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 »

Madonna Videos by albums: Take 2 “Material Girl”

Madonna Videos by albums: Take 2 “Material Girl”

Madonna´s Album “Material Girl”, a great follow up album. I love writing about music videos because it is a habit I had lost. In the late 80´s and 1990s I would spend whole afternoons with MTV on while I did my homework, but somewhere along the way, I stopped watching them. I don’t know if I had said that before, but I was thinking about it when I started writing this post. Today, I am happy to be discussing Madonna´s videos because I get to go back and look at them with a different eye and re-evaluate what I thought. Read more »

Madonna: Videos by Albums. Take One

Madonna: Videos by Albums. Take One

Well friends, it is finally time to tackle the Queen of Pop and the most important female superstar of the last 30 years. She is also one of the artists that got the importance of music videos and knew how to ride that wave. She is unique, influential, talented, intelligent and undeniably an icon and the world´s most famous female pop performer. Since she has a long career and a long video trajectory, I think the best way to approach this is by choosing a video (or 2 when they are extremely good) per album. Let´s star with her first Read more »

PSY – GANGNAM STYLE – 2 Billion views on YouTube

PSY – GANGNAM STYLE – 2 Billion views on YouTube

About 2 years ago now I remember hearing about but not hearing of a music video that had gone viral. It was by a Korean guy, was a super cheesy dance tune, and it had a video which involved some kind of horse-riding dance move. PSY – GANGNAM STYLE (강남스타일) M/V Now I will admit none of this exactly recommended it to me and unlike half the rest of the planet I was in no rush to see what all the fuss was about. Then at some point I ended up in the house of friend who is obsessed (and Read more »

OK Go: The birth of the Youtube band

OK Go: The birth of the Youtube band

We deconstruct 3 videos by this band and YouTube sensation There are many ways in which the advent of the internet has irrevocably changed both the production and consumption of music, which is not to say that things are better or worse but rather just very different from how things were, say, 20 years ago. Now of course, some things haven´t changed that radically at all. For example, most bands and artists still now, as they have done since at least the early 80´s, make videos for their singles (and thus is borne a website like this to discuss it Read more »

I belong to you Lenny Kravitz.

I belong to you Lenny Kravitz.

The sexy video for “I belong to You” by Lenny Kravitz “You lift me from up above Your unconditional love Takes me to paradise I belong to you And you You belong to me too You make my life complete You make me feel so sweet” I wanted to start this post with the lyrics to the song and video I wanted to talk about today because the meaning of the song might be lost when I am talking about Lenny Kravitz. Sadly, I have to admit that I no longer harbor the same feelings for Mr. Kravitz that I Read more »

A Stalker’s Tale: Darkness in the heart of Lionel Richie’s ‘Hello’…

A Stalker’s Tale: Darkness in the heart of Lionel Richie’s ‘Hello’…

Ok, we’ve been doing this for nearly 6 months now and I feel the time has come to tackle one of the most (in)famous music promos of all time, a video that purports to tell a heart-warming tale of seemingly unrequited love finally being resolved (requited, even). It’s a video that reeks of the 80’s and is one of the most memorable of that decade, and yet there is something – a few things, in fact – that has always bothered me about it, and it is these sinister anomalies which I intend to explore in detail today… On the Read more »

Chet Faker at the Boiler Room, Melbourne

Chet Faker at the Boiler Room, Melbourne

I would like to talk about an artist that I am currently listening to a lot and whom has undoubtedly caught my attention, I have a terrible crush on him, I am talking about the talented and sexy beard-king Chet Faker. Chet Faker Boiler Room Melbourne I came across Faker via a friend but I was instantly hooked. I mean COME ON! I liked him but he left a mark with his fantastic “No Diggity” cover which was just what I think covers should be like, a reinterpretation of a song, a personal input without disrespect to the original. In Read more »

This Amusement Never Ends: The timeless appeal of Peter Gabriel’s ‘Sledgehammer’.

This Amusement Never Ends: The timeless appeal of Peter Gabriel’s ‘Sledgehammer’.

