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Been a bit busy. I have also been making a bunch of understatements.

None the less, here’s something from Lower Canada.

Doing what I can to swing back into this now that the weather is awesome again.

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TTL – Thursday

In my laziness I’ve manage to keep myself a bit busy. Just a wee bit. My good buddies Mushy Callahan recently partook in the local Canadian Music Week in town and I offered up my photo skills for them. (which resulted in some insanity later that night/morning).
Anyways, here’s a quickie I snapped of them playing.

Now, to work on getting the full band in the shots.

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One of the staples of  the music industry is a different band singing a song from another, aka the Cover. Not to be confused with what happens in Rap/Hip-Hop which is the sampling, aka borderline theft. That aside, one of your best bets to making it big is to take an old popular song and do it your way to be popular too. I mean YouTube is full of shitty up and comers doing a cover or someone’s music. But here are some you may not know so well.

Orgy – Blue Monday (Originator: New World Order)

The year, 1999. The mood, CYBER PUNK/GOTH/FREAK. The band to bring us this in a dawning Millennium, Orgy. I mean the song is so dark, and they’re totally dark too. No one is going to tell them what to do man, they’re not some prissy boy band like N’SYNC or Back Street Boys. And they’re totally not as creepy as Merilyn Manson. Really  not much to this, the band is just being fucked with and they keep showing how fashionable they are by changing cloths. Surprisingly this video got a lot of props, but not surprising given the time culturally.

A1 – Take On Me (Originator: A-Ha)

Nice work A1, you certainly have set yourself well apart from the pack with this music video and cover. I mean, take one of the top iconic songs of the 80s and add a boy band, bad synth and awful manual returning of the vocals and BAM! You have the formula for a bad music video that involves 95% crappy blue screen. I’ve posted the original A-Ha video before, but here it is again for comparison.

See, that’s something that wins awards. That’s something that’s far from a Sony Ad and stealing left and right of anything which people would call cyber space. No need to rip off The Matrix and Tron, no reason to make me want to puke. Actually I did because this was really popular in Europe for reasons forever unknown.

Jay-Z – Forever Young (Originator: Alphaville)

Remember what I said in the intro? Well here’s the proof. Lets use 80% of the song and just add new verses. This isn’t so much a cover, but a Hip-hop re-imagining. Can’t say I ever expect much when the Z wants to do a song his way. The video for itself? Totally representing everything proud and American just like Alphaville. (Who just happen to be a German band) None the less, have some chuckles at the original video which is pretty much Post-Apocalyptic Renaissance.

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Trolls however, dead.

It’s hard to live life in this age without having to be haunted by the 80s (which chronologically ended 22 years ago, and will be back in the swing of things in 68 years…) I mean wars have been forgotten faster than the 80s and all it managed to produce was two generations of awful people. They couldn’t even kill Communism in the 80s (which technically still exists today, but Major Communism died). Anyways since the 80s are going to be around for a while, lets just kick back to some music videos from one of the more interesting periods modern of music.

Buggles – Video Killed the Radio Star

While this wasn’t actually recorded in the 80s, it’s very much a milestone video in pop-culture. This has the significance of being the first music video to be played on the newly airing Music Television station, being the first video to be aired on MTV one million times and whole other bunch of things. It’s been covered many times, Hans Zimmer has a cameo and this is the only song the Buggles are known for. If you need to think 80s, you think Video Killed the Radio Star.

Dexy’s Midnight Runners – Come on Eileen

People know the song, but don’t really know the clip-show music video. Anyways, thankfully the young people haven’t picked up dungarees as sporting fashion. Anyways, this is a small spin on ‘band playing for the music video’ mostly due to the copious amounts of sexual harassment found in both the lyrics and the action in the video. Yep, that’s right, this is a popular song about forcing yourself on someone (poor Eileen in this case). Watching the Pop-up Video edition of this is pretty awesome, but not as awesome as the electric banjo action which it shows.

Madness – Our House

This is musical madness?

Madness? THIS. IS. OUR HOUSE! (in the middle of the street)

Again, as with  many, many, many 80s music videos, we see the rather large-sized band playing and acting out all the madness that happens in this house of massive size. Apparently the size of a British house is deceptive from the outside (which would explain the TARDIS from Doctor Who.) Madness apparently did other songs and such, but no one really cares and they’re now a staple of 80s music.

Cyndi Lauper – Girls Just Want to Have Fun

The real female front man of the 80s. Forget Madonna doing crazy shit to get attention. Cyndi just did crazy shit. (remember, she’s already in her mid 30s during the 80s.) Although Madonna got an album out first, Cyndi got more praise and awards (and didn’t lose her shit in the second millennium.) Still, this video stands as a great example of what the typical 80s female looked like. Actually, I see very few differences between chicks today and back in the 80s. All and all a fun video, even if one of them is walking like an Egyptian. Wait a minute, is that SUPER MARIO?

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Nothing special this week. Yet another photo from a collection of old things I have, and this is just a building found about the city.

Northen Tower

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Creative or insane?

So I don’t think it should come to much surprise that I tend to enjoy some of the music videos directed by Spike Jonze. I’ve posted quite a number of them up here and he’s been one of the more creative directors I’ve seen (along side Michel Gondry and Chris Cunninham) and if you check the kinds of artist they direct for, you see the why the awesomeness comes out. In addition to directing music videos, Jonze has also directed a number of quirky films (Where the Wild Things Are) and is one of the few directors left who hates CGI and uses it as a last resort in his work. But don’t take my word for it, let his work speak for himself.

Fatboy Slim – Weapon of Choice

This is one of the rare videos that has been able to capture the awesome power of Christopher Walken in his natural state. That’s some incredible shit he pulls off and if you can pull moves off like that to a T, then you’ll never have to worry about women problems ever again.

Chemical Brothers – Elektrobank

So this goes back some years, when the Chemical Brothers were on the upstroke to Coolsville in the electronica world. Electronica and techno music is always a bit of a challenge to get a good video going done. So what got done was basically the Karate Kid in Gymnast form. The chick doing the routine, that happens to be Jonze’s wife (at the time I believe) who was actually a gymnast. If you ever get a chance to hear the commentary by Jonze on this video, it’s got some pretty good insight into it on him and his process. Oh look, another Chemical Brothers Cameo.

Björk – It’s in our Hands

Given this is Björk, it’s a bit tough to guess who came up with this idea. I’m actually pretty creeped out from this video when normally I’m intrigued or fascinated by what the directors do. I think it’s mostly the use of the night vision and Björk’s weird expression. Either way, I never want to watch that again. Ever.

Dinosaur Jr. – Feel the Pain

Turns out New York was once host the most xtreme game of golf ever. I wish I had been there. I mean seeing dudes get beaten the fuck up over a golf ball, driving around in a golf cart like it was nothing. I mean who wouldn’t want to be given the chance to do that? Not even Tiger Woods is really that extreme with his golfing. But think of the entertainment factor.

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Unless you’re a really sketchy person, you should stay long and far from Filmores.

Flmores (not pictured the sign with European style lap dancing)

But it makes for a fantastic picture.

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