mellicious: blinky lights (holiday lights gif)
 There are just few enough people doing Music Advent that I worry about posting the same video somebody had already posted, I guess I should just get over that. Anyway, somebody had already done a Pentatonix song, and somebody had done some artist singing Hallelujah, but nobody (as far as I could see) did both of those together.

Pentatonix apparently put this on a Christmas album but that is WRONG, so very wrong. This is totally not a Christmas song. But it's a great song so I am forgiving Pentatonix for that, just this once.



#musicadvent 2018
Day 1: Prince does Creep - https://youtu.be/NFXZNt4oLkE
Day 2: Pearl Jam does Petty  - https://youtu.be/3wkxAmQo-Vw
Day 3: Haley Reinhart does Gaga - https://youtu.be/jwOokrZKHNE?t=101
Day 4: Hot Chip does Springsteen - https://youtu.be/b4IAuUmG95g
Day 5: Mary Chapin Carpenter does Springsteen - https://youtu.be/l2dFhlaIRk
Day 6: Amy Winehouse does The Zutons - https://youtu.be/6pAz9UpnRKw
Day 7: Chris Cornell does Prince/Sinéad - https://youtu.be/IuUDRU9-HRk
Day 8: Feist & Ben Gibbard do Vashti Bunyan - https://youtu.be/aOHM2Qkt32o
Day 9: David Byrne does Nancy Sinatra - https://youtu.be/qyF2DYLaSIc
Day 10: Miley Cyrus does Nancy Sinatra - https://youtu.be/zK7z2mPay1A
Day 11: Linda Ronstadt does Karla Bonoff - https://youtu.be/hBkk3H_5Kpo?t=125
Day 12: Cry Cry Cry (Dar Williams, Richard Shindell and Lucy Kaplansky) do R.E.M. - https://youtu.be/IscJjA6aflk
Day 13: Sara Bareilles does Sia - https://youtu.be/OlqEj3TcAEI?t=40
Day 14: Sara Bareilles does Elton John - https://youtu.be/Ozd2ja7mAgM
Day 15: Less Than Jake does Laverne & Shirley - https://youtu.be/00eRA9r7P9Y
Day 16: Pentatonix does Cohen: https://youtu.be/LRP8d7hhpoQ
mellicious: blinky lights (holiday lights gif)
I'm behind on both Music Advent and Holidailies, now. But as Christmas gets closer I feel less and less guilty about that.

Anyway, I was watching MTP Daily on MSNBC and Chuck Todd said, seemingly just out of the blue, "Give us any chance we'll take it, give us any rule we'll break it" - and I thought, "Oh, thanks for the earworm, Chuck!" But then it caused me to remember this version.


(I hadn't heard when I posted this about Penny Marshall dying; it doesn't seem like that could just be a coincidence, though. I think they must have said it and I just missed that part at the time.)


#musicadvent 2018
Day 1: Prince does Creep - https://youtu.be/NFXZNt4oLkE
Day 2: Pearl Jam does Petty  - https://youtu.be/3wkxAmQo-Vw
Day 3: Haley Reinhart does Gaga - https://youtu.be/jwOokrZKHNE?t=101
Day 4: Hot Chip does Springsteen - https://youtu.be/b4IAuUmG95g
Day 5: Mary Chapin Carpenter does Springsteen - https://youtu.be/l2dFhlaIRk
Day 6: Amy Winehouse does The Zutons - https://youtu.be/6pAz9UpnRKw
Day 7: Chris Cornell does Prince/Sinéad - https://youtu.be/IuUDRU9-HRk
Day 8: Feist & Ben Gibbard do Vashti Bunyan - https://youtu.be/aOHM2Qkt32o
Day 9: David Byrne does Nancy Sinatra - https://youtu.be/qyF2DYLaSIc
Day 10: Miley Cyrus does Nancy Sinatra - https://youtu.be/zK7z2mPay1A
Day 11: Linda Ronstadt does Karla Bonoff - https://youtu.be/hBkk3H_5Kpo?t=125
Day 12: Cry Cry Cry (Dar Williams, Richard Shindell and Lucy Kaplansky) do R.E.M. - https://youtu.be/IscJjA6aflk
Day 13: Sara Bareilles does Sia - https://youtu.be/OlqEj3TcAEI?t=40
Day 14: Sara Bareilles does Elton John - https://youtu.be/Ozd2ja7mAgM
Day 15: Less Than Jake does Laverne & Shirley - https://youtu.be/00eRA9r7P9Y
mellicious: blinky lights (holiday lights gif)
I was editing another entry and I realized I missed a day on this. I don't know if anybody but me will notice, but I'm posting it anyway.

