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Wednesday, December 20, 2006

More You Tube...

Hi all. I'm finally done with my busy semester, here to show you some of the finest videos You Tube has to offer.

Andy Prieboy, "Tomorrow, Wendy"

The heading on YouTube is a mistake. This is definitely Prieboy's version with Johnette Napolitano on backing vocals. (Concrete Blonde did a version of their own later.) Prieboy, if you may recall, was Stan Ridgway's replacement in Wall of Voodoo. Speaking of which...

Stan Ridgway, "I Wanna Be the Boss"

The best of the "take this job and shove it" genre of songs, this witty ditty from the man best known for singing one of the most overplayed songs in the 1980s, "Mexican Radio," unfortunately only received minimal alternative radio airplay in the early 1990s.

Craig Bierko, "76 Trombones"

Yes, it's that cute guy who turned down a role in "Friends" doing Harold Hill. It's not as bad as it sounds. Actually, he's pretty damn good. This is why I love YouTube. Somewhere, in that aforementioned in previous entry pile of unlabeled VHS tapes, is this performance. I tape the Tonys every year because it's the closest I can get to real musical theater.

Hoodoo Gurus, "Bittersweet"

Damn, Australia had some great 1980s band, and no, I'm not talking about Men at Work. Sometimes, when I think of the Hoodoo Gurus, I think of this lame friend I had in high school who used to giggle at their LP title, Magnum Cum Louder. As my mom would say, or rather scoff, "Immature." I first heard the Gurus on Canadian radio. Yay.

Gin Blossoms, "Follow You Down"

The best mainstream American band of the 1990s. End of discussion. :)

Some guy hand farting Franz Ferdinand's "The Dark of the Matinee"

Um, yeah, well, I think the title says it all.

James, "Johnny Yen" (live)

James was a band that I felt like I should have liked more than I actually did. Does that make sense? They never came close to approaching the greatness of this song off their debut album.

Fatima Mansions, "Only Losers Take the Bus"

I know I've mentioned Microdisney before. After their split, lead singer and main provocateur Cathal Coughlan went on to form the Fatima Mansions. Strangely catchy, much like the best of Microdisney.

Okay, eight is enough.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice grouping of videos. I listened/watched chunks of all them. Okay, I played seven: I'll check out the hand-farting clip later. :D

I have to say, the Andy Prieboy video is my fave out this lot (the weird guitar bursts were pretty cool). Followed by the Gin Blossoms (yeah, I liked them for short spell in '96) and Fatima Mansions videos.

I prefer the "Drive She Said" and "Camouflage" when it comes to satisfying my Stan Ridgway needs. (The latter was played on CFNY as late as 1991 - during the nightshift)

I've never seen these Tony Awards you speak of. *eek* Craig Bierko would've been great on Friends (and the tall). He's got a natural gift for comedy.

6:37 AM  
Blogger Karim Amir said...

Thanks for visiting!
Craig Bierko should be a huge star by now.
The hand-farting gets old, but the first thirty seconds crack me up. I'm easily amused. Somewhere, I have a hand-fart audio file of In the Air Tonight.
Never seen the Tony Awards?!?! I have a musical-crazy family, so if I were a musical-hater, I might be disowned.
Yay, someone else who likes--or liked--The Gin Blossoms.

8:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm with Yum in preferring Drive She Said and Camouflage... although overall I liked Stan best with WoV (they were GREAT live!). Still, it's good seeing him do anything, really...

Have a great new year!

5:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh! Also, I forgot to mention that I just discovered that Nancy and I are living in the Brisbane suburb that Brad Shepherd from the Hoodoo Gurus grew up in! Also Robert Forster from the Go-Betweens.

Those are among the more trivial things that I learned in the really good book called Pig City by John Stafford - a history of Brisbane rock from the 70s to the late 90s. The book is excellent - it ties in the development of the local scene to the general political and cultural climate here at the time extremely well. It really should have stopped at 1990, but I think he did the extra decade to try to sell more copies. Nevertheless, it's a very good read. It has a LOT on the Go-Betweens and the Saints, as well as less known bands from here. I was thinking that both you and Mr Amir, errr, Dissent might enjoy it...

8:59 PM  
Blogger Karim Amir said...

Hey Tim.
That book sounds interesting, maybe like an Antipodean Rip It Up?

I guess this as good of a place as any to admit that I HATE "Camouflage." No offense to you or Yummy.

Happy New Year to you as well!

10:58 PM  

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