‘History Repeating’ by Propellerheads and Shirley Bassey

‘History Repeating’ by Propellerheads and Shirley Bassey

One of the most memorable songs of the 90’s, this brilliant video and song now seem to be more relevant than ever.   “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” – George Santayana Its no secret that since the dark ages the theory of social cycles is taken seriously by many academics around the world. Historical recurrence is something that is a fairly apparent pattern in the history of humanity. This year, unfortunately, has been a reminder of how horrible things can come to pass. With the rise of the right in Europe, (though thankfully Austria Read more »

One Hit Wonders: “Set Adrift On Memory Bliss” by PM Dawn

One Hit Wonders: “Set Adrift On Memory Bliss” by PM Dawn

A song that immediately brings back a time and place (dated but still sounds good). A great sample. A colorful video. 1991 at its best. Set Adrift On Memory Bliss – PM Dawn For our second One Hit Wonder post we thought we would pay tribute to recently deceased Attrell Cordes aka Prince Be, founding member of PM Dawn last Friday, 17th of June from renal kidney disease. P.M. Dawn was an American hip hop act (the third hip-hop act to top Billboard Hot 100 in 1991) formed by Prince Be and Jarrett Cordes. Their first album was critically acclaimed, and Read more »

Automatic For The People by R.E.M.

Automatic For The People by R.E.M.

The album that embodies the best music around in the year 1992 and probably one of the best albums of the 90s. Drive – R.E.M. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xQN7A6Vl1H4 The album was released in October 1992. The first song of the record is arguably the best song one…what a track to kick things off! This album was the band´s eighth studio album. They already had international fame and number 1 singles, and they were following the success they had with their album Out Of Time, which included tracks like Radio Song, ‘Shiny Happy People’ and the massive hit ‘Losing My Religion’ . They wanted to make a Read more »

“Cannonball” by The Breeders: Indie music´s cult classic.

“Cannonball” by The Breeders: Indie music´s cult classic.

A song and a video by Spike Jonze that would become of of the most representative and recognizable songs of the 90s. Cannonball – The Breeders If you are into underwater singing, drumsticks and a killer bass then this is the song for you. The American alternative rock band The Breeders started as a side project while the founding members were touring Europe. Kim Deal (from The Pixies) and Tanya Donelly (from Throwing Muses) started the band and released the first album Pod in 1990. The second album, released in 1993 was Last Splash, Their biggest commercial success, after that came Title TK, Read more »

Rooting for the criminals: ‘Been Caught Stealing’ by Jane’s Addiction

Rooting for the criminals: ‘Been Caught Stealing’ by Jane’s Addiction

The video that epitomizes the delightful extravaganza that is Jane´s Addiction. One of the first bands of the “Alternative Rock” movement, Jane´s Addiction helped defined an era.  Formed by Perry Farrell… before I go any further I want to take a moment to acknowledge the force of nature that is Perry Farrell. Farrell is a musician who not only was a front man to the band and the whole revoltion around music in the early 90´s, but he is also the creator of the festival Lollapalooza. He is outspoken, intelligent, independent and constantly evolving, now on a quest to “rebuild the middle class Read more »

The 90´s: the decade, the music, the playlist!

The 90´s: the decade, the music, the playlist!

The 90´s. grunge, hip hop and raves. Cable Television and the internet. Multiculturalism and liberalism and the beginning of a new way to perceive ourselves as individuals and as humans: interconnection, the sense that everything and everyone is available. It was also the decade that we here at MVD became adults. That decade ended 14 years ago. Damn that makes us feel old. Best quickly proceed with… Fashion, television and film   Fashion Why did we let Kurt Cobain and Eddie Vedder influence our wardrobe??? WHY??? As with our previous posts there is always some hair style that steals the Read more »

Madonna: Videos by albums Take 4 – ‘Like a Prayer’.

Madonna: Videos by albums Take 4 – ‘Like a Prayer’.

Time to continue my Madonna research and reach one of my favorite albums: Like a Prayer! Madonna – Like A Prayer I have already taken a look at “Like a Prayer” in a previous One on One… However, I think it deserves a deeper look. The album was released in 1989. It was a personal intimate album in which she took on her mother´s death (when Madonna was just a child), growing up as a Catholic, female empowerment, geniusly done through pop music with pop, funk, gospel and soul influences.  I personally love the track that titles the album and Read more »

Madonna: Videos by Albums. Take One

Madonna: Videos by Albums. Take One

Well friends, it is finally time to tackle the Queen of Pop and the most important female superstar of the last 30 years. She is also one of the artists that got the importance of music videos and knew how to ride that wave. She is unique, influential, talented, intelligent and undeniably an icon and the world´s most famous female pop performer. Since she has a long career and a long video trajectory, I think the best way to approach this is by choosing a video (or 2 when they are extremely good) per album. Let´s star with her first Read more »

The Commercialization of Hip – Hop: Vanilla Ice Vs. M.C. Hammer

The Commercialization of Hip – Hop: Vanilla Ice Vs. M.C. Hammer

In our first “official” partners meeting, we (Prof. Brownpants and Prof. Blooming) have decided to tackle two giants for our first properly co-written post, our first “In Situ” One on One: Vanilla Ice´s “Ice Ice Baby” and MC Hammer´s “”U Can´t Touch This”. In early 1990´s Prof. Brownpants spent his afternoons “playing pool” and listening to Hip-hop (amongst other things), and Prof. Blooming spent her afternoons watching M.T.V. and dealing with high-school. (amongst other too). The videos we are about to deconstruct we both know beyond an amateurish level, so we feel comfortable and prepared for this mission: our 60th Read more »

The Man in the street: The mystery of Radiohead’s ‘Just’ video

The Man in the street: The mystery of Radiohead’s ‘Just’ video

For this post I’d like to take a look at a video ‘mystery’ and also a band who I consider to be one of the most important and creative of the last 20 years. I, like many others, first discovered Radiohead via their first album Pablo Honey and in particular the mega-MTV hit that was ‘Creep’. I remember really loving that song, they way it did the quiet/loud thing (something another band of that time, Nirvana, were also very fond of. In truth, both bands were probably big fans of Pixies…), that guitar ‘crunch’ just before the chorus, and of Read more »

Weezer and Spike Jonze’s Buddy Holly: “Americana” video

Weezer and Spike Jonze’s Buddy Holly: “Americana” video

For our final delivery of Spike Jonze´s trilogy, we decided to discuss another one of his masterpieces. We are going to discuss the video for Weezer´s “Buddy Holly”. The video shows the band performing at the original Arnold’s Drive-In diner from the popular ’70s T.V. show “Happy Days”. The video was very popular and had a heavy rotation on MTV. It won four MTV Video Music Awards in 1995. We love this video and thought it would be a perfect last entry to recognize Jonze´s genius. Also, look closely at 3:14 and you will see a young and endearing PAT Read more »

Britpop: The age of the party vegetable.

Britpop: The age of the party vegetable.

An in depth study of Oasis´ “Don´t Look Back in Anger” and Blur´s “Country House” and the repercussion of these videos in their era. For this One On One I’m taking you back to the days of Britpop and the rivalry that defined the scene that took Indie music out of the working-class terrace and in to all-together more expensive surroundings. And indeed, it’s this move in to ‘a very big ‘ouse in the caaantry’ – as Damon Albarn put it in his finest Dick Van Dyke impersonation – that forms the centre of this analysis. Firstly, we have Oasis. Read more »