ADELE (Boing Boing TV, 2008)

I won't say Boing Boing TV *discovered* Ms. Adele Laurie Blue Adkins, but I will say that our old pal Russell Porter introduced her to many of our readers and viewers for the first time, in this classic Boing Boing TV episode from 2008.

The "heartbroken soul" sound captured in her debut album, 19, won her a Mercury Prize that year. Russell caught up with her backstage at the awards show.

One year later, she would take home two Grammys, then in 2012 she nabbed an unprecedented six, cementing Adele's role as one of the most powerful and famous female vocalists in contemporary popular music.

The video for her song "Chasing Pavement" excerpted in this BBTV episode was directed by Matthew Cullen.

Just a few days ago, by the way, the 24-year-old songstress gave birth to her first child—a beautiful baby boy.


  1. Can most of you understand more than the gist of what these fine people say? 
    I guess I need more exposure to British English. 
    She doesn’t sing in that dialect. 

        1. I was messing – but at the same time I’m not quite sure what you mean. English as a language is the result of influences from latin and germanic languages (as well as some splashes of Gaelic I assume)- but the resulting language itself wasn’t imported. Unless I’m missing something of course. But I wasn’t actually being a pedantic asshole, mostly just an asshole.

          1.  I was being pedantic

            Although the Angles were a minority of the conquering “Germanic” peoples, their language seems to have survived.  Probably because their homeland on the Cimbrian Peninsula had been geographically situated between speakers of Jutlandic, Saxon Thiudisc, Suebian, Frisian, Danish (and even what would become William the Conquerors Frankish- and Gallo-Roman-influenced Norwegian. Rollo the Viking was his ancestor, who visited Paris and Burgundy). 

            Angeln being a trading crossroads, the traffic center,  of the Proto-Germanic speakers during the Iron Age, when the Germanic languages first diverged into separate branches, is likely to have maintained a language comprehensible to all its neighbours.  A lingua franca, a common language with simple grammar, picking up words from every direction.  It was not a big place. 
            It seems to have kept this role and quality on the Roman parts of the Island they invaded, many of their new neighbours being their old neighbours whose languages diminished into local dialects of English over time. 

            Germans are one of the largest constituent ethnic groups in Canada, the largest in the USA, yet English, simple, polished, well worn and with the worlds largest pool of mostly borrowed words has a clear lead. 
            English is still the fastest growing language in the world. 

            Not everybody moved to the British Islands.  Archeology indicates that about 30% of the population stayed behind, their language being influenced by Jutes, Danes, the Saxon and then Frankish Thiudisc (as in Dutch, Deutsch and Teutonic). 
            It barely survived, if at all, in the form of a dialect of Plattdütsch,  Angeliter Platt, going extinct as a native spoken language in this generation. 
            You think you’d understand more than the gist of what a current day Angle says in his tongue?  If he speaks it. 

             But it’s really true, I would understand as much or more of the interview if it was in Dutch, Norwegian or Hawaiian Pidgin. 
            Too different.  Will get British movies from Library. 

            Too long, sorry, periphery of favored subject, currently live there. 
            It’s just what I think. 
            Couldn’t find a good map, drew something. 

          2. I have heard of the similarities between modern day English and certain Germanic dialects, but at the same time I don’t think you can completely ignore the influence of the Saxons or Normans on the language – even if the evidence is strongest in named geography.

            I was a pretty mediocre English Lang. student though – but I did find the subject interesting.

            I suppose my original comment was musing at the phrase ‘British English’ (which wasn’t a mistake on your part, it’s a perfectly accepted phrase) – it’s as good as saying ‘EMP Pulse’ for me.

  2. It was probably just me, but I found Chasing Pavements really irritating. I’d have to change channel immediately.

  3. I am heartbroken by this news – one of my most respected and admired websites helped unleash this wretched aural McDonald’s on us all. EVERYTHING wrong with the soulless over-produced Top-40 dumbing down machine can be epitomized in just one of her singles, and don’t you all pretend you don’t know which one it is.

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