Wednesday, April 30, 2008

John Otway - Bodytalk

Here is John at his manic best, playing the theramin and singing "Bodytalk". This is footage from his current tour of the UK, from April through June 2008. If you get the chance go see him, and then put up some more video.
My only hope is waiting for the world tour, c'mon John!

For more from John, just enter "John Otway" in the Search Blog box above, it will keep you entertained for minutes.

Marga Gomez

Marga Gomez, very funny lady.
For L Word fans who don't take it too seriously. From Marga's sold-out stand-up show "Laugh Baby Laugh" recorded April 2007 at La Pena in Berkeley,CA.
Videography by Ondine Kilker.
"Fast forward through Jenny", I guess everybody thinks that way.
For Fans who do take it seriously, then we have a while to wait for the next season.
Showtime Rocks.

So, did you hear about the straight lesbians who are suing the gay lesbians wanting them to cease and desist calling themselves lesbians?

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Signature. Suleman Mirza and Madhu Singh

Britain's Got Talent 2008 - Signature. Suleman Mirza and Madhu Singh perform there surprise act Signature on Britain's got Talent. This is from week three I believe, and instead of singing we have some cool dancing.

Based on You Tube it looked like slim pickings this week.

Monday, April 28, 2008

Meshuggah Pea Soup

I don't think I have featured death metal music before, maybe this will explain why.
Meshuggah is a Swedish five-piece experimental metal band, known for their use of extended polymetric passages, complex drum patterns, odd time signatures, angular, dissonant guitar riffs, and harsh vocals.
This is their song Future Breed Machine with an interpretation of misheard lyrics by SillyCon.

George W McCain or is it John Bush?

Where was McCain when Katrina went down? Keith Olbermann goes over the various McCain positions that have changed since his run for president started.
Just how different is he, how different will his policies be?
Who you gonna vote for?
As usual terrific job by Mr Olbermann.

It's a stoners life in the Afghan army

All over folk are trying to tell us all that pot is dangerous! Pot is bad.
And most enlightened folk are ready to disprove that theory.
Finally some realistic footage of when pot is bad for you.

Friday, April 25, 2008

Björk - Wanderlust

Björk - Wanderlust an amazing video, with as usual some eclectic sounds from Björk.
This is specially for my friend Patrick, whatever happened to him? But I know he will love this he is such as fan.

I find her music strange and intriguing and that is not a bad thing.

Whose blooping line is it?

Whose Line is it was one of the funniest shows to cross the Pond. And for once the American version was as funny, if not funnier than the original. But that has to be all down to the cast. A very funny crew. And of course some times they screw up and shit happens. Here's where it happened. ROFLMAO.

Thanks to kaysindre there is a whole heap more here.

The Ultimate Busker

This busker has some mad skills. Australia meets the mystic east. Shades of Indian ragas meets aborigine didgeridoo. And he makes it look so simple.
I don't know where this is, my guess is somewhere in London based on some accents of passers by and the old stone he is sitting next to. If anyone knows please leave a comment saying where it is.

People videos

Thursday, April 24, 2008

88 Lines about 44 Women

This song by The Nails is from the 80's. One of my favorites and I wondered if there were any videos out there.
Of course there were, but no performance videos. So I checked them all out and this one is my preferred video.
See what you think of it.

Deborah was a Catholic girl
She held out till the bitter end
Carla was a different type
She's the one who put it in
Mary was a black girl
And I was afraid of a girl like that
Susan painted pictures sitting down
Like a Buddhist sat

Reno was an aimless girl
With geographic memory
Cathy was a Jesus freak
She liked that kind of misery
Vicky had a special way of
Turning sex into a song
Camela, who couldn't sing,
Kept the beat and kept it strong

Zillah was an archetype
The voodoo queen, the queen of wrath
Joan thought men were second best to
Masturbating in the bath
Sheri was a feminist
She really had that gift of gab
Kathleen's point of view was this:
Take whatever you can grab

Seattle was another girl who
Left her mark upon the map
Karen liked to tie me up
And left me hanging by a strap
Jeanie had this nightclub walk
That made grown men feel underage
Maryella, who had a son,
Said "I must go," but finally stayed

