‘History Repeating’ by Propellerheads and Shirley Bassey

‘History Repeating’ by Propellerheads and Shirley Bassey

One of the most memorable songs of the 90’s, this brilliant video and song now seem to be more relevant than ever.   “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” – George Santayana Its no secret that since the dark ages the theory of social cycles is taken seriously by many academics around the world. Historical recurrence is something that is a fairly apparent pattern in the history of humanity. This year, unfortunately, has been a reminder of how horrible things can come to pass. With the rise of the right in Europe, (though thankfully Austria Read more »

One Hit Wonders: ‘Uptown Top Ranking’ by Althea & Donna

One Hit Wonders: ‘Uptown Top Ranking’ by Althea & Donna

The story of Uptown Top Ranking is actually a story about 3, actually 4 (or possibly even 5!) records and a roll call of some of the greats of Jamaican music. A 1978 hit in the UK, Jamaica, and even the US, this story actually starts 11 years earlier with a man called Alton Ellis, a man known as ‘The King Of Rocksteady’, and his 1967 hit “I’m Still In Love” (see below) which was produced at the legendary Studio One by it’s legendary owner Clement “Sir Coxsone” Dodd… Now whilst this was a reasonable sized hit in Jamaica at Read more »

One Hit Wonders: “Set Adrift On Memory Bliss” by PM Dawn

One Hit Wonders: “Set Adrift On Memory Bliss” by PM Dawn

A song that immediately brings back a time and place (dated but still sounds good). A great sample. A colorful video. 1991 at its best. Set Adrift On Memory Bliss – PM Dawn For our second One Hit Wonder post we thought we would pay tribute to recently deceased Attrell Cordes aka Prince Be, founding member of PM Dawn last Friday, 17th of June from renal kidney disease. P.M. Dawn was an American hip hop act (the third hip-hop act to top Billboard Hot 100 in 1991) formed by Prince Be and Jarrett Cordes. Their first album was critically acclaimed, and Read more »

One Hit Wonders: ‘Your Woman’ by White Town

One Hit Wonders: ‘Your Woman’ by White Town

Kicking off a new series looking at some of the best (and some of the worst!) one hit wonders of all time, we take a look at how a 31 year-old one-man band came out of nowhere to have one of the biggest, most memorable hits of 1997. Jyoti Prakash Mishra doesn’t look like a pop star. He looks like a geek who works 9-5 in I.T. or accounts and possibly plays lots of WoW in his spare time. He is in fact a career musician and songwriter who first formed White Town as a band in 1989 after he Read more »

New Reels: “Trap Tears” by Raury

New Reels: “Trap Tears” by Raury

Raury first came to our attention when he went on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert wearing an “I Love Mexico” t-shirt with Donald Trump´s name crossed out on the back and made all of us fall in love with him and his obvious talent. It was a great “silent” protest against Trump, and as he said so himself “Trump embodies separation, solving problems with anger, fear, and personal differences. I’m all about the opposite, about being inclusive and open.” We couldn’t agree with him more. Well, fortunately this 19 year old is here to stay by the looks and sound 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 »

Rooting for the criminals: ‘Been Caught Stealing’ by Jane’s Addiction

Rooting for the criminals: ‘Been Caught Stealing’ by Jane’s Addiction

The video that epitomizes the delightful extravaganza that is Jane´s Addiction. One of the first bands of the “Alternative Rock” movement, Jane´s Addiction helped defined an era.  Formed by Perry Farrell… before I go any further I want to take a moment to acknowledge the force of nature that is Perry Farrell. Farrell is a musician who not only was a front man to the band and the whole revoltion around music in the early 90´s, but he is also the creator of the festival Lollapalooza. He is outspoken, intelligent, independent and constantly evolving, now on a quest to “rebuild the middle class Read more »

Put A Ring On It: Beyonce’s ‘Single Ladies’

Put A Ring On It: Beyonce’s ‘Single Ladies’

“Single Ladies” by Beyoncé. The song which won three Grammys and gave us one of the most parodied and imitated videos ever mainly because of its brilliance. Perhaps because of all the exposure to all things Beyoncé, Jay Z, Bue Ivy and a desire to not stir up the BeyHive we here at MVD have stayed well clear of Queen B and her music. Now, not having written about her before does not mean we do not like her and acknowledge her talent and great performer that she is. There are several videos she has made that we enjoy but Read more »

New Reels: “Champions of Red Wine” by The New Pornographers

New Reels: “Champions of Red Wine” by The New Pornographers

A glimpse into The New Pornographers new video “Champions of Red Wine” released on May 28, 2015. As I wrote about before, many people are wondering what will happen to Cuba now that the blockade is ending. Just last week it was removed from the U.S. sponsor of terrorism list and thre has been a dramatic increase in tourism from Americans to the Island. I guess it was only suited that there was a music video to show what many foreigners go do in the island (and most underdeveloped Central and South American countries) Champions of Red Wine – The Read more »

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 »

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 »

Rock Me Tonight: Billy Squier and the video that killed his career.

Rock Me Tonight: Billy Squier and the video that killed his career.

The story of one of the worst videos of all time and the rock singer who could have ruled the new MTV age but instead saw his career die because of it. “I think that’s probably the most damning four minutes of video ever shot in history! Well, from my perspective it is!” – Billy Squier, 2006. If you dig around in the annals of rock music you’ll find so many hard luck tales of singers and bands who got within a desperate hand’s-grasp of success only to to have it unjustly whipped away that it’s practically a cliche. Sometimes Read more »

ZZ Top: Tres hombres y un coche

ZZ Top: Tres hombres y un coche

The 1980’s were in many ways a watershed time for popular music akin the the dawn of rock and roll in the 50’s. Many artists who had made their names in the preceeding decades found themselves struggling to keep up in an era where new technologies and new approaches to production were changing the way records sounded. A whole new musical aesthetic had arrived with synthesisers and huge reverbed drum sounds bleeding in to rock music. Coupled with this was the arrival of the MTV age which had the effect of placing greater emphasis on the visual aesthetic. Many acts Read more »

Madness: The Great British pop group

Madness: The Great British pop group

Pop music has for a long time now been a central part of British life, but less often it’s the case that British life is a central part of pop music. By that I mean there have been few pop artists in the last 50 or so years who have really been able to capture something of the true essence of what it is to live a working class life on this colourful, windswept isle of ours. Ray Davies of The Kinks is often correctly cited as the only one of the 60’s generation of songwriters to faithfully capture the Read more »

Madonna: Videos by albums Take 4 – ‘Like a Prayer’.

Madonna: Videos by albums Take 4 – ‘Like a Prayer’.

Time to continue my Madonna research and reach one of my favorite albums: Like a Prayer! Madonna – Like A Prayer I have already taken a look at “Like a Prayer” in a previous One on One… However, I think it deserves a deeper look. The album was released in 1989. It was a personal intimate album in which she took on her mother´s death (when Madonna was just a child), growing up as a Catholic, female empowerment, geniusly done through pop music with pop, funk, gospel and soul influences.  I personally love the track that titles the album and Read more »