Lorde - ‘Everybody Wants To Rule The World’
I love covers that change the meaning of the originals without changing the words.
This makes me wonder what OP thought the Tears for Fears original was about, exactly…
That’s a good question…
Shhh. Everyone knows we didn’t have dystopian despair in the 80’s!
The smirk I just made was terrible in it’s perversity.
Dear People Under 35,
I say this not to chide you for not knowing things, but to expand your basis of knowing them as something more than pop culture touchstones:
The ’80s SUCKED. Like a HOOVER. If you weren’t middle class, (we did still have an actual middle class then,) or if you were blue-collar middle-class (back when manufacturing, particularly of steel and in automotive sectors, were still a huge part of our economy) the ’80s were the same kind of economic hell most of us think as our present in 2013.
The Thatcherites and Reaganites were probably not quite as heinously hateful about immigrants and the poor, well, yeah they were. They were just better at couching the rhetoric in code that didn’t make the hatred so blatant.
The Cold War was a reality. If you were a kid that didn’t understand realpolitik and Mutually Assured Destruction, like me, you probably had nightmares about The Day After and WarGames for weeks. Red Dawn did not seem entirely implausible. (The original, not the remake.) Sting’s “Russians,” made me cry.
I was born in 1973. When I was in 1st or 2nd grade, it was proposed that Ketchup be considered a vegetable in free school lunch programs.
Real Genius, which is a joyously subversive piece of cinema and which many people know the Tears for Fears original version from, was one of the few films that genuinely celebrated intelligence and geekiness of all flavors. (Yes, I really wanted to be Jordan when I grew up.)
The ’80s were freaking scary. Our present is the logical progression of empowering a corpocracy hiding behind a theocratic scrim rhetoric that teaches us to hate and other and consider people as disposable.
Yes, everybody wants to rule the world.
For comparison, go listen to Bruce Hornsby’s The Way It Is and tell me whether that song is any less relevant today.
Yes, the ’80s really, really sucked in ways we don’t really recall today. And the fact that things are this bad NOW is tragically sad.
The fact that the original wasn’t bashing you over the head with minor key crunch chords and zombie voiced singing (really, that’s her voice and she’s the new hot thing? Okay.) is what made it powerful. It was a straightforward declaration. The words told the story where we were in that place and time. All the rest is lagniappe, at best. Art needn’t be this literal to get its message across.
(via theeighthmanbound)Source: lordenation