Thursday, November 27, 2008

The Paragons ~ Left With A Broken Heart

Well I grew up not particularly loving this song. My Dad used to like to toy around with it and mess with the lyrics. True, he probably did it to get the reaction of squeals and whines. However, now that I listen to it, 25 years later, it feels like an old comfy blanket.

(I've given up and finding good videos and music; so I will be solely concentrating on the music from now on!)

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

My Eyes Are Mean To Me

So apparently, YouTube has sparked all types of unexpected phenomena; including something where you take some sort of film, images, or whatever and mix them with a song. I have casually heard this referred to as "edits".

Now you would think that I would find such stuff campy, but it's actually quite fascinating to me. Maybe because I have always had a pretty crazy imagination anyway and this is like my craziest ideas coming to fruition. Now, I remember being little and going to Showbiz Pizza and hearing them perform classic rock songs by the Beatles. But nothing, I mean nothing could have prepared me for this:

However I am thinking that this wasn't a true edit; but rather someone has the animatronics, and did the programming. If that's not the case with the previous one; then definitely with this one... (notice the bad lighting and simplified action)

Not to worry though, there are genuine, bona fide edits out there. Like this one (that I think is simply amazing):

The original is here by the way; and it's a very different song they are really dancing to, believe me!

Then there is this one:

Someone found an old clip of Russian (European?) soldiers and melded it with Run DMC. Wow. I can only imagine what else is out there!

Sunday, October 12, 2008

History Of Ska & Rock Steady - Parts I & II

The second segment is dedicated to rocksteady; and is good. Not too much information...just a lot of tunes and pictures (some very, very "random")

The Aggrovators ~ Straight to Channel One Head

I believe King Tubby is at work here; I hope so, because it's only fitting to use the work from the dub King himself for my first dub post! The original song was "Carefree Girl" by the Mighty Diamonds.

The Gaylads ~ Joy In The Morning

I think they may have changed their name to "Psalms". Nevertheless, this is a great, great song. It's been covered several times, but I still feel their version is the best.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

A Favorite Scene From A Favorite Movie

Hahahaha...I love this scene in "Rockers" -- where they hit up the uptown club playing disco (called "soul music") and throw the DJ out to spin and version "Queen Majesty" by the Techniques. It's classic how Dirty Harry talks to the police officers...

Burning Spear ~ Mi Gi Dem

Burning Spear is one-of-a-kind. He's one of those universalist-type Rastafarians. My dad would call him a "conscious" reggae artist. This live version is very good and close to the studio version. And the percussionist is a riot. Wow. :-)

Yet Another Blog...

Ok, so after spending about an hour watching and listening to old reggae tunes on YouTube, I decided that I want to write about this stuff...but not in my other blogs. So I figured I would make a new one. Hey, it's free!

So for my first post, I'll included "Sittin' On The Dock Of the Bay" by Jacob Miller. I remember this song from when I was probably about 6 years old...and I didn't know Otis Redding's song until much later ("I left my home in Georgia"...took me by surprise the first time I heard it!). So wow...this sure brings back memories!

From my understanding, Jacob Miller died due to injuries sustained in a car accident at age 27 in 1980. The story was that the police who arrived at the scene saw that he was a Rastafarian, and delayed getting him to the proper medical facilities. I'm sure I'll post some other stuff from him in the future...