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Eep Opp Ork Ah-Ah

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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.

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January 10, 2017 at 3:10 pm

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Barenaked Ladies – It’s All Been Done (Video Version)

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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.

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December 29, 2016 at 5:14 pm

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Hey Violet – This is Why

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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.

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December 28, 2016 at 6:27 pm

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More vinyl!

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Reported by the NY Times (which can have good reporting when they are reporting on stuff that has nothing to do with Donald Trump or other pet liberal issues):

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.

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December 27, 2016 at 10:37 am

I Touch Myself by Divinyls

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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.

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December 26, 2016 at 1:32 pm

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Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go by Wham!

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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.

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December 26, 2016 at 9:02 am

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George Michael dead at age 53

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December 25, 2016 at 8:31 pm

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All I Want for Christmas is Jews, for the third time

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.)

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December 14, 2016 at 3:37 pm

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Genesis

Gozo thinks that the best Genesis albums ever, or at least the ones most worthy of respect, are The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway, Nursery Cryme and Foxtrot.

Genesis albums predating Selling England by the Pound sound to me like they were made by a bunch of kids who would have been playing Dungeons & Dragons had they been born a few years later. (Not that there’s anything wrong with playing Dungeons & Dragons. Awesome game, it was.)

The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway: As you know, this is a double-LP concept album and is supposed to be about a Puerto Rican kid who somehow is transported to an alternate reality where he searches for his brother John, who may or may not be a real person. There are some great prog-rock riffs, but it’s saddled with nonsense lyrics at best (written by Peter Gabriel while he was dropping LSD), and at worst the lyrics are downright horrible. The first LP is mostly pretty good, but the second LP has a lot of weird sound effects and those downright horrible lyrics I mentioned earlier. The other members of the band kicked Peter Gabriel out after that album (or something like that).

The concert footage above, with post-Peter-Gabriel Genesis playing “In the Cage” from The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway combined with a medley of prog-rock instrumentals from Wind & Wuthering is pretty epic. I love how Phil Collins leaves the lead-singer station during the instrumental section and heads over to the drums. There’s a similar live version on the album Three Sides Live. The live version is far better than the studio albums.

The three best Genesis studio albums are Selling England by the Pound (the first album in which Genesis finally matured), Trick of the Tail and Wind & Wuthering (the first two albums after Peter Gabriel left). The quality of Genesis degraded after Phil Collins pushed them away from prog-rock to a more jazzy/pop sound. I never listen to any of the albums after Abacab.

Best live albums, both awesome albums, are Seconds Out and Three Sides Live.

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August 23, 2016 at 11:07 pm

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The crazy vinyl revival

Sales by dollar volume can be confusing because of inflationary pricing. Looking at a chart of units sold makes the vinyl revival look less impressive.

Vinyl LP/EP shipments peaked in 1978 at 341.3 million. That was a year when 8-track was dead and cassette tapes hadn’t yet made significant inroads into new music sales. In 1978, if you wanted to listen to music (besides radio), then you had to buy vinyl. There was no other choice. Vinyl sales dropped from 1978 to the mid 1980s not because people were buying CDs, but because they were buying pre-recorded cassettes.

Vinyl sales for the first half of 2016 were 6.2 million, an 11.4% increase year-over-year, so the vinyl revival continues to grow, but it’s still only 3.6% of what it was in 1978.

But hold on a minute. That only includes new sales. If you look at used plus new sales, the vinyl market is actually 2.5 times bigger. That article also has some interesting stats on who’s buying vinyl. It turns out that the majority of vinyl purchases are by people under the age of 35, buyers who are too young to remember stores full of new vinyl records. The vinyl revival is actually a hipster/youth-culture thing and not a bunch of old fogies who are too grumpy to go digital.

55+ people are a much larger percentage of vinyl listeners than vinyl buyers, because they are still listening to their vinyl collections they purchased new in the 1980s, 1970s, and even the 1960s.

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Me personally: My vinyl buying days started in 1983 and ended in 1986, as far as I can tell. I didn’t have much time to accumulate many records, especially with my limited money back then, so there are only about sixteen albums, and it turns out that I had crappy taste in music. There are four Night Ranger albums, and Def Leppard’s Pyromania album. There’s Journey Frontiers, a horribly un-listenable album. But I was surprised to find out that I enjoyed re-listening to Van Halen 1984 on original vinyl I purchased in the year 1984. And there are three Genesis albums and a Phil Collins (Sussidio) album which are pretty decent.

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August 23, 2016 at 10:50 am

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