Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Never Tear Us Apart: Paloma Faith covers the great INXS song

Paloma Faith's single Picking Up The Pieces reached number 7 in the UK charts earlier this year.  It got to number 13 here in Ireland as well. Her follow up single 30 Minute Love Affair should also have been a top ten hit but to date has only reached number 50 in the UK singles charts. Her newest single is a cover of the great INXS song Never Tear Us Apart. It has charted in the top 20 in the UK's midweek chart and by the weekend's official chart update it should see the song reach the top ten. Paloma's version features in the new John Lewis television advertisement. This success is similar to Ellie Goulding's career boost when her version of Your Song was a Christmas hit in 2010 because of a John Lewis television advertisement.
It is interesting that it is a cover version used as part of a television advertisement that has put Paloma back in the singles charts. I would imagine that most people who liked 30 Minute Love Affair bought the album instead but I think that every music artist still has to have their own record of hit singles to stay successful long term. The UK and Irish singles charts  throughout 1980s and into the 1990s were full of cover versions. Never Tear Us Apart is old enough now for many younger music fans to be unfamiliar with it. If Paloma's cover makes people re-discover or discover INXS that is only a good thing.

Here is the new John Lewis 'Never Knowingly Undersold' television advertisement in which Paloma's version of Never Tear Us Apart features.

Here's the full audio version of her cover version.

and here is INXS and the great original version of Never Tear Us Apart from their 1987 album Kick. It got to number 7 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles charts and got to number 24 in the UK so   Paloma's version will surpass that chart position. 

Bullying Bites - BelonG To's October Campaign to end homophobic bullying

Over the past ten years the LGBT youth group and organisation BelonG To has become well known here in  Dublin and around Ireland. Through high profile media campaigns highlighting issues that effect young people in Ireland they have also come to the attention of LGBT groups around the world. BelonG To really is one of the most important groups in this country because of the many people who have received help, support and made friends through it. 

They have campaigned about the issue of Homophobic bullying in schools and other places which many LGBT people know goes well past our school years.

BelonG To's newest campaign to combat homophobic bullying is called Bullying Bites. During the month of October participating restaurants throughout Ireland will be asking customers to donate €1 of their bill to help in the campaign to help to raise awareness and help stop homophobic bullying. 

To date the following restaurants have become involved:


Il Primo:

San Lorenzos:

If you are a restaurant owner or manager and would like to get involved contact Emily Scanlan at  Phone: 01-6706223 Mobile: 085=8898875.

If you would like to learn more about BelonG To and the work that they do or if you are an LGBT young person and would like to find out about their youth groups their website is and their Twitter page is @Belong_To

Here is a video that was made for BelonG To's on line media campaign which is called Stand Up! Don't Stand for Homophobic Bullying. It was first screened in April 2011 and has since then received over one million views on line. the video was written and directed by Anna Rodgers and Aoife Kelleher and was produced by Zlata Filipovic. The production company was Crossing the Line Films. 

Diamonds - Rihanna

Rihanna's new song Diamonds received it's first radio play today. The lyrics were written by Sia and you can really hear her influence in the song. It is the first single release from her as yet untitled seventh studio album and there will be a Diamonds world tour starting in 2013. Her North American tour begins in Buffalo on March 8th next year. More details here.

Diamonds is a great big anthem of a pop song and one that I think is instantly likeable. I hate the single cover so instead there are lyrics above.