Karen O and U2 Have Oscar Nominated Songs

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To say this was unexpected is an understatement’ ~ Yeah Yeah Yeahs frontwoman.

When Yeah Yeah Yeahs frontwoman Karen O earned her first-ever Oscar nomination for “Moon Song,” the tune she penned for Spike Jonze’s acclaimed film Her. Needless to say, she was shocked. “Holy smokes. I had zero clue! To say this was unexpected is an understatement,” she tells Rolling Stone. “It’s wild because ‘The Moon Song’ was written and recorded in the most humble of circumstances; at my dining room table, a few paces away from the couch I read the script for Her for the first time.”

This isn’t the first time Karen O has collaboration with Jonze — she also wrote the music for his 2009 adaptation of Where the Wild Things Are. “The song was 10 years in the making according to Spike and testament to a beautiful friendship and creative chemistry we’ve shared over the years. I hope everyone and their sister, mother, father and uncle goes out to see Spike’s inspired heartfelt film. And thanks Spike for making my very real phobia of ever having to be in a position to give an acceptance speech at a major award show a reality.”

Listen: Karen O – The Moon Song  [Lyrics]

“Ordinary Love” From Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

U2’s “Ordinary Love” is an ode to Nelson Mandela, whom the band worked with in the fight against HIV/AIDS in Africa. Bono relayed that sentiment in accepting this year’s Golden Globe for Best Original Song, adding, “This man turned our life upside down. . . because he didn’t have rage or anger or these things. That’s why you should see this film.” In his four-star Rolling Stone review, senior writer David Fricke added that “Ordinary Love” is about the seeds of dreams, and U2 play it perfectly. Here’s hoping we’re treated to an intimate live rendition at the ceremony.

Listen: U2 – Ordinary Love (From Mandela OST) Lyric Video

L’Osservatore Romano Releases “Decent Best Rock Albums List”


“The Beatles, Oasis, Pink Floyd, Michael Jackson and U2 may be one step closer to paradise.

But Bob Dylan is still “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door.”

The Wall Street Journal reports the official newspaper of the Papacy, L’Osservatore Romano, which has previously denounced rock music as the devil’s work but in a surprise change of tune on Sunday the Holy See’s official newspaper published what it called “a semiserious guide” to the top ten rock and pop albums of all time.

The list included The Beatles’ “Revolver,” which was given the top slot, Pink Floyd’s “The Dark Side of The Moon”, Oasis’ 1995 bestseller “(What’s the Story) Morning Glory?” and Michael Jackson’s blockbuster “Thriller.”

“Some songs seem to have been written yesterday…. while others still send shivers down the spine for their illuminating simplicity and musical thrust” the writers of the article said about “Thriller.” Of Oasis’ record, L’Osservatore Romano said “the album was never equaled” in part because of the disruptive in-fighting by the Gallagher brothers, the leaders of the group.

vatikano-eoIn its 147 years as the Vatican’s newspaper of record, L’Osservatore Romano [presumably funded by God’s bankers] has rarely chased advertisers, or even news. Hard to find beyond the world’s smallest state, the Vatican’s daily paper largely dedicated its pages to theological monologues with headlines like “The Leprosy of Sin.”

Those days are over. Now, the Vatican mouthpiece has orders to carry hard-hitting news, international stories and more articles by women.

What the Vatican is calling their “little handbook of musical resistance,” is rounded out with Oasis’ (What’s The Story) Morning Glory?, U2’s Achtung Baby, Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours, Donald Fagen’s The Nightfly, Paul Simon’s Graceland, and David Crosby’s If I Could Only Remember My Name.

The article by Giuseppe Fiorentino and Gaetano Vallini said that Dylan was excluded from the list despite his “great poetic vein” because he paved the way for generations of unprofessional singer-songwriters who have “harshly tested the ears and patience of listeners” with their tormented stories.

The “little handbook of musical resistance” was published in an attempt to offer an alternative to mediocre and cheesy tunes that feature in Italian popular festivals like the 60-year old one of Sanremo, which starts Tuesday in the north-western Italian region of Liguria and is widely-watched on television.

The albums are perfect listening material for anyone who finds himself marooned on a desert island, the Holy See’s newspaper noted.

In the last two years, under new editor- in-chief Gian Maria Vian, L’ Osservatore Romano has shed some of its serious image and taken a more open approach, finding merit even in popular movies such as the “Harry Potter” series and “The Lord of the Rings”, The Wall Street Journal said.

Sources:: The Wall Street Journal, The Vatican, L’Osservatore Romano, God’s Bankers, Wiki, Google