Walk This Way: How Run DMC & Aerosmith smashed through the wall.

Walk This Way: How Run DMC & Aerosmith smashed through the wall.

The genius of two musical genres merged into one: Rap and Rock and the magical video that is “Walk This Way” – Aerosmith Ft.  Run DMC. 1986. Hip-hop and rap were crossing over to mainstream. Run DMC needed a new hit. Rick Rubin (American record producer and former co-president of Columbia Records) suggested sampling Aerosmith´s “Walk this Way”. The result? It was the first rap song to get into  the Billboard 100. And today, it is music video history. RUN-DMC – Walk This Way The song was written by Steven Tyler and Joe Perry, and it was the second single Read more »

The Tuesday playlist No.7: The magic ‘I’

The Tuesday playlist No.7: The magic ‘I’

This weeks playlist features Passion Pit, Metronomy, Otis Redding, Elvis Costello, Barbara George, Tom Waits and more wonderful artists and song tittles that start with the letter I! As I was going to prepare the playlist for this week, it hit me that I´d already chosen 3 different songs and they were from different eras, artists and genres, but they all had one thing in common: the song tittles all had the letter I on them. Now, they were also chosen from different playlist…I am not one to question signs so I immediately knew this was the theme for this Read more »

New Reels: ‘Fool’ by Moon Bounce

New Reels: ‘Fool’ by Moon Bounce

Coming out of Philadelphia Moon Bounce is actually the work of Corey Regensburg about whom I’ve been able to find out very little except that he’s been releasing tracks for the last year or two which I guess could be labelled alt-pop if you really wanted to stick a label on it. This is his latest release and is his second collaboration with London based video director Andrea Youth. ‘Fool’ is a great example of Regensburg’s way with a slightly skewed groove, and Youth’s video – a daftly enjoyable skit about a kidnapped woman turning the tables on her comical Read more »

Hoff the record: The musical career of David Hasselhoff

Hoff the record: The musical career of David Hasselhoff

From Knight Rider to Baywatch and beyond, David Hasselhoff has been a wonderfully ever-present figure in our lives for over 30 years now and as he releases his latest single we take a look the somewhat overlooked musical career of the man, the singer, The Hoff. Here at MVD we love the Hoff. Hell, let’s face it, everyone loves the Hoff. Most of us probably aren’t even sure why, but we do. It’s a very curious phenomenon, and one worth pondering for a moment or two. Essentially it boils down to this. The Hoff is like a big joke we Read more »

Tacones Lejanos – Pedro Almodóvar

Tacones Lejanos – Pedro Almodóvar

A look at Almodóvar´s modern classic movie Tacones Lejanos (High Heels) and its extraordinary soundtrack. It has come to my attention that we have not done one single soundtrack for movies that are not in English…I think we have to broaden our soundtrack post to other languages and of course, I have decided to start with a modern classic movie which has a killer soundtrack. Tacones Lejanos is a movie from 1991 which followed his streak of movies from the late 80´s and his classic ¡Átame! which established him as an internationally acclaimed director. Before we talk about the movie, let´s Read more »

The Tuesday playlist No.6: We protest! (a bit)

The Tuesday playlist No.6: We protest! (a bit)

This week featuring protest(ish) songs from the likes of CSNY, Culture Club, Elbow, Jefferson Airplane, The Monkees, Tricky & more! Welcome to Tuesday, one of those annoying days we always seem to have to pass through on the way to the weekend. It could almost make you a bit angry, get you in the mood to grrrr at the world a bit. And with that in mind this weeks playlist contains 15 tracks which all, in some vague way shape or form, have some kind of protest or message going on. So press play and in some small, inconsequential way Read more »

New Reels: “The Sky Behind The Flag” by Owen Pallett

New Reels: “The Sky Behind The Flag” by Owen Pallett

New video for Owen Pallett´s “The Sky Behind The Flag” Released on April  15th, 2015, Canadian musician, composer, violinist, keyboardist and vocalist Owen Pallett debuts the video for “The Sky Behind The Flag” The Sky Behind The Flag – Owen Pallet “The song is about how great distance can exist between things that appear to be very close, like two lovers, or two halves of a bran: the extrovert that is engaging with the world, and the introvert that providing commentary.” Owen Pallet The video was directed and animated by Eno Swinnen. See more of this illustrator´s art on his Read more »

