#WildCardWednesday: Netta – ‘Toy’


   

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This year’s Eurovision 2018 winner, Netta (who represented Israel 🇮🇱) has created one heck of a monster song, ‘Toy’.

The track itself is wonderfully bizarre and the type of perfect pop song you would expect to hear at Eurovision, with her odd vocal sounds and interesting instrumentation. I particularly love the references to Japanese culture and odd chicken noises…so quirky.

Some critics have claimed that the live performance of the track, at Eurovision, was cultural appropriation of Japanese imagery (due to her kimono and buns, with Maneki-nekos as stage props) however Netta herself has been quoted as being a keen follower of Japanese popular culture (particularly the Pokémon franchise). Personally, I think the Japanese would appreciate the admiration of their culture; what you make of this?

The music video is a bit of fun too; she seems like a fun and interesting character – someone you could have a good laugh with.

Whatever you make of the track, she won this year’s Eurovision; was she the right winner for you?

What are your thoughts of this rather different track? Do you think she was the right winner? Have you got a #WildCardWednesday track to recommend us? Please leave your thoughts or song suggestions in a comment or via our social media.

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‘Toy’ can be downloaded off iTunes now – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/%D7%98%D7%95%D7%99-single/1358448327


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#MellowMonday: Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story – ‘You’ve Got A Friend In Me’

Hello everyone and welcome to Muzik Speaks’ Disney Week!

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‘You’ve Got A Friend In Me’ was originally written and recorded by Randy Newman for Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story. Toy Story was released back in 1995; this year sees the 20th anniversary of the film! Can you believe it?!

Toy Story was the first feature length animation released by Pixar, generating $361 million worldwide, in its opening weekend. The film was so successful and plucked the heartstrings of so many, that they went on to release two sequels, and Pixar have gone on to create many other visual masterpieces since!

The film featured the voice talents of Tom Hanks and Tim Allen who played Woody and Buzz Lightyear, respectively. Toy Story also sent children and families into a frenzy, to own a Buzz Lightyear toy, in the Christmas of that year…the queues at toy shops worldwide, were incredible!

Do you still love Toy Story as much as you did, 20 years on? Did you have your own Buzz Lightyear toy? Did you get one that Christmas? Please share the link to this post and you never know…your toys might come to life if you do!

Also, go check out Max’s Disney #MellowMonday post for this week!

Matt – Muzik Speaks
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‘You’ve Got A Friend In Me’ is available for download now – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/youve-got-a-friend-in-me/id714526974?i=714526993