yk042 – Rare Video of Faye Performing ‘Everything’ in 1990

This is a rare video of Faye Wong (王菲) performing “Everything” in 1990 for a live TV audience. This is the title song from the album, which was released in June 1990. This was her second album. It was added to YouTube by yk042 (yan kiat) on 28 July 2009. yk042 uploaded it in two separate segments. I joined them, but in the process found a glitch toward the end of the first that broke the continuity. I edited out the glitch but you can still see a slight break in the flow. We thank yan kiat for another fabulous upload, and we join him/her in thanking the FMF forum for making this video available to all Faye fans.

Faye looks so young in this video. She was 20 or just turned 21. You can hear fans yelling her name, “Wong Jing Man!” At this early stage in her career, her manager and advisors had no idea how to “market” her. They were trying to exploit her beauty by presenting her as a sultry, sexy femme fatale. She had the looks and style to pull it off, but you can see that this just wasn’t Faye. After her third album, You’re the Only One, just six months later in December 1990, she decided to take a break from her career and left for New York toward the end of 1991, where she took some music classes.

As it turns out, this was a much needed opportunity for her to rethink her image and goals. After returning, she recorded and released Coming Home in August 1992, the breakthrough album that gave us a different Faye, a performer who has decided to do things her way or not at all. Fully in charge of her own career, Faye began making her own decisions, and the rest is history.

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Faye’s 1992 MV – Miss You Night and Day

Here’s an original MV of Faye Wong (王菲) singing “Miss You Night and Day” from Coming Home, released in August 1992. It was added to YouTube by lzwyuse today, 22 April 2009. This was Faye’s breakaway album, and the songs that we hear about most are “Fragile Woman” and “Kisses in the Wind.” Other great songs in this album are “Romantic Storm” and “Blind Date.” This was still very early in her career, but we can already see the beauty, style, and amazing talent that separates Faye from all other entertainers.

What’s Stalling Faye Wong’s Return?

I’m sure this question has been on the minds of millions of Faye Wong (王菲) fans throughout the world for the last four years. Since her last No Faye, No Live! concert in Guangzhou on 10 January 2005, the release of the concert album in November 2004, and her To Love (將愛 Jiang Ai) album in November 2003, we have been waiting for a new album or concert performance.

Will 2009 be the year when Faye returns?

I’m not an insider like Katie Chen (陈家瑛 Chen Jiaying), Carina Lau (刘嘉玲 Liu Jia Ling), Vicki Zhao (赵薇 Zhao Wei), or Ma Jia (马葭) so I can’t answer this question with any kind of authority, but like most of you, I’ve been following her career very closely and have a number of thoughts on what may be keeping Faye from returning to her performing career.

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(Photo source: 7_70)

There are a number of clues that might, together, provide an explanation:

Clue 1. Faye isn’t motivated by money. She never has been and probably never will. Thus, multimillion dollar offers may not have the appeal that it does for most people.

Clue 2. She’s not staying away because of the children, Tong Tong (竇靖童 Dou Jingtong) and Li Yan (李嫣), as many believe. Yes, she loves them and enjoys caring for them, but in the past, she resumed her career almost immediately after Tong Tong’s birth.

Clue 3. Since Coming Home in August 1992, every album has been different in the sense that, in each, Faye pushes the envelope, experimenting and trying new things. The point is that her discography since 1992 is a continuous progression, development, or growth. In her last album, Jiang Ai, Faye served as co-producer, with Zhang Ya Dong (張亞東), of the entire album. She also composed and wrote three of the songs, the title track “To Love,” “Leave Nothing” (不留), and “Sunshine Dearest” (陽寶), and she composed the music for “April Snow” (四月雪).

Clue 4. She’s not resting, as many seem to believe. Faye has tremendous energy and strength, and the reason for her absence from the limelight isn’t physical.

Clue 5. She’s not being restrained or held back by her husband, Li Yapeng (李亚鹏), as some believe. In fact, LYP is her biggest fan and would want nothing better than to see and hear Faye perform once again. However, to his credit, he’s leaving the decision solely in her hands.

