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The Bangles – Going Down to Liverpool, starring Leonard Nimoy!

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This is a cover of a song originally by the British group Katrina and the Waves about hardcore unemployment in the England. A weird subject for an all-girl eighties pop-band from the other side of the pond. The “UB-40” mentioned in the song was a U.K. unemployment form.

The music video has nothing to do with the lyrics, but it’s notable because it stars Leonard Nimoy as the annoyed but otherwise emotionless taxi driver!

Susanna Hoffs looks gorgeous as usual, even though her eighties hair is more tame here than she wore it a year later. This video demonstrates the evolution of big hair!

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April 17, 2018 at EDT pm

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Leonard Nimoy – The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins

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I never knew this existed until I found it yesterday surfing the web. Why has this been kept hidden for so long?

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April 16, 2018 at EDT pm

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The Bangles – Manic Monday

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A music video for Monday morning. This song was written for the Bangles by Prince. It deals with the bad feelings on Monday morning when you have go to a crappy job for five days before you get another two days of fun and relief from work.

But imagine how much different it was to go to work in 1985. On the train to work, everyone was reading an actual newspaper, because there were no smartphones or e-books or anything else like that. This allowed you to pick out everyone’s social class based on what newspaper they were reading. The Daily News and the New York Post were read by proles, and the higher classes read the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal.

People wore suits to work too! That business casual thing was still another decade away.

When you got to work, there were no computers. Imagine that. An office where everyone was doing some kind of office work, but they weren’t doing it on computers. It kind of makes you wonder what people did all day with no computer in front of them and no emails to read.

Also, although the technology for conference calls existed in 1985, I don’t think they were popular back then. When people had a meeting, they had to physically go into a meeting room. And how did people know there was a meeting? They received a written memo in the morning!

If you needed something typed, you would write it down on paper, and then bring it to the typing pool (possibly the only place in the office where there were computer monitors) where someone would type it for you (unless you were important enough to have your own secretary). This system guaranteed at least a lower-middle-class salary for anyone (mostly women, but men also) who would bother to learn how to type fast enough to qualify as a typist. Today, there are no skills like that where you can learn it at home and then automatically get a job, even though it was a non-self-actualizing job that would lead to carpal tunnel syndrome.

But the best part of going to work in the 1980s was that all the girls in the office had eighties hair! Like the girls in the music video. What a delight to look at eighties hair all day!

The second-best part of going to work in the 1980s is that there was no IT department full of Indians most of whom have hard-to-understand accents and some of whom have disgusting body odor.

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April 16, 2018 at EDT am

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Anti-feminist song: Charlene – I’ve Never Been To Me

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I remember this song from the radio in the 1980s, but can’t say I’ve ever actually listened to it until now. What a strong anti-feminist message! The song tells the story, in first person, of a woman who slutted it up as a mistress to a string of rich men, having abortions along the way when she became pregnant, and now looks back with great regret that she didn’t settle down with a beta-male provider and have children. But zero regrets about not having a career.

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April 14, 2018 at EDT pm

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Bananarama – Robert De Niro’s Waiting

I was asked about Steve Bannon in Italy, and for some reason I thought of this song. Wow! Such beautiful 80s hair!

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March 4, 2018 at EDT pm

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Phil Ochs – Love Me, I’m a Liberal

From 1966. I never heard this song before today.

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February 10, 2018 at EDT pm

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Village People – YMCA

Too bad the video has an aspect ratio problem.

I didn’t realize how gay this was when I was a kid and this song was playing all the time. In one of the three street scenes, they are dancing in front of a gay bar called Ramrod (at 394 West Street) which no longer exists. Ramrod is what gays call a penis because it’s rammed into another man’s anus.

Each of the six band members is wearing a costume representing a parody of working-class masculinity. In declining order of how much I like the costume:

Indian chief
Construction worker
Leather-clad biker
Motorcycle cop

Today, the Indian chief costume would be considered racist against American Indians because of “cultural appropriation.”

I ranked the leather guy only fourth because he’s supposed to be a biker, but he looks more like just some gay guy dressed in leather than a biker.

The soldier costumer is pretty weak, it doesn’t have any of that gay flamboyance that the other costumes have.

The music video also has cool street scenes of late 1970s New York City; those same locations look very different today. We see the elevated West Side Highway which was since torn down. We see some industrial decaying waterfront structures, which used to be on the west side, but have since been torn down. And the shot where they are in front of the YMCA is on the south side of 23rd Street, looking west, just east of 7th Avenue. Actually, nearly all of the buildings in the scene are still there today, but they look different. Pretty much no businesses that existed in the 1978 are still there today. Even the Burger King is no longer there. There are hardly any Burger Kings left in Manhattan.

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January 1, 2018 at EDT pm

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Christmastime for the Jews

An SNL skit that pays homage to the claymation used for those classic old-school Christmas specials I used to watch as a kid.

This skit depicts the complete opposite of what Jews historically did on Christmas, which was to stay inside and keep as low a profile as possible in order not to attract the attention of Christians who might be tempted into an impromptu pogram to punish the Jews for killing Jesus.

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Why didn’t I post any Hannukah videos? Because there aren’t any that are the least bit interesting or fun. Deep down, Jews know that Hannukah is a hollow and meaningless holiday (except for the true meaning of the story of the Maccabees, violent Jewish nationalism, which liberal Jews would never celebrate), a distant second fiddle to Christmas.

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December 24, 2017 at EDT pm

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Sarah Silverman – Give The Jew Girl Toys

A profane take on the Jews on Christmas genre. I think the song reveals Sarah Silverman’s repressed anger that, as a kid, she never received any Christmas presents from Santa, and she was jealous of all the gentile kids.

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At Vox, a nebbish Jew learns to love Christmas after marrying a shiksa.

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December 24, 2017 at EDT am

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A lonely Jew on Christmas

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December 23, 2017 at EDT am

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