2014's fast food atrocities
Burger King's black cheeseburger: Made with squid ink and bamboo charcoal, arguably a symbol of meat's destructive effect on the planet. Only available in Japan.
Jovanotti is probably the biggest pop star you’ve never heard of, unless of course you happen to be Italian. Over the years, he’s evolved into an Italian Bruce Springsteen or Bono — an iconic pop star who takes on issues from AIDS to poverty in Africa. Back home, he sells out stadiums and churns out No. 1 hits like “L’ombelico del Mondo.”
We caught up with Jovanotti on his first trip to San Francisco, where he played the Stern Grove Festival, a long-running series of free summer concerts.
Now on “Quick Hits,” Jovanotti sings some impromptu ballads and tells Marco Werman about bicycling through Iran.
Italian pop superstar Jovanotti performs the dance party anthem known as “L’Ombelico del Mondo” or “The Bellybutton of the World.” Jovanotti’s song is certainly a celebration of Italy, but it’s also a shout-out to cultures from all over the world. Play it loud.
A tireless performer, Jovanotti roams the stage and plunges into the crowd during his performance. He then caps it with a duet with Liliana Saumet, the lead singer of the Colombian band Estereo.
Introducing this new song as a tango from his album “Safari,” Jovanotti starts “Dove Ho Visto Te” (“Where I’ve Seen You”) in a mellow groove before cranking up the tempo. The song is about a well-traveled man whose music and words are inspired by a woman. An ecstatic Jovanotti sings, “Kiss me, eat me, leave me, take me, forgive me, use me, believe me, save me, feel me.”
As with most Jovanotti songs the music, rhythms and emotion are more important than the words, which tend to be vague. But with references to Africa and the Amazon, this song conveys the experience of a man who has journeyed far, and is sustained by love. Even though the lyrics are Italian, the San Francisco audience seemed to understand.
In an interview with “Quick Hits” reporter Marco Werman, Jovanotti talks about his evolution from the teen idol who introduced rap to Italy to the inventive performer and activist who campaigns with his friend Bono to reduce extreme poverty in Africa.
Domino's Specialty Chicken: It's like regular pizza, except instead of a crust, there's fried chicken. The company's marketing officer calls it "one of the most creative, innovative menu items we have ever had” -- brain power put to good use.
KFC'S ZINGER DOUBLE DOWN KING: A sandwich made by adding a burger patty to the infamous chicken-instead-of-buns creation can only be described using all caps. NO BUN ALL MEAT. Only available in South Korea.
Taco Bell's Waffle Taco: It took two years for Taco Bell to develop this waffle folded in the shape of a taco, the stand-out star of its new breakfast menu.
Krispy Kreme Triple Cheeseburger: Only attendees at the San Diego County Fair were given the opportunity to taste the official version of this donut-hamburger-heart attack combo. The rest of America has reasonable odds of not dropping dead tomorrow.
Taco Bell's Quesarito: A burrito wrapped in a quesadilla inside an enigma. Quarantined to one store in Oklahoma City.
Quick Hits, presented in partnership with PBS Arts, showcases the most dynamic sounds from around the globe. Every week, we'll introduce you to a new musician, visit with them in places that inspired their sound, and capture their songs on stage in performances you won't see anyplace else. Produced by The Talbot Players.