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Wednesday, January 9, A.D. 2013
In Dulci Jubilo Veteris Agri

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!

Posted by Joseph on Wednesday, January 9, Anno Domini 2013
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Monday, October 29, A.D. 2012
Dear Sandy

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.

Posted by Joseph on Monday, October 29, Anno Domini 2012
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Thursday, October 11, A.D. 2012
You Really Got Me

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?

Posted by Joseph on Thursday, October 11, Anno Domini 2012
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Tuesday, July 31, A.D. 2012
I Want You Back

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.

Posted by Joseph on Tuesday, July 31, Anno Domini 2012
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Thursday, July 26, A.D. 2012
Santa Esmeralda

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.

Posted by Joseph on Thursday, July 26, Anno Domini 2012
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Wednesday, July 18, A.D. 2012
Waterloo Sunset

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.

Posted by Joseph on Wednesday, July 18, Anno Domini 2012
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Tuesday, June 12, A.D. 2012
Pet Shop Joss

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.

Posted by Joseph on Tuesday, June 12, Anno Domini 2012
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Wednesday, June 6, A.D. 2012
Nirvana’s All Apologies

Nirvana’s “All Apologies” live:

Here are the versions from In Utero and the MTV Unplugged performance.

A pity . . .

Posted by Joseph on Wednesday, June 6, Anno Domini 2012
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Friday, May 18, A.D. 2012
Dreams and Analyse

Atgyfododd Crist!

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 . . .

Posted by Joseph on Friday, May 18, Anno Domini 2012
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Thursday, May 17, A.D. 2012
I Can’t Be with You

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.

Posted by Joseph on Thursday, May 17, Anno Domini 2012
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