Clue 6. Faye hasn’t lost her voice as some speculate. Her voice and talents are part of her DNA, and she can’t lose what’s a natural part of her. Also, her 18 May 2008 earthquake relief live performance with Faith Yang ( 杨乃文, Yang Nai Wen), Eason Chan (陈奕迅, Chen Yi Xun, ), and Aniu (阿牛) in “Wishing We Last Forever” demonstrated to the world that her voice is as beautiful as ever.

Clue 7. She hasn’t lost her looks. All one has to do is look at her recent photos and videos. She is absolutely gorgeous!

Clue 8. Faye isn’t restless, and this is a major reason, I think, for her reluctance to reignite her career. In the past, her creative juices flowed when she was restless or impatient. It’s almost as though she’s driven by an inner force that only she can feel — a force that can be released only through creative expression in music.

Clue 9. She hasn’t seen or heard anything in the current music scene to spark her creative energies. There’s no modern day equivalent of Teresa Teng (鄧麗君 Deng Lijun) or Cocteau Twins to inspire her. And her former collaborators, Zhang and Lin Xi (林夕), as well as C. Y. Kong, Dou Wei (竇唯), and Nic Tse (谢霆锋 Xie Tingfeng), haven’t been working with her to create new material.

Clue 10. Faye has never said that she’s retired or retiring from her career. And this is perhaps the most important clue. She’s leaving the door open simply because she may want to step into the recording studio when the spirit moves her. There’s no timetable. It’s just a matter of waiting for the right moment to strike, when her adrenaline and restlessness kicks in.

A Likely Scenario for Faye’s Return

So, given these clues, what’s a likely scenario for her return? My guess is that either or both Zhang and Lin Xi will have to make the first move by presenting Faye with new songs or concepts that could be exciting for her. It’ll have to be sufficiently different, new, and edgy, and it’ll have to be something that fits Faye and represents, for her, growth.

These two have collaborated extensively with Faye in the past, and, together, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. I’d also toss C. Y. Kong, Dou Wei, and Nic into the mix. Faye brings out the genius in each of these guys, and, together, they could create the kind of music that would stir the restlessness or anxiety within Faye that seeks creative expression in music.

In this scenario, Faye would play many different roles, as she has in the past, when she felt in sync with her collaborators, and these roles will include bouncing off her partners and adding her own touches, including original compositions or lyrics or both.

These individuals, including Faye, intuitively realize that, alone, each can’t grow. It’s only in collaboration that they can transcend the limits of their own talents and create music that’ll take them and the entire industry to a whole new level.

So, how do we get this ball rolling? I’d say that someone has to take the initiative, the first step. And from where I’m sitting, the most likely candidate for this task is Katie. She has the personality, the power, and the talent to bring people together. She needs to make this happen by contacting the individuals and asking them to work with Faye to take up where she left off in 2005.

The goal would definitely not be to do an oldies-but-goodies rehash of past hits. Instead, it would be to continue the growth that stopped in 2005, to take the next step into a new and different sound that is purely Faye Wong.

Faye Videos with Commercials Tacked On – Tacky!

A couple days ago, the same video of Faye Wong (王菲) and Andy Lau (刘德华) in a TV performance was uploaded, back to back, to YouTube. Andy sings Faye’s first big hit, “Fragile Woman” (容易受伤的女人), from Coming Home, released in Aug 1992. I really like this video because it shows Faye dancing to express the meaning of the song. Even while sitting and swaying, her movements are graceful and beautiful to watch. It’s obvious that she and Andy are very good friends and having fun in this seemingly unplanned routine. Just before they sit, though, it looks as though Andy is throwing off Faye’s hand. I don’t think this is what’s happening, but I can’t think of a different explanation. Faye’s best when she’s simply being herself, doing what comes natural, and interacting with people as she would with a good friend.

Another reason for spotlighting this video is the practice of uploading videos with long commercial clips tacked on. I wish this practice would stop. Using Faye’s appeal to sell a product or service is unfair to Faye and to the viewers. I’m sure Faye isn’t being paid for the ad, and for viewers, it’s just annoying.

Here’s a version of the same video uploaded by Honglousky on 29 Dec 2007. This doesn’t have the commercial.

