On October 12, 2010, I attended a very exclusive performance by Mark Ronson and the Business Int’l at New York’s Greene Space. The show was recorded live for a webcast. Mark Ronson was interviewed about his fantastic new album “Record Collection,” and he talked briefly about the irony of Simon LeBon of Duran Duran singing the lyrics “I only want to be in your record collection,” on the title track as Duran Duran were one of the most successful bands of the 1980s so the chances of his music being in your record collection are great! Speaking of Duran Duran, I asked Mark Ronson after the performance about the new Duran Duran album and he said that it’s hopefully going to be out at the end of 2010 or early 2011! I am so excited!! The band performed “Bang Bang Bang” (with vocals by MNDR and Spank Rock),
“Hey Boy” (with vocals by Rose Elinor Dougall and Spank Rock),
Rose Elinor Dougall
and “The Bike Song” (with vocals by Alex Greenwald and Spank Rock).
Alex Greenwald and Spank Rock
After seeing the band several times in the last couple of days, I am already having withdrawls! I love them all so much. Speaking of Mark Ronson, watch the video for “Somebody To Love Me” (featuring vocals by Boy George and Andrew Wyatt of Miike Snow) here.
On October 11, 2010, Mark Ronson and the Business Int’l played a really great show at Music Hall of Williamsburg in New York. I was fortunate enough to capture a live rendition of two of my favorite Ronson tracks. First is “You Gave Me Nothing” from Ronson’s latest album “Record Collection.” The studio version features vocals by Rose Elinor Dougall and Miike Snow’s Andrew Wyatt. The second song is the Smiths cover of “Stop Me If You Think You’ve Heard This One Before” from Ronson’s “Version” album. The studio version of that featured vocals by Daniel Merriwether. Both of these tracks are sung live by Rose Elinor Dougall and Phantom Planet’s Alex Greenwald.
Spank Rock is all over Mark Ronson’s latest album “Record Collection,” and though I am typically not so into rap these days, Spank Rock is awesome on this album. He’s been touring with Ronson’s band The Business Int’l, filling in for Q-Tip on the worldwide smash “Bang Bang Bang” featuring MNDR and he also raps on “The Bike Song” which is currently blowing up overseas. Not only did I take a picture with Spank Rock, but I also surprised the hell out of him by asking him to autograph a photo I took of him when I saw him live earlier this year. He wondered where I got the photo and when I told him I took it, he gave me props for the nice job. He also recognized the venue and date immediately, so that was pretty cool too. Thanks Spank Rock! Below is a picture of Alex Greenwald and Spank Rock I took performing at WNYC studios.
What can’t Alex Greenwald do? He’s modeled for The Gap, acted in the film Donnie Darko (playing bully Seth Devlin) and has been in bands such as Phantom Planet. These days he’s working on solo projects and collaborating with Mark Ronson! He sang on the Radiohead cover “Just” on Ronson’s “Version” album and co-wrote most of the songs on “Record Collection,” Mark Ronson and The Business Int’ls latest album. He sings on “The Night Last Night,” the final track on the album and it’s awesome! When I met Alex, he was extremely nice and I am very thankful! A video of Alex Greenwald and Rose Elinor Dougall singing “You Gave Me Nothing” and “Stop Me” from their performance at Music Hall of Williamsburg will be coming soon and it’s awesome, so stay tuned. Thanks again Alex!
Mark Ronson and the Business International just got finished tearing the roof off the Music Hall of Williamsburg on October 11, 2010. It was extra special for me as I met Mark earlier in the afternoon as well as Rose Elinor Dougall and Alex Greenwald(of Phantom Planet), who are both vocalists in the Business International (more on those encounters coming soon). MNDR who I’ve seen live several times is also in Mark’s band and it’s so great watching her ascent to stardom. I’m praying for solo albums from MNDR, Alex Greenwald and Rose Elinor Dougall produced by Mark Ronson! Another one of my current favorite acts, Francis and the Lights opened and he was great as usual (more to come on Francis). Then just after 10 pm, Mark Ronson and his blonde self hit the stage.
Mark Ronson and MNDR
The show was great! Alex Greenwald sang “Just” (the Radiohead cover from Ronson’s “Version” album) as well as “California,” and “The Bike Song” (which happened because one of Mark’s personnel couldn’t get a visa in time to make the show). Rose Elinor Dougall sang “Oh My God,” (the Kaiser Chiefs cover) and duetted with Alex Greenwald on megamix of “You Gave Me Nothing” (from “Record Collection”) and “Stop Me if You Think You’ve Heard This One Before,” (the Smiths cover from “Version.”) MNDR sang her songs “Sparrow” and “Fade to Black” as well as the international smash hit “Bang Bang Bang.” Rapper Spank Rock filled in for Q-tip who was present this afternoon for a taping of the David Letterman show. Spank Rock also rapped on “Ooh Wee,” “Race Riot” (the song that got him booed off the stage earlier this year that features lyrics about sucking his dick until you become racist) and “The Bike Song.” I was happy that Spank Rock improved a lot since I saw him last and he received cheers instead of boos this time around. Mark Ronson even brought us back to the beginning of his career by doing a brief DJ set in the middle of the concert (that featured “Just Can’t Get Enough” by Depeche Mode). Ronson also sang his soon to be classic track “Record Collection,” with MNDR filling in for Simon LeBon. The show was just about 2 hours and it was so much fun.
A video of “Bang Bang Bang” and “Record Collection” will be coming soon, so stay tuned.