Note: The videos below are being decimated by WMG copyright injunctions. The George Best tribute used to be to Ordinary World by Duran Duran, which was an excellent soundtrack, but now has some maudlin song that I don’t like at all.
I know I’ve been going on about this, but I also want to add that Last.fm and iTunes do not show what I have been mainly listening to, because lately it’s mostly YouTube music videos, which are not counted. The playlist recently has been:
Leona Lewis “Run” (embedding not allowed): Link
Johnny Cash – God’s Gonna Cut You Down:
Odetta – Cotton Fields:
James Taylor & Carly Simon – Mockingbird:
The Pogues – A Pair of Brown Eyes:
The Incredible String Band – Witch’s Hat:
Each one is favourite for a while but some, such as the Duran Duran/George Best tribute and David Bowie “Bring me the disco king” and Blondie (hachachacha) – can’t resist – Atomic, terribly louche but so evocative of the era; I can see that there are troubling images in it, perhaps “glamorising drug-taking” (a stupid thing to do) but also what’s with the lady with the black eye?; still, for the music. (Some versions of the video cut off the naff intro bars.) Also – partly for the local connection – “Duffy – Warwick Avenue” (embedding not allowed). There are others, too many to list but you can find them all here.
Blondie – Atomic:
David Bowie – Bring me the disco king:
Duran Duran – George Best tribute/Ordinary World:
As I look back through my favourites list, I feel the enthusiasm coming back, but I can’t list them all again. Unfortunately some have disappeared (and keep reappearing and disappearing) from YouTube, such as everything by Diana Ross and the Supremes, though I’ve managed to capture some of them with Real Player. I think the best pop video ever is probably the Supremes “You keep me hanging on”, for the sheer joie de vivre – it makes me smile all the way through. So does the live video of “Where did our love go”, one of the best live videos, I think, though the audience are like statues and the dancing is a bit lame, but the sound – ah, the sound. I have a soft spot for the Ed Sullivan Show clip of “Love Child” too – a great song and a great Diana Ross performance.
And I’ve just remembered, I’ve been enjoying Oasis (how many years late?), at least these two superb videos. “The Masterplan” is inspired by L. S. Lowry’s paintings – beautifully drawn, especially at the beginning and end.
Oasis – The Masterplan:
Also this one, “Stop crying your heart out”, which would have made the perfect and sinister lament had Barack Obama not won the US presidency in November, which thankfully he did. So we are left with this incendiary, ambivalent image of either doom or hope, not sure which.
Oasis – Stop crying your heart out:
I’ve also been playing some of the ones embedded elsewhere in this blog, which you can find by scrolling down, and some of the ones on other people’s blogs, which you can find by clicking on the links to the right. I don’t want to duplicate what others have posted, including some of their own creations and favourites (Mikey’s, for example).