All-in-all, McCartney has experienced a rather extraordinary career throughout his lifetime, so it should come as no surprise that celebrities and reality show contestants of all ages have covered a wide variety of his songs — some good, and some not-so-good. So in honor of this musical great's birthday, here's a look back at seven of the best and worst covers of McCartney's most iconic songs.
Bob Dylan — "Yesterday"
This Beatles' classic has been covered by over 2,200 artists, which is more than any other song in the history of recorded music. But Dylan somehow manages to do the song justice.
Ike & Tina Turner — "Get Back"
Turner uses her vocal, howling chops in the best way possible for this popular hit song, proving that she doesn't have to be rolling on the river to earn a spot on our iTunes list.
Steven Tyler — "She Came In Through the Bathroom Window"
This American Idol judge may act a little strange at times, but he still knows how to properly rock out a song. Tyler performed this tribute to McCartney at the 33rd Annual Kennedy Center Honors. Now if only his wardrobe could be as good as his singing.
Jack White — "Mother Nature's Son"
Jack White performed an absolutely awesome cover of this song at The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize ceremony in 2010, where McCartney won for Popular Song.
Ray Charles — "Yesterday"
Many people believe Ray Charles performs the best cover of "Yesterday" amid all of the other celebrity talent. But then again, pretty much everything this artist has ever done has been magnificent. You've definitely got the right one, baby!
Jim Sturgess — "All My Loving"
The dreamy Sturgess proves very effective at making the ladies swoon in this 2007 musical drama. This song in particular leaves you especially weak in the knees and gives you a great chance to enjoy the superb lyrics.
Billy Joel — "Back In The USSR"
Come on, this is Billy Joel we're talking about. Of course he's going to be amazing. Granted, nothing can compare to McCartney's original vocals, but this comes in a close second.
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Crystal Bowersox (Idol contestant) — "Maybe I'm Amazed"
Though she was definitely a fantastic singer in general, this song was just not the right choice for her, especially since she didn't sing the lyrics correctly. A big reality show no-no if there ever was one.
Katie Stevens (Idol contestant) — "Let It Be"
She's got great vocal moments, but those high pitched screeches just aren't the type of quality you like to hear in a McCartney song.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt — "Hey Jude"
Can anyone get on board with this song rendition?
Jonas Brothers — "Hello, Goodbye"
This poorly redone version of such a classic song is enough to send someone right over the edge on a Monday morning. Hello and Goodbye to this cover!
Alvin and the Chipmunks — "I Saw Her Standing There"
Just let the pitch speak for itself on this one...
Bing Crosby — "Hey Jude"
This guy has such a unique voice and sound that it's hard to associate him with anything besides Christmas music. Are you dreaming of a white Christmas when you listen to this cover?
Siouxsie & The Banshees — "Helter Skelter"
We saved the very worst one for last. The video quality in this one far exceeds that of the vocal quality of the performance.
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