This is Cry Cry Cry (which is apparently a folk "supergroup" consisting of Dar Williams, Richard Shindell and Lucy Kaplansky) covering R.E.M.'s "Fall On Me":

 



#musicadvent 2018
Day 1: Prince does Creep - https://youtu.be/NFXZNt4oLkE
Day 2: Pearl Jam does Petty  - https://youtu.be/3wkxAmQo-Vw
Day 3: Haley Reinhart does Gaga - https://youtu.be/jwOokrZKHNE?t=101
Day 4: Hot Chip does Springsteen - https://youtu.be/b4IAuUmG95g
Day 5: Mary Chapin Carpenter does Springsteen - https://youtu.be/-l2dFhlaIRk
Day 6: Amy Winehouse does The Zutons - https://youtu.be/6pAz9UpnRKw
Day 7: Chris Cornell does Prince/Sinéad - https://youtu.be/IuUDRU9-HRk
Day 8: Feist & Ben Gibbard do Vashti Bunyan - https://youtu.be/aOHM2Qkt32o
Day 9: David Byrne does Nancy Sinatra - https://youtu.be/qyF2DYLaSIc
Day 10: Miley Cyrus does Nancy Sinatra - https://youtu.be/zK7z2mPay1A
Day 11: Linda Ronstadt does Karla Bonoff - https://youtu.be/hBkk3H_5Kpo?t=125
Day 12: Cry Cry Cry (Dar Williams, Richard Shindell and Lucy Kaplansky) do R.E.M. - https://youtu.be/IscJjA6aflk
Day 13: Sara Bareilles does Sia - https://youtu.be/OlqEj3TcAEI?t=40
Day 14: Sara Bareilles does Elton John - https://youtu.be/Ozd2ja7mAgM

mellicious: blinky lights (holiday lights gif)
As I said, I'm behind on Music Advent posts - I don't have to catch up, but that's my intent, anyway - and I found another song that Sara Bareilles covered that I liked, so I posted that before I went to bed this morning.

 



#musicadvent 2018
Day 1: Prince does Creep - https://youtu.be/NFXZNt4oLkE
Day 2: Pearl Jam does Petty  - https://youtu.be/3wkxAmQo-Vw
Day 3: Haley Reinhart does Gaga - https://youtu.be/jwOokrZKHNE?t=101
Day 4: Hot Chip does Springsteen - https://youtu.be/b4IAuUmG95g
Day 5: Mary Chapin Carpenter does Springsteen - https://youtu.be/-l2dFhlaIRk
Day 6: Amy Winehouse does The Zutons - https://youtu.be/6pAz9UpnRKw
Day 7: Chris Cornell does Prince/Sinéad - https://youtu.be/IuUDRU9-HRk
Day 8: Feist & Ben Gibbard do Vashti Bunyan - https://youtu.be/aOHM2Qkt32o
Day 9: David Byrne does Nancy Sinatra - https://youtu.be/qyF2DYLaSIc
Day 10: Miley Cyrus does Nancy Sinatra - https://youtu.be/zK7z2mPay1A
Day 11: Linda Ronstadt does Karla Bonoff - https://youtu.be/hBkk3H_5Kpo?t=125
Day 12: Cry Cry Cry (Dar Williams, Richard Shindell and Lucy Kaplansky) do R.E.M. - https://youtu.be/IscJjA6aflk
Day 13: Sara Bareilles does Sia - https://youtu.be/OlqEj3TcAEI?t=40
Day 14: Sara Bareilles does Elton John - https://youtu.be/Ozd2ja7mAgM
mellicious: blinky lights (holiday lights gif)
 I'm behind on music advent, I'm behind on Holidailies too. Ah well. I'll work on that over my long weekend.

