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Rogue Traders – ‘Voodoo Child’
By Charlotte, Laura, Amelia and Holly
Background on the song
"Voodoo Child" is a dance song...
We are also going to have some illustrative shots playing on the lyrics of the song. Some ideas we have finalised include:...
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  1. 1. Rogue Traders – ‘Voodoo Child’ By Charlotte, Laura, Amelia and Holly Background on the song "Voodoo Child" is a dance song written by James Ash, Steve Davis, and Elvis Costello and samples the riff from Elvis Costello’s “Pump It Up”. “Voodoo Child” came from Rogue Trader’s second album Here Come the Drums and was the first single for the new member Natalie Bassingthwaighte. It was released in the UK on July 10, 2006 as a digital download and CD single and reached #3 in the UK Singles Chart 2006. According to band member James Ash, “The Sex Pistols were the biggest influence for "Voodoo Child". But it's not so much a musical influence as the attitude they had. The Sex Pistols were really about energy. It’s exciting to listen to them. It's immediate music.” The Music Video Our video is going to be performance and concept based without narrative seeing as we have a group of four, strong performing girls it would be silly for us to add complications by introducing other actors and dance music tend to be performance and concept based so we are sticking to the conventions. We all also look quite similar which means that we can use this to our advantage in our video by having us all dressed the same and then swapping between us which will confuse the audience but also make them want to carry on watching. As we do not have any sort of narrative, our shot ideas are not in any sort of order as of yet. This will come during editing when we’re putting it together with the music, and will probably change continuously. Our music video’s overall style is edgy with strong, bold colours using costume and make up to portray this. Although we are going to have performance shots of us all dressed the same we are also going to have us dressed as different characters, either from other music genres or music videos bringing in intertextuality, each with our own personalities signified by our costume and make up. Fashion and make up from the 60s, 70s and 80s is a basis for our aesthetics, as they were very strong and over the top, with a focus on bold colours and prints, which will capture the audience’s attention.
  2. 2. We are also going to have some illustrative shots playing on the lyrics of the song. Some ideas we have finalised include: • “Here come the drums” – we will be wearing band outfits and playing drums, if possible. • “Put your cards on the table baby, Do I twist do I fold?” – either a poker game or a tarot card display which would act as a motif to keep the video moving • “Why don't you tell me my future?” – use of the tarot cards • “I'm coming undone” – unzipping or untying or something not too sexual, letting hair down, or unravelling from puppet strings • “You play me like a puppet” – puppet strings if possible One shot we have thought about in most detail is the shot of us playing the drums for the lyrics “here come the drums”. We will have a long shot of us dressed in band outfits playing the drums, hopefully snare drums, and we appear one at a time in time with the music. We will be striking the drums in a stiff, puppet-like way in perfect time to the beat, with really serious and sexy faces, which is a concept we came up with after seeing the “Destination Calabria” video, which is a lot more sexual but is based on the same idea. We are hoping to find somewhere with a plain white background to shoot our video as our bold costume and make up means that we do not need an overcomplicated background. We have ideas of where to ask permission to film but this needs to be chased up and finalised. Our ideas include: • The Phoenix Cinema (for puppets on stage) • The Hawkey Hall • Toni & Guy Photographic Studio • Mutton Bones Studio

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