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Comparing the Performance Styles of Hope Sandoval and Lana Del Rey

April 12, 2019 2 comments

Most “popular” entertainment is highly recycled. While this phenomena is very blatant, nowadays, with terminal late-capitalism providing the impetus to make endless movie and TV show reboots, it has always been a feature of the entertainment industry. While properly done movie and TV show remakes (Scarface 1932 and 1983, The Mummy 1932 and 1999, It 1990 and 2017, Original Star Trek vs Star Trek NG etc) can be quite good- most are highly forgettable even when they are somewhat financially successful. One might think that music is somewhat less likely to use remakes given that musical tastes change far more over the years than movies or TV shows- and that is sorta true. For example- Only old white people and a few hipsters care about Jazz today.

There are however two other forms of remaking and rebooting which are much more common in music than the movie or TV industry. I am talking about cover versions of especially popular music and songs- which then go on to eclipse their previous versions. Sampling older song tunes and their hooks into remixed version is another version of this behavior. The other form of this remake involves artists copying the persona and styles of somebody from a previous generation. For example- the persona of Lady Gaga is basically a reboot of Madonna from a generation ago. Now let me show you a less obvious one- largely because the original version of this persona was about a decade or more too early to be that successful.

Hope Sandoval was the lead singer in an alt-rock band known as Mazzy Star. They were sorta well-known during the early to mid 1990s. Here.. look at this live performance from 1994 of one of their more popular songs. Doesn’t Hope Sandoval remind you of someone?

In case you have not figured it out yet.. here is a YT clip of a live performance by Lana del Rey in 2014. Aren’t their musical styles and public persona oddly similar to each other?

What do you think? Comments?

NSFW-ish Music Video: ‘Cream’ by Tujamo and Danny Avila

October 26, 2018 3 comments

Here is a NSFW-ish music video (on both YouTube and Vimeo) which I came across earlier this week. The quality of music is mediocre, but a couple of the dancers really caught my attention. In my opinion, the video is NSFW-ish rather than definitely NSFW because of what the dancers are wearing or not wearing. In many parts of the civilized world, a woman wearing only a thong in public (e.g. at the beach or pool) does not cause the same “moral outrage” that it does in sad puritanical countries such as USA. Will post something more intellectual tomorrow.

Also, this video does not start until you deliberately click on it- so don’t complain that you were not aware that it contains topless dancers playing around with whipped cream.

Enjoy! Comments?

George Michael : Outside (1998)

December 25, 2016 Leave a comment

Multiple news outlets (link 1, link 2) are reporting that the well-known singer, songwriter and record producer George Michael died sometime today (or yesterday) at his home in UK. From what I have read so far, it seems that his death was unexpected and not due to a terminal illness.

While he had a long and quite successful career, his most universally known works (especially music videos) were produced between 1987 and 1999. He was also producing some pretty good stuff during the previous few years.

Here is what I consider to be his best music video- and I am guessing most of you know about the incident which inspired it.

And here is a pretty good virtual remake of that music video using GTA 5.

Enjoy! Comments?

Interesting 1970s Music Video: Michael Zager Band – Let’s All Chant

December 23, 2016 Leave a comment

A few weeks ago, I came across this.. well.. peculiar music video from the late 1970s. It seems that a fairly well-known music guy from that era named Michael Zager wrote the song in question. I am still not sure who was responsible for the accompanying music video.. but it is certainly interesting.

Enjoy! Comments?

Categories: LOL, Music Video, YouTube

Nine Inch Nails: Closer (1994)

January 30, 2015 Leave a comment

In my opinion, this is one of the best music videos of all time.

What do you think? Comments?

Categories: Music Video, YouTube

Garfunkel and Oates: Pregnant Women are Smug

November 8, 2014 1 comment

The TV show (PG-14) version of “Pregnant Women are Smug” by Garfunkel and Oates. In my opinion, this is best music video for that particular song.

The video looks best at a resolution of 720p, and do watch it till the end. You won’t regret it.

Enjoy! Comments?

Categories: LOL, Music Video, YouTube

Garfunkel and Oates: Sports go Sports (2013)

October 21, 2013 7 comments

A recently released music video parodying the mindless american obsession with professional team sports.

Enjoy! Comments?

Categories: LOL, Music Video