A Charlie Brown Christmas: Christmas (and life) in 25 minutes

A Charlie Brown Christmas: Christmas (and life) in 25 minutes

As the festive season draws to a close for another year we take a look at the enduring Charles Schultz Christmas classic. Today I have decided to write a post on one of the greatest Christmas classics: A Charlie Brown Christmas. I am talking about the first musical animated television special based on The Peanuts. (My personal favorite comic strip of which by the way I am sure I will write about again). It aired on December 9th 1965 and even though the world has changed the infinite wisdom contained in the strip will be relevant for many decades to Read more »

History of the Pop Video Pt.4: The Thrill of Michael Jackson’s Thriller

History of the Pop Video Pt.4: The Thrill of Michael Jackson’s Thriller

Halloween is upon us once again. Not only that but so is part 4 of this series. On top of that MVD is almost a year old, and so it would seem like a more than appropriate time to discuss a video which was not only the greatest of it’s age, and maybe of all time for that matter, but also one that changed the (white) face of MTV, as well as being in many ways Michael Jackson’s crowning artistic achievement. Actually it’s unfair to couch Thriller in terms of simply Michael Jackson, with the song written by Rod Temperton Read more »

New Reels: Billie Ray Martin, Kiesza, & Jungle

New Reels: Billie Ray Martin, Kiesza, & Jungle

It is time for the second post on what we are listening to right now and would like to recommend. Since they are mostly new artists, there is not a lot of info, so bear with me and I hope you enjoy the suggestions. Kiesza´s “Hideaway”, Jungle´s “Busy Earnin´” and “After All” by Billie Ray Martin. Kiesza – Hideaway This Navy code breaker, beauty pageant participant, classically trained ballerina and singer and song writer could not be cooler. This video was shot in a single take…yes, a single take while she is dancing around Brooklyn. It was released in February 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 »

Weapon of Choice: One more reason to love Christopher Walken

Weapon of Choice: One more reason to love Christopher Walken

“Weapon of Choice” is one of the greatest videos ever made, we deconstruct it and also discuss the dance master that is Christopher Walken. I think it is time I start talking about my favorite videos. If I can watch “Nothing´s gonna change my love for you” over and over, then it is time I write about a video I DO enjoy. And instead of it being a soundtrack (music collaborating with a film), it is the other way around (an actor collaborating in a video). it is also perfect.   I remember the first time I saw this video. The Read more »