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Shake It Out

Two summers ago, I listened to all the French pop I could eat.  This year, I’m going to hear the German alternative top 10.  This is one of them, according to iTunes.de.  Florence and the Machine, Shake it Out.

Shake it out, shake it out, shake it out, shake it out, ooh woaaaah
And it’s hard to dance with a devil on your back
So shake him off, oh woah

Very good advice.

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  1. OT, but I came across a pretty well written article
    one of the subtitles

    “When the Right was on its ass, Obama stood up and spoke in their stead.”

    • Black Agenda Report has had some of the best analysis of Obama but then they come back and gratuitously bash Bill Clinton and I scratch my head and wonder what’s the point? How does it benefit the Democrats to be constantly bashing Bill? I guarantee you that it is only a small group of lefties that think that Bill completely ended welfare. No one else in the country who lived through that era sees it that way. They’re the only ones. What is it with people like Chris Hedges and Bruce Dixon? Were they not paying attention back then?

      • And Lawrence O’ Donnell. He hates Bill Clinton but he loved his old boss, Daniel Patrick Moynahan.
        Didn’t DPM rage against the welfare state for decades?
        It’s like Chris Matthews who worships JFK but can’t forgive Clinton for his dalliance with Monica Lewinsky. What the hell?

  2. One of the few German bands I know about is Kraftwerk, and even though it’s not really my kind of music, I’m drawn to their sound … and admire their integrity. They are instantly recognizable. I believe this, “Autobahn” was their debut.

    And one of the few soloists I know about is Nina Hagen. Even though she’s now in her late fifties she still ‘sports’ her youthful punk-look. Whether pathetic or brave, I can’t really decide – though I lean on ‘The woman has guts’ 😉 – just as I can’t decide what to think of her ‘coming to Jesus’ at the age of 55. Publicity stunt … or not?

    • And then of course there’s Lena, a teenager who became the instant darling of all Germany when she won the Eurovision Song Contest in 2010.

      An this concludes my knowledge of German popular rock and pop music. 😉

  3. I like this song; I heard a really insipid version on this week’s “Smash.”
    Didn’t give it a second thought, now I’ll toddle off to itunes and order it.
    Thanks, Brooke.

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