Christus natus est.
To celebrate the nativity and the feast of Saint Stephen, here is Michael Oldfield’s cheery version of “In Dulci Jubilo”:
Enjoy the feast!
As Sandy drenches us in the Mid-Atlantic, a relevant post is required. However, there are not many songs about hurricanes. The Scorpions’ “Rock You Like a Hurricane” and Dylan’s “Hurricane” are contenders, but I do not like the first, and the second has nothing to do with a real hurricane. Well, here is Switchfoot’s “Hello, Hurricane.”
It is a bit too light for the subject matter . . . too cheerful for a storm. Darkness is needed. As such, here is more fitting piece by Johann Sebastian’s boy, Wilhelm Friedemann Bach: Symphony in D minor “Adagio & Fugue” performed by the Concerto Köln.
Sic transit Sandy.
For this Wednesday, I offer The Kinks’ “You Really Got Me”:
Dandy soda pop Bacchic beats with bad British teeth and ruffled shirts. I sometimes wish that I could have lived through that troubled time.
I also enjoy looking at the audience shots in these old videos. What was with the black chef?
The following is from the Jackson 5’s live track television special Goin’ Back to Indiana, broadcast in September, A.D. 1971:
I know that it was the early 70’s, but what is going on with those costumes?
Michael had just turned thirteen years old when this show aired. What a sad and twisted life that fame brought him.
My favorite scene in the first Kill Bill film is the climactic fight between the Bride and O-Ren Ishii. The background song, with its infectiously delightful clapping and flamenco flavored disco, is Santa Esmeralda’s version of “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood” from A.D. 1977:
You may watch the movie scene here (rated R), though you should rather see it in its full context, of course.
Happy Wednesday; I am lazy today. Here is “Waterloo Sunset” by the Kinks from A.D. 1967:
It is odd how much I like the popular music from the 1960’s but despise the civilizational decay and destruction of which it was the soundtrack.
I recently saw the video for the Pet Shop Boys’ tribute to Elvis Presley on the tenth anniversary of his death, “Always on My Mind.” It is not a normal music video but rather a sequence from their bizarre musical film, It Couldn’t Happen Here. The scene features actor Joss Ackland, who plays his part suitably, though the part itself seems rather unsuitable for the song. But when did pop music videos make sense?
Ackland here reminds me of Tom Baker, who wonderfully combines eccentricity, surreality, and a bit of creepiness. Had Baker been as old then as he is now, he would have been perfect for the part.
Nirvana’s “All Apologies” live:
For the last post of this Cranberries week, I offer the hit that, along with “Linger,” earned the band label support—“Dreams” from Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We?
Ah, the old country . . .
A similar song from a decade later is “Analyse” from Wake Up and Smell the Coffee:
I love how utterly lacking in pretense O’Riordan is. She dances like this in concert, too. A free spirit . . .
Dasorc’het eo Krist!
For today’s Cranberries pick, here is “I Can’t Be with You” performed live in Canada:
The official video is just weird and creepy.