Sunday, February 26, 2006

FBO gives 'NOA' to Shakira

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'

FBO Admin
Mobile HQ, Samokov, Bulgaria


Failed Bands of Oklahoma said...

It's curious to know which communist country Shakira would go to? Chances are she'd keep in the Spanish-speaking world -- eg Cuba -- but she might be looking toward Vietnam or China. Doubtful she's interested in North Korea.

Any suggestions for other 'spoken over' songs that warrant note here are welcomed.

FBO Admin
Mobile HQ, Samokov, Bulgaria

Anonymous said...

Shakira should know (if she wrote the lyrics) that there is no communist country nowhere in the world. There are only socialist countries. I can guess that she means a totalitarian socialist country like North Korea. Moving to a country like China or Vietnam is not that bad.