Already being hailed by some as maybe one of the best music videos of the year
, Sia's Chandelier
, featuring 11-year old Maddie Ziegler, is by turns haunting, beautiful, strange and frisson inducing. [more inside]
Each year for the past seven years, Billboard Magazine's Rich Appel
has surveyed a group of classic pop aficianados to create his IRS chart
--It Really Should have been a Top 10 hit. This list of more than a thousand records largely from the 60s and 70s runs the gamut from classics that somehow never cracked the Top 10 during their heyday to the unjustly overlooked and obscure. Via the best radio show in America, Crap From the Past.
1. NOTHING BUT A HEARTACHE
2. CAN'T FIND THE TIME (to Tell You)
3. WILL YOU BE STAYING AFTER SUNDAY
The Peppermint Rainbow
4. SHAME, SHAME
The Magic Lanterns
5. MORNING GIRL
The Neon Philharmonic
6. MR. DIEINGLY SAD
7. GOD ONLY KNOWS
The Beach Boys
8. THINGS I'D LIKE TO SAY
The New Colony Six
9. PRETTY LADY
10. YELLOW RIVER
And so much more!
The Baseballs are a German rock and roll band founded in Berlin in 2007. They became popular with 50s and 60s style rock cover versions of modern hits such as "Umbrella
","Hot n Cold
","Call Me Maybe
", "Tik Tok
", and "Poker Face
While we've discussed it before
, the link was removed but YouTube's new content guidelines have allowed it to be re-uploaded. In 2001, photographer and filmmaker David LaChapelle
directed a video to be shown before Heatherette's first runway show and MAC cosmetics in-store video. Starring Amanda Lepore, the 6 minute video is a bizarre gunshot of pink lipstick, gay cowboys, 80s pop music, and constant full frontal nudity. YouTube
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Janelle Monae's latest music video/single is a 60s-esque, funkadelic, symbol-heavy, all-white fur and all-female hammer to the head - THE DANCE APOCALYPTIC
Daniel Kim is back again this year with the Pop Danthology 2012
, a mega mash-up of 55 pop songs from 2012 (SLYT).
is probably best known around the internet for his ragtime reinterpretation of classic 80's hits
), but that's certainly not the only thing he's done. There are the relatively straighter covers
, for example. And then there's the other stuff. [more inside]
What is Pink Lady
? In Japan they are remembered for a string of pop hits in the 70s, but Americans might remember them either from their disco single "Kiss In The Dark
" or from an attempt to sell them to the US market in 1980 via a short-lived NBC variety show Pink Lady & Jeff
) with comedian Jeff Altman.
). The show featured their Japanese hits, UFO
(a bit more rock and roll
), and SOS
along with US hits like Boogie Wonderland
, McArthur Park
and the occasional guest star.
) Also, Roy Orbison
Sadly, the show failed to break out and the two returned to Japan for a series of farewell concerts and retrospectives. Much, much more available at this charmingly retro, utterly exhaustive fan site devoted to them.
Or just read the recaps. [more inside]
In their 25 year career San Fransisco-based Kronos Quartet
might be most famous for creating the go-to dramatic movie trailer music
but they've recently courted controversy
with their latest album, 9/11, with Steve Reich
(NPR First Listen
). The album is another in a long line of collaborations with composers such as Phillip Glass
, Terry Riley
, and Pēteris Vasks.
And like any good instrumental ensemble, they've covered Hendrix
, Sigur Ros
, and Tom Waits
. Oh, and they've been on Sesame Street. [more inside]
Quincy Jones sat in the Tenafly, New Jersey den of 16-year-old vocal student Lesley Gore, playing demo after demo
, looking for the right song to cut for her first record. Out of over 200 tapes, Jones and Gore had moved only one to the "maybe" pile, and so that song, It's My Party
, was recorded on March 30, 1963 in a Manhattan studio. After the session Mercury president Irving Green warned Gore not to get her hopes up, but Gore gratefully told him that it had been a great experience anyway, and it was okay if he didn't want to release it. However, later that evening Jones learned that Phil Spector had just recorded
"It's My Party" for The Crystals
, so Jones rushed back to the studio to press 100 test copies of the single and immediately mailed them to key radio stations across the country. [more inside]
1980SLYT: Kim Mitchell* - "Go For a Soda" (1984).
In whiche our protagonist experiences his favorite rock singer (1) step out of the television, (2) do a little dance on the table, and (3) join his band in the refrigerator. All while singing a Hard Rock Anthem about the joys of S-O-D-A. [ *wiki • via the voice of great antiquity's great blog post about being a contestant on Jeopardy. via jessamyn
At long last, Wikileaks gets a catchy theme song: "Who the f**k is Wikileaks
" by "Chicken Soup (Boney M
Goes Club)", a new project from veteran producer Frank Farian
, the man behind Boney M and Milli Vanilli
Warning: the song contains repeated use of the "F"-word, and the video contains images of the "anonymous" mask. [more inside]
Single Link Saturday Night Dance Party: The neon-dripped hallucinatory candy-pop world ofBrite Futures' - Sideways Pony Tail [more inside]
Renaissance Man (SLYT)
Being One in a Series of Musical Videos wherein Man's History is Elucidated.
YouTube user Pallomember
loves scary European death metal. But sometimes he wonders, wouldn't scary European death metal be improved with a dash of Lady Gaga?
Yes. Yes it would.
vs Meshuggah: Bleed-A-Razzi
| vs Behemoth: Ov Fire and Bad Romance
| vs Soilwork: Bricklover [more inside]
60s Pop Friday! Ladies and Gentlemen, from Queens, NY, it's the Shangri-Las!
Mostly known for their grandly melodramatic songs about teen love gone awry
, they aren't all downers
. They've been covered
Cruella de Ville, the band
, were formed by fraternal twins (with identical voices) Philomena and Colum Muinzer. They were probably best known for their single, "Those Two Dreadful Children"
, which appeared on Dr. Demento's show a number of times. CdV were only around for a short time (1982-1984) before dropping off the map 
, but thanks to the internets and youtubeses, we can revisit their tiny catalogue: pop nuggets in a manic, cheeky, theatrical punk
vein. But just when you thought you'd pegged their sound...
The Guardian has compiled a list of their top fifty arts videos
, the majority being from either rare or obscure sources and uploaded onto YouTube.
Unbelievably ass kicking playlist
of french pop culture hits from the 60's. Featuring the ever zany Brigitte Bardot
, Jaques Dutronc
, France Gall
, Serge Gainsbourg
, and more.