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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?

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

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.

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.

All Steam

I had started writing a rant about the Web Blackout vs SOPA / PIPA bills, but thinking things over the bills are going to fail but not as a result of Blacking out the web. I think the entire idea stands as a ‘this is how shitty things can get’ but as usual it won’t get that shitty because there’s one person at the top paying attention. And it’s not because people were moderately inconvenienced today.

Anyways if you want some lulz from this I highly suggest checking out @herpderpedia and read all the fail that has resulted.

P.S. I’ll probably re-organize my thoughts and write them up for some more shits and giggles when the full fallout from today happens.

Here's FRIDAY!

Hey look is that Friday the 13th? And no less in the first month of 2012 as well! How spooky and ominous. I guess the world does have a good shot at ending. Or you know, starting a new calendar when the old one expires. Anyways, moving on to some more rational things, lets irrationally look at some random music videos. Hurray!

 

The Ramones – I wanna be Sedated

Just a bit on the weird side of things with this one. I mean there you have the Ramones just chilling and all this insanity is happening around them. Well actually they’re moving slow and everything else is going normal speed and they pressed fast forward for the final cut. But it’s a simple video, as the 80s were simple times for everyone.

The Pillows – Another Morning

Don’t ask me aboot the lyrics / meaning / anything because all I really know about the pillows is that they basically did the entire soundtrack for the FLCL anime movie. And it was done damn well. If it’s weird, well remember they’re a mid 90s punk rock band out of Japan. What’s cool is the shout out to Peanuts being incorporated into the music.

Wamdue Project – King of my Castle

Speaking of which, here’s what’s basically an MTV throwback to 1998/99 which is like an official mainstream Anime Music Video that made it on to TV and the history books. The footage is taken from the world-famous anime movie Ghost in the Shell (which recently got a makeover), but which was still having it’s cool buzz due to the increasing rise of anime in north America over all. Plus I mean it’s got guns and shooting, and stuff. This video rocks!

A shot from the forgotten urban parks project I was so excited to do. But it sucks doing this kind of thing solo, as parks are best enjoyed with some good company.

Park

Maybe this summer I’ll get the time to go raid all the city parks, with or without company because it’s something worth finishing up.

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