In the inchoate days of pop, it wasn’t just assumed English would become the rock ‘n’ roll lingua franca. Therefore it wasn’t unheard of for British bands to learn the words to their own songs in French or German or Italian in order to ingratiate themselves with fans from another market, naturally at the encouragement of their record companies. In those days you couldn’t just type your lyrics into Google Translate and voila!
Any big screen reboot is a tricky business - how do you make something relevant to a modern audience without sacrificing what made it so popular in the first place? Rebooting Ghostbusters is an especially tough task, though, because the original 1984 film (and, to a lesser extent, its 1989 sequel Ghostbusters II) still inspire such affection. Ask "who you gonna call?" and everyone knows exactly which film you're referencing.
“Let’s make this last forever,” once yowled Tom DeLonge, dragging his trademark sneer across a melee of skate-rock guitars and breathlessly thwacked drums. For a while, it seemed like Blink-182 might have lived up to that pledge, the hook to fizzing 2001 single ‘First Date’. Four years after an acrimonious 2005 split – sparked by guitarist DeLonge who described himself as tired of writing “bullshit pop songs” to people “singing along like 14-year-old girls” – the band returned in 2009, with a new album in the works and a world tour planned.
Time, as those sharp-suited soothsayers Muse once observed, is running out. You only have until Friday to make your voice heard in the polls for the NME Awards 2015, with Austin, Texas, the most important vote this side of the General Election.