Rare Early Videos – Fragile Woman

In this video, Faye Wong (王菲) as Wang Jingwen (王靖雯) sings “Fragile Woman” (容易受傷的女人), the runaway hit in her 1992 breakthrough album, Coming Home. This video is interesting because it’s a crossover between her earlier 1990 MV, “Everything,” and her “new” look. The carryover portion has her posing on a car in shorts, emphasizing her long legs, getting soaked by a rain shower, and tossing her head back to reveal her extraordinarily long slender neck. But the flaming torches and glistening skin have given way to a more sophisticated, pensive, and perhaps darker look that we’ve come to associate with Faye.

“Fragile Woman” is a cover of Miyuki Nakajima’s (中島みゆき) “Rouge” (ルージュ), which was released in 1977. On 18 Sep 2007, iLuvCiconne16085868 added a video to YouTube containing both Faye’s and Miyuki’s versions.

(From a video uploaded to YouTube by skwongh on 7 Feb 2008)

Miyuki Nakajima’s version.

Trish Thùy Trang’s English version, “Please Don’t Go Away,” ripped from a YouTube video uploaded by bindrub on 19 March 2009.

Faye’s version from Coming Home (Aug 1992).

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Rare Early Videos – Like Wind

With this post, I’m beginning a series on videos from early in Faye Wong’s (王菲) career that are new to me — “new” in the sense that I haven’t seen them until now or recently. This one’s of Faye singing “Like Wind” (如風), live in broad daylight, in a huge outdoor arena. This song is from her Sep 1993 album, Hundred Thousand Whys, which included other major hits such as “Cold War,” “Summer of Love,” “Flow Not Fly,” “Do We Really Care,” and “Tempt Me,” which is actually the first song that Faye released, in an official album, that she wrote and composed. It was for the TVB series that she starred in, Eternity. (She had written the lyrics to “No Regrets,” the title track from the album she released eight months earlier.) This album was sandwiched between Coming Home (Aug 1992) and No Regrets (Feb 1993), on the one hand, and Mystery (Apr 1994) and the film Chungking Express (1994), on the other. Judging from the way the audience is getting up to applaud her entry on stage, it’s clear that, at this point in her career, Faye is definitely on the rise. This is Faye as the girl next door, dressed casually, relaxed, unassuming. The quality of this video is excellent, although, as the uploader warns, the sound is slightly out of sync. I should say that this distortion is slight and hardly noticeable.

(Added to YouTube by DiDar08 on 26 Apr 2008)

Rare Songs – Do Dak Ta in a Live Duet

With this live recording of Faye Wong’s “Because of Him” (多得他, Do Dak Ta), I’m beginning a series on rare recordings that have never been formally released in official albums or videos. (Click below to listen to the song.) These are the ones that are floating around on the web in various degrees of quality. This is from the 1992 Creative Concert where Faye and Sandy Lam (林憶蓮) teamed up in a live duet. “Do Dak Ta” is a cover of Karyn White’s 1988 hit “Superwoman.” Faye released this song in her third album, You’re the Only One (Cinepoly, Dec 1990). C. Y. Kong has a version on his website, but it’s from the concert soundtrack and quite raw. I got this version off the video at Tudou.com. The problem with Tudou videos is the slow downloading, which translates into long pauses throughout the song. (YouTube’s a lot better in this regard.) Thus, for many (some?) of the songs I’ll be presenting in this series, the process will probably require a download of an FLV file to my PC (to avoid the pauses), a recording in WAV format, a conversion to MP3, and an upload to this blog site.

In any case, I’m guessing that this is Faye’s first live concert after returning from her soul-searching sojourn to New York City in 1991. With the release of Coming Home (Cinepoly, Aug 1992) after her return to Hong Kong, she turned her fledgling career onto the fast track and never looked back. Notice her name on the cover of the album. She’s going with “Jing” and “Faye” plus “王靖雯,” Wang Jing Wen or Wong Ching Man. The emcee in the recording uses the latter rather than 王菲, or Wong Faye.

(To play the song, “Because of Him,” click on the arrow.)

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