A Bucket

September 7 is the UK start date for A Bucket o’ French and Saunders airing on BBC1. The comedy TV show will feature classic and new sketches by the duo. According to a recent interview French & Saunders seem be parting ways after their Farewell tour next spring.

No time to cry, though. Both of them have new shows lined up. The Life and Times of Vivienne Vyle by Jennifer Saunders sounds especially promising. It is described as a black somedy, show-within-a-show following the adventures of TV host Vivienne Vyle (source). One more good thing: Showcase Canada is premiering the series September 2nd.

Amy and Britney
French & Saunders as
Amy Winehouse and Britney Spears
from A Bucket o’ French and Saunders

More:
French & Saunders behind the scenes video for heatworld
Come Away With Me

Crybaby

Crybaby is a Mariah treat from 2000 that I listened to on my way to the countryside today. I remembered the video and had to watch it the minute I came back to my place.

Taken from the double A sided single with Can’t Take That Away (Mariah’s Theme), Crybaby is not exactly one of her high charting hits. It’s got a classic video nonetheless and is a fan favourite.

The video is mostly a 1 to 1 (ist nicht vorbei) visualization of the lyrics and has a couple of Mariah diva moments.

5 am
“So it’s 5 am
And I still can’t sleep”

Medicine
“Took some medicine
But it’s not working”

Tippy Toes
“Late at night like a little child
Wandering ’round alone
In my new friend’s home
On my tippy toes”

Stereo
“Sipping Bailey’s Cream
By the stereo
Trying to find relief
On the radio”

It gets really dramatic after this point: There is lots of spillage and broken glass. Oreo’s are cracking on the floor, nail polish is dripping. Absolutely Crybaby. Watch it now.

Nails

Bowl

Uuuhhh

Milk

Smashing

A Night in London

I leave my place at around 9 to walk to the cinema to see The Godfather of Disco (trailer) at its UK premiere. As I arrive at the venue I see Mel Cheren head into the theatre. And just by chance I sit right next to him during the screening. The film is loosely based on Mel’s autobiography and features lots of interviews. Apart from Mel’s story, I found the interviews with Junior Vasquez (of all people) and Kevin Hedge of Blaze (he cute) most interesting. Also, it was very sad to see some of speeches that were held during Larry Levan’s funeral service.
After the documentary, I said hi to Mel and the director, Gene Graham. Now, let’s hope they’re getting some good distribution for the movie, that you can see it.

Then I rushed across town to get to the Prince afterparty. As Toffi is coming over next weekend and we’re heading to a Prince concert, I didn’t want to spoil the big arena experience and decided not to go to one of the main shows before. Although, Prince does not perform at every afterparty, I was very optimistic.

So, I get there at a quarter to one. 15 minutes later Prince hits the stage. Dressed in a red suit, red hat with big red feathers on top. His keyboard is set up in the middle of the stage and he starts with two Stevie Wonder cover versions, Superstition and Higher Ground, before moving on to A Love Bizarre. The audience goes crazy. He does back up vocals for Marva King on the Chaka Khan cover of Sweet Thing. Then, The Ballad of Dorothy Parker.
Most of the songs feature saxophone solos by Maceo Parker, of James Brown and Parliament/George Clinton fame.

The whole atmosphere on stage is quite relaxed. At one point Prince sings:
“Learn to work the toilet seat – If it’s up – Put it down” (from the new song, The Rules)
And gets the audience to repeat the lines.

A couple of classic covers follow, like Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin). Prince and the band leave the stage at 2:30 am.

Just one more thing, when he first got on stage, I thought he had scarfed his face just like in the old days. That would have been the icing on the cake.

Watch this site as it turns into a Prince fan page.