Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Poptones 1978-81- Public Image Ltd.

I love the look (real sharp dressers, the lot) and sound of the first four years of PiL, well mainly the first three years as things started to slip after (The) Jah Wobble left, but I like The Flowers of Romance too. I wish these first four years were more heavily documented with photographs and video.

I have assembled here the majority of what I could find of these early years of PiL on the youtube, mainly for my enjoyment, good to have it all in one place, but I hope you like it too. Personally I hate Lydon in interviews, the way he talks and his whole attitude is so annoying, nevertheless I've included the third clip for the bit of performance at the start. The mimed performance on American Bandstand (third to the last clip below) actually brings out the best in him attitude wise and is strangely endearing what with the good natured anarchic approach pulling the audience out on the floor and all. And he's not too bad in the 1978 pre PiL interview that winds things up here. Enjoy!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Shocking Pink- Neil Young in the 1980's

Neil Young went a bit off the rails for much of the 1980's releasing a wide range of strange, stylistically diverse records, like Re-ac-tor (for years this one was plentiful in the cut out bins), Trans, Everybody's Rockin', and Landing on Water.  Things got so bad that David Geffen, his label head, attempted to sue Neil for making music "unrepresentative of himself". To this day these records are largely despised or ignored, especially by fans of his work from the 1970's, but having just started to investigate them myself I find much of the music oddly likeable. There's also his 1982 film Human Highway featuring Devo, Dennis Hopper, Russy Tamblyn and Dean Stockwell, which will hopefully get a DVD release soon, update the DVD of human highway is set for release May 2016. Videos from the aforementioned records follow.  Long may he dance the poot!

                                                 "Wondering" from 1983's Everybody's Rockin'

"Pressure" from 1986's Landing on Water

"Sample and Hold" from 1982's Trans

"Shots" from 1981's Re-ac-tor

Trailer for Human Highway
Devo and Neil Young from Human Highway

Devo from Human Highway

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Happy New Year From Captain Garth, Marta and the Gang

Star Trek-Season 3, Episode 14 Whom Gods Destroy originally broadcast on January 3, 1969. This episode featured The Sound The Past Makes female favorite Yvonne Craig as Marta, remarkably still sexy even with green skin. Come to think of it green skin reminds me of this Monkees' episode also from a once new year (The Audition-Find The Monkees broadcast January 23, 1967) in which there's a rival band called the Jolly Green Giants, the lead singer almost steals the show with the way he says "yo ho ho". And the Monkees discuss the Sunset Strip Riots at the end of the episode. Ah, TV in the mid to late 1960's so colorful, so silly, so magical.

Star Trek Trailer and full episodes of both follow.

Yo Ho Ho Monkees!