Why are there lots of music videos that show rebellious young boys?

I often enjoy watching music videos.

There are three relatively new songs, and the promos for each of them all involve a teenage boy doing bad stuff. An interesting trend…

Any explanations?

What’s better, The Beatles or Toy Story?

Our crocheting friend who made us tea at our house (very kind friend) offered me the choice of a Beatles mug or a Toy Story mug, she did this by simply  saying “Beatles or Toy Story?”, that’s just like saying “Daddy or chips?”! I found myself truly considering which I would choose to save and which I would choose to destroy, the music or the magic? I knew what was happening here, I was being forced to eradicate one from history. I hesitated. It was so hard! But I did end up doing what we would all do — with some regret — choosing The Beatles. No contest.

Rediscovery of SFA’s ‘Hey Venus’

 image via alterna2

I saw it there and realised I hadn’t listened to it since I first bought it, it wasn’t even ripped onto my generic media playing package.

Really enjoy listening to the three-track-wonder which is Run-Away into Show Your Hand into The Gift That Keeps Giving.

Was it on the radio or in a conversation with my Dad that the notion of brilliant three-track-wonders on albums came up? What are other good three-track-wonders?

Song to Run to when Running

The Prodigy are the culprits once again, with their track which Sam introduced me to through a mix CD he gave me sometime between 2003/4. Voodoo People. Has the perfect rhythm for my pace and enough vitality to the melody and beat to keep me going. Is it Jungle?

Arcade Fire’s Ontological Anthem

we exist

Arcade Fire have an interesting prayer in their song:

Down on your knees
Begging us please
Praying that we don’t exist

This is a classick example of an unbelieving 21st century philosopher’s prayer, he goes beyond hoping that God does not exist, his ultimate hope is that he doesn’t exist. If we don’t exist then we can do what we want and live at the centre of our own self-made lucid-dream (or nightmare). Lennon said it first, ‘Living is easy with eyes closed’. Win Butler’s character’s equivalent is to close his ears not his eyes: ‘Walking around head full of sound’.

But what I like is that We Exist rejects this possibility. Despite the fact that this unbeliever is desperate to conclude that nothing is real, the song’s refrain relentlessly reminds him (and us) of the truth…

We exist.

So what now?

Do you ever mash-up songs in your head involuntarily?

FM Alarm Clock Radio

In the morning we have Radio 2 on our FM radio in the bedroom [see above image] and 6 Music in the kitchen on our Digital Radio.

As I walk in and out of each room — making tea; cereal; pack lunch etc. — I hear snippets of songs and links from each respective DJ.

Chris Evans is effervescent, but sometimes painfully so. It forces me to get out of bed and leave the room so that I can listen to Shaun Keaveny have a mental breakdown. I’m enamoured by his arbitrary soundbites and sprinklings of impersonation — Paul McCartney / Britney Spears / Terry Wogan.

This morning, Radio 2 were sticking to their remit of playing a hefty quota of derivative pop. Today it was a track that I enjoyed when I was fourteen — Are You Gonna be my Girl? by Jet.

Then a little bit later on, on 6 Music, as I was wrestling my Bible to the ground, hoping for the semblance of a QT, I heard Lust for Life by Mr Pop.

It wasn’t until I was walking back from town after getting some morning conveniences that I found myself singing both songs… at the same time.

Here’s how it went:

Opening riffs

[The same]

So one, two, three, take my hand and come with me
Because you look so fine
That I really wanna make you mine.


More guitar


Here comes Johnny Yen again
With the liquor and drugs and the flesh machine


More guitars and drums


Big black boots,
Long brown hair,
She’s so sweet
With her get back stare.


I got a lust for life, got a lust for life
Oh, a lust for life, oh, a lust for life
A lust for life, I got a lust for life
I got a lust for life

[Repeat to fade]

Just a little window into my head when there are songs stuck in it.

Which actor has ‘unnaturally good rhythm’?

Another gem from John Jeremiah Sullivan on Oscar Isaac:

He turned out to have unnaturally good rhythm. The problem with putting live performances in a narrative movie, the reason nobody does it, is you can’t splice the film together later; if the tempo is even a hair off, between takes, the flow is ruined. So you have the actors lip-sync to a pre-recorded track. But that invariably looks cheesy. In order to get around the problem, T Bone Burnett (who produced the music) sat off camera with a stopwatch, timing Isaac’s individual measures. If the actor were to vary by a split second, they’d have to go back and re-shoot. But there was no variation. “I know it sounds like hyperbole,” Burnett said, “but the whole time I sat there, he never varied.”