One On One – Olivia Newton-John “Physical” and Eric Prydz “Call On Me”

One On One – Olivia Newton-John “Physical” and Eric Prydz “Call On Me”

Is a fascination for Lycra, sweaty bodies and gyms all the videos “Physical” by Olivia Newton-John and “Call On Me” by Eric Prydz have in common, or is there a deeper hidden meaning: we explore. Since the beginning of mankind (humankind?) we humans have been ogling each other. Much of art revolves around that. There are paintings, sculptures, photographs, videos, social media sites and even a mix of all of those show how we look at other humans. Sometimes videos are discreet and try to have a story line around the gorgeous woman/man star of the video. Sometimes that plot Read more »

Rico Suave vs. Mr Loverman: Battle of the Tiny Todgers

Rico Suave vs. Mr Loverman: Battle of the Tiny Todgers

For this One On One I want to explore two videos that might be said to be plumbing the depths of both misogyny and actually quite hilarious sexual braggadocio. Having watched them back-to-back (yes, I did really did that!) I realised that Gerardo and Shabba Ranks have much in common: they’re both one-hit wonders who’s one hit was basically a personal sexual manifesto; they’re both from countries outside the pop mainstream (Gerardo is Ecuadorian, Ranks is from Jamaica); and they both in all probability (and based on the wholly scientific, completely provable ‘Brag-Horn Principle’ which states that the level of Read more »

Together but apart: Two pop tales for St. Valentine’s Day.

Together but apart: Two pop tales for St. Valentine’s Day.

A look at Renee & Renato´s “Save your love” and the hardships of long distance relationships and the tragedy of being separated on Valentine´s Day. So it’s Valentine’s day, a time for love to be declared, for romance to blossom, for those already in love to shower their partners with flowers and affection. If you have someone special in your life it is a day to let them know just how special they really are. And what I want to do today is take a look at two great pop romances, but two that have a common thread – that Read more »

Toby Keith – Beer For My Horses ft. Willie Nelson´s: A country cowboy copshow calamity.

Toby Keith – Beer For My Horses ft. Willie Nelson´s: A country cowboy copshow calamity.

We deconstruct Toby Keith – Beer For My Horses ft. Willie Nelson´s video because a friend asked us to! For this analysis I must give a big mention to a good friend of MVD’s and fellow ‘Jammer’ (as we TIMJ users refer to each other) MsSue – otherwise know as Sue, unsurprisingly enough – who submitted this video after winning our Nik Kershaw competition a couple of weeks ago. Thanks Sue! It’s a great video, one with many strands so let me delve in without further delay… So the first, most obvious thing to note is that this is basically Read more »

Get your hands off of my wench: Thor and the mystery of the Dark Gnome.

Get your hands off of my wench: Thor and the mystery of the Dark Gnome.

Thor and how it came to represent some kind of ridiculous extreme of the genre with their Dark Gnome. For this analysis we are going to take a look at a video with a reputation. Not a good one either. This is a video that has received a fair bit of stick over the years, many would say with good reason. In an age when Heavy Metal was drenched in ludicrous costumes and chest-beating machismo, Thor came to represent some kind of ridiculous extreme of the genre. Their stage show at the time included such antics as bending steel bars, Read more »

Just another New Year’s Eve?

Just another New Year’s Eve?

Barry Manilow´s video and the reality of lonely New Year´s Eve for some people. Aaah, New Year’s Eve, a time to reflect on the year just gone and look forward to the one about to begin. It’s a chance to positively celebrate the relentless passing of time that for so much of the rest of our lives seems like an inescapable inevitability that we do our best to ignore. That’s the funny thing about New Years, it’s the one time of the year where we actively celebrate something as banal as one date changing to another. Massive celebrations in every Read more »