1980s Movie Music Triple
Jun26

1980s Movie Music Triple

Three bits of music from 1980s movies for your listening pleasure. 1980s movie master Kenny Loggins produces a song that is only surpassed by the gopher’s dancing skills in Caddyshack, skills I’ve mastered to the detriment of any other dancing style. Used in a ridiculous number or movies and TV scenes (see: Wikipedia: Oh Yeah) but probably most famously in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Weird Science, just one of those 80s movies that can be a little uncomfortable viewing in later years if you question some of the attitudes to sex and age. But still...

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Sympathy For The Devil
Dec30

Sympathy For The Devil

The August 1979 publication of Heavy Metal magazine (volume 3, issue 4) contained a comic strip – or, in its own words, a Songsaga – set to the lyrics of the Rolling Stones track Sympathy For The Devil. It just so happens that despite the annoying tendency for students at university to sing along with the music it remains possibly my most favourite Stones track and since the magazine is available for viewing on the Internet Archive I thought I’d reproduce the imagery from that publication here. Heavy Metal v03 #04 Story concept: James Waley Adaptation: James Waley & Gene Day Pencils: Gene Day Inks-lettering: Bill Payne Colours: Martin Springett And, if you want to sing along...

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Morris Men, Stealing Sheep, And An Apparition
Oct07

Morris Men, Stealing Sheep, And An Apparition

A fabulous music video for the song Apparition by Stealing Sheep featuring the Abingdon Traditional Morris Side and the Oxford City Morris Men. I’ve got some history with Abingdon Traditional Morris having photographed them on one or two occasions before (Mayor’s Day 2011, Mayor’s Day 2012, and the Abingdon Extravaganza) and from having a wife and a best friend, both of whom are cousins of one of the dancers (the bearded one you can see stepping over the broom at the start of the video). The song is great and it’s made greater by the video which is wonderfully choreographed and expertly directed by Dougal Wilson with some lovely effects and a fantastic attempt to feel like a one-take video, without actually being one. Extra points go to the band for learning some of the steps too. Stealing Sheep is Rebecca Hawley, Emily Lansley, and Lucy Mercer. Their sound in general and the sound in particular for this song fits perfectly with this video. Quirky is the...

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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...

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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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