In a word: Smooth. Bart Devenport’s “Fuck Fame” harkens back fondly to the music of The Fixx, a band that was certainly one of the classier acts of the eighties new wave scene. And doesn’t Bart even look a little bit like The Fixx’s lead crooner Cy Curnin? I think so. I hear a little Paul Weller in there also. All good.
The story of “Fuck Fame” is a ridiculously tongue in cheek ode to the power of the almighty dollar with Bart, looking dapper in his Tuxedo, taking a trip to the supermarket with his “assistant,” where he laments that he never asked for Fame, but “We can talk about money.” Because, yeah. we can all relate, Bart. Later, the video switches to Black & White for Bart’s adventure in a swanky cocktail lounge where he appears to be the only patron. And then: Surprise ending (which I won’t spoil)!
“Fuck Fame” is taken from Bart’s latest CD, Physical World, which is out now on Lovemonk / Burger Records. Like him on FaceBook at This Link. Enjoy!
June 18, 2012 – What do you give as a birthday present to “The Most Successful Composer and Recording Artist of All Time” and greatest living songwriter of the 20th Century? You give respect in the form of a brilliant reworking of one of their own compositions
June 18th is the 70th birthday of the one and only Sir Paul McCartney and as a huge mark of respect Paul Weller and his band have recorded a cover of The Beatles classic song “Birthday.” This passionate cover will be made available on June 18th for ONE DAY ONLY – and it will be available exclusively at Amazon.com for .70 cents.
Weller says: “I wanted to do something for Paul’s 70th, the man’s been, and still is, an immense and enduring inspiration for me. It was him and his three friends that made me want to pick up a guitar in the first place. I saw him play live recently and he inspired me just as much as ever, he was brilliant. I just hope he likes our little version, a token of my and the band’s love for him and his music. Rock on Macca.”
Paul Weller and his band recorded “Birthday” (originally from The Beatles’ White Album) in one day down at Paul’s Black Barn studios. Yep Roc Records will release the track in North America. All proceeds from the sale of the single will go to the War Child charity.
The Video for The Jam’s 1979 hit, “Strange Town” (click link to watch) — a song that Paul Weller wrote about his first visits to London — is brought to you by Weller’s54th Birthday, which is today, May 25th. What a great song! Happy Birthday, Paul!