Two more songs by Telex worth writing about? Wow. Color me slightly impressed with these crazy Belgians.
Part I: En Route
Id translate this lil' ditty, but honestly, its way more work for me than this deserves. A car, a monster and a road to somewhere, etc etc. Something about a train. Some french people in ties. Someone is smoking and a boat crashes. How perfect. Now remember, hang on!
Telex: En Route
That cartoon that looks cool but actually isnt? Im pretty sure its, groan, Tin Tin. It HAS to be Tin Tin. Tin Tin was from Belgium. Telex is from Belgium.
Im from the USA and we like our cartoons funny. Tin Tin is NOT funny. NOT FUNNY.
Part II: Eurovision.
While I was looking at this band i came across this SHITEOUS video: Telex's (Belgium) entry in to the Eurovision song contest. For those who care, EV is the song contest where almost every country in europe sends one crappy band to represent them in something thats a lot like a singing world atlas. Only not at as entertaining as I imagine a singing world atlas to be.
A masochist's version of good music.
The story behind it:
In 1980 Telex's manager asked them to enter for the Eurovision Song Contest. They entered, and were eventually sent to the finals, although they apparently hoped to come last: "We had hoped to finish last, but Portugal decided otherwise. We got ten points from them and finished on the 19th spot" (Marc Moulin) 
Their song "Euro-Vision" was a cheerful bleepy song with deliberately banal lyrics about the contest itself.
The Eurovision audience seemed unsure how to react to the performance, and after the band stopped playing there was mostly stunned silence, with scattered polite applause; Marc Moulin took a photograph of the bewildered audience. The band walked off amidst sounds of muttering. A mark of the confusion caused by the performance was when vote-counting began, and Greece awarded Belgium three points, the announcer thought she had misheard and tried to award the points to The Netherlands.
Id award the points to the Netherlands too. In fact, everyone that I know from Belgium is now officially from the Netherlands. Sorry folks, you now speak Dutch and have cheaper booze. Congrats.
Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Two more songs by Telex worth writing about? Wow. Color me slightly impressed with these crazy Belgians.
Sunday, April 27, 2008
Saturday, April 26, 2008
Thursday, April 24, 2008
What the HELL is this about? And why do i love it?
Look at everyone who used to be (and in some cases, still are) relevant talking about just WHO IS WILL POWERS?
The video (Adventures in Success)
Will Powers was the stage name used by celebrity photographer, Lynn Goldsmith, when she created a self help comedy music album. The album, entitled Dancing for Mental Health, uses affirmations set to music to poke fun at the self help entrepeners who "build the listener's inner self and encourage personal growth through the thought that anything is possible".
Will Powers is portrayed by Goldsmith during the spoken word sections as well as in the sung sections; her voice processed through a vocoder. Goldsmith's key musical collaborators were Jacob Brackman and Steve Winwood. Additional contributors to the recording include Sting, Nile Rodgers, Todd Rundgren, Carly Simon, and Tom Bailey.
Well that tears it. This is completely the coolest thing ive ever seen.
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
I just have to move on. Sorry Al.
Wow... I havent heard this thing IN YEARS. Never knew who did it. Now I do.
Oh NOW i remember where i heard this song!
A guy named Al sent me this song on a tape years and years ago. Not the aforementioned Al. This one was white and named Alistair. And he's presumably still alive, unless some poor woman beat him to death.
Never knew the name of this sucker either. Now I share with you.
Manzel: Space Funk
Never heard this before.
Jackson Sisters: I believe in miracles
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Im a gal of few words when it counts.
Englebert Humperdink. 1982 Las Vegas Hilton.
I came across this gem a year or so ago, and then forgot who it was that performed this song. Naturally you can understand my excitement in remembering that it was mr HUMPERDINK. Humperdink. What a stooooooooopid name.
That being said, this is perhaps the video most worthy of being on a website called "the slop sink". Enjoi.
Monday, April 21, 2008
Take note Harpo you crappy ass band.
Ooo! C'mon girls!
Rock all day
Sniff that line
Roll that money
No more clowning around for you
Got it bad
Need to get some more
Today it's gonna snow
Gonna put White Christmas up my nose
I ain't no weatherman - don't know if it's gonna rain
'Cause I'm a rock 'n roll clown, do a lot of cocaine
One of these days they're gonna take me away
'Cause I'm Dr. Rockso, and I do cocaine
Huh, what's that Judge?
