‘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 »

The Tuesday Playlist No.64: 90’s UK Indie

The Tuesday Playlist No.64: 90’s UK Indie

For our latest playlist we take a journey back to the 1990’s and trawl through the backwaters of the UK indie scene. I always had a problem with the whole Britpop thing. Fabricated by music journalists as a lazy way of turning a bunch of dissparate acts in to a ‘movement’ it has since become the distorted lens through which many see the rise of indie music in the 90’s, with Oasis and Blur out front, and at most about a dozen other bands behind them. However, if you were there at the time (as I was) you’ll know there Read more »

‘Pills, Thrills & Bellyaches’ by Happy Mondays

‘Pills, Thrills & Bellyaches’ by Happy Mondays

Revisiting the classic days of Madchester with the band who crashed genres and helped define an era. There are in any music lover’s life a handful of moments where hearing something for the first time acts as a kind of epiphany; when a piece of music grabs you, shakes you, shocks you even and nothing in your world of music is ever quite the same again. I can clearly remember the moment when, as a 17 year old working in a shop, the opening chords of a particular song caused me to almost involuntarily stop what I was doing, walk 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 »

Unforgettable Live Performances: Nirvana “Unplugged”.

Unforgettable Live Performances: Nirvana “Unplugged”.

On December 16th, 1993 Nirvana recorded an acoustic performance in New York City at the Sony Music Studios as part of the series MTV Unplugged. The band played their own songs, including lesser known ones, as well as covers by Meat Puppets and David Bowie. The show (and live album) became a classic. The album was released on Nov. 1, 1994 after Kurt Cobain´s death and debuted at No. 1 on Billboard. All Apologies – Nirvana The album went platinum five times and also  won a Grammy for Beat Alternative Music Album. It was released on DVD in 2007. When they were approached 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 »

The Commitments: Soul Music to lift you above the shite.

The Commitments: Soul Music to lift you above the shite.

“The Irish are the blacks of Europe. And Dubliners are the blacks of Ireland. And the Northside Dubliners are the blacks of Dublin. So say it once and say it loud, I’m black and I’m proud” Jimmy Rabbitte A movie and a soundtrack that took over the world in 1991, and that, 20 years later, would reunite the actors for a tour around Ireland and in the UK. The Commitments is a comedy – drama. Though I have to say that having watched it again to write this post, it is really hilarious. The movie, directed by genius Alan Parker, who Read more »

Blood Sugar Sex Magik by Red Hot Chili Peppers

Blood Sugar Sex Magik by Red Hot Chili Peppers

This week we celebrate this cornerstone funk rock record which many see as Red Hot Chili Peppers’ finest hour. I was 19 back in 1991, an age where music as much as at any time in my life defined who I was. I was also sharing a flat for a while with a guy who is still my closest male friend. We were both rock music fans, both drummers, and both pot-heads, so as you can imagine there were many late nights spent talking stoned bollocks and obsessing over music. And at that time one album more than any other 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 »

Fight The Power: When hip-hop spoke loud and said something.

Fight The Power: When hip-hop spoke loud and said something.

With the N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton currently riding high in the box office we look back at a time when hip-hop was maybe the last truly anti-establishment music in America and three seminal and revolutionary acts, N.W.A., Public Enemy, and KRS-One. Since it’s birth as a cultural movement in the late 1960’s and 1970’s hip-hop has come a long way. Some might say it has come too long away from it’s roots, and no longer resembles the cool streetwise movement it once was and has instead become irrevocably linked with rap music, it’s watered down commercial counterpart which embraces 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 »

James Bond Theme Songs: 5 of the best

James Bond Theme Songs: 5 of the best

With a new James Bond movie on the way and much talk this week regarding whether Radiohead have done the theme song for it we thought we would look back at Bond music through the ages… Music has always been an essential element of the whole James Bond package. In fact the music – cool, sophisticated, bold, full of panache – helps construct the whole identity of the world’s most famous super-spy. The instantly recognisable ‘James Bond Theme’ was written by Monty Norman, however it was arranged and considerably developed by the British composer and film music legend John Barry, Read more »

Me I’m Supa Fly: Video dopeness with Missy Elliott

Me I’m Supa Fly: Video dopeness with Missy Elliott

We take a look at 3 of the best from one of hip-hop’s biggest female stars and one of the most inventive video artists of her time. Back in the days when MTV still played, y’know, actual music videos and not an endless stream of vacuous reality shows some artists managed to create a ‘buzz’ reputation around their videos, and Missy Elliott was definitely one of those. For a while in the late 90’s and early 2000’s many conversations around the world began with “Have you seen the new Missy Elliott video?” or words to that effect. Of course it Read more »

The 90´s: the decade, the music, the playlist!

The 90´s: the decade, the music, the playlist!

The 90´s. grunge, hip hop and raves. Cable Television and the internet. Multiculturalism and liberalism and the beginning of a new way to perceive ourselves as individuals and as humans: interconnection, the sense that everything and everyone is available. It was also the decade that we here at MVD became adults. That decade ended 14 years ago. Damn that makes us feel old. Best quickly proceed with… Fashion, television and film   Fashion Why did we let Kurt Cobain and Eddie Vedder influence our wardrobe??? WHY??? As with our previous posts there is always some hair style that steals 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 »