Here we have Sara Bareilles doing Sia's "Chandelier" (a very fucking difficult song, but she manages it pretty well):




#musicadvent 2018
Day 1: Prince does Creep - https://youtu.be/NFXZNt4oLkE
Day 2: Pearl Jam does Petty  - https://youtu.be/3wkxAmQo-Vw
Day 3: Haley Reinhart does Gaga - https://youtu.be/jwOokrZKHNE?t=101
Day 4: Hot Chip does Springsteen - https://youtu.be/b4IAuUmG95g
Day 5: Mary Chapin Carpenter does Springsteen - https://youtu.be/-l2dFhlaIRk
Day 6: Amy Winehouse does The Zutons - https://youtu.be/6pAz9UpnRKw
Day 7: Chris Cornell does Prince/Sinéad - https://youtu.be/IuUDRU9-HRk
Day 8: Feist & Ben Gibbard do Vashti Bunyan - https://youtu.be/aOHM2Qkt32o
Day 9: David Byrne does Nancy Sinatra - https://youtu.be/qyF2DYLaSIc
Day 10: Miley Cyrus does Nancy Sinatra - https://youtu.be/zK7z2mPay1A
Day 11: Linda Ronstadt does Karla Bonoff - https://youtu.be/hBkk3H_5Kpo?t=125
Day 12: Cry Cry Cry (Dar Williams, Richard Shindell and Lucy Kaplansky) do R.E.M. https://youtu.be/IscJjA6aflk
Day 13: Sara Bareilles does Sia https://youtu.be/OlqEj3TcAEI?t=40

mellicious: blinky lights (holiday lights gif)
This is a Karla Bonoff song, and really I love her version more than Linda's, but then it wouldn't be a cover, would it? 

If you like piano solos (I do) there's a very nice one at the beginning of this, but I set this where it will (hopefully) actually start where the song starts.


#musicadvent 2018
Day 1: Prince does Creep - https://youtu.be/NFXZNt4oLkE
Day 2: Pearl Jam does Petty  - https://youtu.be/3wkxAmQo-Vw
Day 3: Haley Reinhart does Gaga - https://youtu.be/jwOokrZKHNE?t=101
Day 4: Hot Chip does Springsteen - https://youtu.be/b4IAuUmG95g
Day 5: Mary Chapin Carpenter does Springsteen - https://youtu.be/-l2dFhlaIRk
Day 6: Amy Winehouse does The Zutons - https://youtu.be/6pAz9UpnRKw
Day 7: Chris Cornell does Prince/Sinéad - https://youtu.be/IuUDRU9-HRk
Day 8: Feist & Ben Gibbard do Vashti Bunyan - https://youtu.be/aOHM2Qkt32o
Day 9: David Byrne does Nancy Sinatra - https://youtu.be/qyF2DYLaSIc
Day 10: Miley Cyrus does Nancy Sinatra - https://youtu.be/zK7z2mPay1A
Day 11: Linda Ronstadt does Karla Bonoff - https://youtu.be/hBkk3H_5Kpo?t=125
mellicious: blinky lights (holiday lights gif)
Since this is two versions of the same song, I'm going to see if I can get them into the same post.

First, David Byrne:


#musicadvent 2018
Day 1: Prince does Creep - https://youtu.be/NFXZNt4oLkE
Day 2: Pearl Jam does Petty  - https://youtu.be/3wkxAmQo-Vw
Day 3: Haley Reinhart does Gaga - https://youtu.be/jwOokrZKHNE?t=101
Day 4: Hot Chip does Springsteen - https://youtu.be/b4IAuUmG95g
Day 5: Mary Chapin Carpenter does Springsteen - https://youtu.be/-l2dFhlaIRk
Day 6: Amy Winehouse does The Zutons - https://youtu.be/6pAz9UpnRKw
Day 7: Chris Cornell does Prince/Sinéad - https://youtu.be/IuUDRU9-HRk
Day 8: Feist & Ben Gibbard do Vashti Bunyan - https://youtu.be/aOHM2Qkt32o
Day 9: David Byrne does Nancy Sinatra - https://youtu.be/qyF2DYLaSIc
Day 10: Miley Cyrus does Nancy Sinatra - :https://youtu.be/zK7z2mPay1A
mellicious: blinky lights (holiday lights gif)
I tried to remember how I found this song and I have no idea. Man, I was out of it. (Sleep-deprivation: not really good for your mental health.) But apparently I recognize a good song even while I'm out-of-it.








