It is not often that the FBO enters the realm of the suceeded. But here at FBO Mobile Headquarters in Samokov, Bulgaria, it is impossible to escape the long reaches of the new Shakira song 'Don't Bother,' which might as well be the Temporary National Anthem of this EU-country-in-waiting. Now beyond the 25th listen, the 'speak over' bridge part has been the attention-getter (less so the A Morissette-styled vocals). Speak-overs are turned to often, usually by the less brilliant performers of the modern era. Key exceptions include Elvis' 'Are You Lonesome Tonight?' and anything Johnny Cash.
Shakira gets an Failed Bands of Oklahoma NOA (Nod of Approval) for her effort, which was mistakenly understood at first as here taking in someone from a 'communist country' and teaching them 'football,' which would have been much better. Yet her inclusion of communism and football finds a special place in the FBO collective heart.
Congratulations to Shakira and the entire Colombian nation for the following successful 'spoken word' bridge, just after the guitar solo SHE performs:
'For you, I'd give up all I own
And move to a communist country
If you came with me, of course
And I'd file my nails so they don't hurt you
And lose those pounds, and learn about football
If it made you stay, but you won't, but you won't'
Mobile HQ, Samokov, Bulgaria