History of the Pop Video Pt. 2: Music Television

History of the Pop Video Pt. 2: Music Television

In part 1 of this series I talked about how the 60’s pop revolution had thrown up a number of imaginatively filmed promo clips that were forerunners of the modern music video. For this second part I want to look at how the 1970’s saw bands and TV stations embracing this mutually beneficial medium as air-time for popular music increased. The promo meant that bands themselves no longer had to interrupt busy touring and recording schedules to appear on TV, and the stations had an easy and repeatable means of inserting audience-pulling songs in to their programming. It was a Read more »

New Reels: ‘Systematic’ by Midnight Juggernauts

New Reels: ‘Systematic’ by Midnight Juggernauts

Of the many reasons we love TIMJ, one of them is being constantly exposed to new music. By new music we don’t mean it has just been released but the fact that is new to us. In any case, this song and video are from the year 2013, which for the internet/social media era it means it´s way past it´s prime, but in real life it is just on year old. Thanks to fellow jammer @mfitzsimons for introducing us to this wonderful video and  band! Systematic (Official Video) – Midnight Juggernauts This Australian band has probably won the internet…cats and a cool Read more »

Rico Suave vs. Mr Loverman: Battle of the Tiny Todgers

Rico Suave vs. Mr Loverman: Battle of the Tiny Todgers

For this One On One I want to explore two videos that might be said to be plumbing the depths of both misogyny and actually quite hilarious sexual braggadocio. Having watched them back-to-back (yes, I did really did that!) I realised that Gerardo and Shabba Ranks have much in common: they’re both one-hit wonders who’s one hit was basically a personal sexual manifesto; they’re both from countries outside the pop mainstream (Gerardo is Ecuadorian, Ranks is from Jamaica); and they both in all probability (and based on the wholly scientific, completely provable ‘Brag-Horn Principle’ which states that the level of Read more »

The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou

The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou

I have decided to do several post on different directors I like and their movies and soundtracks. After I decided to do that there was a movie that comes immediately to mind: The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou. It is one of my favorite movies, soundtrack and I wish I could embark on a voyage in “The Belafonte”, so let´s set sail: Seu Jorge – Life On Mars The movie was released in 2004. It was co-written, co- produced and directed by the wonderful Wes Anderson. This American director has a unique voice, a creative narrative and visual style, and Read more »

Shades Of Blue – The Playlist!

Shades Of Blue – The Playlist!

“Most of my songs have that blue feeling. They have that sorry feeling, and I don’t know what I’m sorry about” – Etta James “I want to die with my blue jeans on” – Andy Warhol A primary colour sitting between violet and green on the visible spectrum, it’s the colour of both the deep sea and the daytime sky. In ancient Egypt it was a divine colour, and all around the Mediterranean people wore blue jewelry and adornments to protect themselves from evil. It’s the colour of the robe of the Virgin Mary in classical art, of many police Read more »

Robin Williams – In memoriam

Robin Williams – In memoriam

  Robin Williams July 21, 1951 – August 11, 2014   It is with the heaviest of hearts that I write this post today. Last night the world found out about a tragic and unexpected death: that of Robin Williams. The news outlets and initial police report have said it was an apparent suicide by asphyxiation, which shocks us all a bit more since he seemed to be always happy, making everyone laugh with his jokes, spirit, energy and contagious laughter. He apparently had it all: a loving wife, a wonderful daughter, the affection his family and friends, the respect Read more »

Milli Vanilli – Girl You Know It’s TRUE?!?!?!?!

Milli Vanilli – Girl You Know It’s TRUE?!?!?!?!

The biggest scandal in music videos history…Milli Vanilli. I have screwed up or dare I say “we”, we have screwed up. I think we lost our north. It is time we face reality and apologize for an inexcusable miss…we dared to write about music videos and spend productive hours watching clips and we forgot to talk about Milli Vanilli! The biggest scandal in music videos history…a scheme basically created by the existence and predominance of music videos, the industry´s worse low point (although there are other terrible ones out there like exploitation and revenue appropriation and well, taking artists and turning Read more »

Unsung Figures No.2: Townes Van Zandt

Unsung Figures No.2: Townes Van Zandt

“Living on the road my friends, Is gonna keep you free and clean Now you wear your skin like iron And your breath’s as hard as kerosene…” – Pancho & Lefty I’ve listened to more songs in my life that I could even begin to try and think about. 1000’s upon 1000’s, I don’t know. It’s not worth the effort of speculating. However, I probably could have a fair go at writing a list of those that have burrowed their way under my skin and taken root in a small part of my soul, that seem to change the energy Read more »

Madonna: Videos by albums. Take 3.

Madonna: Videos by albums. Take 3.

A look at Madonna´s third album “True Blue”. Time to resume my analysis of Madonna´s videos album by album. I am enjoying revisiting her although the album I’m looking at today isn’t one of her best, or not one that has great videos anyway… Her third album is “True Blue”. It was released in June 30th, 1986. It was a success worldwide, and it was a more mature album, dealing with work and relationships, the album was dedicated to her then husband Sean Penn. She also incorporated elements of classical music into her pop music, and received positive reviews from Read more »

TIMJ Wedding Jams – A thank you and a playlist.

TIMJ Wedding Jams – A thank you and a playlist.

So as some of you may or may not know MVD is a joint collaboration between myself and a very special woman I met nearly two years ago through a music sharing site we both love called This Is My Jam. From a love of each other’s taste in music grew a friendship that would span Twitter, Instagram and Facebook before eventually we hit upon the idea of starting a site where we could write, sometimes seriously and sometimes irreverently, about our favourite pop videos, films, singers etc… and generally enthuse over all the pop culture we both love. From Read more »