Friday, December 13, 2013

Eagles of Death Metal -- "Don't Speak (I Came to Make a BANG!)" (2006)

I'm too smooth
You never see me coming 
I'm never in a hurry
I'm just movin' fast 

Those words could have been written about 2 or 3 lines, boys and girls – am I right, or am I right?

Today's featured song was the soundtrack for a fabulous Nike TV commercial.  2 or 3 lines has featured a couple of other fabulous Nike TV spots in the past – click here to read about one of them one – and there are many, many more I plan to feature in the future.  (Many of the best music videos ever made are Nike commercials.)

This particular fabulous Nike TV commercial was directed by Guy Ritchie, who also directed Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch and the Robert Downey, Jr., Sherlock Holmes movies, and who is directing a "Man From U.N.C.L.E." movie scheduled to be released in 2014 (The actors who were considered for the Napoleon Solo role in that movie included George Clooney, Leonardo DiCaprio, Ryan Gosling, Ewan McGregor, Matt Damon, Christian Bale, Michael Fassbender, Bradley Cooper, Jon Hamm, and Tom Cruise.  But the final choice was . . . Henry Cavill?)

Guy Ritchie with Madonna
But Ritchie's most remarkable accomplishment was marrying Madonna in 2000, divorcing her in 2008, and walking away with a divorce settlement in excess of 50 million pounds!!!

Madonna was a believer in Kabbalah (an esoteric and mystical offshoot of Judaism) during those years, and Ritchie also followed Kabbalah during the years they were married.  One Kabbalah spiritual leader later said that Ritchie has been circumcised in adherence to Kabbalah tradition – or, as the Daily Mail put it in 2011, he "agreed to say sayonara to his foreskin" to please Madonna.

Would I do that for 50 million pounds?  In a New York minute -- you would have to be a "F*cking Moron" to turn down that deal.  (NOTE: "F*cking Moron" is a trademark of A Brie Grows in Brooklyn, which is "The Official Young, Smart, and Hip Blogger of 2 or 3 Lines.")

I'd give up a lot more than a foreskin for 50 million pounds if you catch my drift.  (I'm 61 years old, and while I like to say that "61 is the new 16," I already have four children – and I don't a see new young wife with childbearing hips anywhere on my horizon.)

Ritchie's Nike spot (which is titled "Take It To The Next Level") tells the story of a young Dutch soccer player who is signed by the English Premier League football club, Arsenal, and who eventually ends up playing for his national team in the World Cup.  It features a number of world-class footballers, including Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney.

The most remarkable thing about the video is that it was shot from the point of view of the young soccer player – you see everything as if through his eyes.  This was accomplished with the help of a Silicon Imaging SI-2K MINI (which combines a digital videocamera with recording software and a 160GB hard drive) mounted to the head of the player.  Click here to read more.

Eagles of Death Metal was formed in 1998 by Josh Homme (who also founded Queens of the Stone Age) and Jesse Hughes.  The story behind the band's name may be the best band-name story ever:

Despite their band name, Eagles of Death Metal is not a death metal band. Hughes stated that a friend was introducing Josh Homme to the death metal genre. When he played a song by the Polish band Vader and made a claim that the song was within the death metal genre, Homme then referred to Vader as "The Eagles of Death Metal."  After hearing this phrase, he wondered what a cross between the Eagles and a death metal band would sound like.  In a 2003 interview Homme described the sound of the band as a combination of "bluegrass slide guitar mixed with stripper drum beats and Canned Heat vocals." 

None of that makes a lick of sense, does it?  

Here's the director's cut of Ritchie's Nike spot:

Here's "Don't Speak (I Came to Make a BANG!)", from the band's 2006 album, Death by Sexy:

Click below to buy the song from Amazon:

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