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Live Gig Video: clip of Amy Winehouse singing ‘Back to Black’ a capella in the studio with Mark Ronson

By on Thursday, 9th July 2015 at 4:00 pm

Making waves around the world right now is Amy, the new documentary about the late, great and troubled Amy Winehouse. The film is out now and while several clips from the documentary have already been making the rounds, this one released yesterday of Winehouse singing ‘Back to Black’ after having just written the lyrics in a short, 2 to 3 hour span in New York in March 2006 (according to producer Mark Ronson in his voiceover on this clip) is particularly poignant.

If you could forget for a moment and strip away how her drug and alcohol abuse and her eating disorder all made her an easy target for the tabloid papers, what you were left with was a real human being who made some bad choices and didn’t find help in time. However you felt about Amy Winehouse as a person, what is eminently clear after her passing through clips like this is how great her singing talent really was. Watch the clip from the documentary below. Past articles on TGTF about Winehouse are this way.



Video of the Moment #1837: Mark Ronson feat. Keyone Starr

By on Saturday, 27th June 2015 at 10:00 am

Wow. Mark Ronson put out an album this year and I didn’t notice? Oops.

This post is part to rectify that egregious oversight. Ronson collaborated with Mississippian singer Keyone Starr, stamping this song ‘I Can’t Lose’ proudly with her soulful, energetic vocals. Watch the video for the track, which stars both Ronson and Starr, below. Oh wait…now I *do* remember that noisome Bruno Mars on ‘Uptown Funk’… ::facepalm::

‘Uptown Special’, the album from Mark Ronson I missed, is out now on Sony. Past coverage of Mark Ronson on TGTF is this way.



Video of the Moment #422: Duran Duran

By on Saturday, 5th March 2011 at 11:00 am

’80s new wave legends Duran Duran released their latest album, ‘All You Need is Now’, on digital format in December, to rave reviews. The band worked with famed producer and self-confessed massive Duran fan Mark Ronson, which made me think this albun could potentially be miles better than their last two, trying to desperately grab on the hip urban genre.

Enter the mostly monochromatic promo video for the title track of the album. As an old school Duranie, I’m pretty critical of the band’s artistic choices and am always comparing new efforts to the brilliance of songs like ‘The Reflex’ and ‘Come Undone’ of days gone by. The verses in this song aren’t great and the discordant buzzing is a little annoying, but the chorus is really well done and sounds like classic Duran and Simon LeBon’s voice sounds like it hasn’t aged one bit. And even if you’re not into reminiscing with the band on their New Romantic heritage (with, er, “new” New Romantics with mobiles?), gazing at Nick Rhodes’ synth set-up is pretty awe-inspiring.


Duran Duran are heading out on an arena tour of the UK in May and June, details here. The digital version of ‘All You Need is Now’ (the album) is available now, but the physical drops on the 21st of March.


Live Review and Film: ‘My Life Story’ and Mark Ronson and the Business Intl at London Abbey Road – 25th November 2010

By on Wednesday, 8th December 2010 at 2:00 pm

Two weeks ago I was lucky enough to be invited along to probably the most famous recording studios in the world. Abbey Road opened up both of its main studios for the red carpet premiere of ‘Epic’, a short film by Ridley Scott Associates, Channel 4, American Express and Mark Ronson and the Business Intl. The evening started swimmingly with a champagne reception in the wonderful studio 2. Canapés came thick and fast, we decided the chili beef ones and the mini fish and chips were the most desirable by far. For the record; if anyone ever offers you a mozzarella risotto ball….avoid it at all costs! It was great to spend some proper time in such a fantastic room seeped in so much musical history, you can imagine any superstar from the past 40 years walking down the staircase from the control room at any second.

Once we’d had 40 minutes’ gorging time, it was time to head into studio 1 for the screening of ‘Epic’. Rick Edwards off the TV and the film’s director, Toby Dye, introduced the film. The film started from a project called ‘My Live Story’ to uncover the best music experience. Members of the public were asked to go out and film an ‘experience’ at a live gig of their choice, then 21 finalists were chosen, and their pieces were featured in the film. If I’m totally honest the film was a bit of an anti-climax and it had undertones of corporate brand experience throughout. Unless I fell asleep for the majority of the film (which I didn’t) hardly any of the footage seemed to make the final cut of ‘Epic’. There were some great stories unearthed: one guy who proposed to his girlfriend onstage at Wembley Stadium, and another guy who hopped onstage and played drums for Paramore, but a very limited amount of this footage was in the film, which I found strange. I mean, the film looked great and was put together well; it just needed some more substance I thought. Once the film finished, DJ Ali B spun some tunes whilst the stage was set for Mark Ronson and his Business Intl.

After a few more glasses of ‘plonk’, it was time for Mark Ronson to hit the stage. The most exciting aspect of this gig for me was the expectation of top notch sound, being at Abbey Road and all! The band came onstage looking pensive, almost uncomfortable I thought. I put it down to the crowd maybe being smaller than they are used to playing to. All of Mark Ronson’s branding was in place and the stage looked pretty cool, although I did think at times it looked a bit like Dracula with his disciples of drummers.

Ronson opened with an instrumental track from the new album, ‘Record Collection’. I didn’t care so much for this rendition but it was a nice way to start the show. Next was the cover of Radiohead’s ‘Creep’, which went down an absolute storm. Different to the earlier funked out, brass-influenced version Ronson used to perform, this had an altogether lo-fi and dancehall vibe to it. The drum sound was fantastic, and Abbey Road started to come to life.

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This Week’s Gonzo – series closes with visits from Mark Ronson and the Drums

By on Thursday, 2nd December 2010 at 1:00 pm

This Friday marks the last episode of this series of MTV Gonzo, but don’t be sad: some special guest appearances are planned for the show. DJ and producer Mark Ronson, who released the album ‘Record Collection’ with his Business Intl. in September and recently worked with Duran Duran on their new album, stops by to talk with Alexa and shows her his drum pads. (No, that’s not innuendo for something else.) Now sporting shocking platinum blonde hair ala Simon Neil of Biffy Clyro, he comments, “I’m worried my hair might fall out from the bleach”. But rock ‘n’ roll is all about taking risks, isn’t it?

The Drums from New York also make an appearance, no doubt to talk about their amazing success this year. Everyone’s favourite American jokers (and rockers) We Are Scientists phone in for what is sure to be a comical video chat. Mat Horne, who guested on last week’s Gonzo, suggests a new band to watch: you’ll have to watch the show to find out who he’s tipping. On the video front, Gonzo queues up Paramore‘s ‘Playing God’ as well as the new promo video of White Lies‘s ‘Bigger Than Us’, and the London post-punk band is in the studio to talk about what went on behind the scenes of its filming.

Watch this series’s final episode of MTV Gonzo tomorrow night, Friday, at 7 pm on MTV Rocks, with a repeat at 9 pm on MTV.


Video of the Moment #328: Mark Ronson & the Business Intl feat. Q-Tip and MNDR

By on Thursday, 19th August 2010 at 6:00 pm

The music video for Mark Ronson & the Business Intl‘s first single, ‘Bang Bang Bang’ takes the form of  a performance on a fake Japanese talk show, bookended by a commercial for the fake sandwich spread “Ronson’s: a delicious jam featuring Q-Tip and MNDR” and a dramatic tennis match. It is deliciously retro and goes perfectly with the catchy song, which features the rapping of Q-Tip and the singing of Amanda Warner of MNDR, including the hook “Je te plumerai la tête” taken directly from the French-Canadian children’s song ‘Alouette.’ Watch the video below and good luck getting the song out of your head!



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