I wonder often about how Faye Wong works in the studio, and also what her song writing process is like. Are there any interviews or footages where she talks about that?
Here’s rare footage of Faye in the studio. - recording the song “Idiot” for her 2001 album. She has mentioned before that she likes the lights turned down low and sunglasses on while recording (as seen in the video). And she was also probably quite the chain smoker in the studio…
Off the top of my head, I can’t think of any in depth interviews. Some things she has mentioned in the past:
- She often talks about being inspired and not writing just for the sake of writing.
- There’s no special message she wants to convey through her music. Just mood.
- When she composes, music is already a language to her. Lyrics aren’t always needed.
- From the Restless era, IIRC she would hum the melodies and record it on a little tape recorder.
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There is no question that the legendary fierce chameleon of fashion, Anita Mui, dictated trends in the 80s. The singer and actress pulled off the Saint Laurent Le Smoking look, the big shoulder powerful vogue look, and the androgynouss look that even Boy George would envy. Mui was a real superstar and had a hand in catapulting the names of local designers every time she wore their outfits.
Then, of course, we progressed to the 90s, when the widely popular and revered singer Faye Wong stepped into the spotlight with her singular siren like voice and her couldn’t-care-less-what-you-think attitude. Wong’s look was an ethereal interpretation of grunge with free-flowing outfits and outrageous hairstyles – the most eye catching was her pinecone hairdo.
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Comfort was of the upmost importance and no one during this decade encapsulated that better than Faye Wong with her flowy grunge outfits, which gave off a listless and disaffected appeal.
20 years ago... Billboard's analysis of Faye and her future
She has been criticized for her unwillingness to assume the idol mantle that is so important to Hong Kong’s mainstream music. She’s also been called a prima donna for a chilly demeanor with the media and a Canto-grunge mix of eccentric clothes and feathered hair. Mainly, the industry doesn’t know what to make of her. But it also can’t get enough of her.
Wong has become the Chinese music industry’s best-selling female singer, with an excellent voice and a record label (CinePoly) that hasn’t questioned her road to success. Her “who-needs-you” face has appealed to both cynic and sycophant.
The 25-year-old has never tasted failure and projects the arrogant immortality of youth. But it is these factors, and a voice with superb potential, that make her so attractive.
The important test of longevity is still ahead—and full of potholes. It would be a pity if she were to start listening to the critics.
For most people, make-up is about attaining facial perfection by sealing the pores and covering flaws. But to Hong Kong’s top make-up artist Zing, it is about daring to reveal the beauty underneath in his raw and funky approach, just like the grungy charm of Hong Kong.
Standing in the middle of the stage at the opening ceremony of his book launch exhibition, Zing seemed as shy as a little kid beside MC Jan Lamb. He shuffled the words of his speech, struggling to put them all together to express his feelings about the event and his gratitude to the star-studded patronage and to his friends (it actually brought to mind the murmuring style of alternative Asian diva Faye Wong, the artiste who launched Zing’s career to the apex).
Who wasn’t shocked by the explosion of red pigments on Faye Wong’s face at her 1998 concert? Who didn’t gag at the first sight of Sammi Cheng’s Nike eyebrow? And who would’ve thought of dissecting Devon Aoki’s face into four sections in different colours?
王菲 － 不留 Faye Wong - Leave Nothing Album: To Love (2003) Lyrics by: Faye Wong Composed by: Faye Wong trans:epikey@tumblr
我把風情給了你 日子給了他 I have my amorous feelings to you, my days to him 我把笑容給了你 寬容給了他 I gave my smile to you, my tolerance to him 我把思念給了你 時間給了他 I gave my longing to you, my time to him 我把眼淚給了你 I gave my tears to you
Faye Wong (王菲) Faye Wong is, perhaps, the most loved Chinese singer of all time, and this song is her most iconic Cantonese classic. This ballad’s lyrics talk about star-crossed lovers, who shared an incredible moment together that they will cherish forever, elevated by Wong’s singular voice and elegance.