Gloria, the last taboo,
Was shattered by her tongue one night
Mimi brought the taboo back
And held it up before the light
Marilyn, who knew no shame,
Was never, ever satisfied
Julie came and went so fast
She never even said goodbye

Well, Rhonda had a house in Venice
Lived on brown rice and coccaine
Pattie had a house in Houston
Shot cough syrup in her veins
Linda thought her life was empty
Filled it up with alcohol
Catherine was much too pretty
She didn't do that shit at all

Uh-uh, not Catherine

Pauline thought that love was simple
Turn it on, and turn it off
Jean Marie was complicated
Like some French film-maker's plot
Deenah was the perfect lady
Always kept her stockings straight
Jackie was a righ punk rocker
Silver spoon and a paper plate

Sarah was a modern dancer
Lean, pristine transparency
Janet wrote bad poetry
In a crazy kind of urgency
Tanya Turkish like to fuck while
Wearing leather biker boots
Brenda's strange obsession was for
Certain vegetables and fruits

Rowena was an artist's daughter
The deeper image shook her up
Deedee's mother left her father
Took his money and his truck
Debbie Ray had no such problems
Perfect Norman Rockwell home
Nina's sixteen, had a baby,
Left her parents, lived alone
Bobbie joined a New Wave band and
Changed her name to Bobby Sox
Eloise, who played guitar,
Sang songs about whales and cops
Terri didn't give a shit,
Was just a nihlist
But Ronnie was much more my style
She wrote songs just like this
Jezebel went forty days
Drinking nothing but Perrier
Dinah drove her Chevrolet
Into the San Francisco Bay
Judy came from ohio
She's a Scientologist
Amaranda, here's a kiss
I chose you to end this list

Eighty-eight lines about forty-four women

Fcuk The Earthday

Someone feed Kevin some more weed. But this guy has it right, straight from the lips of our esteemed leader.
Watch this video and I am sure you will all be voting for McCain, the closest thing to Bush we have in the current crop.
And he will be following his master's heavy footsteps. Make sure you do the same.

F*ck the Earth Day - Watch more free videos

remove tongue from cheek

wish I'd seen this two days ago, oh well

Optimus Maximus Keyboard

Check out this ultimate keyboard.
What you should know about this amazing keyboard which features a tiny screen on each key... that's 113 screens in all. What can you do with these tiny screens you ask? Well each key can change it's image dynamically depending on what you doing. Hold down SHIFT and all keys go uppercase. Run Photoshop and you can set it so each hotkey has an image representing it's function. Set a key to monitor your CPU usage or display what iTunes track you are currently playing.
All this and more for a mere $1,589.99 when they get them in stock.

Hancock (not the half hour version)

Opening July 2, 2008.
Will Smith portrays an alcoholic superhero Hancock, despised by everyone. A publicist helps rehabilitate him, and the superhero eventually begins an affair with the publicist's wife. He is a down-and-out superhero. He is invulnerable, possesses superhuman strength and the power of super-sonic flight. He is also very sarcastic and frequently hungover. And doesn't wear tights and a cape.
Jason Bateman is Ray Embrey, a corporate public relations consultant whose life is saved by Hancock. Bateman said, "It was a fun thing. To play the victim is funny."
Charlize Theron is Mary Embrey, the consultant's wife. Looking her stunning best here.

Save the Tradition

The NHL has issued a new rule that bans Al Sabotka from picking up and swinging the octopus around on the ice before the start of Red Wings games. This has been a tradition since 1952. It is only for real sports fans, not good for the white hanky wavers of this world. So if you are a real sports fan go and sign the petition.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Elephant in charge

Rule one: Don't mess with the elephants when the babies are around.
This tourist safari nearly took a bad turn.
The elephants did not appreciate them coming so close and warned them off.
Clean underwear was served by the safari guides.

Creme Egg - Mouse Trap

My favorite candy of all time has always been Cadbury's Creme Eggs. And now to see something so shocking as this. The carnage, the brutality, the mayhem, I just hope my wife still has some in the secret stash.

