The Fifth Element: Why I can never change the channel…

The Fifth Element: Why I can never change the channel…

I have always said that I don´t know what I prefer most: watching a movie for the first time or re watching it a few times until it becomes familiar. I almost always discover new things after each repeat that make me look at the movie in a different way, sort of like what re-reading a book does as well. There are about 20- 30 movies that I have watched over 50 times. Yep…I have. One of the movies that I MUST  watch is Luc Besson´s masterpiece: The Fifth Element…for those of you who haven’t seen it: STOP READING AND Read more »

New Reels: “Heavy Seas of Love” by Damon Albarn

New Reels: “Heavy Seas of Love” by Damon Albarn

Today marks the 20th anniversary of one of the most important albums of the 90’s, the one that alongside the first two Oasis records epitomized the whole Britpop era, and that record is Parklife by Blur. When people talk about great British songwriters it’s very often the case that the same familiar names – Lennon & McCartney, Ray Davies, David Bowie, Paul Weller etc – come up time and time again. For my liking Damon Albarn’s name isn’t mentioned nearly often enough in the same breath which is a shame because it’s hard to think of a better songwriter from Read more »

Pink Cadillac: Sex, cars and dancing mechanics.

Pink Cadillac: Sex, cars and dancing mechanics.

The history of the car song is a long and varied one, and the use of the motor-vehicle as a lyrical subject is one that is drenched in metaphor and euphemism. Indeed, the history of such things is almost as old as the car itself. In the 1930’s legendary blues singer Robert Johnson’s first single was the self-penned ‘Terraplane Blues’ which included choice couplets like “I’d said I flash your lights, mama, you horn won’t even blow” and “I’m gonna heist your hood, mama, I’m bound to check your oil”. More famous examples would come later, not least the soul Read more »

Female Power Ballads: The heart of Heart

Female Power Ballads: The heart of Heart

Oh the female heart…the female soul in general. A mystery to us all. REALLY. All I know now is that every woman I know has from 30 to 50 different emotions in a day (yours truly included). Blame it on hormones, on society, on the fact that we come from mars or blame it on the boogie (sorry!) but it is just the simple truth. Because of that whirlpool of estrogen and feeling I have always felt respect and awe towards women who are able to communicate their feelings with others in a way that doesn’t come off as hysterical Read more »

Soundtrack: Across The Universe

Soundtrack: Across The Universe

Deconstructing the movie “Across The Universe” and the soundtrack. Having spent the best part of 6 years living in Liverpool, and having been an ardent fan for much longer than that, I think it’s fair to say I’m familiar almost (but not quite) to the point of saturation with the oeuvre of The Beatles. Placed in the context of the history of pop music the Fab Four’s body of work can still be seen to occupy some kind of creative high-water mark, such is the enduring ability of their songs and albums to dazzle and amaze with the levels of Read more »

Chet Faker at the Boiler Room, Melbourne

Chet Faker at the Boiler Room, Melbourne

I would like to talk about an artist that I am currently listening to a lot and whom has undoubtedly caught my attention, I have a terrible crush on him, I am talking about the talented and sexy beard-king Chet Faker. Chet Faker Boiler Room Melbourne I came across Faker via a friend but I was instantly hooked. I mean COME ON! I liked him but he left a mark with his fantastic “No Diggity” cover which was just what I think covers should be like, a reinterpretation of a song, a personal input without disrespect to the original. In Read more »

This Amusement Never Ends: The timeless appeal of Peter Gabriel’s ‘Sledgehammer’.

This Amusement Never Ends: The timeless appeal of Peter Gabriel’s ‘Sledgehammer’.

If there’s one thing that we here at MVD feel it is probably our duty to do, seeing as we are a site dedicated to exploring the marriage of music and video in all it’s forms, it is to take a look at those music videos which can be seen for one reason or another to be milestones in the history of the form, ones that genuinely pushed boundaries and explored new techniques and artistic territory. And if it’s milestone videos you’re after then they don’t come any more milestone-y than this! I can clearly remember the fuss surrounding this Read more »

George Michael´s Outside: “He who laughs last…”

George Michael´s Outside: “He who laughs last…”

Controversial and best comeback video ever: “Outside” by George Michael. There are definitely a lot of videos to be analyzed, as well as new releases, celebrations, anniversaries and current or historic events to write about, and we intend to spice things up and with shorter articles but with our characteristic entertaining spin and take on things. We are kicking things off with George Michael s´ “Outside” video. Why you may ask? Three reasons: A day like Today (April 7th) in 1998: George Michael was arrested at The Will Rogers Memorial Park for committing a sex act in a public toilet. 2. Read more »

This Is Tom Jones: Why STJ is ‘The Voice’.

This Is Tom Jones: Why STJ is ‘The Voice’.

Of the four judges on the UK edition of The Voice (which, judge us as you will, we here at MVD will admit to being big fans of) the only one who would actually stand a chance as a contestant on a show like this is the man himself Sir Tom Jones, or STJ as he’s become known. In fact ‘The Voice’ seems like a pretty apt nick-name for him. His presence on the show adds a certain gravitas to the judging panel. Here is a man who, as he seems to find a way to remind us every week, Read more »

The Man in the street: The mystery of Radiohead’s ‘Just’ video

The Man in the street: The mystery of Radiohead’s ‘Just’ video

For this post I’d like to take a look at a video ‘mystery’ and also a band who I consider to be one of the most important and creative of the last 20 years. I, like many others, first discovered Radiohead via their first album Pablo Honey and in particular the mega-MTV hit that was ‘Creep’. I remember really loving that song, they way it did the quiet/loud thing (something another band of that time, Nirvana, were also very fond of. In truth, both bands were probably big fans of Pixies…), that guitar ‘crunch’ just before the chorus, and of Read more »