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Selfridges Windows: Hit Songs in 3D

Selfridges, Oxford Street, London

To mark the beginning of the summer festival season, Selfridges have collaborated with ten current musicians and asked them to visualise their hit songs in 3 dimensions. It’s amazing to what lengths some of the artists have gone. My favourite is probably the Empire of the Sun – window, because I love their song so much. Knowing the songs is a key to understanding what the windows are all about, hence I’m putting links up so you can listen to the songs.

All photos by Andrew Meredith.

Florence and the Machine: ‘Cosmic Love‘ .

‘The stars, the moon, they’re all blown out. You have left me in the dark. No dawn, no day, I’m always in this twilight in the shadows of your heart.’

It’s all about light; I like the way they’ve done the mannequin’s insides with fluorescent lights as well. It’s a beautiful song, and I think this windows captures the spirit well.

Dizzee Rascal: ‘Bonkers

‘Some people think I’m bonkers, but I just think I’m free.. Man I’m just livin’ my life, there’s nothin’ crazy bout me.’

Great song! Dizzie’s eyes just keep rolling around in this pretty much.

Empire of the Sun: ‘Walking on a Dream‘.

‘On and on and on we’re calling out and out again. Never looking down. I’m just in awe of what’s in front of me.’

One of my favourite songs at the moment. The window stays true to the album cover and the music video, and mannequin is dressed exactly like the singer Luke Steele. I would describe their visual style as Cosmic Exotica.. Their style is really unique..

Charlotte Gainsbourg: ‘Heaven Can Wait‘.

‘She’s sliding, she’s sliding, down into the dregs of the world. She’s fighting, she’s fighting, the urge to make sand out of pearls.’

I would watch the music video; it is so wierd. Otherwise I’m not sure what this window says, it echoes emptiness to me.

Paloma Faith: ‘Do You Want the Truth or Something Beautiful?’

‘Do you want the truth or something beautiful? I am happy to deceive you.’

The window is mostly a vinyl room set on the glass, and a white chair has a red apple shaped candle on it. The way I see it the classic room is the truth and the tempting apple is the lie. I like the way different dimensions of the window have been used.

Marina and the Diamonds: ‘I Am Not A Robot‘.

‘You’re vulnerable, you’re vulnerable. You’re not a robot. Better to be hated than loved, love loved for what you’re not.’

I like the contrast of having an (ugly?) robot together with jewellery. All the props take a big part in all these windows and the product is hardly noticable. I wonder if that is a wise move commercially?

The Drums: ‘Best Friend‘.

‘You’re my best friend and then you died when I was twenty-three and you were twenty-five. You’re my best friend and then you died. And how will I survive?’

Here’s another band I like a lot at the moment. Check out the video, it is exactly like the window, just with the band in it.

The Big Pink: ‘A Brief history of Love‘.

Art work by Joe Rush and Alex Wreckage of the Mutoid Waste Co.

I like the song, and the window is so beautiful; I love the backdrop and the props make it darker and edgier.

Hot Chip: ‘I Feel Better

‘I only want one life. Together in our arms. This is the longest night. We’re meeting arms to arms.’

Another strange video..  But the window is cool and it incorporates felt shapes and lots of kiddies products. I have

The XX: ‘Stars‘.

‘But if stars, should’t shine, by the very first time, then dear it’s fine, so fine by me. ‘Cos we can give it time, so much time, with me.’

The X seems to be this band’s logo, which must explain the simplicity of the window.

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Guess the Song at Selfridges

Selfridges, Oxford Street, London

Do you know your music? Selfridges are holding a competition, which is to guess what songs their street windows represent. You can enter at Selfridges.com and the winner will get £500 to spend on their online shop. I obviously don’t know my songs, because I found it quite hard, but thankfully the guy selling Big Issue helped me out a bit. Some I know, some need your help with. Put your guesses in the comment boxes with some You Tube links.

I like windows that really engage and make you think :).

All photographs by Andrew Meredith.

Lets start with the easy ones.

I automatically though Lady Gaga when I saw this, but that is not a song title. I do know this now so I won’t ruin it for you.

First I thought this is Natasha Bedingfield’s Single, but with the diamond rings and this amount of single girlies, I think it’s the other much played song..

This one I know as well, but you won’t have any fun guessing if I tell you. It’s quite easy. A very cool concept to incorporate red shoes into a scheme.

There are so many songs that say ‘la la la la’ so I find this one a bit tricky. There are red cherries and lips in this, so one of my guesses would be Cherry Lips by Garbage. although it doesn’t say ‘la la la’, so it can’t be that..  Also I found a song called Cherry Coke. It is not very well-known. Any ideas for this one?

I thought this could be Love Is All Around by Wet Wet Wet, because the text ‘Love’ is all around the merchandise. I could be wrong. What a classic song!

The text on the back wall says ‘Black’ and all the stock is black too. Some black paint is on the door. Those are your clues. What song title do you think it is?

The answer is right above. It is so easy if you’ve heard the song. That’s all of them. Put your guesses in the comments boxes. Selfridges also did windows based on current hit songs. Wait for that post in a couple of days!