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Oct. 13th, 2007

Bed of Nails by Alice Cooper

With Halloween just around the corner, I thought it was time for some creepy videos. Here is Alice Cooper at his scariest, with the video to "Bed of Nails,"


Sep. 30th, 2007

Dancing in the Ruins

Blue Oyster Cult is among my favourite bands of all time. This is one of my favourite songs of their, "Dancin' in the Ruins" from the album Club Ninja.

Sep. 23rd, 2007

Reaper

Okay, this week is premiere week on most of the networks. Sadly, while this season is better than most, there is still a shortage of show in which I am interested. One of the very few which does interest me is Reaper, which might just be the only good show airing on the CW this season. Reaper follows the adventures of Sam, a poor guy who had the misfortune of his parents selling his soul to the Devil before he was even born. Now at the age of majority, he finds he must serve as the Devil's bounty hunter. Okay, the concept isn't particularly original (it was used earlier in the classic Fox series Brimstone), but it looks like it will be executed well. Indeed, Kevin Smith is directing the pilot! Anyhow, here's a preview clip from Reaper.

Sep. 16th, 2007

Metal Mickey

The early Nineties saw the rise of the movement known as Britpop. Essentially Britpop was a particularly British form of Powerpop, influenced heavily by the British guitar bands of the Sixties (The Beatles, The Who, The Kinks, and so on). Among the most popular of these bands was Suede. Suede achieved phenomenal success in the UK in the Nineties, racking up an impressive 19 top 40 singles, many in the top twenty. They never achieved the same kind of success here in the States, although achieving cult status here. In fact, while they initially billed themselves as Suede here in the States, they were forced by a lawsuit by a lounge lizard (who had trademarked "Suede") to go by the name "The London Suede" here for most their career. Of course, the last laugh is on the lounge lizard. Most American fans continue to call Suede, "Suede," and, don't bother to call him anything at all (except "that lounge singer" or "that lounge lizard...").

Anyhow, Suede first came to my attention with the release of their single "Metal Mickey" here in the States. For those of you wondering about the strange title, Metal Mickey was a robot on a British children's show that ran from 1980 to 1983 (some episodes of the series were produced by Monkee Micky Dolenz). He was built by a young boy to help out around his family's house, with the usual complications one would expect on a Britcom. Of course, what Metal Mickey has to do with a song that is obviously about a prostitute ("She sells hearts/She sells lips"), I have no idea.

Anyhow, here is the video to "Metal Mickey" by the one and only Suede.


Sep. 8th, 2007

The Who--"Pictures of Lily"

If I am known for one thing among my friends it is my love for British Invasion bands and the Mod movement of Sixties Britain. Of course, among my favourite bands from that era is The Who. Even then they had a flair for inventive lyrics and wrote songs that weren't simply "boy meets girl boy loses girl..." Among my favourite The Who songs is "Pictures of Lily." Here, then, is a video from the Sixties of The Who performing that song. For those of you who are wondering whom Lily might be, she was Lillie Langtry, British actress who lived from 1853 to 1929 (hence the line "She's been dead since 1929"). She was considered among the most beautiful women of her time. She had affairs with men from Prince Albert (who would eventually become King Edward VII, Prince Louis of Battenberg, and wealthy Englishman Robert Peel. She was friends with Oscar Wilde and James McNeill Whistler (the artist who pained Whistler's Mother). Perhaps her biggest fan was the notorious Judge Roy Bean, who named his saloon for (the Jersey Lily). Though they never met, they did exchange letters. At any rate, I am pretty sure any teenager in the 1960s who saw a picture of Langtry possibly could fall in love with her...

Anyhow, here is "Pictures of Lily" by The Who

Aug. 31st, 2007

Dragon War

For those of you have missed it, I just saw the trailer for the Korean film Dragon War or, as it is being advertised here, D-War (gods, I hate that title). I found the trailer at IFilm. The CGI is not up to the standards of American big budget blockbusters, but it isn't bad. And the film looks like it could be fun in the way the old Godzilla movies were. Here is hoping it is actually a good film.






Aug. 14th, 2007

Underdog Theme Song Video

Growing up my favourite cartoon was Underdog. Classic Media has recently released three collections of Underodog episodes and, as a means of promotion, they have posted one of the three theme song sequences they used on the show to IFilm and YouTube. This one features his archnemesis, Simon Barsinister. The two other theme song sequences featured his second archnemesis, the gangster Riff-Raff and an unnamed giant. Anyhow, here is one of the three Underdog theme song sequences:


Aug. 4th, 2007

Latest Trailer for Rob Zombie's Halloween

Okay, I am generally against remaking classic films. In fact, it seems to me that not only are most remakes inferior to the original, but they are generally bad films. Often, very bad films. The remakes of Psycho (from Gus Van Sant, who should have known better), The Longest Yard, Planet of the Apes (from Tim Burton, who should have also known better), and Assault on Precinct 13 all pretty much stank. It would not be so sad, but this seems to be the typical result when any classic remake is made. It is almost as if the filmmakers figure they cannot match the original and, knowing this, set out to make a bad film.

It is for that reason that I have serious doubts about Rob Zombie's remake of Halloween. John Carpenter's original was both frightening and influential (it started the whole slasher cycle of the Eighties--something that we shouldn't hold against either the movie or Carpenter). It is naturally going to be a tough act to follow. In the remake's favour is the fact that I suspect Zombie has seen every single horror movie ever made, and he has already demonstrated some talent with House of 1000 Corpses and The Devil's Rejects. And the trailer looks reassuring. From the trailer I would guess that it won't match the original, but it at least won't be horribly bad as so many remakes are.

Anyhow, without further ado, here is the trailer for Rob Zombie's Halloween:

Halloween - Final trailer

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Jul. 21st, 2007

Jesse's Girl

Arguably the early Eighties were the Golden Age of music video. Among the best remembered videos was "Jesse's Girl" by Rick Springfield. Springfield was an Australian music artist who had an American hit with the song "Speak to the Sky" in 1972. Unfortunately, Springfield found himself typecast as a teen idol. Worse yet, radio stations started refusing to play other tracks from his first album, claiming Capitol Records was paying people to buy it. A second album released on Columbia, Comic Book Heroes, failed to sell, as did his third album, Wait for the Night, released on Chelsea Records. After several years of bad luck, Springfield took a break from music and started acting. Among other things, he was a regular on the soap General Hospital.

The album Working Class Dog, released in 1981, was Springfield's comeback. The song "Jesse's Girl" from that album went to #1 on the Billboard charts. For the next few years, Rick Springfield would be one of the top music artists in America.

Anyhow, here's the video to "Jesse's Girl."

Rick Springfield - Jessie's Girl

Posted Nov 07, 2006

Rick Springfield tries to steal his best friend's girl with a Grammy-winning song.

Jul. 5th, 2007

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

For a lot of people the most anticipated movie of July was Transformers. I was an adult when the toys came out and never watched the animated cartoon, so it holds no cultural resonance for me. Instead, my most anticipated movie of July is Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Here is a clip that's a little over a minute. It looks like this movie could be better than the last, which is really saying something in my opinion.

Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix - I Want To Fight

Posted Jul 02, 2007

As his fifth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry approaches, 15-year-old Harry Potter is in full-blown adolescence, complete with regular outbursts of rage, a nearly debilitating crush, and the blooming of a powerful sense of rebellion.

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