Sunday, July 26, 2009

Tune of the day - Seu Jorge - "Life on Mars"

This was from the soundtrack of the inexplicably bad mess of a Bill Murray movie 'The Life Aquatic' from a couple of years back. For the movie, Brazilian music star 'Seu Jorge' did his effortless versions of most (or all of) the tunes on David Bowies 'Ziggy Stardust' album. He also acted in the movie. His music, in my stupid opinion, is the only redeeming quality from that train-wreck production, which is unwatchable from about 10 minutes in.

Here is the man, interpreting 'Life on Mars', in Brasilian Portuguese.

I was lucky enough to see Jorge live in 2008 at the regular summer cultural festival in Dun Laoghaire and got to meet him, and some of the band afterwards (you can probably guess - in the smoking area of the venue...). Struck me as a really laid-back, amiable person. I kept calling him 'Mr. George', as I couldn't pronounce his name correctly, even with the advice of Brazilian acquaintences. Pissed off now that I didn't think to get a photo but still have the autographed ticket...

Was a bit miffed at the time though, when a skanger-dealer mistook me for the band's 'mule', asking me if I was Fernando' and if I 'had the cash' to pay for the weed stash the band/promoters had obviously pre-ordered... All ended well when the real Fernando appeared, and no - I did not inhale...

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