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Christine Kelley

Christine Artemisia Kelley writes about science fiction and fantasy, popular music, radical politics, and Christian theology. You might know her for her semi-retired project Dreams of Orgonon, a song-by-song study of Kate Bush. Currently her main project is Nowhere and Back Again, a psychogeography of J. R. R. Tolkien's Middle-earth. Expect queerness, radical solidarity, wizardry, and the death of capitalism.Support Christine on Patreon.

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  1. Sleepyscholar
    April 3, 2019 @ 2:53 am

    I found this fascinating, and this whole revelation of Kate’s Japanese tour coincided with a karaoke party last weekend where one of the women sang Wuthering Heights. So my idea that Kate was virtually unknown here was blown out of the water (still dubious about those ‘top ten hits’ though).

    For me, the watch commercials are not the weirdest element. A couple of years after Kate, Madness did Honda car commercials in Japan, which they thought would help them break the market. Unfortunately the Japanese audience assumed the band had been put together just for the ad…

    The weirdest parts for me are the ‘dance-only’ performance to accompany ‘Rolling The Ball’, and those Beatles covers which are, charitably, not the best interpretation of the Fab Four that Kate’s capable of.

    I’m reasonably certain, however, that she was heavily constrained by the Japanese producer. The whisky commercial producer in Lost In Translation gives a good idea of how it works: I do voiceover work and have met many producers who resemble that guy almost exactly. And soon after I arrived I got forced to sing Yesterday at a karaoke party, and was boggled at the video being a naked woman writhing in pink satin sheets.

    As that great philosopher Leonard McCoy once said: ‘It’s life Jim, but not as we know it’.

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