1997 – Faye Signs with EMI

In this rare video, we see Faye Wong (王菲) at a pivotal moment in her career. Appearing with her is Katie Chen (陈家瑛 Chen Jiaying), her manager. It is 26 May 1997, and Faye has left Cinepoly to sign with EMI. Her first daughter, Tong (竇靖童, Dou Jingtong), was born on 3 Jan 1997. She signed for a reported 60 million Hong Kong dollars (7.7 US) to release 55 songs in 5 albums. With Cinepoly in June 1996, she had released Restless, considered her most important album. In Sep 1997, she would release her first EMI album, Faye Wong 1997.

Raint’s Best of Faye Wong

raint on April 9th, 2009 said:

hey, congrats on turning 1! i like this webbie alot cos its really comprehensive and fun~

anyway, these are my response, if i can only write one for each …

screenhunter_02-apr-10-07191. Song: 哪兒 [Where, from Restless], i’m forever amazed by her extraordinary capability to control her voice (volume, beat and so on) according to a song’s feel. other than technicalities, this language-less song has helped comfort me through stressful and distressful times for over a decade. the magical effect of this song on me is so far unparallelled.

2. Album: 浮躁 [Restless]. very soulful, very real. simple feelings expressed with much needed clarity. maybe it is the way she found to expressed those feelings that makes it so clear. also, i can always feel the screenhunter_03-apr-10-0721fizz of a summer in all the songs in that album.

3. Concert: Scenic tour 1998. I have a feeling i would like the Budokan’s concert of the 1998 series the most, because I felt her voice was exceptionally pristine, and she performing exceptionally well. but i’ve onli seen 4 songs clips from tt Bodukan concert, so I cant really say. overall, her 1998 concerts are my favourite! [Scroll to the bottom of the left sidebar for links to HK 1998 concert videos.]

4. Film (Movie): Chungking express. i always like wong kar wai’s movies and with faye in his movie is simply more than i could ever ask for. innocent and angelic faye wong is cute and adorable and pure. like character like life.

5. MV: 無常 [Sporadic from Restless]. so carefree!

6. Photo: 自便’s [Help Yourself] album cover picture. she has put so much of herself to her loved one, and she has hurt. so the picture taken (or rather published) at that time makes me feel so much for her.

help_yourself

7. Dress (or outfit): this is one qn that I cant really say for sure. because, all her clothes feel like her skin and I seldom admire her clothes without being distracted by her performance or her actions.

8. TV Performance: 千岁情人 [Eternity]! whou… the beginning of my love affair with her. Or did i start liking her before? haha.. i cant really rem.

9. TV Interview: telling jokes to Little S and Hei Ren on TV. how she laughs so hard is darn cute.

10. Faye Quote: i’m sorry I dun have a favourite faye wong quote~

Fayve Concert Photos – 003: Hong Kong 2003A

These are two of the best photos I’ve seen from Faye Wong’s (王菲) 2003 Hong Kong concert, which kicked off her “No Faye, No Live!” tour. They were taken by Tykan, I believe, and the resolution is phenomenal. I’ll be posting others from this source for this series on Fayve Concert Photos. This is my favorite concert because it’s one of the few that’s readily available on good quality DVD and because of the song selection. The 1998-99 concert was probably better for different reasons, which I won’t get into here, but the video quality, especially the sound, is poor, i.e., unless you can get your hands on the DVD, which is close to impossible since they’re out of print and seldom available online.

This concert picks up where the 1998-99 concert leaves off. The earlier concert opens with Faye’s composition, “Emotional Life,” the first track in Chang You, and includes all the major hits since her 1994 concert. This is quite a collection because we’re talking super albums here — The Decadent Sound of Faye (1995), Di-Dar (1995), Restless (1996), Toy (1997), Faye Wong 1997, and Chang You (1998), which was released only a couple months before the concert.

But the 2003 concert includes hits from many of Faye’s pre-1998 albums as well  as from all her post-1998 albums, including Lovers and Strangers (1999), Fable (2000), Faye Wong 2001, and To Love (2003), which was released a month before the HK concert. In the video, when Faye rises from the stage floor in this costume amid pulsating spotlights in the darkened Coliseum, singing “Jiang Ai,” a song she wrote and composed and also the title track from her 2003 album, the impact is electrifying. Stunning. Unforgettable.

Faye’s Hot in This Decadent Video

Here’s an amazing video that was added to YouTube today (26 June 2008) by Lovesevtomo. Faye’s hot in this one, singing “Decadence” from Restless (June 1996). The images are captivating, and the integration with the mood of the song is tight. My eyes were glued to every frame of this rainbow spectacular.

Some of the clips look familiar. I’ve seen them somewhere but can’t quite place them. I can’t tell if this was an official MV or if it’s a creation by a very artistic fan. Whatever — it’s fabulous.