Posts Tagged ‘Music Video’

MUSIC VIDEO – Pre-Gaga Hollywood

gagaWhen I was in Austria over Christmas, the top question asked of me was this: “So this Lady Gaga, that’s a man, right? Not a woman?” I’m not kidding. Three people asked me that.

To answer this question definitively for everyone, let’s just forget about her overexposure and penchant for hair hats and flash back in time for a moment to watch a fresh-faced 19 year-old named Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta – a talented, ambitious and rebellious girl virtually identical to so many in the crowd here – sing about her sick ambition of making it big in “Hollywood” and losing her reflection. Which… she did on both counts, really.

But truth be told, I kinda liked Stefani Germanotta better… illegal though it would be, I find myself wanting to buy underage Lady Gaga a beer. But hey, I’m sure she can well afford to buy her own now.
[youtube width=”590″ height=”420″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_b2C20qN4Ps[/youtube]


FLASHBACK – Bono Pisses Off the LAPD

[youtube width=”590″ height=”420″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QQxl9EI9YBg[/youtube]

*CLICK ON THE SQUARE IMAGE BELOW TO LAUNCH PHOTO GALLERY*

7th and Main, Downtown LA –– Then and Now


Where: The roof top of the Republic Liquor Store, corner of 7th and Main, Downtown
When:
3pm Friday, March 27, 1987
What:
A rumor spread throughout the city that the band U2 was about to shoot a live music video on a rooftop Downtown. Coincidentally, many 20-somethings suffered flu-like symptoms and left work early that day.

Details: U2’s Joshua Tree album was released on March 9th, 1987 to an immediate buzz. Irish director Meiert Avis was hired to rush a video for the third single and the chosen song, “Where The Streets Have No Name,” was to set be performed live to playback. For dramatic effect they chose to film on an unexpected and very public location – the roof of a Skid Row liquor store in the middle of a workday.

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HAPPY SUNDAY – Have a rockin’ Labor Day!

I’ll be adding more stuff to our event calendar tonight, so check back tomorrow!

[youtube width=”590″ height=”420″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fo74OnQbhr4[/youtube]


HAPPY SUNDAY – Los Angelenos

[youtube width=”590″ height=”420″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bVbqhaiLNtI[/youtube]

Los Angelenos
All come from somewhere
To live in sunshine
Their funky exile
Midwestern ladies
High-heeled and faded
Drivin’ sleek new sports cars
With their New York cowboys

Hiding up in the mountains
Laying low in the canyons
Goin’ nowhere on the streets
With their Spanish names (more…)


HAPPY SUNDAY, LA – Be exactly who you wanna be!

Take your favorite California girl out for some fried chicken and dirty dancin’ today. Treat her well and rock her world. Contrary to popular belief, she *does* know how to rock yours. Trust me.
[spike width=”590″ height=”420″]http://www.spike.com/video/gretchen-wilson/2794440[/spike]


FLASHBACK – Disco Duck vs. Disgorilla

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zc5d01_riBo[/youtube] Sure, some of us older folk may remember L.A. radio personality Rick Dees from his creepy Disco Duck days. But raise your hand if you remember Disgorilla, the Disco Duck sequel.

Yeah, me neither.

The 70s were full of questionable taste, so it’s not entirely surprising that Disco Duck hit number one in the pop charts of 1976. The song sold six million copies – [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZTOqeBEtyLY[/youtube] one of which was bought for me by my sister. But believe it or not, it also rose to number 15 on the Black Singles chart. (Really? Huh.)

As for Disgorilla? Yeah, Rick didn’t have quite as much success with that one. But it’s okay. Even though Ryan Seacrest usurped his 30 year career in an Eve-like swoop, the 59 year-old Dees seems to be keeping busy as co-founder of Fine Living and founder of Rick.com.

Hey, just as long as he’s not planning on spending his retirement writing more disco songs, we’re good.


FLASHBACK – The Grooviest Day on Olvera Street

Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass
Scopitone film of Tijuana Taxi (filmed on Olvera Street circa 1966)

[youtube width=”590″ height=”420″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DPalYwLyEvw[/youtube] tacobelltaxi This video was filmed specifically to be shown on a Scopitone machine, an early video jukebox which could be found in bars throughout the world in the 60s (and disappeared by the 70s). To see more great Scopitone films, there are plenty online. (Here’s my other current favorite… it’s like watching someone sing the story of my life. Sigh.)

P.S. – Be sure to click on and enlarge the little album cover image above right. Remember when the Taco Bell sign was a sleeping Mexican wearing a hat? Ha!