“Becoming a fan of an artist is like embarking on a relationship. We commit to them, they comfort and support us. We open our wallets, they’re there for the dancing and the tears. We overlook their bad habits or dodgy political views because we want to grow old with them.”—
To anyone that’s recently seen the advert for Batman Arkham City on television at the moment - it’s a great game, will probably be the best of the year, but MY GOSH THEY PICKED THE WRONG MUSIC FOR IT.
It’s a really weird trend I keep find for computergame adverts that they seem to pick songs wholly inappropiate for the game at hand. Surely a game about Batman would deserve something a lot more menacing and classical than that?
The trend continues, those who saw the Crysis 2 advert will remember this - http://youtu.be/43_DQgF-lfQ
A song by B.O.B to go over a FPS where you fight aliens purely because the song is “New York, New York?” Hmmm…
Sophie Dahl, former model turned writer and cookery presenter, dater of the incredibly tiny Jamie Cullum shares with the world her top 5 songs to cook to and why.
1)I WANT A LITTLE SUGAR IN MY BOWL Nina Simone I wanted this song to be the theme tune for my cooking show but the BBC wouldn’t let me have it. Probably best not anyway - I’m sure critics like Jan Moir would have used it as yet another example of my appalling wanton ways, like taking meringues out of an expensive oven that I didn’t own.
2) COME TOGETHER Ike and Tina Turner version It’s not hugely known, this version, but it should be. I heard it years ago at a house party in New York on a scratchy record player. A great dancing song as well as a cooking one, it feels quite menacing. Tina can belt it like no one else.
3) MY GIRLS Animal Collective Joyful in the extreme. It makes me think of the little family my husband and I have created, and how lucky we are to have it. It reminds me of road trips and endless skies.
4) TRAMP Otis Redding I listen to Tramp if I have a LOT of cooking to do. Its exuberance will get you through even the most mundane tasks, like endless onion peeling and chopping. Otis is always a tonic though really, isn’t he?
5) JUST A FRIEND Biz Markie I’m a massive hip hop fan, and the sleepy, wry humour of this song really does it for me. The lyrics are hysterical. I lived in New York as a teenager and so much of my musical leanings are shaped by that early-Nineties hip hop. I never really grew out of it.