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Friday, May 11, 2007
Music Video Stream of Conciousness: They Did Have Other Songs Edition
Tatu, "Nas Ne Dogonyet": I thought the "they're hot underage lesbians!" marketing angle on this band was pretty exploitative and offensive in it's exploitation, but I secretly liked their sound. Which is fairly impressive as I rarely gravitate to female vocalists, particularly female pop vocalists. The only song of theirs I ever remember getting any serious airplay was the English version of "All the things she said" but I particularly always liked hearing their songs in Russian. Frankly, it just sounds "right" with the music and beat to hear their songs in the original language.
Men Without Hats, "Pop Goes the World": I think this was actually a second, modest hit for the group, but let's be honest. People only remember "The Safety Dance." That they were a pretty solid 80s synth-pop band will be lost to history, so long as VH1 can still find comedians in need of a paycheck who will sit in a front of a camera and make fun of a video that in actuality wasn't significantly goofier than any other video from the period.
Sparks, "Moustache": Even though Sparks has been around, well, longer than I have, I'm still surprised that people are surprised they're still around. That is, when they even realize that they weren't just Jane Wiedlin's back-up band. This video is worth checking out just for the unsettling and unusual sight of Ron Mael without his moustache.
The Hidden Cameras, "Awoo": I'm not sure what it is about sarcastic gay Canadian musicians, but they appeal to me. Most people, if they've even heard of the Hidden Cameras (don't Google them...you'll only regret it), are only aware of "Ban Marriage," but Joel Gibb has been pretty steadily releasing material of high quality. I find that I generally prefer the band's albums as a whole to isolating particular tracks, but this song works fairly well on it's own. The video is a little masterpiece in and of itself, offering creepy imagery which seems at odds with the cheery tune, but not the lyrics themselves.