Just another New Year’s Eve?

Just another New Year’s Eve?

Barry Manilow´s video and the reality of lonely New Year´s Eve for some people. Aaah, New Year’s Eve, a time to reflect on the year just gone and look forward to the one about to begin. It’s a chance to positively celebrate the relentless passing of time that for so much of the rest of our lives seems like an inescapable inevitability that we do our best to ignore. That’s the funny thing about New Years, it’s the one time of the year where we actively celebrate something as banal as one date changing to another. Massive celebrations in every Read more »

Freddie Mercury or Boy George: Who is the fairest of them all?

Freddie Mercury or Boy George: Who is the fairest of them all?

Two Divas: Freddie Mercury and Boy George. Two videos and the question: who is the fairest of them all? For the final one on one of the year, I chose two videos that made an impact on me when I was a child. Both videos were topping the charts in 1984 (I was 7 years old) and they are among the first music videos I remember. I adore both groups and songs and especially both front men so I thought it would be nice to end the year deconstructing them. “I WANT TO BREAK FREE” – QUEEN The song is Read more »

Last Christmas –A sadistic way to spend the Holidays!

Last Christmas –A sadistic way to spend the Holidays!

I could go on and on about this song and video, not only about the original version but also all the covers throughout the years. So I will. Let´s start with the fact that it is my favorite Christmas song and that for me it isn’t officially Christmas until I hear it play on the radio. I am also willing to confess that I sometimes listen to it “out of season”. Apparently in the 80´s people spent Christmas with their ex´s! Ok, so sometimes you can´t get out of that situation, but I do advise if faced with that challenge Read more »

Johnny Cash’s Christmas: How special is the Special?

Johnny Cash’s Christmas: How special is the Special?

A closer look at 1976 and The Johnny Cash Christmas Special. For this festive post we’re going back to 1976 and The Johnny Cash Christmas Special. I’m a fan so I’m hoping for a treat, a good country celebration with the Man in Black. He’s the big JC, he walks the line, he’s cooler than a reindeer’s nose; I have high expectations. Along the way I’ll be looking at key components, including who’s got the best Christmas sweater and assessing the state of the Cash’s tree. Ok, let’s go… 0.30: JC is out for a lone stroll in the woods. Read more »

Bridget Jones: From Book to movie to Christmas tradition.

Bridget Jones: From Book to movie to Christmas tradition.

A new Christmas tradition: Bridget Jones, the movie review. Christmas is a time to spend with your loved ones, to go back home, to transport yourself – physically or emotionally – to a place where we feel “sheltered”. For me, for the past 12 years, Christmas has been about all those things and one of the friends I like to visit is Bridget. Hey, I am a girl! It couldn’t be all about Bruce Lee now, could it? I think writing about her is also cool because this blog is a British – Colombian collaboration and even though we are separated Read more »

Slash Goes Beyond

Slash Goes Beyond

We take a look at the role of the band’s iconic lead-guitarist Slash on some of the most recognizable videos Guns n’ Roses made. For this analysis we’re going back to the early 90’s and the biggest rock band in the world at that time, Guns ‘n’ Roses. Having released two double lp’s at once – a statement of grandiose intent if ever there was one – the band were at the peak of everything: fame, creativity, cocaine use, rampant megolamania. Out of this period came what has become known amongst G’n’R fans as the Del James trilogy, videos shot Read more »

Foreigner´s “Cold as Ice” and Journey´s “Separate Ways”: No budget?

Foreigner´s “Cold as Ice” and Journey´s “Separate Ways”: No budget?

A comparative analysis between two of the worst videos ever: Foreigner´s “Cold as Ice” and Journey´s “Separate Ways”. Today, many hard rock and heavy metal bands pertaining to the Arena rock era from the late 60s and early 70s are considered classic bands. Among them are famous bands like Boston, Journey and Foreigner. It is pretty weird they represented an idea of “macho” rock which I grew up with. Maybe that is what is wrong with my friends? They believed these groups to be their role models? I am still trying to figure out why the music executives were willing Read more »

Fish Heads: What Society Turns Us Into.

Fish Heads: What Society Turns Us Into.

The video for “Fish Heads” is an endless source of inspiration. We have decided to tackle our second request together. Both of us found there is a lot to discuss with regards to this video and we are even thinking about starting a side project dedicated exclusively to it (maybe it even deserves its own podcast). As you will see. the video for “Fish Heads” is an endless source of inspiration. However, on this post specifically, we want to focus on the rejection of society and repressed sexuality expressed in the video through the use of Freudian symbolism. The fact Read more »

Journeys Through the Post-Televisual Age: Bob Dylan’s ‘Like A Rolling Stone’ Interactive Video.

Journeys Through the Post-Televisual Age: Bob Dylan’s ‘Like A Rolling Stone’ Interactive Video.

A Close look at Bob Dylan´s “Like A Rolling Stone” new video.   There was a time when the music video was, at least from the consumer’s point-of-view, a relatively simple concept. MTV was exactly that – music that had been married (sometimes unhappily) to the medium of television. Now, for all of TV’s virtues it is most resolutely a one-way medium, a device that asks you to surrender to it, to let it wash over you. You can turn over, off even, but what you haven’t traditionally been able to do is ‘talk back’ to your television set. Of Read more »

Kokomo – who should have stayed there?

Kokomo – who should have stayed there?

A review of one of the iconic movies of the 80´s: The plot, the actors, the soundtrack from the movie “Cocktail” This is the first request I’m doing. I am very happy to do it, one because it is for one of my dearest friends and two because I happen to love the movie, the video and the song. A part of me has that idea of paradise…INCEPTION! The film cocktail is a classic 80s chick flick, and there are 3 important things I remember about it – #spoiler alert (although I think since the movie was released in 1988 you Read more »

Britpop: The age of the party vegetable.

Britpop: The age of the party vegetable.

An in depth study of Oasis´ “Don´t Look Back in Anger” and Blur´s “Country House” and the repercussion of these videos in their era. For this One On One I’m taking you back to the days of Britpop and the rivalry that defined the scene that took Indie music out of the working-class terrace and in to all-together more expensive surroundings. And indeed, it’s this move in to ‘a very big ‘ouse in the caaantry’ – as Damon Albarn put it in his finest Dick Van Dyke impersonation – that forms the centre of this analysis. Firstly, we have Oasis. Read more »

Enter the Dragon – Dragon’s Galore

Enter the Dragon – Dragon’s Galore

The soundtrack, quotes and review of the modern classic movie “Enter the Dragon” with master of master´s Bruce Lee. I have given a lot of thought to what my first soundtrack post was going to be, I have huge respect for music, books and movies, so I decided to choose something that represented all that, there will be plenty of time to discuss favorite and iconic soundtracks. Also, I do not want to get in trouble with my husband or any of my male friends by saying anything except wonderful things about the movies, and of course, the grand master Read more »