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Starz In Their Eyes

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Sure, we can all recognise that the famed life is far from perfect but how are we to ever fully understand the pressures that these people face? But… Although I loved what we had done, I began feeling that it sounded too much like a straight ahead disco-y indie pop song. To me, the producers of these kinds of shows are the users who laugh in their sleeves whilst setting up innocent people for a live and televised downfall. Whilst Justin Bieber’s 'Lonely' did a great job recently of giving us the other side of the story, I think 'Starz in their eyes' is just as important.

Just Jack’s 'Starz in their Eyes' in this way is the predecessor for Mike Posner; the upbeat and catchy tune is topped by a cockney vocal that makes it such an entertaining listen – but there is so much more to it than that. In the second bridge, the lyrics delve into the artificial and shallow nature of the entertainment industry. It’s often been publicised by artists in songs or autobiographies that the glitz and the glamour is not as exciting as we have been led to believe, and you just need to glance at the tragic list of celebrities who have turned to drugs and alcohol and the infamous 27 club that is often a result of such abuse and turmoil to see this.

Whilst I could pick out more of the lyrics to dissect they all tend to suggest the same two things; that fame isn’t what it's cracked up to be and that the industry uses and abuses talent. The way these shows are set up gives the impression that these people have turned up on the day hoping to try their luck at a new life of stardom and of course therefore some will be better than others. I sang an approximation of what I thought the guitar riff should sound like and Adam embellished it and played it beautifully. Overall, the song "Starz in their Eyes" critiques the fascination with fame and the detrimental effects it can have on individuals. I’m pretty sure the spark that started the lyrics was a story I happened to see about UK Pop Idol winner Michelle McManus.

Yes, they get paid up to a point, but there is little concern for the mental pressure that is put on largely unprepared youngsters who are suddenly thrust into the media meat grinder. The main issue is that often the people who do take a stand are the rich and famous and it’s very hard for the general public to empathise.

The song itself depicts "flop stars" and the negative side to fame and explores the idea of others benefitting financially from the fame of celebrities. I know he just wanted it to sound as good as it could on the radio, and he must have cracked it because it became one of the top three radio airplay tunes of 2007. These days you could do it in seconds but back then you had adapt what you had and be inventive with it. It does seem that everything is magnified for those cursed with fame; every mistake is chewed over by the masses and their life and work comes under constant criticism, I certainly wouldn’t wish it upon anyone.

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