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Vintage Video: Franco Battiato “Centro di Gravitá Permanente”

August 30th, 2007 · No Comments

Franco Battiato started his career in the late ’60s as a struggling, middle-of-the-road Italian pop singer; by the early ’70s he had undergone a radical transformation into avant-garde dabbler, creating spacey music inspired by Karlheinz Stockhausen, Krautrock and Brian Eno. One of his most outré albums featured an entire side of him playing a […]

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Vintage Video: Blue Öyster Cult “Joan Crawford”

August 28th, 2007 · No Comments

One of the best things about Will Ferrell’s now-classic “More Cowbell” sketch from SNL is that Chris Parnell, Jimmy Fallon, Horatio Sanz and Chris Kattan’s ridiculously mustachioed get-ups weren’t all that far away from what the guys in Blue yster Cult actually looked like. BÖC was probably the archetype of the old-schoolers whose image just […]

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Vintage Video: Can “I Want More”

August 27th, 2007 · 2 Comments

“I Want More” was Can’s only hit outside of their native Germany (it hit number 26 on the UK pop charts), and its stark concessions to disco and pop will probably surprise fans more acquainted with their Damo Suzuki-era material. Huge synths, funky fuzz guitars and sing-a-long vocals easily make it Can’s catchiest track. I […]

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Vintage Video: Super Cat “Ghetto Red Hot”

August 24th, 2007 · No Comments

The extreme poverty and brutality of the Jamaican ghetto makes reggae’s adoption of the gangsta pose feel more authentic than many U.S. rappers. Super Cat’s cartoonish toasting style provides a jarring contrast to the casual street violence hinted at in “Ghetto Red Hot,” a thematic discordance that runs through much of reggae (I frequently find […]

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Vintage Video: Pere Ubu and friends “Waiting for Mary”

August 23rd, 2007 · 2 Comments

Here’s Pere Ubu, Debbie Harry, Loudon Wainwright III, David Mansfield and Philip Glass on a long-forgotten NBC show called Michelob Presents Night Music, hosted by smooth jazz king David Sanborn and ex-Squeeze member Jools Holland. Yes, freako avant-punks Pere Ubu play one of their own songs with this motley crew on a show that actually […]

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Vintage Video: Yes “Into the Lens”

August 22nd, 2007 · 1 Comment

Here’s a weird one: this brief early-’80s incarnation of Yes, which appeared only on the Drama album, came long after their early-’70s glory days and predated the band’s “Owner of a Lonely Heart”-fueled comeback. Vocalist Jon Anderson is gone at this point ” the singer here is none other than ex-Buggles frontman Trevor Horn (who […]

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Vintage Video: LL Cool J “I’m Bad”

August 21st, 2007 · 1 Comment

Before he became the boring lover boy he is today, LL Cool J was bad (the good kind); and he certainly makes no bones about his badness in the song “I’m Bad” and its accompanying video. The flimsy, porn-worthy plot is hilarious; makes you kinda wish more rappers could add this campy sense of levity […]

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Vintage Video: Althea and Donna “Uptown Top Ranking”

August 20th, 2007 · No Comments

OK, so the girls don’t really sell their “Uptown Top Ranking” status in this clumsy Top of the Pops performance; nevertheless, I say the amateurish naiveté of this clip is almost as delightful as the bratty insouciance of the recorded version. Don’t you just want to give Althea a big hug every time she pouts […]

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Vintage Video: The Jam “Move on Up” (Curtis Mayfield cover)

August 18th, 2007 · 2 Comments

For all of Paul Weller’s crusade to disown white-bred rock music with the Style Council (he was always saying stuff like black people were “the only people making any good music” in interviews throughout the ’80s), I’ve always felt his best R&B-derived songs were written during the last couple years of the Jam’s existence. “Beat […]

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