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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.