Netflix´s ´Stranger Things´ and ´The Get Down´

Netflix´s ´Stranger Things´ and ´The Get Down´

Not content with owning our screens and weekends and late night marathons, Netflix´s plan of world domination is now coming after our ears, bringing us 2 series that are not only highly addictive, but which have brought to the small screen (is the computer screen also a small screen?) the soundtracks of the year. The Get Down This musical television series tells the story of the death of disco and the rise of hip hop in the late seventies in New York. Created by Baz Luhrmann  it is very influenced by his aesthetics, and if you don’t like his previous projects Read more »

One On One – Olivia Newton-John “Physical” and Eric Prydz “Call On Me”

One On One – Olivia Newton-John “Physical” and Eric Prydz “Call On Me”

Is a fascination for Lycra, sweaty bodies and gyms all the videos “Physical” by Olivia Newton-John and “Call On Me” by Eric Prydz have in common, or is there a deeper hidden meaning: we explore. Since the beginning of mankind (humankind?) we humans have been ogling each other. Much of art revolves around that. There are paintings, sculptures, photographs, videos, social media sites and even a mix of all of those show how we look at other humans. Sometimes videos are discreet and try to have a story line around the gorgeous woman/man star of the video. Sometimes that plot Read more »

The 80´s: The decade, the music, the playlist!

The 80´s: The decade, the music, the playlist!

The 80´s!!!! Our take on the decade is finally here! Now we’re talking! Culture, fashion and film This post could actually be 10 posts just on culture, fashion and film…I think we could do soundtrack playlist from movies of the eighties, then another playlist for seventies sitcoms and TV series, and another one on eighties fashion. It is a never ending source of amusement and fun! The eighties are seen as a decade of excess and extremes. From Boy George to Madonna, artists, especially musicians, set out to push boundaries of what was conventional. Disco was on its way out, Read more »

Milli Vanilli – Girl You Know It’s TRUE?!?!?!?!

Milli Vanilli – Girl You Know It’s TRUE?!?!?!?!

The biggest scandal in music videos history…Milli Vanilli. I have screwed up or dare I say “we”, we have screwed up. I think we lost our north. It is time we face reality and apologize for an inexcusable miss…we dared to write about music videos and spend productive hours watching clips and we forgot to talk about Milli Vanilli! The biggest scandal in music videos history…a scheme basically created by the existence and predominance of music videos, the industry´s worse low point (although there are other terrible ones out there like exploitation and revenue appropriation and well, taking artists and turning Read more »

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 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 »

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 »

Female Power Ballads: The heart of Heart

Female Power Ballads: The heart of Heart

Oh the female heart…the female soul in general. A mystery to us all. REALLY. All I know now is that every woman I know has from 30 to 50 different emotions in a day (yours truly included). Blame it on hormones, on society, on the fact that we come from mars or blame it on the boogie (sorry!) but it is just the simple truth. Because of that whirlpool of estrogen and feeling I have always felt respect and awe towards women who are able to communicate their feelings with others in a way that doesn’t come off as hysterical Read more »

Together but apart: Two pop tales for St. Valentine’s Day.

Together but apart: Two pop tales for St. Valentine’s Day.

A look at Renee & Renato´s “Save your love” and the hardships of long distance relationships and the tragedy of being separated on Valentine´s Day. So it’s Valentine’s day, a time for love to be declared, for romance to blossom, for those already in love to shower their partners with flowers and affection. If you have someone special in your life it is a day to let them know just how special they really are. And what I want to do today is take a look at two great pop romances, but two that have a common thread – that Read more »

The 80s: Why I am not a romantic

The 80s: Why I am not a romantic

The Police´s “Every Breath you Take” and Glenn Medeiros “Nothing is gonna change my love for you” and why growing up in the 80´s was not the ideal period to grow up and be a romantic. I grew up in the 80´s. I think it would be impossible to deny the influence that era had in me, my musical taste, my idea of the world, etc, etc, etc. I have always thought that music impacts my view on life and romance…it was probably because of songs like this that I am not a romantic. Times were different then, and I Read more »

Ferris Bueller: My idea of success

Ferris Bueller: My idea of success

Life wisdom from one of the most iconic films of the last 60 decades: Ferris Bueller´s Day Off. “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” Lately I have been thinking a lot about happiness, success, what I want out of life and what I should do to make it happen. I want to follow Cameron´s advice “I am not going to sit on my ass as the events that affect me unfold to determine the course of my life. I’m going to take a stand. I’m going to Read more »

Wouldn’t It Be Good: Can Anyone Solve This Pop Video Mystery??

Wouldn’t It Be Good: Can Anyone Solve This Pop Video Mystery??

Can Anyone Solve This Pop Video Mystery, Nik Kershaw’s signature hit ‘Wouldn’t It Be Good’? For this first analysis of 2014 I’d like to go back to 1984 and what must be one of the most baffling videos of the decade, that for Nik Kershaw’s signature hit ‘Wouldn’t It Be Good’. Ostensibly a tale of what would appear to be a stranded alien trying to get home – something the director might well have derived from David Bowie’s role in cult sci-fi pic The Man Who Fell To Earth – the film actually contains a number of unsolved and possibly Read more »

Just another New Year’s Eve?

Just another New Year’s Eve?

Barry Manilow´s video and the reality of lonely New Year´s Eve for some people. Aaah, New Year’s Eve, a time to reflect on the year just gone and look forward to the one about to begin. It’s a chance to positively celebrate the relentless passing of time that for so much of the rest of our lives seems like an inescapable inevitability that we do our best to ignore. That’s the funny thing about New Years, it’s the one time of the year where we actively celebrate something as banal as one date changing to another. Massive celebrations in every Read more »

Last Christmas –A sadistic way to spend the Holidays!

Last Christmas –A sadistic way to spend the Holidays!

I could go on and on about this song and video, not only about the original version but also all the covers throughout the years. So I will. Let´s start with the fact that it is my favorite Christmas song and that for me it isn’t officially Christmas until I hear it play on the radio. I am also willing to confess that I sometimes listen to it “out of season”. Apparently in the 80´s people spent Christmas with their ex´s! Ok, so sometimes you can´t get out of that situation, but I do advise if faced with that challenge Read more »

Slash Goes Beyond

Slash Goes Beyond

We take a look at the role of the band’s iconic lead-guitarist Slash on some of the most recognizable videos Guns n’ Roses made. For this analysis we’re going back to the early 90’s and the biggest rock band in the world at that time, Guns ‘n’ Roses. Having released two double lp’s at once – a statement of grandiose intent if ever there was one – the band were at the peak of everything: fame, creativity, cocaine use, rampant megolamania. Out of this period came what has become known amongst G’n’R fans as the Del James trilogy, videos shot Read more »