This wonderful blog hop has been created by Erin Prais-Hintz and you can see the people who have linked up over at her blog, Treasures Found
! Thanks Erin, I love this idea.
I chose the song China Girl.
Here is the status on the charts around the world of this unique song
" is a song co-written by David Bowie
and Iggy Pop
during their years in Berlin
, first appearing on Pop's album The Idiot
It became more widely known when it was rerecorded and released by Bowie on his album Let's Dance
(1983). Paul Trynka, the author of David Bowie's biography, Starman
, claims the song was inspired by Iggy Pop's infatuation with Kuelan Nguyen, a beautiful Vietnamese
The UK single release reached No. 2 for one week on 14 June 1983, behind "Every Breath You Take
" by The Police
. The US release reached No. 10.
Chart performance (Bowie remake)
|Australian Singles Chart||15|
|Austrian Singles Chart||2|
|Canadian Singles Chart||2|
|Dutch Singles Chart||5|
|Irish Singles Chart||2|
|German Singles Chart||6|
|Norwegian Singles Chart||7|
|Swedish Singles Chart||5|
|Swiss Singles Chart||1|
|U.K. Singles Chart||2|
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||10|
|U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play|
(charted together with "Shake It")
|U.S. Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks||3|
Kind of complicated dancing around on the charts as you can read, above. This is interesting to me because this is a song with a history.
Add to that some confusion as to what this song is about. If you watch the video below, which I had never seen before I chose this song for this hop, what you will see is a song about Nazis, White Supremacy, and heroin. China White is the name of a kind of heroin. See for yourself. I thought this was a LOVE song and listened to it constantly in the early 1990's. Anyone but me already beginning to think I should have chosen a different song? Too late!
It could be that your sensibilities are taken aback by the rawness of this amazingly sensual and possibly shocking video.
I can't imagine whether you will love it or hate it. I only know that I loved the song.
It pounded through my brain with more power than 100 other songs put together, back in the early nineties. I listened to it constantly and it never let me down.
There is something ineffably intimate and real, something alive in this song. This song is a piece of work, all right.I am not referring to the video.
On the other hand, I actually do find this a great video as well, despite the fact that I didn't see it before now or grasp much of the different meaning when I was bopping along just listening to Bowie, who can really move me with some of his songs.
So a few more things about this video, because it haunts me now, a bit.
In my opinion, it has a quality to it that makes me even more amazed that anyone ever produced this song for viewing.
It is, flatly, so taboo and awful, and yet, because there is truth here, it is OK.
It expresses a version
of what I consider one of my favorite songs: a GREAT SONG. I continue to have concerns about putting it up as a "blog hop" song. However, I sat bolt upright in bed early on Feb.7th, after signing up for this hop, and said to myself, "jean, this is the song you are going to choose. Now figure out your design. You have 3 weeks".
I made it that day. I had to. I was compelled.
Here is what I made. I hope you like it!
click on the photos as usual to enlarge them, please!
China Girl, written in the 1970's by Bowie and Iggy Pop, it isn't about what you may (or I may) have thought.
It has an eighties feel to it, to me, production wise.
It is beyond complex.
I needed to look it up to make full sense of it.
So I did, after all these years of just loving it.
these earrings refer to the top hat from the video, and the obvious cultural battle going on in the song,
modern, and all the other stuff. Nina Designs clutchbacks
I wanted to use blue, obviously, and I had a great lotus bead, appropriate (You see that bunch of blue on the left hand side as you face the collage?--I was wearing the bracelet on my wrist in that shot. I used ginkgo beads as well, because there is a Ginkgo tree in China over 4,000 years old. I used pearls of course, and craggy stars which look like meteorites ( I think of very old Chinese culture when I see them), and littler stars which look as if they came off of fancy posh Bilton and Battersea "Halcyon Days" enamel boxes.
I made a bracelet and earrings which had every single reference I could think of on it, as this song is as much a part of me as my soul.
No I don't think much of drugs, but I do think a lot about different cultures and battles and confusion, and sex and love.
So the song I chose may be powerful to me, and meaningless to you, but I tried my best to show you what it means to me.
The materials I used are sterling components, freshwater round and rice pearls, Swarovski Elements in two tones of blue, hammered sterling tags, a Kim Miles lotus art bead, five Lisa Kan Ginkgo leaves, Green Girl Studios stars, Gita Maria stars, and wire lace in green and in blue.
Here below is a good explanation which I think covers what this song means, but oddly doesn't in the least bit affect what I think
of this song, and how I see
this song, even if I understand now things about it which I didn't understand previously. Believe it or not, I just thought it was "sexy". That was the main reason I kept coming back to it. How embarrassing! But ... There. I said it. I still do think it is sexy, however I now understand on an intellectual level that it is a LOT more than that.
First the lyrics, then the explanation:
"China Girl" by David Bowie and Iggy Pop
I could escape this feeling, with my China Girl
I feel a wreck without my, little China Girl
I hear her heart beating, loud as thunder
Saw they stars crashing
I'm a mess without my, little China Girl
Wake up mornings where's my, little China Girl
I hear her heart's beating, loud as thunder
Saw they stars crashing down
I feel a-tragic like I'm Marlon Brando
When I look at my China Girl
I could pretend that nothing really meant too much
When I look at my China Girl
I stumble into town just like a sacred cow
Visions of swastikas in my head
Plans for everyone
It's in the whites of my eyes
My little China Girl
You shouldn't mess with me
I'll ruin everything you are
I'll give you television
I'll give you eyes of blue
I'll give you men who want to rule the world
And when I get excited
My little China Girl says
Oh baby just you shut your mouth
She says ... sh-sh-shhh
explanation by jrockabye, here
"First, we have to look at the context in which this song was created: It was co-written by Bowie and Iggy Pop during their mutual stint in Berlin. The important things to remember here are: Germany, Drugs, and the climate in a divided Berlin in the late 70's (when this song was actually written for Pop's album "The Idiot"). So...
In a nutshell, the song is about addiction/dependence on narcotics - most likely heroin. When the majority of this song's lyrics are viewed through this lens, the song's meaning is quite easily understood. There are, however, two themes here. Drug Addiction is the first; and the "destructive potential of Westerners/White men" is the second. These two themes are linked by allusions to both how potentially destructive a person addicted to something can be (like Hitler addicted simultaneously to POWER and METHAMPHETAMINE), and paradoxically the power of narcotics to sooth the minds of men. "China Girl" is a fitting title/chorus three reasons: (1) The first large-scale exposure the West had to Opiates and those addicted to them was via China, where opium consumption took a huge toll on society towards the end of the 19th Century/start of the 20th Century; (2) Germany's role in exploiting/oppressing China during that same time-period, along with several other Western nations (look up the Boxer Rebellion if you don't know what I'm talking about); (3) The use of the name "China" in nicknames for narcotics, especially heroin (i.e. "China White").
Children from the local village in Changshun County play under a “living fossil”—an ancient Gingko tree. (Epoch Times archive)
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