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Sunday, June 12, 2011

wordy chicks on speed


image credit... karim sadli


this one really brings a smile to my face. the vid is a cover version of an excellent 80's song by the tomtom club. chicks on speed do a great version and the vid is just as cheeky as the lyrics. i have been blogging since 2006 and have really come to a new understanding of  both the power and the elusive quality that words can hold. and it remains a source of amusement that caucasian rap can be so very distinctly separate from its counterpart of origin.
 
i was chatting with a friend this morning at st. marks and she talked about the new woody allen film that involves him travelling back in time to 20's paris. the ex-pats have always held some romantic appeal for me. fitzgerald, hemingway, stein, et al. stein had a large impact on my curiosity as a reader and wordsmith. she played with the concept of writing as a blueprint. she is, after all, the mother of the phrase a rose is a rose is a rose. and her partner alice was the producer of the pot brownie... they did have an impact.
 
tom tom club made an impact on me as well. they formed as part of an indie project from a talking heads ex-pat. genius of love was their sensational single, but i always loved the sassiness of wordy rappinghood. maybe you will too.
 
 
Wordy Rappinghood - Tom Tom Club
    What are words worth?
    What are words worth? - words

  Words in papers, words in books
  Words on TV, words for crooks
  Words of comfort, words of peace
  Words to make the fighting cease
  Words to tell you what to do
  Words are working hard for you
  Eat your words but don't go hungry
  Words have always nearly hung me

    What are words worth?
    What are words worth? - words

  Words of nuance, words of skill
  And words of romance are a thrill
  Words are stupid, words are fun
  Words can put you on the run

  Mots pressé, mots sensé,
  Mots qui disent la verité, 
  Mots maudits, mots mentis,
  Mots qui manquent le fruit d'esprit

    What are words worth?
    What are words worth? - words

  It's a rap race, with a fast pace
  Concrete words, abstract words
  Crazy words and lying words
  Hazy words and dying words
  Words of faith and tell me straight
  Rare words and swear words
  Good words and bad words

    What are words worth?
    What are words worth? - words


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1 comment:

FrankandMary said...

Ok, that picture ran counter to my expectations. I think that is a good thing. ~Mary

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