Madonna: Black-haired ambition

Madonna: Black-haired ambition

Madonna is a chameleon. She blends in with her environment perfectly, reinventing and adapting constantly, always willing to try new things and evolve. One of the ways in which she changes is by changing the color of her hair. LIke many women before her a woman´s hair is part of the trademark. We will go into a deeper exploration of females and their hairstyles in another post but for now lets take a look at Madonna and her hair dyed black phase. ´Blonde Ambition´ was the name of Madonna´s third world concert tour, today we are going to look at Read more »

New Reels: ‘Stay A while’ by She & Him

New Reels: ‘Stay A while’ by She & Him

It’s been some seven years since actress and singer/songwriter Zooey Deschanel and fellow singer/songwriter Matthew ‘M’ Ward first met on the set of the film The Go-Getter where they were asked to collaborate on a song for the soundtrack. They clearly hit it off, and since then they have released four acclaimed albums as She & Him, with a fifth Classics due for release on December 2nd. The album is, as the title suggests, not composed of original material but rather covers of thirteen different songs including ‘Oh No, Not My Baby’, ‘Stay Awhile’ and ‘Unchained Melody’. Covers albums can Read more »

Animals – The Playlist!

Animals – The Playlist!

Ladies and Gentlemen, it is with the greatest of pleasure that we present to you our 100th post! It is a playlist with a theme that is very close to our hearts. Why? We are both animal lovers and vegetarians, and we spend more time than is probably healthy looking at all manner of animals, cute and otherwise, on the internet. Oh yes. It’s a sad truth we felt we needed to share with you… And of course animals of all varieties have been showing up in songs pretty much since we started singing them. From ‘I Am The Walrus’ Read more »

Good Morning, Vietnam: The light and the shade of Robin Williams.

Good Morning, Vietnam: The light and the shade of Robin Williams.

In the wake of Robin Williams’ self-inflicted passing on August 11th this year many of us were moved to make some kind of comment in tribute. Indeed, rarely has an outpouring of grief for a superstar of any kind been so sincere and lacking in petty hate. There were no poor-taste jokes about his suicide, no dissenting voices (not that I heard anyway) talking wrongly about how over-rated he was, no cynicism or dismissive sarcasm as there often can be after a celebrity dies. Instead, most of us were moved to recall our favourite performances. And let’s face it, everyone Read more »

New reels: ‘Brando’ by Scott Walker and Sunn O))) (film by Giselle Vienne)

New reels: ‘Brando’ by Scott Walker and Sunn O))) (film by Giselle Vienne)

Is there a more lauded avant-garde figure in the world of music at the moment than Scott Walker? Famous for an uncompromisingly experimental approach to his art, his explorations into what a song can be continue apace with this taken from the recently released album Soused, a collaboration with experimental metal outfit Sunn 0))). To accompany the song there’s this compelling film by the French-Austrian director and visual artist Giselle Vienne. It concerns what we assume to be a mother and son who are involved in a violent and possibly Oedipal episode. That and other things such as the woman’s Read more »

The Musical Genius of William Shatner

The Musical Genius of William Shatner

You are supposed to write about what you love and if there is one personality I love, that is the one and only William Shatner. Shatner is in a way one of my role models, I look up to him. I want to have his energy and his courage to be himself. The man is 83 years old and still very much alive and enjoying life! He is fun, funny, hard-working, constantly taking on new challenges, not afraid of technology (like many people his age, or over 40!). On twitter he is very active and has 2 Million followers and Read more »

New reels: ‘I Won’t Let You Down’ by OK Go

New reels: ‘I Won’t Let You Down’ by OK Go

They’re clever chaps are OK Go, you have to give them that. Not only for the fiendishly intricate one-take videos they create but also, as I discussed before, because they have adapted to the multi-media age in a very savvy way. By harnessing the power of the viral video to generate publicity they have managed to carve a fairly unique furrow for themselves, generating millions of hits with every new release. However, as I also noted in the previous article this hasn’t translated very well in to actual record or ticket sales. They barely scrape the top 40 in albums Read more »

Baby – The Playlist!!

Baby – The Playlist!!

A love story and it´s soundtrack. One year ago today Naty and myself begun something that, at the time, was little more than the product of a jokey conversation we’d had (see the ‘About Us’ section) about a video for the song ‘Obsession’ by Animotion. Let’s deconstruct this video, we thought, just to see if we can unpick what the hell is going on?! It seemed like a fun idea for two people who love both music and writing (and having fun!). Bit-by-bit it snowballed as we began writing more posts and taking the whole thing more seriously (whilst still Read more »

Música en mi primer idioma – Chavela Vargas

Música en mi primer idioma – Chavela Vargas

One of Latin America´s most beloved performers and cut through voices, Chavela Vargas. And so it is that I have finally decided to write about Latin American music. There are different reasons why I have not done this here before. Firstly because I usually listen to music in English, and also because this is a music video site and I have had more exposure and interest to music videos in English. But there is also a hidden factor, and that is I am scared. It is such a vast musical universe and unknown to some of our readers, that it Read more »

History of the Pop Video Pt.4: The Thrill of Michael Jackson’s Thriller

History of the Pop Video Pt.4: The Thrill of Michael Jackson’s Thriller

Halloween is upon us once again. Not only that but so is part 4 of this series. On top of that MVD is almost a year old, and so it would seem like a more than appropriate time to discuss a video which was not only the greatest of it’s age, and maybe of all time for that matter, but also one that changed the (white) face of MTV, as well as being in many ways Michael Jackson’s crowning artistic achievement. Actually it’s unfair to couch Thriller in terms of simply Michael Jackson, with the song written by Rod Temperton Read more »