Rare Early Videos – Cold War 1994 Live

Here’s a rare video added to YouTube by Cantopopulist  today, 18 June 2008. {Converted to WordPress on 10.12.08.] It’s “Cold War” (冷戰) from Faye Wong’s (王菲) 1994 Hong Kong concert. As the uploader says, it’s only available on the laser disc (side B, track 8). It’s neither on the DVD nor the VCD.

Watching this video, you can’t help but wonder why Cinepoly doesn’t return to the mixing studio to pull together all the different clips from this concert to create a whole DVD that’s purely for watching — a video minus the karaoke functions. This was a great concert with some of Faye’s best early hits and Faye chatting quite a bit with the audience. It’s not as polished as the 1998-99 and 2003 concerts, but you can clearly see that this was the starting point for the one-off style that made Faye’s live performances legend. This is Faye doing it her way.

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Faye Is Asia’s Sexiest Vegetarian Woman

The Asia-Pacific Division of the Organization for Ethical Treatment of Animals has selected Faye Wong (王菲 ) as the sexiest vegetarian female artist for 2008. Second went to Taiwanese actress and singer Barbie Hsu (徐熙媛 Xú Xīyuàn), aka “Big S.” She starred in the Taiwan TV drama Meteor Garden, a Japanese manga adaption that propelled her to fame. Maggie Q, actress and former model, was third. Maggie Q’s full name is Maggie Denise Quigley. Her father is Polish-Irish American and her mother is Vietnamese. Maggie was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. Her family lives in Mililani, and she graduated from Mililani High School. In 2006, she starred with Tom Cruise in Mission: Impossible III, and in 2007, with Bruce Willis in Live Free Or Die Hard. (Source China.news.com 6.18.08 and Wikipedia)

Added 6.19.08: Click below to hear what Maggie Q has to say about Faye.

(uploaded by dae2x on 27 Oct 2007)

Rare Songs – Peanut Show (Fashion Show)

“Peanut Show”* (花生骚) is a duet with Anita Mui (梅艳芳 Mei Yanfang) and Faye Wong (王菲). Click on the audio below to listen to it. It’s the third track in Anita’s album, With, released 16 March 2002. (She died on 30 Dec 2003 of cancer.) Anita was a major force in cantopop in the late-80s, famous for her decision in 1990 to no longer accept music awards to give younger singers a chance to win. “Peanut Show” was composed by Terry Chan, and the lyrics were written by Lin Xi (林夕). With is a tribute album commemorating Anita’s twentieth anniversary in entertainment, featuring Anita with eleven Hong Kong artists, including Faye, Leslie Cheung (张国荣), Jacky Cheung (张学友), Kelly Chen (陈慧琳), Sandy Lam (林憶蓮), and Sammi Cheng (郑秀文).

I really like this song, which is just another example of how well Faye blends in with other singers even when their voices are very different. According to Casper Snoopy, who reviewed the album in June 2004, “Among the eleven songs, Ah Mui’s duet [Peanut Show] with Faye Wong attracts most focus. It is because the pitch of both 

singers differs greatly. But Ah Mui likes this song very much. She said the lyrics are about a fashion model, who is admired by people when she does the catwalk. But she is just like the gold fish in the aquarium, everybody can just look at her. She doesn’t have any sense of security.”

* The title, “Peanut Show,” is a literal translation of 花生骚. See Dan’s comment, attached to this post, suggesting a correction to “Fashion Show.”  As I’ve explained to Dan, I’ve seen it as “Fashion Show” in Josh’s website, YesAsia, etc., but it was literally translated as “Peanut Show” in the Mui-times website and Mingpao news. (added 22 Aug 2008)