Tuesday, March 17, 2015

#TBT Throwback Tribute: Best Songs of t.A.T.u.

t.A.T.u. in 2013, ten years after their debut: Yulia Volkova (left) and Lena Katina (right)

What's up PLEBoys and PLEGirls? Today, we are going to talk about the infamously crazy Russian duo t.A.T.u. . And no, we are NOT going to talk about the "All the Things She Said" music video. This blog doesn't encourage confusing old-fashioned littel(sic) children.

Self-proclaimed superstars Yulia and Lena shook the (conservative) world in 2003 with their sexy publicity stunts and cute but dangerous (and Moving) image. Their explosion of fame started when MTV and other music channels presented their controversial video for their song "All the Things She Said" and not long afterwards "Not Gonna Get Us (Nas Ne Dogonyat)", both featuring their strictly-staged romantic relationship.

Even though we all know that Lena and Yulia never wrote songs themselves, their writers and producers did a fairly good job in composing songs that fit the girls like a stocking. May it be "alternative" or "electronic", t.A.T.u. can pull off a live performance without auto-tune, proving that they are more than just make-up smeared marionettes, not to mention that they also have a charming accent.

Not all of their songs have a chorus of a single phrase repeated over and over. As the girls turned into women, they also learned a lot of English. So without further waiting, let me present to you my top 3 favorite t.A.T.u. songs, all in English.

1. Gomenasai

With two girls definitely qualified for being called "kawaii", why not write a J-Pop oriented ballad? For me, this is the perfect song for t.A.T.u. because it features the important and sincere bond between the two girls: friendship. It starts with a melodious piano intro and melts into the gentleness of Lena's and Yulia's voices.

2. How Soon Is Now?

Originally performed by The Smiths, a popular 80's rock band that may be the ultimate opposite of t.A.T.u., this track has a surprisingly clever arrangement. Contrary to the original 7-minute track, t.A.T.u.'s take brings the best of their flavor in the compressed 3 minutes, as you can hear with their high-pitched blending. The break in the bridge, "and all my hope is gone", will leave you in the air, just in time for the last verse to catch you.

3. White Robe

A huge contrast to their relationship-centered tunes, "White Robe" tackles serious issues about the dark side of reality. It may not look like it, but this duo truthfully cares about peace, especially relating to the government. This track does not scream in anarchy but rather narrates the ugly truth of mass violence.

Are there more girl groups/duos of the past that you've missed? How about bands who have parted Ways (yes, I'm talking to you MCR fans)? Why don't you comment on the box below, and share something! Also e-mail me at prettylittleemoboy@gmail.com for other comments, suggestions, spam and violent reactions. Ciao :) -H

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