Saturday, November 11, 2006

A Cheap Post with Lots of Videos

I figure we have to enjoy "YouTube" while we can, since I can't imagine blatant theft surviving much longer. In fact, we probably need to enjoy "Blogger" until the next dot.com bubble bursts. But that's beside the point.

I'm sitting in my apartment and I'm freezing cold; the heat has decided not to come on. Smelly girl next door has been on a particularly smelly spree. Anticipating my January move, I'm slowly packing my stuff into boxes and inhaling a lot of dust. My cold is almost gone. I just finished reading Anna Kavan's "I Am Lazarus" (for which I paid about 40 cents a page) and am working on Umberto Eco's "The Name of the Rose."

But I'm not here to talk about any of that...I'm here to post YouTube videos that have delighted me over the past few months. Maybe you'll find some of them delightful too?

Greg Hits Hollywood

It isn't ALL funny -- and it is less funny during repeated viewings -- but the first time I saw it I was in rapture. It has a baffling realism that doesn't get Borat-nasty or uncomfortable. You've got to love the Japanese girl.



Divine Comedy, "Bad Ambassador"

I can't share my love of Divine Comedy with many people, but maybe I can TRICK people into watching them (errr, him). Here's an exceptional song with an exceptional video.



Zsa Zsa Gabor & David Letterman Eat Fast Food

St. Mark passed this one along. As much as I dislike Zsa Zsa, this is hilarious. She's good when she's being pandered to. And she loves those fries.



The Fall, "Eat Y'Self Fitter"

Speaking of eating. And more disturbing than Zsa Zsa could ever be. Brix does the early-'80s post-punk ska dance near the end.



Whale, "Pay For Me"

I could babble endlessly about the magic of Whale. This becomes less effective over time as fewer and fewer people remember them. The day will come when Whale is totally forgotten. In fact it's already happened.



Talk Talk, "Such a Shame"

I have an intense (platonic) love for Talk Talk so I can't resist putting my favourite Talk Talk song and video here. Listen to the bass. Check out the budding rebellion against their New Romantic image. Listen to the bass some more...Paul Webb's quick, huge, bendy method was a major (and underappreciated) part of their style.



Renaldo and the Loaf, "Songs for Swinging Larvae"

And finally, for those who've never seen it, a video that's even more disturbing today than it was twenty years ago.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

where is Muffy at the Ex?????????????

Muffy St. Bernard said...

If I self-promote too much, I feel like garbage!

shirley lover said...

You pretend you're high
You pretend you're bored
You pretend you're anything
Just to be adored
And what you need
Is what you get

Don't believe in fear
Don't believe in faith
Don't believe in anything
That you can't break

You stupid girl
You stupid girl
All you had you wasted
All you had you wasted

What drives you on What drives you on
Can drive you mad Can drive you mad
A million lies to sell yourself
Is all you ever had

Don't believe in love
Don't believe in hate
Don't believe in anything
That you can't waste

You stupid girl
You stupid girl
Can't believe you fake it
Can't believe you fake it

Don't believe in fear
Don't believe in pain
Don't believe in anyone
That you can't tame

You stupid girl
You stupid girl
All you had you wasted
All you had you wasted

You stupid girl
You stupid girl
Can't believe you fake it
Can't believe you fake it

You stupid girl
You stupid girl
Can't believe you fake it
Can't believe you fake it

You stupid girl

Muffy St. Bernard said...

I can't believe that we now have Madonna, Mike Oldfield, AND Shirley Manson posting comments here! And none of them are dead!

This could only mean one thing: they're planning on collaborating. Gosh, what a train-wreck that would be.

VanillaJ said...

Seriously, w-t-f?! That Renaldo & the Loaf is deranged. Are these people laughing now to themselves, "...and we thought we were SO deep! Really, what the hell was that all about?"

Muffy St. Bernard said...

Before Renaldo himself arrives with a link to his website, let me say I don't know much about the group or what they stood for. They were in some mysterious way involved with The Residents, which probably means that they were mostly "just joking around."

I remember watching this with the folks from Mindsculpture back in 1994, and we laughed and laughed. I can only think that the climate has changed a bit, and seeing a naked child wearing handcuffs nowadays makes me think "yikes."

When it was made, though, I think it was supposed to be silly.

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