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EMINEM ft NATE RUESS Headlights Interscope ★★★ “Looking back, I went in headfirst/Never thinking about who what I said hurt...” Released to coincide with Mothers’ Day in the US last weekend, this Spike Leedirected music video is – of all things – an apology to Eminem’s (still estranged) mother for the excoriating criticism she received in the lyrics of some of the rapper’s earliest hits, including My Name Is and Cleaning Out My Closet. What with Roy Keane’s detente with the FAI, and Damon Albarn revealing that he and Noel Gallagher are now best buds, all we need is for Morrissey to do a Burger King commercial and the pop culture circle of life will be complete. HAPPYNESS Great Minds Think Alike, All Brains Taste the Same Weird Smiling ★★★ Happyness are a trio of south London slackers whose debut album Weird Little Birthday is due out later this year. Think Pavement, but with less obtuse song titles.
SIA Chandelier RCA ★★★★ Beyoncé and Rihanna collaborator Sia Furler releases her sixth solo album 1,000 Forms of Fear next month. The lead single is titled Chandelier, a word the Australian singer seems comically incapable of pronouncing correctly. (Seriously, what is she trying to say here? Shindig? Shinty? Schindler?) Fortunately, the song itself, as well as the rather mesmerising video released to promote it, starring 11-year-old reality TV star Maddie Ziegler, are both rather excellent. THE DEAD HEAVYS Uptight ★★★ This new video from Waterford rockers The Dead Heavys is about a local election candidate – the unfortunately named Peadar Foyle, who lets his hair down at night by snorting cocaine, licking a pub window and fondling a stranger’s bottom – receiving a Solange Knowles-style beatdown for his troubles.
Alas, the band’s scheduled election-night blowout at Whelan’s in Dublin has been cancelled. The rigours of the campaign trail, no doubt. youtube.com