The 50´s: The Decade, The Music, The Playlist!

The 50´s: The Decade, The Music, The Playlist!

As our regular readers will already know, we here at MVD love to dig through the history of pop music in all its forms and we love to build playlists on Spotify too. And it is with this in mind that we hit upon the idea of digging back to the birth of rock and roll and moving forward to compile decade-by-decade playlists of the music we consider to be the most important and representative of each era, and then alongside that we wanted to try and provide some historical context. There will inevitably be stuff we´ve missed out and you may well read Read more »

Michael Jackson, Jarvis Cocker, and the long, slow beginning of the end

Michael Jackson, Jarvis Cocker, and the long, slow beginning of the end

As you may well have realized by now today marks the 5th anniversary of the death of Michael Jackson. Yes, 5 years! I can still quite clearly remember the moment I found out via the news channels late one evening. It was shocking certainly, and whilst I can´t claim to have shed any tears I do remember feeling slightly sad at the passing of a part of my childhood. It wasn´t so much the death of Jackson himself, but rather the era of greater innocence that he seemed to represent and to a certain extent embody. To anyone who grew Read more »

Madonna: Videos by Albums. Take One

Madonna: Videos by Albums. Take One

Well friends, it is finally time to tackle the Queen of Pop and the most important female superstar of the last 30 years. She is also one of the artists that got the importance of music videos and knew how to ride that wave. She is unique, influential, talented, intelligent and undeniably an icon and the world´s most famous female pop performer. Since she has a long career and a long video trajectory, I think the best way to approach this is by choosing a video (or 2 when they are extremely good) per album. Let´s star with her first Read more »

Rose Petal and Almond Ice Cream: The playlist.

Rose Petal and Almond Ice Cream: The playlist.

A recipe and a playlist to go with it! We have something completely new for you today: our first guest writer! My dear friend (you could say she is like a sister to me) Ana has been writing a cooking blog for the past years, and she is an excellent cook with original and classy recipes. The blog is in Spanish and you can find it here. And you can find here on Facebook here. Ana came up with the idea of having us do a playlist for one of here recipes. She translated it so we could publish here. Read more »

The feel-bad hit of the summer: Psy & Snoop Dogg – Hangover

The feel-bad hit of the summer: Psy & Snoop Dogg – Hangover

Two people who need no introduction (South korea´s first global pop star, everybody´s favourite blunt-smoking gangsta-rapper. That´s an introduction isn´t it. Oh well…) have teamed up to make a tune that has “HIT RECORD!!!!!” written all over it. Yep, there´s no escaping this songs commercial potential. The fact that it´s also accompanied by a thoroughly entertaining video showing them getting utterly wasted together until the sunlit hours of the morning helps hugely. As for the tune itself, well I´d be lying if I said it didn´t instantly burrow it´s way in to my brain and set up camp. That said, Read more »

The Commercialization of Hip – Hop: Vanilla Ice Vs. M.C. Hammer

The Commercialization of Hip – Hop: Vanilla Ice Vs. M.C. Hammer

In our first “official” partners meeting, we (Prof. Brownpants and Prof. Blooming) have decided to tackle two giants for our first properly co-written post, our first “In Situ” One on One: Vanilla Ice´s “Ice Ice Baby” and MC Hammer´s “”U Can´t Touch This”. In early 1990´s Prof. Brownpants spent his afternoons “playing pool” and listening to Hip-hop (amongst other things), and Prof. Blooming spent her afternoons watching M.T.V. and dealing with high-school. (amongst other too). The videos we are about to deconstruct we both know beyond an amateurish level, so we feel comfortable and prepared for this mission: our 60th Read more »

Turning goat’s piss in to gasoline: The Blues Brothers soundtrack review!

Turning goat’s piss in to gasoline: The Blues Brothers soundtrack review!

Jake: You traded the Bluesmobile for this?? Elwood: No, for a microphone. Jake: A microphone…? Ok, I can see that. Then what the hell is this? I guess I must have been about 14 when I first saw this film. I don´t remember much about it other than it hit me square between the eyes and left me a bit dizzy. Dizzy enough that by the time I was 16 or 17 I´d already watched it another 20 or 30 times at least and knew and loved every last moment of it. When people are asked what their favourite movie Read more »

Michael Jackson and Justin Timberlake: Love Never Felt So Good

Michael Jackson and Justin Timberlake: Love Never Felt So Good

“Xscape”  Michael Jackson´s second posthumous album was released on May 9th 2014. The album contains 8 new tracks including the one we are going to discuss today. Xscape also features reworkings of unused Jackson recordings by Timbaland, Rodney Jerkins, Stargate and Jerome “Jroc” Harmon. Before getting into the video at hand, we at MVD would like to let all our readers now that we intend to do a series on his best videos. The man obviously had a profound impact and in our opinion was the king of this media, so no worries, we will discuss his work in a more intricate and profound Read more »

PSY – GANGNAM STYLE – 2 Billion views on YouTube

PSY – GANGNAM STYLE – 2 Billion views on YouTube

About 2 years ago now I remember hearing about but not hearing of a music video that had gone viral. It was by a Korean guy, was a super cheesy dance tune, and it had a video which involved some kind of horse-riding dance move. PSY – GANGNAM STYLE (강남스타일) M/V Now I will admit none of this exactly recommended it to me and unlike half the rest of the planet I was in no rush to see what all the fuss was about. Then at some point I ended up in the house of friend who is obsessed (and Read more »