Tuesday, July 03, 2007
Live Earth takes place on Saturday, and while we haven't decided exactly what form our coverage will take, it seems unlikely that we're going to attempt something similar to our live, blow by blow look at the Live 8 extravaganza. Only because we're worried about the amount of environmental damage caused by having both our computer and television running at full pelt and not in any way because we're very, very lazy. Naturally. But before we need to worry about that, we've still got a couple more line-ups to look at and here's whose been signed up for the Brazilian leg in Rio de Janeiro. Our knowledge of the Brazilian music scene pretty much begins and ends with CSS - who are, of course, Brazil-iant. Arf. - so we apologise in advance:-
- Jorge Ben Jor - The lead news story on his website focuses less on Jorge Ben Jor's musicianship and more on a plug for the "Corporate Golf Circuit", for reasons, along with pretty much anything written in Portuguese, we don't even being to understand. Aren't pop stars supposed to be looking for a number one, not a hole in one? Ben Jor is also Superman's dad.
- Jota Quest - Jota Quest is Brazil's top rated TV show, featuring a crime solving superhero who just happens to be a whizz at doing Sudoku puzzles. It doesn't translate well.
- Lenny Kravitz - Lenny's most famous song is probably Fly Away. Is this really the sort of message they're trying to get across?
- MV Bill - Live action version of the Bill set in the year 1005. In the episode to be enacted as part of Live Earth, Tosh is investigating a potential case of Witchcraft, while Burnside goes undercover as a beggar in a bid to discover details of a plot to assassinate the King, but ends up with more than he bargained for when he ends up with a fatal dose of leprosy.
- Macy Gray - Taking time out from promoting the new Simpsons movie, Macy will be performing a set packed with all her greatest hits. Although once she's done I Try we're not sure what she'll do. Juggle, maybe?
- Marcelo D2 - Marcello mixes Hip-hop and samba to create a unique style of music which you could, perhaps, dub Himba, if it wasn't for the fact that this has already been copyrighted as the name of gay bar in Old Compton Street.
- O Rappa - A reggae/rock band who write sharp protests about Brazil's social problems. It seems likely that they have issues, mainly revolving around actually writing a listenable tune.
- Pharrell - Does Pharrell still count as a draw these days? We kinda lost interest at about the same time he clearly did.
- Vanessa Da Matta - What's Da Matta you? Hey! You gotta no respect. Hey! Sorry. We're truly, truly sorry. For the song's existence, mainly.
- Xuxa - Her album Xou da Xuxa 3 is the biggest selling album in Brazil ever, and she also does some actingy type things as well and is generally successful and well loved in her home country. Think Patsy Kensit. Only successful. And well loved.