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.

Enjoy.

Eminem Terrified As Daughter Begins Dating Man Raised On His Music

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(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…

http://www.theonion.com/articles/eminem-terrified-as-daughter-begins-dating-man-rai,32989/?utm_source=Facebook&utm_medium=SocialMarketing&utm_campaign=LinkPreview:NA:InFocus

A Rhythm That Has Waltzed Away With Hearts

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(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…

http://www.npr.org/blogs/deceptivecadence/2014/06/18/322930952/a-rhythm-thats-waltzed-away-with-hearts

The Final Words of George Jones

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

Rick Diamond, Getty Images

Wife Nancy Shares George Jones’ Final Words

(via Taste of Country)

http://tasteofcountry.com/george-jones-final-words/

Take the Linda Ronstadt Challenge

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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)

Recommended Site: Rainymood.com

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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…

http://www.rainymood.com/

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

http://www.rainymood.com/watch?v=tH2w6Oxx0kQ

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