Gin the wonder dog

Britain even has canine talent. This dog is a joy to behold. Very cool.
This clever little border collie and her handler Kate doing their stuff on stage on Britain's Got Talent 2008,for the judges and audience,you just gotta love Gin the dog and her handler Kate...enjoy, Britain's Got Talent 2008

Monday, April 21, 2008

Women know your limits

An old Public Improvement Film from the forties or fifties. How to behave at a dinner party, and avoid an embarrassing moment.

Actually it is really another of Harry Enfield's funny sketches.
Sometimes he moves into modern times, with similar results.

See also his earlier take on women drivers and old vs new soccer.

Craig Harper

Another act from Britain's Got Talent 2008 - Craig Harper
Craig Harper a club entertainer from Hull, auditions for Britain's got talent by doing a Boyzone send up. Very accurate.

Now for those of us outside of the UK where they didn't make such a big impression here is the original Boyzone singing the same song so you can see how good he is.

Charlie Green

Britain's Got Talent 2008 - Episode 2: Charlie Green
Here we go again, week two and yet another talented kid is charming the UK.
How does a ten year old fare singing a Frank Sinatra standard "The Summer Wind"?
Really well, that's how.

Does Simon mellow when he goes back home?

Banking On Heaven

This movie is a couple of years old, maybe they should have been watching it down in Texas and perhaps they could have saved a few more.
This is the producers' description of the film:
"The Inside Story of Warren Jeffs' Polygamist Cult Banking on Heaven is the inside story of the largest polygamous enclave in the United States, written, produced, and narrated by Laurie Allen, who escaped a similar polygamous sect at age sixteen.
While the media sensationalize this story, Banking on Heaven takes you INSIDE, takes you where no one has gone before, revealing what happens behind closed doors at the YFZ Ranch (Texas) in Colorado City (Arizona) and Hildale (Utah).
Beautifully filmed and at times difficult to watch, Banking on Heaven exposes a primitive culture that mocks our Constitution, enslaves thousands of women and children, and uses mind-control and fear, clearly violating democratic and human rights.

Hairy Landings

We've all seen those photo's of huge planes (747's etc) landing on the Caribbean island of St Maarten. Well here is a very cool video of a landing from inside the cockpit of a Boeing 747.

So if that get's you all fired up, then grab a puddle jumper to the French West Indies and land at St Barts.
Check out this landing.

Go to Hell

David James Ford (formerly known as Dav Ford, born on May 16, 1978 in Dartford, Kent) is a British singer-songwriter, currently living in Lewes, East Sussex. He first achieved prominence with the indie rock group Easyworld, who released an independent mini-album, ...Better Ways to Self Destruct and two full-length albums on Jive Records before disbanding in 2004.
Ford branched into a solo career soon after, and he now has a large following having released two albums.

Here is his song "Go to Hell" recorded at the Sun Studios in Memphis TN. Original home of Elvis, Jerry Lee, Carl, etc.

Since they killed the original video I had used, I updated with the one above which was recorded in 2008. So here is the original video from back in 2007. It's good to see how musicians change their versions of their own tunes.

Updated 01-06-2010 bear

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Scala - Electric String Quartet

I think you can truly say Britain's got talent.This was another act on the first show of the season. These four girls also have a music video and a very nice web page. But I'm guessing that Simon singing their praises can't be bad. I just love electric violin anyway so this was perfect for me.

So here is Scala with their appearance on the show playing Palladio by Karl Jenkins.

And you can also check out their music video..........


How did we get from this ....... this ........ such a short time?

Monkey Dust

Friday, April 18, 2008

The Small Faces - Itchycoo Park

A great song for the weekend, makes one kind of nostalgic.
Back in the late seventies was the only time in my life, ever, that I was thrown out of a pub. I was drinking with two of these guys and the brother of an English national team soccer player. That will teach me to try running with the big boys. We all got kicked out! Not just me. End of story.

Mr. Tudball needs a secretary

Mr. Tudball (Tim Conway) is looking for a secretary, but his wife (Vicki Lawrence) doesn't like any candidates until Wanda Wiggins (Carol Burnett) shows up. This is the raw recording of the sketch, filled with bloopers and wild lines from the cast. This is too funny!

Previously featured The Dentist and Tim's Elephant story.

