"Delete Forever" is gloomy perfection.
Grimes' forthcoming album Miss_Anthropocene is an attempt to shock people into caring about climate change by giving it a human face.
But her most recent release is about a different yet similarly pressing topic—the loss of the super-talented Lil Peep, the emo Soundcloud rapper who died of an opioid overdose at 21. The song places emotive guitar over a beat that Lil Peep himself might've used to create one of his devastating tracks. "Delete Forever" is reminiscent of stripped-down emo and acoustic-pop songs of old, but it has Grimes' signature electric sheen.
"It's a pretty bummer song," she told Zane Lowe. "I'm so bad at talking about this song. I guess it's kind of about the opioid epidemic…I've had quite a few friends pass away, in particular, one friend when I was 18 passed away from complications related to opioid addiction. Artists keep dying and stuff so I wrote this song on the night Lil Peep died."
The opioid crisis has been tearing America apart for years, thanks to chronic overprescription and a complex aggregation of additional factors, including ongoing coverups and ad campaigns spearheaded by massive pharmaceutical companies. Anyone can be affected. To learn how to administer NARCAN (narcalone), a spray that can stop an overdose, check out this link.
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Baz Luhrmann's 1996 Romeo + Juliet is an ecstasy-infused, colorful retelling of the star-crossed lovers' tale that takes a 425-year-old story and strangely reflects society in 2020.
Pandemics are known for triggering upheaval and societal change.
It's probably no coincidence, then, that Shakespeare penned Romeo and Juliet around 1595—directly in the middle of the deadly Bubonic plague pandemic that ravaged Europe. Amidst today's pandemic, the most relevant adaptation of this timeless and classic tragedy was made nearly 25 years ago.
Baz Luhrmann's 1996 Romeo + Juliet is an ecstasy-infused, colorful retelling of the star-crossed lovers' tale. Romeo + Juliet made a decent ranking at the box office, but it was heavily overlooked for awards, only receiving one Oscar nomination for best art direction.
Had Luhrmann waited just 10 years to release Romeo + Juliet, there may have been more positive reactions to the film. At one point, Baz himself doubted that the movie would ever be made. During a 2015 interview discussing the film, Baz said: "When we went to Twentieth Century-Fox with it, under the terms of my first-look deal, I think rather than let me go, they sort of said, 'We'll give him $100,000, let him do his little workshop and maybe it'll go away.' Well it did not."
Romeo + Juliet takes a 425-year-old story and strangely reflects society in 2020. Here's why: