Discovered this gem when a friend played me this funny 4 track comp from Fuzz Dance and now I cant stop listening to it. ITS THE ONLY SONG THEY EVER DID! Which is super sad cus Mya’s voice is all I ever wanted.
Also this album art is a reminder that there was beautiful restraint in 80’s graphic design contrary to what our collective remembrance of the time says.
When you were mine, you were all I ever wanted to do.
How beautiful is the distortion in this video?
We’re doing a 3rd test of our newest performance, Odas Al Fin De Los Tiempos , an opera about life after the end of days and the perils of not belonging. The piece is being performed as part of SOMARTS’s Night Light* (Apr 27) and though I cant promise the magnificence of the video distortion above, be prepared for 20 minutes of video projection glory and all new sound pieces designed to spook you, freak you and envelop you.
*From their press release:In her performance “Odas Al Fin De Los Tiempos (#3)” ChuCha Santamaria y Usted moves conceptually into a future in which an unidentified apocalyptic event has rendered our present as the last moment of culture. ChuCha Santamaria y Usted appoints herself as guardian of the past and troubadour, spreading her message through pop songs translated from english to spanish. The performance site features chromatic video projections and “Odas,” a shadow opera performed behind a giant projection screen modeled after the sails of a ship.
Greece’s finest progressive rock band (ok, the only one I really know) deliver a magically florid and stoned out song, that shifts from a weird frantic frug intro to a washy, dreamy apocalypse ballad that sounds like Johnny Mathis on ether. My favorite parts (aside from the awesome music) include: Vangelis (pre-new age/soundtrack fame!) looking like a chubby little impresario and going wild on his organ, Demis Roussos (the singer) and his magical eyebrows, and the fact that they’re playing in what appears to be a high school auditorium.
Salma Agha - Ye Raat Mein Jo Maza Hai Maza Yeh Kuchh Naya (1984)
So, while trolling youtube in a recent bout of insomnia, I came across this genius bollywood dance number from the mid-80s, which leads off with a riff I can only describe as sounding like Blondie’s ‘Call Me’ as performed by spastic alien puppets. The point where I went from bafflement to ‘WTF AMAZING’ happens about 30 seconds in, as the lead singer starts flipping her hair back and forth in super slow-mo while an ultracompressed string section rises up to ever shriller heights behind her. Of course after that, the video goes on to alternate between slow motion fog-laden disco diva moves and insane jerky dancing sped up to frantic Mexican slapstick comedy/Bernie Mac show levels, so it’s not like it drops off or anything. The hypnotic ‘DANCIN’ refrain that starts at 2:16 (followed by a loopy synth solo) has been playing on loop in my head for the past week. I NEED TO KNOW EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS GENRE! On a side note, it’s awesome how even the most seemingly vanilla hindi-pop song (esp. from the 80s and earlier) has vocals bathed in so much distortion and echo that they make the Cramps sound like the Everly Brothers.
So, I STARTED doing a weeklong series of posts featuring various amazing international pop/rock/dance videos that I’d found during late nite youtube excursions a while back, but I totally flaked on it. Anyway, I’m back on it now - coming your way, a whole bunch of goodness. Imma kick it off by reposting one of the original videos I talked about, because it’s FUCKING AMAZING and deserves to be talked about twice, but new shit shall follow.
Wire doing a New Order type anthem in their typically disembodied way - chattering guitar scratches, legend of zelda choir sounds aplenty, and outta nowhere some lovely guitar/synth unison riffs worthy of ‘born in the USA’ or some shit.
I could try to intellectualize why this song is awesome, but i’m too busy shouting DONT FAAAAAAAAALLLLL while tumbling down a well with a pile of echoey goth-surf guitars falling down behind me, wheeeeee! also plus a point for unnecessary fbombs. (note: according to this video’s description, the chameleons were described as “quite possibly the greatest band ever” by NME in 1999, to which I can only say: bahahahahahahaha oh, british rock press, you slay me. uh, I dig this song and all, but no, it’s not ‘quite possible’ - in fact, I’m pretty comfortable saying that the chameleons are ‘unequivocally not the greatest band ever, holy shit who would even think that’)