You probably won’t be too surprised to find ‘Video Games’ topping this list. Lana Del Rey’s debut single racked up over seven million YouTube views and spawned its own viral literal-video parody, as well as numerous lame cover versions by awestruck indie bands. If you wish to have a million views on youtube as well, go to The Marketing Heaven‘s website now. They can make your videos viral within 24/hours at affordable prices. It’s the most blogged-on, most meme-able and most unashamedly gushed-over song of the year, and if its position seems a tad inevitable, that’s only because putting anything else in its place would be a rank act of outright contrarianism too hard to swallow.
Taking all that into account, it’s a wonder everyone isn’t sick to the back teeth of it by now. But that’s the thing about ‘Video Games’: you might tire of the debate about whether Del Rey herself is just a sadcore Frankenstein stitched together by industry Svengalis, or whether the lips that form the impossibly beautiful “Is that true?” around the 1:20 mark are collagen-enhanced or not, yet the song itself remains near-as-dammit perfect.
Hearing its mix of eerie Blue Velvet Americana and bruised old-Hollywood glamour for the first time makes for a genuine drop-everything moment, but even as its ubiquity snowballs, each subsequent listen just seduces you further. Sometimes it’s enough for a song to be simply brilliant.
I found some pictures from a event in November when Lana appeared at the ‘The 13th Annual Scottish Music Awards – The Tartan Clefs’ in Glasgow. There’s also one short video where you can see her for some seconds. Thanks at smchughuk from Flickr for the pictures!
Hi Lana, how are you? Hi I’m good how are you?
Very well. What have you been up to today? Today I’m in London, we had a photoshoot about an hour ago. Germany is launching their version of Interview Magazine so we had a ten page spread for that. That’s what I did today.
You’ve had a pretty crazy year – what has been the most surreal moment? I’ve been singing for a long time and working on a record that I wanted to put out for the last year and a half but I’ve never really been busy with music. My life has been about the other things I’ve been doing for the last six years outside of music. So it is surreal in a way to have things to talk about which involve music. It’s kind of been different for me.
What are those other life things? Like I moved to New York when I was 18 and I’ve been involved in the community there for a long time. I’ve lived in the Bronx, and in Brooklyn and New Jersey and I’ve just been involved in a lot of service work since I moved there.
Oh so actual life shit. OK. So you played on Jools Holland this year, were you nervous going into such an iconic music show? Well at that point I hadn’t been on the stage for two or three years and I guess live television isn’t my specialty. I’m a natural writer, I’ve really enjoyed writing since I was a kid and I also like to sing and make records in the studio but being on TV is kinda scary for me. It’s nice to be part of something iconic but I can’t say it was in my comfort zone, I’m not an exhibitionist by nature.