Saturday, 24 July 2010

Newport - Ymerodraeth - State of Mind

Alicia Keys, eat your heart out.  A small Welsh combo from Newport have taken her famous song Empire State of Mind and made it their own.  Where Key's song was a tribute to the massive metropolis that is New York this is an equally fond if grittier version in homage to the Welsh city (well, if you can call it that...) called Newport in the County of Gwent. 

Even if you have never been to Wales you will get more of a flavour for the place - and it is the only song I have ever come across that successfully plants the longest place name in Wales successfuly in to the song.  I mean, really - what does go with Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch? Loved the references to Tom Jones, Shirley Bassey and other find Welsh institutions too... Enjoy!

The song has a multitude of references - from the brand spanking newshopping centre and the infamous traffic problems outside the town to a picture of former Welsh rugby star Gavin Henson on a night out that you may find difficult to remove from your mind..

One can only hope that this viral video is the start of something.  After all the recent spate of Hitler videos came from a single brilliant idea which was then copied the world over.  Let's hope that these guys have started something big.

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