Polyphonic: Video essays about music and pop culture
January 25, 2018 11:35 AM   Subscribe

YouTube Channel Polyphonic has been releasing video essays about music for the past 6 months. They cover topics ranging from What Makes John Bonham Such a Good Drummer ,Kendrick Lamar's Literary References, The Dead Kennedy's use of Satire and the Pogues Fairytale of New York

I'm a big fan of this type of content exploring pop culture and offering insightful analysis. If you enjoy this you will probably also like Nerdwriter - How Louis CK Tells A Joke, Vox - Why cartoon characters wear gloves, Every Frame a Painting - How to Do Action Comedy, and Entertain the Elk's - The Day The Simpsons Died
posted by ShakeyJake (9 comments total) 33 users marked this as a favorite
Cool stuff, I'm looking forward to the Bonham and Wish you were here segments...
posted by not_that_epiphanius at 11:52 AM on January 25, 2018

"Fool In the Rain", analyzed in the Bonham video, is basically a Purdie shuffle
posted by thelonius at 11:55 AM on January 25, 2018 [5 favorites]

The Kendrick link goes to the Bonham video. Just FYI.
posted by 2or3whiskeysodas at 12:04 PM on January 25, 2018

"They ended up settling on Kirsty MacColl, who was married to Lillywhite." Gee, glad that all worked out.
posted by lagomorphius at 12:44 PM on January 25, 2018 [1 favorite]

I've been watching this kid's videos for some time now. Anyone care to guess on the accent? Canadian?
posted by humboldt32 at 1:10 PM on January 25, 2018

Yep, Canadian. He mentions it in the Gord Downie video.
posted by BigHeartedGuy at 2:37 PM on January 25, 2018 [1 favorite]

Yay!... Oh, :-(
posted by humboldt32 at 3:49 PM on January 25, 2018 [1 favorite]

This whole channel is pure gold. Glad to see it on the Blue.
posted by Pirate-Bartender-Zombie-Monkey at 4:59 PM on January 25, 2018

"Fool In the Rain", analyzed in the Bonham video, is basically a Purdie shuffle.

Dang it, you beat me to this comment by 6 hours! The Purdie shuffle is a thing of finesse & beauty, even in Bonham's hands. Different drummers will do it more tightly than Bonham, like Jeff Porcaro on Toto's Mama, where he's so tight you can hardly feel the shuffle, though it's still the same stick pattern, & Bonham really lets it all hang out. His loose-yet-tight vibe is pretty much irreproducible.

one wonders what might have been if Toto had ever unclinched a bit, but I digress...
posted by Devils Rancher at 6:51 PM on January 25, 2018 [1 favorite]

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