Armin van Buuren

If you like trance music then you probably already know Armin Van Buuren and appreciate his sound. If this is your first listen prepare to be impressed.
Armin van Buuren went through an amazing 2007. He won several awards like the Dutch Pop Award and he got voted number 1 DJ of the world by the readers of the British leading dance magazine DJ Mag.
A couple of years ago, Armin was playing at his weekly night Armada hosts in Amnesia, Ibiza. In the audience was the talented producer, DJ Shah from Germany, who decided to step up to Armin and give him his new track. Now in 2008 that same guy teamed up with Armin van Buuren and Chris Jones to deliver this new single!
April 19th this year Armin will launch his new artist album called "Imagine" at the Armin Only event which holds the same name as the album. "Going Wrong" is the result of the corporation with German DJ Shah and British singer Chris Jones. Going Wrong is the first single from Armin van Buuren`s forthcoming album "Imagine".

Armin van Buuren & DJ Shah Feat. Chris Jones - Going Wrong

Itzhak Perlman plays Klezmer

Klezmer (from Yiddish כּלי־זמיר, etymologically from Hebrew k'li zemer כלי זמר, "musical instrument") is a musical tradition which parallels Hasidic and Ashkenazic Judaism. Around the 15th century, a tradition of secular (non-liturgical) Jewish music was developed by musicians called kleyzmorim or kleyzmerim. [Wikipedia]

The maestro joins four klezmer groups: Brave Old World, The Klezmatics, Andy Statman and the Klezmer Conservatory Band for a joyous get-together with unforgettable Klezmer melodies. As he says of the experience, "I caught the bug!" Want to see it all? Available from Angel Records, on CD and now DVD.

When Itzhak starts with the violin, if you do not have chills you have no soul. Truly amazing violinist.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Pim Pom Pom Pom Pom

Spike Milligan would have been 90 yesterday. I missed by a day, damn.
Sadly he passed away in 2002 so never made it to 90.
Anyway a long time ago he made a series called The Q Series and this clip is from the Q6 series of the Q Series which was in fact the second series. It started at Q5 and then proceeded through Q6, Q7, Kuwait Q9 and There's a Lot of It About. Q was a surreal television comedy sketch show which ran from 1969 to 1983 on BBC Two. The first and third series ran for seven episodes, with the remainder running for six episodes, each of which was 30 minutes long. Each series was numbered, starting with Q5 — possibly because the project to construct the Cunard liner QE2, launched in September 1967, was dubbed Q4 — and continuing in ascending order, through to Q9. The final series was renamed There's a Lot of It About, after, according to Milligan's autobiography, the BBC felt the public might find Q10 too confusing.
[Wikipedia] If you are a true fan and want to see the Q Series on DVD you can sign the petition here.

I thought I'd begin by reading a poem by Shakespeare, but then I thought, why should I? He never reads any of mine.
Spike Milligan

You might be a redneck if

If you take a six foot gator to a burglary ...... you just might be a redneck.

ANGLETON — When William Johnson made a couple of suspicious U-Turns at the intersection of Texas 35 and 288 early Sunday a state trooper pulled him over.

Then the trooper noticed a 6-foot alligator contentedly riding next to the back window of Johnson's car. Johnson said he found the gator on the side of a road.

But it was allegations that Johnson had been taking things out of a mobile home in the nearby town of Brazoria that sent him to jail on a burglary charge. Investigators found a hair trimmer and video game controller in his pockets.

Full story here, with mug shot.

Penn and Teller - How it's done

I just love it when you can find out how they do that.
This is one of those tricks that I thought I kinda knew how they did it.
And my ideas were sort of going in the right direction, but Penn and Teller really show how it is done right here.
Now if someone could just show me how Chris Angel walks through plate glass windows I would be happy.

Until then I'll just be satisfied with this, and wait for the Penn and Teller to come back on Showtime.
Coming up in June 2008 the sixth season of Penn & Teller: Bullshit! will premiere on Showtime.
Can't wait, just love their exposures of the frauds and charlatans.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Andrew Johnston - Pie Jesu

Britain's Got Talent has started again with the 2008 version.
A bullied schoolboy who lives on a council estate has stunned Britain with his sensational voice.
Andrew Johnson, 13, was clearly nervous as he took to the stage on Britain’s Got Talent. But just like Paul Potts the year before, he left the judges in tears and won a standing ovation from the audience after performing the classical requiem Pie Jesu.
Visibly shaking, Andrew told the judges he’d been bulled from the age of six for singing, but he wouldn’t stop.
“I get bullied a lot at the local school,” he said. “My mates have been telling us to leave it because they don’t like that kind of music.”
He said he dealt with the bullies by “just keeping on singing”.

