Friday, September 11, 2009

Because who doesn't love watching a boy run around in his underwear?

Oh, Mika. You have always had a big place in my heart. Ever since this video, Big Girl (You are Beautiful), I have loved everything about you.

Mika is not one to shy away from going against popular culture. He has this wonderful playful quality to his music and his videos have an almost careless freedom to them. There is no glitz and glamor. It's just Mika being himself. And his newest video, We Are Golden, is exactly that. I mean, who doesn't love to watch a boy in his underwear run around his room like a maniac?

And just for nostalgia's sake, here's his first video, Grace Kelly. It was designed to be a mocking satire of musicians who try to reinvent themselves to be popular. Mika claims the song was inspired after a bad experience with a record company executive, in which he was told to be more like Craig David. The lyric "So I tried a little Freddie" is a reference to Queen's Freddie Mercury, to whose singing voice Mika's has been compared. On at least one occasion, Mika confirmed that he used the main melody from Figaro's famous aria Largo al factotum in the opera The Barber of Seville by Rossini.

Bonus! Here's a great interview interspersed with my favorite Mika song, Lollipop. He actually wrote it for his younger sister which is actually kinda sweet.