Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Starz in his eyes

With yesterday's announcement of the Brit Award nominations, the presence of Lily Allen, Amy Winehouse and Corinne Bailey Rae made this feel like the first year that the Best Female list hasn't been compiled by scrabbling around for any woman who qualified. (To be considered, an artist needs to have had a Top 75 record within the eligibility period.) And the three women were instantly familiar to me for the same reason: at some point during the year I played their single to exhaustion.

In the same way that us, non food obsessives, can eat the same thing everyday for months and feel satiated; us, non vinyl owners, can listen to the same song and feel satisfied. But with an impending Brit Award (Ladbrokes 5-1), Winehouse (my favourite of the short-list) is widely recognised as a winner. And what a relief - I was starting to worry that my addiction to playing her song 'Rehab' after a glass too many was a sad cry for help.

But never mind, as this week's Big Brother circus has led me to my latest favourite song (and next year's Brit Award Best Male, as stated here first), 'Starz in Their Eyes' by the artist, Just Jack, about the downside of our celebrity obsessed culture. Jack, my new troubadour of daily life, was hailed by The Big Issue before Elton John got him signed to Mercury. A 27 year old street savvy bloke from North London, Jack is already being touted as the male Lily Allen, innit?

Find out more at Jack's MySpace page here.

Or watch the 'Starz in Their Eyes' video here.

The single 'Starz in Their Eyes' was released 15 January 2007. Just Jack's new album, Overtones, will be released 29 January 2007.

13 Comments:

Blogger Ms Melancholy said...

I agree with you CS - I love Amy Winehouse. I thought her first album deserved much more critical acclaim than it received, (at a time when everyone was raving about the anodine Katie Melua)and can't help but think the reason she was shunned is because she is such a gobshite. She slagged off the music industry, slagged off Katie Melua, swore like a navvy and was quite open about her drug taking. It appears we still don't like women who won't be ladies...

11:50 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love Just Jack. Nice one CS!

12:23 am  
Anonymous halfmeasure said...

While American rappers are dedicated to living excessively enough to rival the last days of the Roman Empire, Britain seems to produce ever more everyblokes.

North London boy Jack Allsopp could not be more unassuming, from his stage name to his decision to open last night's set with a song that insisted: "Forget me, this is all about you."

Emerging in the wake of the similar Streets four years ago, the collapse of his record label quickly forced him back into obscurity but gave him plenty of time to come up with some promising new songs.

12:46 am  
Anonymous halfmeasure said...

While American rappers are dedicated to living excessively enough to rival the last days of the Roman Empire, Britain seems to produce ever more everyblokes.

North London boy Jack Allsopp could not be more unassuming, from his stage name to his decision to open last night's set with a song that insisted: "Forget me, this is all about you."

Emerging in the wake of the similar Streets four years ago, the collapse of his record label quickly forced him back into obscurity but gave him plenty of time to come up with some promising new songs.

12:46 am  
Anonymous halfmeasure said...

While American rappers are dedicated to living excessively enough to rival the last days of the Roman Empire, Britain seems to produce ever more everyblokes.

North London boy Jack Allsopp could not be more unassuming, from his stage name to his decision to open last night's set with a song that insisted: "Forget me, this is all about you."

Emerging in the wake of the similar Streets four years ago, the collapse of his record label quickly forced him back into obscurity but gave him plenty of time to come up with some promising new songs.

12:46 am  
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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love the Starz in Their Eyes clip CS. Great stuff. Cool stuff here...

12:50 am  
Anonymous claire said...

Wow this song is addictive. Looking forward to the album now. Thanks CS. Agree too with you and ms melancholy Winehouse is ace.

9:03 am  
Anonymous Tanya said...

In January about the only thing I can afford is a cheapie album from HMV. Will check this chappy out the clip is groovy.

9:11 am  
Anonymous HeartyBowl said...

Like this video! He is taking off from where the Streets and plan B Left off?

10:52 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is it infectious or just plain irritating?

10:53 am  
Blogger Habibi said...

To be fair I think this year's nominations are quite alright. Most of the ones I know/own I like them a lot - ie Lily Allen, Muse, Arctic Monkeys...

5:36 pm  

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