Droopsy Posted June 15, 2007 Share Posted June 15, 2007 Nothing we haven't heard before but oh well, I must say I only like Mika's quotes:thumbdown: ---------------------------------------------------- Big girls, Grace Kelly and lollipops Welcome to the triptastic pop world of Mika by malcolm venable / metro new york JUN 15, 2007 PROFILE. â€œI donâ€™t feel like a freak â€” people make me out to be one,â€ says singer Mika. Yet the Lebanon-born, London-bred artist certainly offers them enough ammunition. For one, Mikaâ€™s music is a hybrid of disco and outrageous throwback rock; it stands in opposition to nearly everything thatâ€™s popular now. His album â€œLife in Cartoon Motionâ€ sashays lyrically into strange ground, like the tribute to plump chicks â€œBig Girlâ€ or â€œBilly Brown,â€ about a man cheating on his wife with another dude. â€œIâ€™m fascinated by the mundane, the everyday,â€ he says. â€œI like the underdog, like, â€˜Big Girl.â€™ I stick her on a throne for three minutes and turn her into a queen.â€ Mikaâ€™s unusual imagery sets him apart too: His album cover artwork is a trippy wonderland of colors and characters that looks like the artistic upchuck of his idols Robert Crumb, Jim Woodring and Tony Millionaire. His over-the-top stage shows are like a pop circus. â€œI like the in-between of circuses,â€ the 24-year-old says. His extravaganzas are somewhere between seedy and suspended reality. â€œItâ€™s not Vegas expensive, but [circuses] create this illusion of entertainment often out of cheap materials. All of my performances, for those same reasons, donâ€™t use special effects. Itâ€™s not very special if it doesnâ€™t come from the heart of the person.â€ Like many a misunderstood artist before him, Mika had a rocky childhood that fostered a need for escapism. A civil war in Lebanon forced his family to move to Paris when he was just a year old, and then to London when he was 9. His Lebanese father was held hostage at Kuwaitâ€™s American Embassy. The family trauma, combined with Mikaâ€™s budding dyslexia and bullying from classmates eventually caused him to withdraw and stop speaking for nearly a year. â€œI forgot how to read and write and it got to a point where I just shut down and stopped talking,â€ he says. He eventually found solace in music and learned to play the piano. By his teenage years, Mika had regular gigs creating jingles for television commercials. Now, heâ€™s widely considered one of the U.K.â€™s most important new artists. But the bullies havenâ€™t gone away. The media has created a faux rift between Mika and Jake Shears of Scissor Sisters while several bloggers have made it their mission to out him thanks to his flamboyantly cheeky song lyrics like â€œsucking too hard on your lollipop, oh love is gonna get you downâ€ and an admitted identity crisis in â€œGrace Kelly.â€ Mika says heâ€™s equipped to handle the haters, though. â€œYou have to be yourself. Sometimes I feel like certain people in the press decide theyâ€™re going to pick on me or make my life hell. But being [targeted] is a sign of a real artist doing his thing. It means you have potential for a long career.â€ http://ny.metro.us/metro/entertainment/article/Big_girls_Grace_Kelly_and_lollipops/9014.html Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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