Faster Kill Pussycat video featuring Brittany Murphy
Paul Oakenfold has long been one of the most important, if not the most important, name in modern club culture. People who don't know that much about DJ culture or the music itself are familiar with Oakenfold's name and what he represents. Of course, many people who think they're unfamiliar with Oakenfold's music actually may have heard it often, thanks to appearances globally on the radio and TV featured in commercials supporting mega brands such as Coca-Cola ,Toyota, Motorola and Saab – all of which ran throughout 2005, not to mention his contributions to hit films such as Swordfish (which Oakenfold scored), The Matrix Reloaded and Michael Man's Collateral, and who hasn't heard the Big Brother theme tune – which he wrote.
When he works as a DJ and/or as a remixer and releases mix CDs, it's not a total expression of this Grammy nominated artist's musical creativity. Thus, A Lively Mind features 12 new songs composed and created by Paul Oakenfold. A work of love and passion, it's been three years in the making. Bunkka, his debut artist album featuring the hits "Ready, Steady, Go" and "Starry Eyed Surprise," was released in 2002, sold over a million copies worldwide and went Gold in the UK.
A Lively Mind, is a totally new and fresh venture and perspective, musically speaking, for the artist. The album is just the beginning of an amazing 2006 that will find Oakenfold working on the scores of at least three new films--as well as remixing a number of singles including Madonna's new record Confessions of a Dance Floor and a track from the legendary Burning Spear. At the same time, the Perfecto label is releasing debut albums by the aforementioned Spitfire (who Oakenfold compares to a young Anthony Kiedis) and the London-by-way-of-Los Angeles Bad Apples. Then there's the U.S. and European tour that will follow the new album's release.
A perfect blend could also be the perfect phrase to describe the cohesiveness of A Lively Mind – a title which means "an active person," says its creator. Balance was the key on this one, and the artist believes that this album may strike with a larger audience than Bunkka, an album that tended to alienate a small portion of his large audience.
The first single from the album, Faster Kill Pussycat, started life as a rock tune and was co written by Kelli Ali of Sneaker Pimps –but now might best be described as reminiscent of a young Madonna at her very best--features the astounding singing talents of... Brittany Murphy. Yes, that Brittany Murphy…Eminem's girlfriend in 8 Mile. The femme fatale in Sin City. The actress-turned-diva was recommended to Oakenfold by a mutual friend — Oakenfold claims, by the way, to be totally unfamiliar with Russ Meyer's cult classic film, Faster, Pussycat, Kill Kill.
"I was looking for a different genre and a different feel and something just original for me," explains Oakenfold. "I knew I wanted a girl vocalist but also someone who's not known as a singer. It had to be someone from a completely different world than mine. It ultimately seemed that film was the right place to look because I was venturing more and more into that world. But even more importantly, I needed someone who could sing--who could really, really sing--and Brittany Murphy fit the bill."
So 2006 sees Oakenfold continue with the hectic schedule he never preserves as work – he comments, "I never thought I'd see the world through a box of records and I'm still loving every minute!"
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