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Artist:KT Tunstall
Desc:they don't sing 'faggot' in this one
Category:Music Videos, Misc/Unknown
Tags:Faggot, Fairytale of New York, Ed Harcourt, no homo, KT Tunstall
Submitted:Bort
Date:12/14/14
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infinite zest
"Cheap Lousy Blogger?"

Most versions I've heard cut the word out. It's kinda weird.. I never really noticed it in the song until some band whose name I can't remember just bleeped it out.

I could be hearing things, but did she sing "Cunt" instead of "Punk?"
Bort
Blaggard - (dated) A scoundrel; an unprincipled contemptible person; an untrustworthy person. Usually, only used to refer to a male person.

It probably comes from the older term "blackguard", whose origins are murky.

So yeah, we're good until "bum", "punk" (I hear it as "punk"), "slut", "scumbag" (i.e. a condom), or "maggot" becomes socially unacceptable.

Bort
I have to say something about this song in general, though: except for the Monarch / Dr. Girlfriend version, every single cover of it is exactly the same. They're all in E-flat (if my ears don't deceive me), same tempo, same instrumentation, same everything. Which I guess they're allowed to do, but if you don't bring your own mojo to the song, what's the point? KT fixed a word (as far back as 2007!) and I'm glad she did, and her version is lovely, but I wish she had worked out a different overall approach.

infinite zest
There was a really good one by this lo-fi band, who I think were called City at Night (?) from the early 2000s. I looked them up and it's not the same band.. anyway it's a super cool and cute cover that features the bleep I mentioned above. This was sort of Napster/girlfriends ago mix CD stuff but I might have it on a CD somewhere.

infinite zest
All I know about Tunstall is that Suddenly I See song, which was featured on one of those corporate mix CDs you're supposed to play at movie theatres (we didn't unless the boss was around) so I sort of associate her voice with cleaning up right after the movie got out..

Bort
Watch the video for "Suddenly I See" some time (I've made sure it's on 73q); even if you don't like the song, the video makes it fun.

infinite zest
Cute! She's kinda like Kylie Minogue to me now. The song is incredibly infectious and the video's great; she's a great songwriter with a great voice and I think I'm past the weird associations I had as a lowly usher guy spooning up liquids that would make those cyst videos that pop up on poeTV seem cute like cat videos in comparison to enjoy it. :)

I love the story of this song too. If I remember correctly it was Elvis Costello who bet Shane that he couldn't write a holiday song to save his life and this song was the result. I remember hearing it for years on the mall's sound system during Christmas season before I had any idea who the Pogues were, and I like to think that whoever was doing the music just kinda snuck it in.

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