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Fri, Oct. 26th, 2007 01:58 pm
Recordings received whilst world-wandering

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microworlds
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Sparkachu Maelworth
Fri, Oct. 26th, 2007 03:42 pm (UTC)

and an American accent

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maps_or_guitars
Fri, Oct. 26th, 2007 04:09 pm (UTC)

Hmm. Good point. Not sure whether he's got beef with the WG's accent in particular, or American Accents in general.


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imomus
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imomus
Fri, Oct. 26th, 2007 04:36 pm (UTC)

I just meant that when you're doing Euro-retro cabaret-style stuff, a European accent goes over better than an American one. For similar reasons, if you're doing Hogwarts and the whole British boarding school thing, you'd do well to insist -- as JD Rowling did, apparently over the heads of some important studio people -- that the actors in the Harry Potter movie all be British.


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maps_or_guitars
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maps_or_guitars
Fri, Oct. 26th, 2007 04:45 pm (UTC)

That makes sense then. You can't be all "Grand Funk Railroad" if you're in a Kraftwerk tribute band.


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Sparkachu Maelworth
Fri, Oct. 26th, 2007 06:05 pm (UTC)

*JK* Rowling, Nick. You of all people should know author's names, no matter how unimportant they are to you!

Also, in 8th grade I heard about the casting call for Cho Chang, and since I was in that age bracket (at the time), I was considering trying out. Except I wasn't British and I wasn't Asian. >:O


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Sparkachu Maelworth
Fri, Oct. 26th, 2007 06:09 pm (UTC)

That's what I was going to ask, except I didn't have much time what with having to get ready for school and all (I happen to be in my school's library at the moment). He kind of made it seem like he didn't like American accents at all, instead of what he said about "Euro-retro cabaret". I was about to spam him with my American accent if he did mean that.


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maps_or_guitars
Fri, Oct. 26th, 2007 06:15 pm (UTC)

And I already went and spammed him with mine (see song link)


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imomus
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imomus
Fri, Oct. 26th, 2007 04:37 pm (UTC)

Yeah, the first track on the Black Light Orchestra MySpace page is actually very untypical, and features Mr Diagonal singing in an American accent.


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maps_or_guitars
Fri, Oct. 26th, 2007 04:41 pm (UTC)

Really? Most of the UK music that's coming to my mind sounds mighty mighty British to me.* Maybe it's what we're listening to.

*Though I would agree that there are probably more British singers that Americanize their voices than the other way around - right off I can only think of demo-tape era Joey Ramone and an awful lot of Robert Pollard's stuff.


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O.H.
Fri, Oct. 26th, 2007 04:42 pm (UTC)

I think it's more trendy nowadays for British singers to sing in their own (often exaggerated) accents. Kate Nash, Arctic Monkees etc etc


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(Anonymous)
Fri, Oct. 26th, 2007 05:18 pm (UTC)

The reason Britons sing in American accents is because jazz, blues and r&b are all from America. So if you got your start playing Chuck Berry or Muddy Waters songs that was what you were immitating.


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maps_or_guitars
Fri, Oct. 26th, 2007 06:13 pm (UTC)

Well.

Listening to that, I'd say that the decision to lessen her natural accent -I can hear her accent when I listen for it- is driven more by marketing than by lyrical possibilities. It's not too surprising - the thinking being that if you can sell a single to a broad American audience, you'll move a lot more units than if you're limiting yourself to an audience of British and American Anglophiles.




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