Oh, why's my nose bleeding?
Oh well you see that, I fell down...
You know, its very metal to like clowns. Oh and how much do i love david lee roth?
Saturday, April 19, 2008
Its called Mellow Mellow Right On. Its by some band called Lowrell. I used to know it as "lately" by Massive Attack.
Since i cant find a video for it, heres the video for Unfinished Sympathy. A video I never saw.
Jesus christ, this song ripped my heart out when i was a teenager. Kinda like what "lately" is doing to me now.
Oh, and Massive Attack remains one of the bands i was MOST disappointed with. Blue Lines is the only good record. And yes, im including protection. Dont even talk to me about that other shit.
Lol, nothing like a little sacrilege on Passover and during the Papal visit.
Oh god this pretty much sums up my entire high school experience. I loved me some Bob Dobbs. Still kinda do.
In college, my professor was doing her thesis on this group. I gots me an A.
See? It works.
Friday, April 18, 2008
Who knew these guys even had videos? And such terrible ones to boot?
Maybe Im biased b/c i dont like this band. And if anything, im even more biased now that ive seen them.
And even worse, im sort of slightly upset with Kool Keith now.
At least they were consistent.
We Are the Jonzon Crew (BEWARE: TERRIBLE SONG and VIDEO)
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
I forgot a few posts ago, when i was making fun of Australia, that the Bee Gees are from there. Well they were raised there, not born there. So i owe Australia a half an apology, which means i owe them nothing.
But I digress. I am a big Bee Gees fan. The whole shebang: 1st through the disco tunes. I even liked Andy Gibb. I EVEN liked Andy and Barbara Striesand's record. You know the one... with "woman in love" on it.
However, I think this is my favorite Bee Gee song that they let someone else sing. It needs no introduction. Its only the best opening song in any movie.
Heres my second favorite. Her name was Samantha Sang. And sang she did. Too bad her last name wasnt Sing: perhaps she'd still be singing.
Pssst! Second best opening scene? THIS SUCKER. Close, but Phil Daniels aged bad.
Im feeling the 60s today. What better way to celebrate spring- by listening to a band that pretty much epitomizes grey old gross London.
Live days. If you listen to one thing, listen to this song.
Live Well respected man about town
Maybe live: Autumn Almanac
Live Dedicated Follower of Fashion
Almost immediately after i wrote that last post, I put two and two together I figured out that this Barbara Mason is that Barbara Mason. You'd think this would be apparent to me since I know both songs real well and know that both were done by a woman named Barbara Mason. Thank god i cant lose my music snob tenure.
Another Man: Barbara Mason
Babs certainly could write lyrics huh? Did she write her lyrics? This song is just fantastic isnt it? You think its going to be about another woman, but its not. Apparently Babs, you couldnt give him everything he wanted now could you?
Monday, April 14, 2008
I have the good fortune to live in a part of the country where Soul Train is still on tv. Granted its on at 2 am on a Saturday, but i have tivo and no life, so I hardly miss a week. Its tons of fun. Takes me till Monday to recover from all that excitement.
This week was Barbara Mason and the (fabulous) dramatics. And she did this song. Actually, this is the clip. And as Im sitting drinking my coffee and listening to the lyrics, it occurred to me.
This is one fucked up song. I also just read that its the answer to "woman to woman", another song that is not nearly as fucked up as this one.
Just stab her again Barbara. You're younger? You cant fold his clothes? But you can rip his wife's heart out huh? And give her advice? DAMN GIRL! Twist that knife!
And here are the fabulous dramatics... who despite having written many a love song, never seemed to be able to work in "I dont have a job" like Barbara did.
Friday, April 11, 2008
Stop watching curling and decide which one of these now completely irrelevant bands is your favorite!
Black Light Orchestra:
THP Orchestra: 2 Hot For Love
Who knew Canada had such a great orchestral disco scene? Makes me respect Canadian music.
Ok no it doesnt. Ok it kind of does. Maybe.
Thursday, April 10, 2008
How great is/are cloud one?
Ill tell you how great. They're great. In fact, they're so great that you actually already like them and dont even know it. If you like Bumble Bee Unltd, Black Ivory, Phreek, Inner Life, etc etc you like Cloud One. You also like Patrick Adams b/c its all the same guy apparently.
Since Patrick Adams had his hand in pretty much the greatest cookie jar ever invented, I think it may be easier to list what he WASNT involved in record wise.
