Archive for the ‘Music videos’ Category
Wow, the drones were amazing! Everything was amazing! Maybe the greatest halftime show ever!
My only complaint is that the studio versions of her songs are better; but then you have to appreciate that she had the guts to sing live and not lipsynch.
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Scott Adams, the creator of Dilbert, agrees:
That Super Bowl halftime show will never be topped. You just saw five-dimensional chess from Master Persuader #LadyGaga
— Scott Adams (@ScottAdamsSays) February 6, 2017
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And following the halftime show, the biggest comeback in the history of the Superbowl.
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Lady Gaga vs. Katy Perry
So some commenters have voted for Katy Perry’s halftime show from two years ago.
Now I love Katy Perry. She’s gorgeous. And cute. And her songs have such a endearing touch of whimsy. But Lady Gaga has her halftime show beat by a mile. Besides the drones, there was Lady Gaga’s athleticism and the much larger scope of choreography. Plus Lady Gaga’s show wasn’t interrupted by some crappy hip-hop/rap number by Missy Elliott.
This is a pretty good live rendition by Harry Chapin of his song “Taxi.”
The song has some autobiographical facts from Harry’s life mixed in. His name in the song (as in many of his songs) is his real name, Harry. Chapin did have a girlfriend named Sue at Cornell, and he was also a taxi driver for a few months (back in a time when white Americans still drove taxis).
So Harry is driving his taxi and he picks up a woman who turns out to be his ex-girlfriend, Sue. Sue, initially, either pretends not to recognize him or is too uncaring about a taxi driver to pay attention to him. In either case, it’s a snub.
Their relationship ended because Sue presumably moved to Los Angeles to become an actress (although now she’s in San Francisco) and Harry was going to “learn to fly,” which I presume means he wanted to become a pilot, but that obviously never happened, and now he has a loser job as a taxi driver.
The second snub is when “she said we must get together,” but it’s said in a way that means she’s just being polite and has no interest in seeing a loser who drives a cab for a living.
Sue, although apparently not an actress, has more economic resources than Harry based on various hints dropped in the song [as expounded below and in the comments, probably because she married a rich husband]. At the end, for the $2.50 fare, she gives him a $20 bill and tells him to keep the change. Remember that there has been more than 400% inflation since 1972, so that’s like giving him a hundred dollar bill for a $12.50 fare (which is a typical fare for a ride from one location in Manhattan to another and I assume that “Frisco” has similar rates).
Receiving such a huge tip from your ex-girlfriend is emasculating, and that was especially true in 1972 when social customs were more strongly oriented towards the man being the provider and not the woman. Either she’s saying “look how much more successful I am than you,” or she pities him and wants him to have some extra money, but women aren’t romantically interested in men they pity.
Instead of doing the manly thing and returning the tip, Harry puts the bill in his shirt because he needs the money.
Also, the song tells us that Sue is also not happy with her life. The song does not explain why, but maybe it’s because she left a wonderful relationship with Harry in order to try to become an actress? The modern feminist would see that line of reasoning as being Harry’s male-chauvinistic ego. That’s why I like the songs of the 1970s, because they are less politically correct.
Harry sees that she’s not happy because he’s very intuitive, but Sue refuses to admit it. Thus he’s able to cleverly and ironically observe that they both got what they wanted: he’s “flying” in his taxi, and she’s acting happy. These are the kind of deep lyrics you get when Ivy League caliber people write songs.
Harry Chapin also went to Brooklyn Tech High School, back in the late 1950s when Brooklyn Tech was still academically equivalent to Stuyvesant (it no longer is) and the vast majority of students in attendance were smart working-class and middle-class Jews. Although Harry came from a Protestant family, which was rare in New York City public schools where everyone who was white was either Jewish or Catholic.
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Hm. Failed actress in a new town, careless with money. Would it be unkind to speculate that her secret is, she’s an escort?
Or maybe she’s married to someone rich, but that didn’t make her happy because she failed in her dream to be an actress, and she married for the wrong reason (money, not love). That would give Harry a reason to feel that she would have been happier with him, whom she would have loved because he was Harry the sensitive singer-song writer, even though he didn’t have any money.
And he drives her to a “handsome home” with a gate and “fine trimmed lawns” which sounds more like a place where you live when you are married rather than a place where a prostitute would live. Although maybe she’s like a Holly Golightly.
Consider that this music video within a Jetsons episode was produced in 1962, 19 years before MTV. And that pop music was in its very infancy. It sort of even pre-dates The Beatles: the first real Beatles LP, “Please Please Me” wasn’t released until 1963.
Talking about music that sounds white, the Barenaked Ladies have a very white sound (even though the video has some black guys with afros dancing).
I don’t particularly care for the fish-eye lens, or that they muffle the sound for twenty seconds to make like you’re inside a fish tank. As a video, I prefer watching Hey Violet.
I like this music video a lot.
Thank you Otis the Sweaty for bringing this girl punk rock group to my attention. Unfortunately, a handful of music videos on YouTube is the extent of their repertoire.
The alt-weekly The Nashville Scene first reported last week that the United Record Pressing plant, a mainstay of vinyl production since 1949, would be expanding its operations to a new 142,000-square-foot facility in South Nashville. In a later article by Billboard, United said that the new facility, estimated to be the size of “two football fields,” would double the plant’s production capacity, and that the expansion would help the country’s largest vinyl manufacturer keep pace with strong market demand.
That the new facility is the size of two football fields reminds us that vinyl records take up a lot of space. It’s not a practical gimmick for people who live in tiny Manhattan apartments. Even finding a place for a turntable (which needs to be a on flat stable surface that’s easy to get to) can be challenging. And on top of that, new vinyl LPs cost twice as much as the same music legally purchased digitally (and the same music can be easily obtained for free, although of course you shouldn’t do that because it’s illegal).
My theory is that the human brain didn’t evolve to understand intellectual property on an emotional level. We have an evolutionary urge to acquire resources (which used to be useful for helping to make sure your children lived long enough to have children of their own), and our illogical animal brain thinks of a vinyl record as a resource but can’t grasp a digital file as being a resource.
Nevertheless, the re-emergence of vinyl records still seems to me like a temporary fad.
This is a song about the female singer not being master of her domain, which is what the previously blogged-about Wham! song was not about.
This is also a much better song than anything Wham! ever did.
Christine Amphlett died in 2013 at the age of 53 from breast cancer. Another eighties musician who died an untimely death.
This is a song about a guy who loves his girlfriend more than she loves him back. And that’s all it’s about.
The late George Michael looks pretty gay in this video (not that there’s anything wrong with looking gay). The girls in the video have such nice eighties hair.
It wouldn’t be the Christmas season if I didn’t link to my favorite Christmas-time video.
It’s too easy to merely write this off as a parody of anti-Semitism. Either it’s anti-Semitism hiding as a parody of anti-Semitism, or it’s a parody of anti-Semitism hiding as a parody of anti-Semitism.
The song manages to hit most of the major anti-Semitic tropes:
1. Jews control Hollywood.
2. Jews are rich.
3. Jews control the legal profession.
4. The Jews killed Jesus.
5. At then end of the video, the words “Happy Holidays” are displayed. The implication is that the Jews made everyone stop saying “Merry Christmas.”
6. The best stand-up comics are Jewish. (Well this one is true, because gentiles just aren’t very funny.)
7. And the most insidious of all: that Jewish men can’t resist the allure of blonde shiksas. Wait, maybe this is also true. (See Blonde Shiksas, Jewish Man’s Kryptonite.)