You can see in the clip here that the judges Piers Morgan (Celebrity Apprentice winner), Amanda Holden and even Simon Cowell were visibly moved.

This kid can truly sing! Totally awesome.

I love the Discovery Channel

Any night of the week, the Discovery High Def channel is the place to be.
Just so much good stuff.

Director: James Rouse
Director of Photography: Max Goldman
Producer: Jeremy Barrett
Editor: Lucas Eskin
Music: Beacon Street Studios
Composer: Brian Chapman
Producer (Music): Adrea Lavezzoli
Sound Design: Lime Studios
Mixer: Loren Silber

Another one for the good guys

Actor Jason Beghe (Cane, CSI, Numb3rs, Huff, American Dreams) is the first celebrity Scientologist to sit down and publicly talk about his experiences after leaving the group. The full interview will be out soon.
I'm guessing Tom ain't gonna like this, so watch it before Ron's disciples get it pulled down. I'm also guessing the image above will disappear soon from it's place on the web.

The nun is gay, Benny Lava

Here's one to add to the strange music series. Buffalax seems to make a habit of adding English sub-titles to non-English music videos. And they are screamingly funny.
Keep up the good work. Some of this is priceless. I don't know who Benny Lava is but he looks a bit like George Michaels.

Jason Silver

I came across Jason Silver this morning, via a couple of sites and was quite impressed by his sound and his songs.
Here he is working on "A runaway train". I wanted to use the video he has on LastFM, but as usual their HTML is beyond me. Blogger doesn't seem to like it.
So if you get the time check out his video for Lost on LastFM.

Jason Silver is a singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, specializing in piano, but also skilled in guitar, bass, drums, and other instruments. He's been a full-time professional musician since 1993, working with a range of highly-regarded studio session players, Canadian artists like Johnannes Linstead and Night Sun, Broadway musicians in New York city, and even arranged and written music for the Kingston Symphony Orchestra, in Kingston, Ontario.
Jason was influenced as a child by the musi of his parents; bands like Blood, Sweat and Tears, Harry Chapin, and Tom T. Hall. He continued to grow musically as a young man by listening to Billy Joel, Simon & Garfunkle, The Eagles, Chicago, and tacky, eighties synth-pop groups.

Jason Silver - Runaway Train

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Cat plays Theremin

If you've been here before you may have got that I am intrigued by the Theremin. And I am also a cat lover. So when I hear of a cat playing the Theremin well guess what, here it is.

See earlier Theremin posts: Gnarls Barkley, John Otway, Bill Bailey and Lydia Kavina.

Keep a knockin' but you can't come in

I don't agree with guns, but this is just the tip of the iceberg.
Oakland police want to just visit and see what you got. What next? Do you have pot, downloaded MP3's, illegal crochet meetings, poker parties, hanky panky. This is going too far.