He wasnt involved with Rinder & Lewis.
He's not Vince Montana, nor part of his sextet.
He wasnt Dennis Coffey.
He WAS INdirectly involved with this b/c it samples Black Ivory, which was his band.
The original which sort of ruins the song above cos its so whiny. A 4. Cant win em all I guess.
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
Sunday, April 6, 2008
Behold! The greatest program since Prisoner Cell Block H. WB Superstar USA. The American Idol parody that lasted but ONE season on the WB network. The premise is that the singers are all terrible, but they believe they are good. The quest was to find the worst singer. I believe Jamie was the wrong choice, as Rosa was clearly the shittiest. However, here are some notable performances that will make you feel better about yourself.
Say hello to Frank.
The heat is on with the runner up, Mario.
My favorite, Omar. Catch the note at 1.38.
Lets kick it Jo Jo style.
Saturday, April 5, 2008
I was going to post this video anyway for obvious raisins, and then i you tubed it and saw that the kid whose sisters playpen blocked the tv when i first saw love child co directed the video. And its good. He always had good taste anyway.
And here i was, thinking that the highlight of his life was introducing me to the Stone Roses.
Ive consulted with the remnants of those basement years and a collective huzzah to you from all of us.
Thursday, April 3, 2008
Danny's part is up. Finally! (Zep: Good Times Bad Times)
Cant post Danny w/o Colin. (Steve Miller: Serenade)
;) (Souls of Mischief and everyone)
RIP Cousin Raymond. This skateboard related post is for you. Too bad they cremated you in that suit. Hard to chill in, huh?
Just watch the whole thing...the slam section is at 29.05. The fight is at 10.03. Skateboard to the head is at 10:16. Sean and Julien @ 14.05. Fucked up Blind Kids at 19:38 ish... Youll find the kid on the ramp yourself.
Featuring: Good music, great skateboarding, great fights and Rodney.
Wednesday, April 2, 2008
Thought i was posting Teddy Pendergrass? I guess I sort of gave that impression by the title. Sorry.
Too bad. Its the four tops. Over time I sort of meshed the Tops and the Temps into one band... however, after minutes of careful analysis, I can say with certainty that the Four Tops were the better band.
Just Seven Numbers
I totally could stop here. This really is the best thing they ever did. Its perfect.
Aint No Woman
Standing in the shadows of love...bernadette...ask the lonely...What did the Temps do that even compares to any of these songs?
Nothing. Thats right. NOTHING.
Sigh...ok, now ill post my hot man teddy.
Back in 1980 when he was so hot i can barely control myself even now as i watch it.
From 1993...back when he was still lookin hot b/c today he isnt really looking so hot anymore.
See? Its the stashe, right? Or that fetching pineapple shirt. Both are all sorts of terrible. He needs to quit fighting his hot.
Hey, did you know that Hall and Oates covered this? I think they did ok. But its not the original and its nowhere as good.
Their version doesnt make me feel like i need to take a pregnancy test. Which is good right? Because that would mean there's a possibility that its Oates'. And im not feeling that.
This just made my morning.
Pickle Surprise: Where's the Pickle?
From the youtube, since i never heard of this person before this morning.
A quintessential New York underground film/video artiste, the late Tom Rubnitz took a bite out of the Big Apple and spat it out in a wild kaleidoscope of unequivocal camp and hallucinogenic color. He used all the best people from NYC -John Sex, Happi Phace, the B-52s, Lypsinka, Ann Magnuson, Quentin Crisp, Michael Clark, and Lady Bunny- are but a few of the stars that shine oh-so-brightly in Rubnitz's glittering oeuvre. A genre artist par excellence, Rubnitz treated the sexy-druggy-wiggy-luscious desserty qualities of the '80s downtown club scene with the loving care only a true hedonist could show. Rubnitz passed away from AIDS in the summer of 1992.
Tuesday, April 1, 2008
Whoops. Sayonara Sweetheart. So long, record! Nice knowing you. Who knew that placing things on the rug after you play them, and then forgetting to put them away afterwards b/c you get preoccupied could produce a broken record?
Causality. Amazing, huh? Its all part of life's rich pageant when you are a slob with your records.
And so, liberty city joins another in the long list of records ive ruined. However, unlike the other records ive ruined, five minutes of internet searching hasnt produced a replacement.
So is this my day of reckoning? Has the system beaten me? Is this.., dear god, my Waterloo?