Want Some Armitage With That Keane? Part 2

Another Spooks video set to Keane, made by a different person.

While the first one I discovered was dedicated to Lucas + Maya, this one is about Lucas + Elizabeta.

“Atlantic” is the opener for Under The Iron Sea, Keane’s second album. I love the changing melody of the song, the way Tom’s voice swells, how the percussion crashes and the strings take over.

From the sound of “Is It Any Wonder,” I feared that this album would suffer from U2 aspirations, but it is a remarkable sophomore effort. I’m a sucker for ocean imagery and keyboards.

I especially love “Nothing In My Way”—English music is so infectious, so anthem-ic!

From Richard’s message to fans on July 25, 2006:

Check out the new Keane album.. I love it. Hamburg song is my favourite…if you listen to it you might understand why.

“Hamburg Song” lyrics

I don’t wanna be adored
Don’t wanna be first in line
Or make myself heard
I’d like to bring a little light
To shine a light on your life
To make you feel loved

No, don’t wanna be the only one you know
I wanna be the place you call home

I lay myself down
To make it so, but you don’t want to know
I give much more
Than I’d ever ask for

Will you see me in the end
Or is it just a waste of time
Trying to be your friend
Just shine, shine, shine
Shine a little light
Shine a light on my life
Warm me up again

Fool, I wonder if you know yourself at all
You know that it could be so simple

I lay myself down
To make it so, but you don’t want to know
You take much more
Than I’d ever ask for

Say a word or two to brighten my day
Do you think that you could see your way

To lay yourself down
And make it so, but you don’t want to know
You take much more
Than I’d ever ask for


A devoted Keane fan compiled b-sides, covers, and rarities as a collection titled Little Broken Words and the “album” continues to circulate online. But this seems to be only a dent in the great Keane b-side catalog.

01 – The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine (Anymore) (Frankie Valli cover)
02 – Fly To Me (b-side to “Everybody’s Changing”)
03 – Snowed Under (b-side to “Somewhere Only We Know”)
04 – Allemande (b-side to “This Is the Last Time”)
05 – What A Wonderful World (Louis Armstrong cover)
06 – Dinner At Eight (Rufus Wainwright cover)
07 – Something In Me was Dying (b-side to “Bedshaped”)
08 – The Way You Want It (b-side to “Everybody’s Changing”)
09 – Emily (demo)
10 – To The End Of The Earth (b-side to “Everybody’s Changing”)
11 – She Opens Her Eyes (b-side to “This Is the Last Time”)
12 – Rubbernecking (b-side to “Call Me What You Like”)
13 – More Matey (demo)
14 – She Has No Time (Earlier Version)
15 – Walnut Tree (b-side from “Somewhere Only We Know” single) – keyboard LOVE
16 – Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (Elton John cover)
17 – The Happy Soldier (Retrospective EP)

While No One Drives: Seduction By Radiohead

In addition to Keane, Richard Armitage likes Radiohead. Both of these British talents have their alluring charms.

“The Amazing Sounds of Orgy” is a b-side on the “Pyramid Song” single during the Amnesiac era. Shh, it’s our secret.

I want to see you smile again
Like diamonds in the dust
The amazing sound of the killing hordes
The day the banks collapse on us
Cease this endless chattering
Like everything is fine
When sorry is not good enough
Sit in the back while no one drives
So glad you’re mine


UPDATE: How timely. It is the tenth anniversary of Amnesiac‘s release. Check out Stereogum’s YT round-up of Amnesiac covers.

Want Some Armitage With That Keane?


Wow—this is so perfect. Love the black-and-white filter. Dig the flashing clips to match the pleas of the song, love the desperate piano outro.


I fell asleep on a late night train
I missed my stop and I went round again
Why would I want to see you now?
To fix it up, make it up somehow

Baby I’ll try again, try again
Baby I die every night, every time

What I was isn’t what I am
I’d change back but I don’t know if I can

Still I’ll try, try again, try again
Baby I die every night, every time

But I was made the way I am
I’m not a stone; I’m just a man
Lay down your arms and I will lay down mine
Rip back the time that we’ve been wasting

God I wish you could see me now
You’d pick me up and you’d sort me out

Baby I’ll try again, try again
Baby I die every night, every time


See previous post on Armitage + Keane.

Listen Up: Another Hit Of Keane

Due to the heavy rotation of Glee’s “Somewhere Only We Know,” I rustled through my CDs and started listening to Keane‘s first album “Hopes and Fears.”

I remembered how much I love “Your Eyes Open”—it has a rippling piano line, a soaring chorus, and the bittersweet taste of loving someone who has emotionally shut down in the relationship.

Glee: Blaine + Kurt 4Eva

Ever since the North and South era, Richard Armitage has posted sporadic messages to his fans. Read them here.

In one of them, RA mentions that he likes Keane. I love Glee‘s recent take (listen here) on Keane’s song “Somewhere Only We Know” (Keane video here). It features one of the most beloved couples in teen TV, Blaine and Kurt. Darren Criss plays Blaine and has been the star performer this season and I really hope he sticks around for the next season. I loved the Pretty in Pink moment from the recent prom episode where Kurt says, “What about PROM, Blaine?” It’s also worth noting that Darren Criss is part Filipino and Chinese and does adorable covers of Disney songs “Part of Your World” and “Reflection.” I love that Glee has such talented (and sexy!) Asian actors and such brilliantly realized Asian characters.

Blaine is backed up by The Warblers who are actually not the actors you see in the show, but the Beelzebubs a cappella group from Tufts University who came to fame on The Sing-Off.

A Blaine + The Warblers album was just released via iTunes and features their ecstatic cover of “Teenage Dream” (video link) and a lovely unreleased cover of Barry Gibb and Barbra Streisand‘s song “What Kind of Fool” (see Gibb/Streisand’s original here).

After a lackluster season of Finn + Rachel + Quinn + Trouty Mouth shenanigans, I was ready to delete Glee from the DVR. But the last four episodes have been great, and the high points of this season have been Blaine + Kurt, Mike Chang‘s dance moves, Brittany‘s dance moves and one-liners, and everything Santana. Another low point: lack of Mercedes – when is she going to get a storyline and a love interest? And can Neil Patrick Harris and Joss Whedon come back?