Música en mi primer idioma: Mercedes Sosa

Música en mi primer idioma: Mercedes Sosa

This time on music in my first language a profile on beloved Argentinean singer Mercedes Sosa. Haydeé Mercedes Sosa, also known as “La Negra Sosa” or “The Voice of America” was the biggest ambassador of Argentinean Folklore music around the world and one of the most important icons of popular Latin American music. She also sang tango, Rock and pop. “Soy pan soy paz soy mas” – Mercedes Sosa “soy agua, playa, cielo, casa blanca soy mar atlántico, viento y américa soy un montón de cosas santas mezclado con cosas humanas cómo te explico? cosas mundanas.” The lyrics in Spanish. Read more »

Unsung Figures No.4: Jobriath

Unsung Figures No.4: Jobriath

“The hairy beasts who wrote for the music press laughed Jobriath off the face of the planet. He was, at best, merely considered to be ‘insane’. It was clear that Jobriath was willing to go the gay distance, something that even the intelligentsia didn’t much care for. Elton John knew this in 1973; Jobriath didn’t. Surrounded on all sides by Journey, Styx, and Bachman-Turner Overdrive, Jobriath was at society’s mercy. Yet it could have worked so well.” – Morrissey. “There’s no success like failure” sang Bob Dylan some 8 years before Jobriath’s debut lp was released, “and failure’s no success Read more »

The Tuesday playlist No.5: Positive and Joyful

The Tuesday playlist No.5: Positive and Joyful

This week’s playlist includes 15 great tracks from artists as diverse as Metronomy, Frankie Miller, Richie Havens, Moloko, Future Islands, The The, The Cure, Charles Bradley and many more. My previous playlist was about heartbreak, so this week I am turning things around and and I bring you 15 tracks with a positive, joyful message. Whether it be about sweet music, good loving or in general nice vibes, they vary in rhythm and artist but not on their message. A journey through several decades of “hakuna matata” and “Don´t worry, be happy” (none of those included) to get you through Read more »

New Reels: ‘Riverman’ by Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds

New Reels: ‘Riverman’ by Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds

This week we take a look at the latest single from the ex-Oasis man’s Chasing Yesterday album and ask if his music entertains as much as his interviews. It’s hard to know what to make of Noel Gallagher. I mean, is he a chancer, a journeyman who wrote most of his best songs 20 years ago and has used the reputation gained in those years to surf a long wave of mediocrity ever since? Or is he in fact one of Britain’s greatest living songwriters, a national treasure and ever-present guardian of a good, honest, down-to-earth musical aesthetic? What we Read more »

Chick Name Jams – the playlist!

Chick Name Jams – the playlist!

Welcome to our latest playlist, full of songs with girl’s names and featuring the likes of Jimi Hendrix, The Clash, Van Morrison, Dion & the Belmonts, Chuck Berry, Rodriguez, The Beatles and a whole lot more…. And for this playlist we wanted to explore a rich vein of songwriting in just about every genre you can think of. Yep, songs with girls names in the title are so numerous that when we began compiling this playlist it almost seemed like an impossible task to pick just 60. And undoubtedly you will go through this list and spot all kinds of Read more »

I Want My MTV: ‘Money For Nothing’ by Dire Straits

I Want My MTV: ‘Money For Nothing’ by Dire Straits

We deconstruct one of the most remembered videos from the 1980´s and the MTV era: Money for Nothing by The Dire Straits. Although because of a word used in the lyrics the song may be controversial in today´s “politically correct” language, and it was banned from Canadian radio stations for a while (the ban ended on August 31rst, 2011 leaving it to each radio station discretion whether to play it or not, no one can deny this song´s classic video status. It managed to transcend its time and will forever be remembered. Money For Nothing – Dire Straits The video Read more »

The Tuesday playlist No.4: We got the blues

The Tuesday playlist No.4: We got the blues

This week’s mid-week blues busting collection features George Harrison, Kate Bush, Elliott Smith, The Whitest Boy Alive, B.B. King, John Renbourn and more… Most weeks these playlists will have some kind of loose theme or vibe running through them usually because without that to start with it can all get a bit too random. This week’s playlist though is lacking any over-arching theme and instead is compiled of tracks that all have some kind of tenuous connection in the title to the previous one. Actually tracks 2 and 3 don’t really have a connection at all, but hey…. As a Read more »

New Reels: “Foolish” by Alpine

New Reels: “Foolish” by Alpine

The band Alpine release a new song a video from their new album. From Melbourne, Australia and after three years of silence the band Alpine released just 6 days ago their new song and video. “You brought too much too much metaphor to the Relationship, to what I see To how I kiss, yuck Yeah, ow I’m hating what I’m feeling but I’m So foolishly attracted to you You Baby you had me doubt all that I knew Hey you, can we move on?” You think with a lyric like that the song would be dense, or dark, but no, Read more »