Stop Making Sense and the art of the concert movie

Stop Making Sense and the art of the concert movie

We explore a film that captures the mighty Talking Heads at their peak and is for many is the finest concert  movie ever made… Is this the greatest concert movie ever made as some have claimed? That’s a tough question. It’s certainly one of the most unique. It’s also an expertly executed experience, a film that grabs you from the opening moments and never really lets you go. Whenever I watch I find that by the 5th or 6th song I’m gone; big smile, armchair dancing, under the spell. The first time I watched it (with some friends who sat Read more »

Wouldn’t It Be Good: Can Anyone Solve This Pop Video Mystery??

Wouldn’t It Be Good: Can Anyone Solve This Pop Video Mystery??

Can Anyone Solve This Pop Video Mystery, Nik Kershaw’s signature hit ‘Wouldn’t It Be Good’? For this first analysis of 2014 I’d like to go back to 1984 and what must be one of the most baffling videos of the decade, that for Nik Kershaw’s signature hit ‘Wouldn’t It Be Good’. Ostensibly a tale of what would appear to be a stranded alien trying to get home – something the director might well have derived from David Bowie’s role in cult sci-fi pic The Man Who Fell To Earth – the film actually contains a number of unsolved and possibly Read more »

Freddie Mercury or Boy George: Who is the fairest of them all?

Freddie Mercury or Boy George: Who is the fairest of them all?

Two Divas: Freddie Mercury and Boy George. Two videos and the question: who is the fairest of them all? For the final one on one of the year, I chose two videos that made an impact on me when I was a child. Both videos were topping the charts in 1984 (I was 7 years old) and they are among the first music videos I remember. I adore both groups and songs and especially both front men so I thought it would be nice to end the year deconstructing them. “I WANT TO BREAK FREE” – QUEEN The song is Read more »

Last Christmas –A sadistic way to spend the Holidays!

Last Christmas –A sadistic way to spend the Holidays!

I could go on and on about this song and video, not only about the original version but also all the covers throughout the years. So I will. Let´s start with the fact that it is my favorite Christmas song and that for me it isn’t officially Christmas until I hear it play on the radio. I am also willing to confess that I sometimes listen to it “out of season”. Apparently in the 80´s people spent Christmas with their ex´s! Ok, so sometimes you can´t get out of that situation, but I do advise if faced with that challenge Read more »