OAKLAND, California: A six-month pilot program where Oakland police officers would knock on doors and ask permission to search homes for guns got the green light from the City Council's public safety committee Tuesday night.
It goes to the full council Tuesday, when the council will meet at 6 p.m. at City Hall, 1 Frank Ogawa Plaza.
The consent-to-search program, as it is called, is based closely on a similar effort launched in St. Louis in 1994 and on ongoing programs in Boston and Washington, D.C. The idea is simple: To ask parents for permission to search their homes for weapons their children may be hiding.
Under the program, officers would request permission to search homes for guns. Guns would be taken away, but officers would not pursue prosecution unless the weapon was tied to a crime.
The St. Louis effort fizzled after initial success, but Oakland's Deputy Police Chief David Kozicki said that in Washington, police officers say they cannot keep up with requests from parents to search their homes. Such is the interest in the program, he said.
Councilwoman Patricia Kernighan (Grand Lake-Chinatown), who is on the public safety committee, said she was surprised to hear that and hoped Oakland might see the same results.
"I think it's worth trying and seeing what the community reaction is," she said. "If it's embraced as a way to get guns off the street, great. If people don't want to cooperate, then we don't continue the program."
Councilwoman Desley Brooks (Eastmont-Seminary) asked the Police Department to look into the possibility of a consent-to-search program in February.
The police department is proposing a six-month trial period for the program beginning in either June or July, probably somewhere in West Oakland.
Lt. Kirt Mullnix said the program, which would be launched during summer break, would largely be operated by Campus Life and School Safety (CLASS) officers, who normally patrol in and around schools.
It also could involve department problem-solving officers as well. All told, six to 10 officers would be used in the effort, Mullnix said. He didn't anticipate additional overtime being billed to the city.
Consent-to-search programs are not without controversy. Oakland civil-rights attorney John Burris criticized the idea when asked about it in February. And the American Civil Liberties Union has protested programs in other cities. Mark Schlosberg, police practices policy director for the ACLU of Northern California, said the organization would pay close attention to what happens in Oakland.
"There are a whole host of reasons why people might not want police to search their homes," he said. "But people might not know they have a right not to consent."
City and police officials stressed it would be important to educate community members about how the program works before implementing it and said providing education and outreach would be a priority.
Under the program, if guns were found, police would take them away, but not pursue prosecution unless the gun in question was tied to a shooting or homicide.
"The important thing is you're looking at removing guns from the streets to prevent future violence," Mullnix said. "You're giving up arrest and prosecution for less violence in the future. It's another tool we can use. There's a lot of gun violence in Oakland and that's why we're trying it."
Contact Kelly Rayburn at (510) 208-6435 or

George W Bush Sewage Plant

Makes me proud to live in such an enlightened area.
I can think of no other honor that would top this.
It truly is a mark of his Presidency.
The only good thing associated with Bush in 8 years.

Sign the petition here.
Mentioned on Huffington Post.

Read all about the plant.

Presidential Memorial Commission of San Francisco.

Let us hope it comes shining through. After all he put the country in the shitter so they should name at least one for him.

El Caminito del Rey

El Caminito del Rey (English: The King's pathway) is a walkway, now fallen into disrepair, pinned along the steep walls of a narrow gorge in El Chorro, near Álora in Málaga, Spain. The name is often shortened to El Camino del Rey.
In 1901 it was obvious that the workers of the Chorro Falls and Gaitanejo Falls needed a walkway to cross between the falls, to provide transport of materials, vigilance and maintenance of the channel. Construction of the walkway lasted four years. It was finished in 1905.
In 1921 the king Alfonso XIII had to cross the walkway for the inauguration of the dam Conde del Guadalhorce, and it became known by its present name.
The walkway has now gone many years without maintenance, and is in a highly deteriorated and dangerous state. It is one meter (3 ft) in width, and is over 700 feet (200 m) above the river. Nearly all of the path has no handrail. Some parts of the walkway have completely collapsed and have been replaced by a beam and a metallic wire on the wall. Many people have lost their lives on the walkway in recent years. After four people died in two accidents in 1999 and 2000, the local government closed the entrances. However, adventurous tourists still find their way into the walkway.
The regional government of Andalusia budgeted for 2006 a restoration plan estimated at € 7 million.

This video was obviously taken by somebody with better balance than me and a lot less of a sense of survival.
There is no way you would get me up on that, and to my brother if you are reading this. Do not press play!

Monday, April 14, 2008


Anouk Teeuwe was born on April 8, 1975, in The Hague, Netherlands.
Anouk's interest in music began because her mother was a singer. Anouk initially sang at weddings and parties with the band Shotgun Wedding, prior to meeting Barry Hay from the Golden Earring, a friend of her ex-husband Edwin Jansen. Hay believed Anouk to have talent, and offered to write her some songs, one of which was Mood Indigo; written in collaboration with George Kooymans (also from the Golden Earring).
After she met Bart van Veen, her co-writer, the pair wrote a few songs. On September 5, 1997, she released her second single, Nobody's Wife, which remained at the top of the Dutch music charts for a number of weeks. Her debut album, Together Alone also turned out to be a huge success.
In 1998, Anouk won two awards from Dutch music channel TMF (The Music Factory) in addition to an Edison award. During the summer, she played at various festivals.