If there’s one thing that we here at MVD feel it is probably our duty to do, seeing as we are a site dedicated to exploring the marriage of music and video in all it’s forms, it is to take a look at those music videos which can be seen for one reason or another to be milestones in the history of the form, ones that genuinely pushed boundaries and explored new techniques and artistic territory. And if it’s milestone videos you’re after then they don’t come any more milestone-y than this! I can clearly remember the fuss surrounding this Read more »

George Michael´s Outside: “He who laughs last…”

George Michael´s Outside: “He who laughs last…”

Controversial and best comeback video ever: “Outside” by George Michael. There are definitely a lot of videos to be analyzed, as well as new releases, celebrations, anniversaries and current or historic events to write about, and we intend to spice things up and with shorter articles but with our characteristic entertaining spin and take on things. We are kicking things off with George Michael s´ “Outside” video. Why you may ask? Three reasons: A day like Today (April 7th) in 1998: George Michael was arrested at The Will Rogers Memorial Park for committing a sex act in a public toilet. 2. Read more »

This Is Tom Jones: Why STJ is ‘The Voice’.

This Is Tom Jones: Why STJ is ‘The Voice’.

Of the four judges on the UK edition of The Voice (which, judge us as you will, we here at MVD will admit to being big fans of) the only one who would actually stand a chance as a contestant on a show like this is the man himself Sir Tom Jones, or STJ as he’s become known. In fact ‘The Voice’ seems like a pretty apt nick-name for him. His presence on the show adds a certain gravitas to the judging panel. Here is a man who, as he seems to find a way to remind us every week, Read more »

The Man in the street: The mystery of Radiohead’s ‘Just’ video

The Man in the street: The mystery of Radiohead’s ‘Just’ video

For this post I’d like to take a look at a video ‘mystery’ and also a band who I consider to be one of the most important and creative of the last 20 years. I, like many others, first discovered Radiohead via their first album Pablo Honey and in particular the mega-MTV hit that was ‘Creep’. I remember really loving that song, they way it did the quiet/loud thing (something another band of that time, Nirvana, were also very fond of. In truth, both bands were probably big fans of Pixies…), that guitar ‘crunch’ just before the chorus, and of Read more »

Nancy Sinatra – These Boots Are Made for Walkin’

Nancy Sinatra – These Boots Are Made for Walkin’

Well, well, well…the time has come to discuss one of the greatest contradictions ever (AND A FANTASTIC ONE IT IS) that is this song. In a way it is considered to be one of the feminine anthems by excellence but the video probably fails all those feminine values and makes the complete opposite statement. Stylish, innovative, sazzy, unique and just a fabulous song, I am going to talk about probably my favorite jam (and video) by the always wonderful Nancy Sinatra.  Nancy Sinatra – These Boots Are Made for Walkin’ The song was written by Lee Hazlewood (American songwriter and record Read more »

Weezer and Spike Jonze’s Buddy Holly: “Americana” video

Weezer and Spike Jonze’s Buddy Holly: “Americana” video

For our final delivery of Spike Jonze´s trilogy, we decided to discuss another one of his masterpieces. We are going to discuss the video for Weezer´s “Buddy Holly”. The video shows the band performing at the original Arnold’s Drive-In diner from the popular ’70s T.V. show “Happy Days”. The video was very popular and had a heavy rotation on MTV. It won four MTV Video Music Awards in 1995. We love this video and thought it would be a perfect last entry to recognize Jonze´s genius. Also, look closely at 3:14 and you will see a young and endearing PAT Read more »

Girls On Film: social commentary or sexual fantasy?

Girls On Film: social commentary or sexual fantasy?

One of the most chauvinistic videos ever made: Girls on Film by Duran Duran. An essay. For this Friday’s post we’ll be taking a look at a video which marks the start of two separate strands we’ll be developing over the coming months. Firstly, we’re going to be taking a serialistic look at Duran Duran, one of the great videos bands of the 80’s. And secondly, it marks the first of a series of posts looking at some of the more controversial videos ever made, videos that sparked debate, ruffled feathers and achieved a high level of notoriety. Taken from Read more »