‘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 »

Playing on and on: 3 of the best from Basement Jaxx

Playing on and on: 3 of the best from Basement Jaxx

As one of the world’s pre-eminent dance acts of the last 20 years Basement Jaxx have produced one gloriously catchy hit after another. They’ve also given us some pretty amazing videos and in this post we take a look at three of our favourites… Felix Buxton and Simon Ratcliffe met in 1994 in a pub in the borough of Clapham, in south-west London and bonded over a love of house music. Ratcliffe had already accumulated enough hardware for a small studio, and the duo quickly set about making tunes together, subsequently setting up their own label, Atlantic Jaxx, on which Read more »

Fight For Your Right: How the Beastie Boys crashed the party.

Fight For Your Right: How the Beastie Boys crashed the party.

Following on nicely from our post on Run DMC and Aerosmith we look at the other big rap-rock hit of the 80’s and the Jewish trio who changed hip-hop, the Beastie Boys. In 1986 hip-hop was still in it’s infancy, barely 10 years old and still viewed by many as a bit of a novelty, notwithstanding the success of ‘Walk This Way’ and the role it played in bringing the sound of guys rapping in to the mainstream. However, Run DMC hadn’t managed to sustain the level of success and in commercial terms at least their career would be one Read more »

Walk This Way: How Run DMC & Aerosmith smashed through the wall.

Walk This Way: How Run DMC & Aerosmith smashed through the wall.

The genius of two musical genres merged into one: Rap and Rock and the magical video that is “Walk This Way” – Aerosmith Ft.  Run DMC. 1986. Hip-hop and rap were crossing over to mainstream. Run DMC needed a new hit. Rick Rubin (American record producer and former co-president of Columbia Records) suggested sampling Aerosmith´s “Walk this Way”. The result? It was the first rap song to get into  the Billboard 100. And today, it is music video history. RUN-DMC – Walk This Way The song was written by Steven Tyler and Joe Perry, and it was the second single Read more »

I Want My MTV: ‘Money For Nothing’ by Dire Straits

I Want My MTV: ‘Money For Nothing’ by Dire Straits

We deconstruct one of the most remembered videos from the 1980´s and the MTV era: Money for Nothing by The Dire Straits. Although because of a word used in the lyrics the song may be controversial in today´s “politically correct” language, and it was banned from Canadian radio stations for a while (the ban ended on August 31rst, 2011 leaving it to each radio station discretion whether to play it or not, no one can deny this song´s classic video status. It managed to transcend its time and will forever be remembered. Money For Nothing – Dire Straits The video Read more »