Why isn't she a huge star in the USA? She has a great voice, sings good songs and generally sings in English.
Something wrong here.

Anyway check out her new video.
The new Official Music video by Anouk performing Modern World
But of course it was removed by good old EMI. So we'll go with a live version.

Modern World plus bonus of Lost from Pinkpop 2008. Added here 2.22.2011

So now you know

For anyone who has a problem with understanding the American political system here is a very succinct explanation of the workings.
The hows, whys and wherefore of delegates,and their ilk.

This is from the venerable Australian News Channel Newstopia.

And just in case you missed out on it here is a re-broadcast of their exclusive on the iGun when it was released late last year.

The Lost Generation

This video was created for the AARP U@50 video contest and placed second.
I'm not sure of the winner but this is awesome. I'm thinking, if our politicians who are running this country were half as intelligent as the person who made this then we wouldn't be too bad off.

It is based on the Argentinian Political Advertisement "The Truth" by RECREAR
In case you missed that one here it is.

Category: Public Awareness Messages
Title: TRUTH
Advertiser: RECREAR
Product or Service: POLITICAL MESSAGE
Entrant Company, City: SAVAGLIO\TBWA, Buenos Aires
Advertising Agency, City: SAVAGLIO\TBWA, Buenos Aires
Country: ARG This excellent political advertisement, it won the silver lion in the Cannes Lions Contest 2006.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Amy Pearson

Amy Pearson is a pop singer/song writer born in Birmingham in England but currently living in Sydney, Australia and is signed to SonyBMG Australia.
Growing up in Birmingham in the UK, Amy was a talented young performer whose artistic destiny was clear at a very early age. Beginning to sing at the age of 3, and writing songs at the age of 6, it wasn't long before she was performing in bands and taking part in talent competitions, setting her apart as a young artist with standout potential.

I like her sound, and the lyrics are pretty good too.

Amy Pearson - Ready To Fly (Official HQ Music Video)

Amy Pearson rehearsing for Don't Miss You acoustic

Friday, April 11, 2008

Aphrodite's Child

[Wikipedia] Aphrodite's Child was a Greek progressive rock band formed in 1967, by Vangelis Papathanassiou (keyboards); Demis Roussos (bass guitar and vocals), Loukas Sideras (drums and vocals), and Anargyros "Silver" Koulouris (guitar). Papathanassiou and Roussos had already been successful in Greece (playing in the bands Formynx and Idols respectively) while they got together with Sideras and Koulouris to form a new band. Their first recording as a band was for George Romanos album In concert and in Studio where they played on four songs and were credited as "Vangelis and his orchestra". In the same year they recorded a two song demo and submitted it to Philips Records.

I don't believe Randy Jackson played bass on any of their tracks, during this time or any time since.

Aphrodite's Child - Spring, summer, winter and fall

The band began to record their crowning achievement late in 1970: a musical adaptation of the biblical Book of Revelation, entitled 666. Silver Koulouris, having finished his Greek army duty rejoined the band. However, relations between all the band members were not good at the time, and continued to worsen during the album's creation.
Essentially, 666 was Vangelis' concept, created with an outside lyricist, Costas Ferris. The music that Vangelis was creating for 666 was much more psychedelic and progressive rock oriented than anything the band had done before. This did not sit well with the other band members, who wished to continue in the pop direction that had brought them success. Furthermore, Roussos was being groomed for a solo career, and recorded his first solo single "We shall dance" (with Sideras on drums), and his first solo album On the Greek side of my mind, whereas Vangelis recorded the score for L'apocalypse des Animaux and worked on a single with his girlfriend Vilma Ladopoulou, performing with Koulouris using the pseudonym "Alpha Beta".
By the time the double LP 666 finally came out in late 1971, and having sold over 20 million albums, the band had already split. Both Vangelis and Demis Roussos pursued successful solo careers, Roussos as a pop singer and Vangelis as one of the pioneers in New Age music. Koulouris worked with both on occasion. Loukas Sideras pursued a less successful solo career, releasing an album and the single "Rising Sun" after the break-up.

