Doing the Monster Mash – An overview of everybody’s favourite Halloween song.

Doing the Monster Mash – An overview of everybody’s favourite Halloween song.

For this Halloween we take a look at Bobby “Boris” Pickett’s perennial favourite The Monster Mash and some of our favourite cover versions from over the years. It’s hard to think of another song more unbiquitously associated with Halloween than the Monster Mash, to the point where it almost seems as if it was tailor-made for the occasion. In fact, the song was written whilst Pickett was an aspiring actor who also sang in the evenings with a band called The Cordials. Inspired by a horror movie craze that was rampant in the US at the time, he started doing Read more »

The Tuesday Playlist No.33: Car songs

The Tuesday Playlist No.33: Car songs

For no good reason this week’s playlist features 15 car songs from the likes of Madness, Elastica, Fountains Of Wayne, Beth Orton, Ron Sexsmith, Arcade Fire and Gary Numan (of course). The history of car songs is long and diverse and can’t possibly be covered here so at some point maybe expect a more fulsome playlist on this theme from us. Songwriters past and present have found plenty of inspiration from our 4-wheeled friends and in every style imaginable car songs make an appearance. In the meantime have 15 songs that do no more than hint at the range on Read more »

New Reels: “Can’t Keep Checking My Phone” by Unknown Mortal Orchestra

New Reels: “Can’t Keep Checking My Phone” by Unknown Mortal Orchestra

We here on MVD are pretty much aware of the fact that Adele has released a new video. However, since we also know it will be played everywhere we figure there is no need for us to go down that road so we have decided to go scouting for other videos released recently, and though this one was released in September, it is a refreshing and enigmatic video by the also refreshing and enigmatic Unknown Mortal Orchestra. Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Can’t Keep Checking My Phone Unknown Mortal Orchestra have been around for a while now, but somehow still seem a bit Read more »

Kind of Blue by Miles Davis

Kind of Blue by Miles Davis

Considered by many critics the greatest jazz record ever, Miles Davis “Kind Of Blue” has influenced jazz, rock and classical music. It is also the greatest selling jazz album of all time. “It must have been made in heaven.” Jimmy Cobb So What – Miles Davis Masterpiece is a common word used to describe this revolutionary album released in 1959. Miles Davis breaks from ordinary chord progressions and starts using modal scales in his composition and improvisation. That is for the musicians who read us, but to me, the album is about setting a mood, an atmosphere, a vibe I have Read more »

Banned! As Nasty As They Wanna Be by 2 Live Crew.

Banned! As Nasty As They Wanna Be by 2 Live Crew.

For the latest in this series we take a look at one of hip-hop’s most notorious groups and how their highly controversial album As Nasty As They Wanna Be saw them end up in court. The roots of what became known as gangsta rap, which in turn served as an ideological blueprint for much of the hip-hop that came after can be traced back to a number of acts, rappers, and records that sprang up towards the end of the 1980’s, a time when this fledgling music was beginning to find it’s teeth. N.W.A. arrived full of anti-authoritarian fuck-you attitude, Read more »

“Cannonball” by The Breeders: Indie music´s cult classic.

“Cannonball” by The Breeders: Indie music´s cult classic.

A song and a video by Spike Jonze that would become of of the most representative and recognizable songs of the 90s. Cannonball – The Breeders If you are into underwater singing, drumsticks and a killer bass then this is the song for you. The American alternative rock band The Breeders started as a side project while the founding members were touring Europe. Kim Deal (from The Pixies) and Tanya Donelly (from Throwing Muses) started the band and released the first album Pod in 1990. The second album, released in 1993 was Last Splash, Their biggest commercial success, after that came Title TK, Read more »

The Tuesday Playlist No.32: Loving The Aliens

The Tuesday Playlist No.32: Loving The Aliens

This week’s playlist has an extra-terrestrial theme and features David Bowie, Ella Fitzgerald, Jonathon Richman, Silvio Rodriguez, Radiohead, Sparks, and The Carpenters. What with everyone getting excited by what is almost certainly not but might be evidence of some kind of alien structure in deep space we thought we would bring you 15 tracks about little green men. It strikes me it’s funny how we always seem to think of aliens in such a manner and seem to have such fixed ideas about how they might look. They could be 20 metres tall, orange, and genderless for all we know.  Read more »

