Russ Abbot Triple
Nov30

Russ Abbot Triple

Blame a friend on a social network for posting the phrase “I love a party with a happy atmosphere” as the inspiration for this trio of music videos from British comedian and actor Russ Abbot. I’m very sorry. Atmosphere The video that, of course, came to mind where Russ sings about parties with happy atmospheres and his love of them all while sporting a happy and atmospheric party jumper. We’re A Folk Group From his Madhouse TV series and featuring Les Dennis, Dustin Gee, and Jeffrey Holland performing a pleasant little comedy folk number. I’m softening you up for the final video. The Four Bottoms I’ve saved the best for last. The same foursome from the same TV series and a parody of a Four Tops number. With blackface! And a bleached lead singer! Ah, can you watch this without...

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Tool Triple
Oct18

Tool Triple

You wait ages for any posts with a reference to the word tool and then two come along at once. Hot on the heels of the Ridgid Tools Calendars post comes this trio of music videos from American rock band Tool. Not a lot to say about the videos other than that they seem to perfectly fit the dark, brooding music and the styles of stop motion animation along with bizarre creature make up – the sort of things that wouldn’t look out of place in Pan’s Labyrinth – really appeals to me. Sober Parabola Schism Jenny Hansen, Jesus Izquierdo liked this...

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Massenet’s Cendrillon
Oct05

Massenet’s Cendrillon

Out of nowhere while flicking around the TV channels yesterday I spotted that an opera whose name I didn’t recognise was about to start. Every now and then I like to pretend I’ve got a smidgeon of class about me so I settled down and watched from start to finish a performance of Massenet’s Cendrillon as played out at the Royal Opera House in 2011. I was captivated by it. This was the first non-English opera I’d ever watched and it was enthralling. Beautiful acting and singing performances by all involved, clever set design, some gorgeous outfits, and a really nice version of the Cinderella story. I’ve no idea if the video I’m embedding here will get yanked at some point but it’s a part of the third act which takes place on the rooftops and sees both Cendrillon and Prince Charming bewitched by a spell cast by the gorgeous fairy godmother that means they can’t see one another; when the spell is finally broken I actually had goosebumps and a slight welling of tears when watching it for the first time. Cendrillon was played by Joyce DiDonato, the fairy godmother by Eglise GutiĆ©rrez, and Prince Charming – who I thought looked a bit effeminate at the time – turns out to be acted by Alice Coote, so that explains that. It doesn’t quite explain why he looks like Father Dougal McGuire though. Such an enjoyable opera, we might just look into taking a trip to London at some point and checking one out in the...

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Traci Lords Triple
Jul12

Traci Lords Triple

Traci Lords! She’s quite possibly well known for any number of other things but the two I’m going to concentrate on are her singing and her acting as I present three videos from the, er, singing actress. Now, I have to warn you that all three of these videos are erotic in different ways – very different ways; so different, in fact, that you may not even think they’re erotic at all – but none of them are pornographic. Not that there’s anything wrong with pornographic videos. I think I’ve mentioned porn and videos and Traci Lords enough now. Can’t imagine why I’m doing that. The first clip is Control from her 1995 album 1000 Fires. I bought this album, I liked this album, I played this album a lot, and this was the stand out track from it for me. Handy then that it got released as a single and a video was made for it. The second video is an excerpt from the 2009 movie Princess of Mars. If you’ve not seen this movie – and many people haven’t – but you have seen the big budget film John Carter then it’s definitely worth catching this to compare. I actually really enjoyed both movies. That’s right! I’m the person who liked both of those films. The princess in the film’s title is played by Traci Lords as you probably could have guessed. I’ve saved the best and most erotic of the Traci Lords videos to last. Prepare yourself for an audiovisual treat the likes of which you’ll never forget as long as you live. Warm Up With Traci Lords is an exercise video featuring the actress and singer. It also has incredible music and rhymes from Traci. It’s truly...

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The Infinite Monkey Cage
Jul02

The Infinite Monkey Cage

Eric Idle, Professor Brian Cox, and Robin Ince star – or, at least, their puppets do – in this video to the new theme music for BBC Radio 4 programme The Infinite Monkey...

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Musicians In Movies Triple
May10

Musicians In Movies Triple

A trio of videos showing off musicians who have made the leap from the music industry to the film one. Of course, there are hundreds (probably more) of examples of this sort of thing occurring as the two industries are fairly incestuous but I’ve decided to select just three because that’s what I tend to do when sharing videos. The only criteria I’ve used in narrowing things down is that I must have seen the film and liked it. Tom Waits – Mystery Men A mostly overlooked hero of the band of unlikely heroes making up the Mystery Men is Tom Waits as Doc Heller in this cut scene from the movie. I’m not that familiar with Tom’s music but his track What’s He Building In There? is one of my favourites. Iggy Pop – Cry Baby One of my most favourite films by one of most favourite directors John Waters, Cry Baby here featuring Iggy Pop naked and washing his private parts in a bath tub. What’s not to like about that? Tricky – The Fifth Element A short clip from the always enjoyable Fifth Element and English musician Tricky portraying a bad guy. An English person portraying a bad guy? What will the movie industry think of...

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