Video of the Week: Total Eclipse of the Heart–Literal Video Version

Shit got a little weird in the early days of MTV as the keys to the pop music kingdom were handed over to young cinematographer-types and the music was often interpreted in…interesting ways in the visual medium.

An excellent way to display the weirditude of the typical early 80’s pop music video is to simply alter the lyrics of the song to reflect what’s going on onscreen.

Hence, the Literal Video Version, of which Bonnie Tyler’s ‘Total Eclipse of the Heart’ may be the finest example. Of course, the songs of Jim Steinman–who was (or should be held) responsible for most of Meat Loaf’s most memorable (and overwrought) material–are ideally suited for this particular brand of ridicule.


Eminem Terrified As Daughter Begins Dating Man Raised On His Music


(via The Onion)

ROCHESTER, MI—Hip-hop artist Marshall Mathers, a.k.a. Eminem, said he was left wholly terrified today after meeting his daughter Hailie’s new boyfriend Justin Denham, an 18-year-old who was reportedly raised on the rapper’s music…,32989/?utm_source=Facebook&utm_medium=SocialMarketing&utm_campaign=LinkPreview:NA:InFocus

A Rhythm That Has Waltzed Away With Hearts


(Via NPR)

by Anastasia Tsioulcas

One, two, three, one, two, three, one, two, three: That’s the rhythm of a waltz. It’s one of the world’s most common dance forms. And you’d be forgiven if this triple-time pattern conjures up mental images of ball gowns and fancy-pants manners. But this quintessential high-society dance has some surprisingly indecent roots…

The Final Words of George Jones

The Alabama Music Hall Of Fame’s 13th Induction Banquet & Awards - Show

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Wife Nancy Shares George Jones’ Final Words

(via Taste of Country)

Take the Linda Ronstadt Challenge


Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Linda Ronstadt made a living interpreting the songs of artists of the two decades who preceded her, as well as those of some of her hip contemporaries. Below is a list of 16 of her top 40 hits and the 13 artists who originally recorded them (three artists are credited with two songs apiece).

The Challenge:

Without Googling (‘cuz that’s no fun) match the Linda Ronstadt hit with the artist who originally performed it.

Answers in the comment section.

The songs:

Heat Wave

Ooh Baby Baby

Different Drum

That’ll Be The Day

Poor Poor Pitiful Me

Tumbling Dice

I Can’t Let Go

Blue Bayou

Love is a Rose

Tracks of My Tears

It’s So Easy

Back in the U.S.A.

Just One Look

When Will I Be Loved

Hurt So Bad

You’re No Good

The original artists:

The Everly Brothers

Roy Orbison

Warren Zevon

Martha and the Vandellas

Buddy Holly (2 songs)

Mike Nesmith

Betty Everett

Little Anthony and the Imperials

The Miracles (2 songs)

The Rolling Stones

Chuck Berry

The Hollies (2 songs)

Neil Young

Video of the Week: Richard & Linda Thompson–A Heart Needs A Home (live 1975)

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RainyMood is a website that plays a continuous loop of soothing rain sounds, which can be mixed with the music of various artists of your choosing. It can be a very soothing experience. Take a nap, meditate, or put the young ones to bed with it. Just don’t choose the Elliott Smith music unless you wish to flirt with suicide…

I’m partial to “Dust in the Wind” by Kansas:

Video of the Week: “Baby Got Back”–Sir Mix-A-Lot with the Seattle Symphony

Video of the Week: Dean Martin Does His Best to Make a Laughing Stock of the Rolling Stones

Crooner Dean Martin was the rat pack generation’s definition of a hip cat. But in this 1964 clip he proves how unhip he was to rock and roll with his ridicule before and after a performance by the Rolling Stones on ABC-TV’s Hollywood Palace.

After death-defying comedy trampoline act Larry Griswold performed later in the episode, Martin said, “That’s the father of the Rolling Stones. He’s been trying to kill himself ever since.”

Like many of his ilk and generation, Dino thought of rock and roll as a fleeting musical fad.

Perhaps the Stones’ booking agent should have reconsidered placing the band before such an ill-suited audience. Beatle supporter Ed Sullivan was a much more gracious host to the younger generation’s musical acts.

Dwight Yoakam’s Favorite Taylor Swift Song is “The One Where She Hates the Guy that Left Her”


(via TMZ)

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