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I guess this is the article that some of these random quotes have been taken

from... but I don't trust the NY Daily News -- it's rather like the Sun or

The Daily Mirror in the UK...


Article with photo of Mika here: http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/music/2007/03/27/2007-03-27_mika_shall_inherit_the_pop.html



Mika shall inherit the pop






Tuesday, March 27th 2007, 4:00 AM



'It's meant to take you out of reality,' Mika says of his technicolor flavor of pop.


Received wisdom dictates that American fans flinch from flamboyant pop while British fans can't get enough of it.


Witness the U.K.'s passionate embrace of flashy acts like Robbie Williams and Scissor Sisters, and America's instant recoil from them.


The new, one-named British pop sensation Mika begs to differ with that. "People say flamboyant pop is so British," he says. "But look at the emo bands that Americans love now, like Panic! at the Disco or Fall Out Boy. They say I'm theatrical [but] they're like Wagner."


In a sense that's true. But both of those bands still find grounding in the four-man rock band tradition. By his own admission, Mika's music revels entirely in the campy world of technicolor pop. In case you miss the point, he titled his enjoyably unhinged debut, out today, "Life in Cartoon Motion." (Mika headlines the Gramercy Theater Thursday.)


"It's meant to take you out of reality," Mika says of his sound.


More specifically, it's meant to take Robbie Williams' style to the 10th power, or to top Queen at their flounciest. The last comparison comes up relentlessly in England, where Mika's debut has already gone No. 1 and spawned an engagingly ornate top hit with "Grace Kelly."


Many songs on Mika's CD have the multi-tracked vocal chorales, classical chords and pop cheek of Queen, but without the counter balance of heavy metal. "I get tired of talking about it," Mika says of the Queen comparisons. "I would be willing to more if that's where I was coming from. Just so long as they don't compare our dress sense."


Like Queen's Freddie Mercury, Mika was born outside the U.K.: Mercury in Tanzania, Mika in Lebanon. His family lived there for generations, but the 23-year-old singer left with his parents when he was just 1, due to the civil war. While he lived in Paris and came with his family to London at age 8, Mika still felt like an outsider. That encouraged his immersion in music. As a child he studied classical styles, but pop stardom remained his goal. As a teen he got a development deal but found it didn't allow for his individual style. "They couldn't figure out how to market me. I sympathize with them."


Those experiences inspired Mika's song "Grace Kelly," in which he bites back at those who tried to mold him. "Shall I bend over/shall I look older," he sings.


The songwriter says he chose the image of Grace Kelly because "it sends off a whole movie in your head. If I said 'Lindsay Lohan,' it would be a bit dull, don't you think?"


Few would accuse Mika's lyrics of dullness. In "Big Girls" he encourages large women to gorge away. In "Billy Brown" he tells the story of a gay man who gets married, then falls in love with another man. It's done nothing to quiet speculation about Mika's own sexual orientation. He won't disclose it, a move that seems so 10 years ago. "It's not a matter of sexuality," he says, "it's a matter of privacy."


Besides, he reasons, "20 years from now, who will give a damn about a tabloid story on me? The only thing that speaks for itself is music. The only thing that stands on its own is a good pop song."


Luckily, his qualify.

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"I tried to be like Lindsay Lohan..." no, doesn't work, doesn't work at all. *shudders*


His picture is amaaaazinggg!! I've never seen it before!




I love his socks :naughty:

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Thanks for the article ! The picture is nice (thanks Sou), it must be older though because I thought the rosettes were no longer in use:wink2:




I thought it was a little funny that one sentence says Mika says he gets tired talking about the comparisons between himself and Freddie and then the very next sentence begins "Like Queen's Freddie Mercury, Mika was born outside the U.K.: Mercury in Tanzania, Mika in Lebanon...":roftl:

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