The 60´s: The decade, the music, the playlist!

The 60´s: The decade, the music, the playlist!

Welcome to the second of our ‘Decades’ series, this time focusing maybe the most talked about and revered of all recent decades, the 1960’s. It was a time when the world seemed to go from black & white to colour, where fashion and politics fused, where teen culture ‘grew up’ and ‘turned on’, and where music itself went through some radical changes in a very short space of time. Culture, fashion and film The ‘summer of love’ in 1967 and Woodstock in 1969 were the epitome of the counterculture movement. Psychedelia and LSD dominated the scene with Timothy Leary´s famous Read more »

New Reels: Billie Ray Martin, Kiesza, & Jungle

New Reels: Billie Ray Martin, Kiesza, & Jungle

It is time for the second post on what we are listening to right now and would like to recommend. Since they are mostly new artists, there is not a lot of info, so bear with me and I hope you enjoy the suggestions. Kiesza´s “Hideaway”, Jungle´s “Busy Earnin´” and “After All” by Billie Ray Martin. Kiesza – Hideaway This Navy code breaker, beauty pageant participant, classically trained ballerina and singer and song writer could not be cooler. This video was shot in a single take…yes, a single take while she is dancing around Brooklyn. It was released in February Read more »

History of the pop video pt.1: 60´s experimentation

History of the pop video pt.1: 60´s experimentation

If like us you´re geeky pop culture obsessives (and if you´re not then I´m guessing you´ve strayed on to the site by accident) then you will have had, at least once in your life, a conversation centred around one simple question: what was the first music video? It´s a question that we here at MVD feel duty bound to explore, and one that has many different possible answers. There are various reasons for this. Firstly, people have varying ideas about what actually constitutes a ´pop video´, then there´s the various received wisdoms surrounding the issue. Some will point to films Read more »

Madonna Videos by albums: Take 2 “Material Girl”

Madonna Videos by albums: Take 2 “Material Girl”

Madonna´s Album “Material Girl”, a great follow up album. I love writing about music videos because it is a habit I had lost. In the late 80´s and 1990s I would spend whole afternoons with MTV on while I did my homework, but somewhere along the way, I stopped watching them. I don’t know if I had said that before, but I was thinking about it when I started writing this post. Today, I am happy to be discussing Madonna´s videos because I get to go back and look at them with a different eye and re-evaluate what I thought. Read more »

Unsung Figures No. 1: Paul Hucklebuck Williams

Unsung Figures No. 1: Paul Hucklebuck Williams

We contribute a little to give Paul Hucklebuck Williams the recognition he deserves! As many of you will know by now we here at MVD have musical tastes which cover a broad range of both genres and eras. Last week we presented you with the first of our Musical Decades playlists covering the 50´s, and we like to think we covered a pretty eclectic array of music from that important era. The first record in that playlist was Rocket 88, which we included to show that rock and roll didn´t just magically spring up from nowhere the moment Bill Haley sang Read more »