New Reels: “Anna” by Will Butler

New Reels: “Anna” by Will Butler

Arcade Fire´s Will Butler and Emma Stone get together to bring us this video which is probably the most charming of the year. “Anna” Starring Emma Stone, Written by Will Butler from Arcade Fire California born William Pierce Butler plays the synthesizer, bass, guitar and percussion, and is also a member of Arcade Fire. He is also a great composer nominated for an Academy Award for his work on the movie Her. Emma Stone is a talented 26 year old Hollywood actress. In the video, Emma Stone shows her dancing skills, the choregorapy is reminiscent of musical from the 1940´s and Read more »

Back In Black by AC/DC

Back In Black by AC/DC

We celebrate an album that has become a supreme heavy rock classic and one of the biggest selling albums of all time. Whilst we certainly will be getting to more obscure and less lauded albums as this new feature grows and grows there are certain albums that are too big to ignore, too gargantuan even such is the sheer weight of their presence in contemporary culture. Back In Black is one of them, and its particular presence in my life runs long and deep. When I was about 10 years old I was going along happily enough with music I Read more »

Unforgettable Live Performances: John Lennon and Elton John in 1974

Unforgettable Live Performances: John Lennon and Elton John in 1974

On November 28th, 1974, Elton John beat John Lennon on a wager which resulted in Lennon getting up on stage on Thanksgiving day. It would turn out to be Lennon´s final live performance. Whatever Gets You Thru the Night – John Lennon and Elton John Elton John played the piano for “Surprise Surprise” and “Whatever Gets You Thru the Night” for John Lennon´s 1974 album “Walls and Bridges”. By then, Lennon was the only former Beatle who had not had a No. 1 single. Elton was sure the song “Whatever Gets You Thru the Night” would make it to No. 1 and Read more »

Gimme Some Truth: The Making Of John Lennon’s Imagine Album

Gimme Some Truth: The Making Of John Lennon’s Imagine Album

As part of our John Lennon week we look at maybe the most intimate portrait of the ex-Beatle, shot whilst recording his legendary Imagine album. “When you’re actually in love with somebody you tendd to be jealous and want to own them. Intellectually… owning a person is rubbish, I love Yoko, I want to possess her completely. I don’t want to stifle her, y’know, that’s the danger, that you want to possess them to death” – John Lennon The above quote, taken from a scene where the Lennons are being interviewed by a journalist in the Tittenhurst Park mansion that Read more »

The Tuesday Playlist No. 31: John Lennon

The Tuesday Playlist No. 31: John Lennon

“We all looked up to John. He was older and he was very much the leader – he was the quickest wit and the smartest and all that kind of thing.” Paul McCartney John Winston Lennon would have turned 75, and here at MVD we are celebrating him with a whole #themeweek in his honor, so of course today is no exception and we have chosen 15 of his finest songs (as a solo artist). We hope you like this selection.

New Reels: ‘Say Say Say’ (2015 remix) by Paul McCartney & Michael Jackson

New Reels: ‘Say Say Say’ (2015 remix) by Paul McCartney & Michael Jackson

The polished up 80’s pop gem from these two musical legends comes with a vibrant new video. Released to coincide with a new remastered release of McCartney’s Pipes Of Peace album, this really not very radical new mix of this old track coud seem like a bit of a pointless cash-in did it not sound every bit as infectious as it did 30-odd years ago. The song itself was a genuine co-write between the two with McCartney supplying the verse and Jasckson then coming up with a chorus, and whilst neither of them could say it ranks amongst their best Read more »

Double Fantasy by John Lennon & Yoko Ono

Double Fantasy by John Lennon & Yoko Ono

On October 9th John Lennon would have turned 75 years old. We look at the Album that would be his last. Writing about this album is bitter-sweet. Especially around important dates in John´s life. So without further ado, one of the greatest albums of the eighties, Double Fantasy. As many of you know, we here at MVD are Beatles fans. I personally think there is music and then, in another category, there is The Beatles and Nina Simone. But first and foremost there the Fab four. If there were to be an apocalypse and all music would be gone and Read more »

Men At Work’s ‘Down Under’ and Midnight Oil’s ‘Beds Are Burning’.

Men At Work’s ‘Down Under’ and Midnight Oil’s ‘Beds Are Burning’.

In our latest One On One we explore these Australian 80’s pop hits and ask what they say about the country to us Pommies and other non-Aussies. I’ve never been to Australia but it has always seemed like a country I know quite well. The relationship between us Brits and our former colonisers and convicts exists in sporting battles on cricket fields and rugby pitches, soap operas from Prisoner: Cell Block H to Home and Away and Neighbours, the latter giving us stars like Jason Donovan, Guy Pearce, and of course Kylie Minogue, and in cliches regarding barbecues and beer Read more »