The Dark Side Of The Olympics:
Rumors abounded via the London Evening Standard that original UK psych-rockers Pink Floyd were in reunion talks for the London 2012 summer Olympic games, reporting that an insider said “It’s long been made clear it would take something very special to get Pink Floyd back together again and it doesn’t get any bigger than the Olympics.” This, in the face of guitarist David Gilmour’s ongoing outspoken rejection of the idea, to which part of his camp contacted NME later in the day to hammer it home that Pink Floyd in its original form is not on the horizon. Keep the dream alive Floyd fans.
Cee-Lo Reimagines Lennon:
The hardest marginal act in showbiz, Cee-Lo, put a spin on John Lennon‘s utopian classic, “Imagine” over NYE in Times Square, swapping out “and no religion too,” for “all religion is true.” A lot of people expressed their anger for such a thing on Twitter, Billboard bullet points. While Green responded with his own tweet response, “Yo I meant no disrespect by changing the lyric guys!” he has since erased, followed by the also erased follow-up, “I was trying to say a world were u could believe what u wanted that’s all.” At least use proper English. Whether or not he thought about the power of the lyric change, it still doesn’t change the fact that he slathered the melody with some odd gigolo chipmunk bravado.
Birthday-suited neo-soul heavyweight D’Angelo purportedly covered grunge anthem “Black Hole Sun” by Soundgarden back in late 2003-early 2004, Consequence of Sound is reporting via Headnodz. The high notes are a bit tinny – [LISTEN] – but it’s not harmful in the taste department, with some lofty bridges circa Stevie Wonder‘s Songs In The Key Of Life and a smidgen of Portishead guitar fuzz. A good sign for D’Angelo fans, regardless, as rumors continue to swell of his first LP since 2000’s iconic Voodoo.
Sir Elton John is aiming his bedazzled spectacles at Justin Timberlake to play him in forthcoming biopic, Rocketman, the Los Angeles Times reports. “He played me before in a David LaChappele video of ‘Rocket Man’ and was superb,” said John. Though John’s memory of his own catalogue is askew – the video was for 2001 ballad, “This Train Don’t Stop There Anymore,” rather in the era of the infamous ‘Rocket Man’ pop-singer’s ethos. Either way, Timberlake did a convincing enough job rounding out the dynamic of the dude’s glam-rock remembrance to be part of the “surreal look” of the planned film, John quipped, adding it won’t be “just a factual look at my life,” rather, “more in the manner of Moulin Rouge!” Billy Elliot‘s Lee Hall is penning the script. While John himself will of course produce the magic.
The ‘S’ in Crosby, Stills and Nash, Stephen, turns 67-years young today. Two-time rock and roll Hall of Famer for his work with Buffalo Springfield and the former trio, Stills, as a multinstrumentalist not just a guitarist, was a crucial component to the shape of 70s rock, all at once aggressively bluesy and country warm, and also penned some timeless sentiments, like this 1970 ode to a Billy Preston one-liner, “Love The One You’re With.” Doubling a 12-string guitar and an organ-drenched choir, “If you can’t be with the one you love/Love the one you’re with,” became an anthem of post-Summer of Love hangovers.