666 is still one of my favorite progressive albums.

Aphrodite´s child - The four horseman (from 666)

When Demis went solo his career soared in Europe and England. I remember seeing him at the Royal Albert Hall in the 70's. It was an amazing concert. I think the ladies especially loved him.

Demis Roussos - My Friend The Wind

Updated 1.8.2013 for the usual reasons.

Then like the rest of us Demis got older, but he still has the voice. Here he is in concert in Russia in 2003.

Demis Roussos - Goodbye my love goodbye

The Dead Parrot Sketch

Monty Python's Flying Circus
Season 1 - Episode 08
Recorded November 25, 1969 - Aired December 7, 1969

The world famous Dead Parrot sketch, here, in it's entirety!

Don't miss the following highlights.....
'E's dead, that's what's wrong with it!
Look, matey, I know a dead parrot when I see one, and I'm looking at one right now.
The plumage don't enter into it. It's stone dead.
"VOOM"?!? Mate, this bird wouldn't "voom" if you put four million volts through it! 'E's bleedin' demised!
'E's not pinin'! 'E's passed on! This parrot is no more! He has ceased to be! 'E's expired and gone to meet 'is maker! 'E's a stiff! Bereft of life, 'e rests in peace! If you hadn't nailed 'im to the perch 'e'd be pushing up the daisies! 'Is metabolic processes are now 'istory! 'E's off the twig! 'E's kicked the bucket, 'e's shuffled off 'is mortal coil, run down the curtain and joined the bleedin' choir invisibile!! THIS IS AN EX-PARROT!!


Adelmo Fornaciari (born September 25, 1955), more commonly known by his stage name Zucchero, is an Italian rock singer. His music is largely inspired by gospel, blues and rock music, and alternates between ballads and more rhythmic boogie-like pieces. He was born in Roncocesi, a frazione of Reggio Emilia (Emilia-Romagna) though he spent most of his childhood in the seaside town of Forte dei Marmi. His pseudonym "Zucchero", meaning 'sugar', has been his nickname from a very young age, and was given to him by an elementary school teacher who said he was as sweet as sugar, calling him "marmellata e zucchero" – 'jam and sugar'.
In 1984 Zucchero temporarily moved to California, where he collaborated for the first time with Italian producer Corrado Rustici. The result of these sessions, with a backing band that included bassist Randy Jackson, was the 1985 album Zucchero & The Randy Jackson Band, of which the single "Donne" became a huge hit in Italy.

Damn! that Randy Jackson get's everywhere.

One of the most beautiful songs ever written, wonderfully performed by an unlikely duo.
"Senza una Donna" (Without a Woman) is a 1987 song written and performed by Zucchero Fornaciari and rerecorded in 1991 with Paul Young, which is when it reached #4 in the UK charts and #2 in the German charts.
Zucchero & Paul Young - Senza Una Donna

I first became aware of Zucchero here in the States a few years ago when his duets album "Zu & Co" came out and the track Ali D'Oro with John Lee Hooker was in heavy rotation. At the time I thought the song was called "I laid down with an Angel" and that probably is the English translation. I was familiar with "Senza Una Donna" but only the Paul Young solo version.
Of course I had to get the album, and I've been hooked on his voice ever since. The video to this is leaves a bit to be desired but the sound is just sublime, this must be the original version recorded for Europe because he is singing in his native Italian. It is s a little different from the version on the album. I think I prefer it.
Zucchero & John Lee Hooker - I lay down

A true stage dynamo, Lara always leaves the viewer breatless with her gutso delivery and matching gestures. Nobody moves like her !! Here she performs with Italian singer Zucchero on french tv show 500 choristes.
And as usual Zucchero is magnificent.
Zucchero & Lara Fabian - Everybody's Got To Learn Sometimes

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Blue Suede Shoes (UK)

Rock n' Roll back in the fifties in England was dominated by the Teddy Boys (later known as greasers). This piece of video shows some of the sounds and visions of the fifties (and some later revival stuff).
Having been around at the time of the original Teddy Boys this brought back loads of memories. Listen to the early BBC descriptions from the newsreels, how shocked they were.