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08 June 2009 @ 06:39 am
Candy Confusion  
All right, so I was a bit confused -which is something that happens quite a lot, but that's besides the point- but I think I've figured it out.

Anyway, on Paolo's website for a few months now, it's said this about the song 'Candy':

The first single will be heart tugging ballad 'Candy' which was written after an argument with his girlfriend, when it suddenly occurred to him that the fault lay with him. "That doesn't necessarily portray the state our relationship is in, or anything more than just one evening of defeat. But that's all a song has to be." Paolo has sought a quality of duality in his songwriting, so that he can deal with tough subject matter without sinking into minor chord melancholy.

But then during an interview (I'll find the clip in a bit) the interviewer asked Paolo if that was the case and he was all, "No."

So then an article was posted over the weekend with a direct quote from Paolo about the song Candy. Of course, I don't know how reputable 'News of the World' is, either.

It's just one of the standout tracks on Sunny Side Up that underline how far Paolo has come as a songwriter since his 2006 debut. But what appears on first listen to be a beautifully- constructed love song has surprisingly dark origins.
It followed a meeting between Paolo and one of his all-time music heroes, US singer-songwriter Rodriguez. Paolo explains: "When we were teenagers, me and one of my friends would listen to him constantly.
"His stuff was very overlooked, we didn't know where he was or whether he was alive or dead. But when I played in Detroit, his hometown, he came to see me and we did his song Sugar Man together.
"After the show he gave me a DVD of the film Candy, which features Sugar Man on the soundtrack.
"It stars Heath Ledger as a heroin addict. It's quite a desperate tale about his addiction, very dark but somehow very beautiful and moving too. Watching it got me thinking about the way that love can be an addiction too. You get hooked on somebody so much that, even when you're away from home - or on tour - something keeps that person at the forefront of your mind.
"The night I wrote the song, I called my girlfriend and I was about to tell her about the film and what it had meant to me when she told me the news that Heath Ledger had just died, [22 Jan 2008] apparently from an overdose. It was a weird coincidence. Very uncanny."

Go figure.  Whoever posts to his website/s should probably figure out which one it is.  :) 

So being the huge (read: obsessed) fangirl I am, I watched Candy last night.  Very depressing, but the 'Candy' lyrics take on a whole new meaning after watching.  Beautiful.  Paolo has a gift with words.  

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nutsforp on June 8th, 2009 04:40 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure about the NotW article. It sounds a little weird.

But what i know is that - and this is from Paolo himself - Candy is about the buzz, the kick, you get from a relationship. To keep it going. Not necessarily that there is an argument going on. But i think that kick/buzz he's referring to is the spice. Something like that, i think.

I'll post the links to the video and the article wherein he talks about this kick/buzz as soon as i have time and find them. :)
seegrimseegrim on June 8th, 2009 04:45 pm (UTC)
I got a bit lazy--I've seen that video where he says that, and also the one where he flat out says it's not the result of a fight...

It's just odd that his website has it so wrong, don't you think?

Oh well. :)
nutsforp on June 8th, 2009 05:12 pm (UTC)
Yeah, it's this video where he's to perform at a radio show, and the guy asks him if the song is about after having an argument with his girlfriend, to which he replies (and rather with the thick brogue that i love) that it's not and went on to speak of this 'buzz.'

Yeah, it's weird that Paolo himself says that it's about this 'kick' thing. And then this article goes off with a totally different story.
seegrimseegrim on June 8th, 2009 05:26 pm (UTC)
Totally. :)

I love the way Paolo says 'No' to that guy. Cracked me up.
nutsforp on June 8th, 2009 05:39 pm (UTC)
Me too!

Oh well, you just gotta love paolo.

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seegrimseegrim on June 8th, 2009 06:04 pm (UTC)
I know! (About Donny!) I was a bit disgruntled they didn't mention Mick too, but hey, can't win 'em all! :D
michelled217 on June 8th, 2009 11:30 pm (UTC)
Well, now that Jim is gone, Donny has been with Paolo the longest. It was just Jim, Donny and Paolo for almost a year before Mick came on board.
seegrimseegrim on June 8th, 2009 11:32 pm (UTC)

I thought that Donny and Mick happened along about the same time. But that makes sense as those recordings at Bush studio (and the ones outside) just have Donny and Jim.

I love it that you know as much or more about Paolo and the boys. :) It's always an adventure.
michelled217 on June 9th, 2009 12:46 am (UTC)
Yeah, it's kind of scary how much I know. It's not really a good thing! I need to go through Paolo detox. lol...
seegrimseegrim on June 9th, 2009 12:48 am (UTC)
Nah, don't fight it, Michelle.
michelled217 on June 8th, 2009 05:27 pm (UTC)
I think "Candy" probably means a few different things. Yes, I've heard the "buzz" story and the movie story is true too. He talked about the movie with someone at a recent signing. He could have gotten inspiration from two sources. *shrug*

Oh, and I just have to say that yes, I did grin to see Donny mentioned by name in the article. :D
nutsforp on June 8th, 2009 05:44 pm (UTC)
Yeah, because i remember he also said that he really doesn't want to restrict the meaning of the song by giving out just one interpretation of it, as people can go figure what the song could mean to them.

Or maybe the duality thing of his songwriting is working there.
mabinghammabingham on June 8th, 2009 08:08 pm (UTC)
I also heard him say somewhere that he really doesn't like toi answer questions about interpreting his songs. He said he wants people to take their own meaning from them. Maybe he is trying to keep us guessing. He is a brilliant song writer-that is for sure. Hey, you want me to ask him about this when I meet him in Atlanta. I, of course, plan to spend hours with him after the show! One can dream.....
seegrimseegrim on June 8th, 2009 09:07 pm (UTC)
I, of course, plan to spend hours with him after the show! One can dream...


Good luck with that, MAB! :)
(Anonymous) on June 9th, 2009 12:25 am (UTC)
Paolo Goes Number One in UK
NUMBER 1 IN UK!!!!!!!!!!!!! Good on you Paolo. So glad that I have two cds. One for the house and one for the car because just like "These Streets", i'll be listening
non stop till the next albumn comes out. Congrats! to Paolo and the very talented and adorable Vipers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
And here's a review that tells it like IT IS!
Have to copy it to browser.
seegrim: paolo release at HMVseegrim on June 9th, 2009 12:29 am (UTC)
Re: Paolo Goes Number One in UK
Seriously. This is awesome news. :D
mabinghammabingham on June 9th, 2009 02:23 am (UTC)
Re: Paolo Goes Number One in UK
Great Review! He is destined for greatness.
seegrimseegrim on June 9th, 2009 02:26 am (UTC)
Re: Paolo Goes Number One in UK
So true! :)