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 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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