#musicadvent 2018
Day 1: Prince does Creep - https://youtu.be/NFXZNt4oLkE
Day 2: Pearl Jam does Petty  - https://youtu.be/3wkxAmQo-Vw
Day 3: Haley Reinhart does Gaga - https://youtu.be/jwOokrZKHNE?t=101
Day 4: Hot Chip does Springsteen - https://youtu.be/b4IAuUmG95g
Day 5: Mary Chapin Carpenter does Springsteen - https://youtu.be/-l2dFhlaIRk
Day 6: Amy Winehouse does The Zutons - https://youtu.be/6pAz9UpnRKw
Day 7: Chris Cornell does Prince/Sinéad - https://youtu.be/IuUDRU9-HRk
Day 8: Feist & Ben Gibbard do Vashti Bunyan - https://youtu.be/aOHM2Qkt32o
mellicious: blinky lights (holiday lights gif)
I was half-asleep last night when I put this on Music Advent but I think it's a good choice, still:




Day 1: Prince does Creep - https://youtu.be/NFXZNt4oLkE
Day 2: Pearl Jam does Petty  - https://youtu.be/3wkxAmQo-Vw
Day 3: Haley Reinhart does Gaga - https://youtu.be/jwOokrZKHNE?t=101
Day 4: Hot Chip does Springsteen - https://youtu.be/b4IAuUmG95g
Day 5: Mary Chapin Carpenter does Springsteen - https://youtu.be/-l2dFhlaIRk
Day 6: Amy Winehouse does The Zutons - https://youtu.be/6pAz9UpnRKw
Day 7: Chris Cornell does Sinéad/Prince - https://youtu.be/IuUDRU9-HRk

mellicious: "I think the subtext here is rapidly becoming text." (Buffy quote - subtext)
 I'm having trouble juggling the posts here and the nail blog and Music Advent. I'll try to get a little more organized over the weekend.

Anyway, here is a really cool cover by a really great singer.


#musicadvent 2018
Day 1: Prince does Creep - https://youtu.be/NFXZNt4oLkE
Day 2: Pearl Jam does Petty  - https://youtu.be/3wkxAmQo-Vw
Day 3: Haley Reinhart does Gaga - https://youtu.be/jwOokrZKHNE?t=101
Day 4: Hot Chip does Springsteen - https://youtu.be/b4IAuUmG95g
Day 5: Mary Chapin Carpenter does Springsteen - https://youtu.be/-l2dFhlaIRk
Day 6: Amy Winehouse does The Zutons - https://youtu.be/6pAz9UpnRKw
mellicious: blinky lights (holiday lights gif)
Another version of "Dancing in the Dark" - this time from Mary-Chapin Carpenter:



#musicadvent 2018
Day 1: Prince does Creep - https://youtu.be/NFXZNt4oLkE
Day 2: Pearl Jam does Petty  - https://youtu.be/3wkxAmQo-Vw
Day 3: Haley Reinhart does Gaga - https://youtu.be/jwOokrZKHNE?t=101
Day 4: Hot Chip does Springsteen - https://youtu.be/b4IAuUmG95g
Day 5: Mary-Chapin Carpenter does Springsteen - https://youtu.be/-l2dFhlaIRk 
mellicious: blinky lights (holiday lights gif)
 I was poking around looking for interesting covers and I found this - I guess this is a British band, Hot Chip? I never heard of them that I recall, but I like this.

The only version of this I knew was the Springsteen one - I wasn't even sure it was his song originally, but Springsteen wrote it, I looked it up. (Although honestly, if you look at the lyrics, it's totally got that sad-working-man vibe that sounds like classic Springsteen. I'm not sure why I ever thought otherwise.)

(You might end up hearing this song again tomorrow, done by another artist. I found another cover of it that I really like, and it's totally different. There's not a rule that says you have to do a different song every day, right?)

#musicadvent 2018
Day 4: Hot Chip does Springsteen 

(Since I used this for my Holidailies entry for today, I will point out that you can also watch the rest of these videos without having to jump over to YouTube, if you prefer, by just going to my recent entries and scrolling down!)

 



If you want a preview of tomorrow, here's the spoiler:
https://youtu.be/-l2dFhlaIRk
mellicious: blinky lights (holiday lights gif)
It occurred to me that American Idol was a well of good covers (as are those other singing-competition shows, presumably), so I went looking for examples. This wasn't the one I started out looking for, actually, but I remembered that I liked this one, so here's Haley Reinhart doing Lady Gaga's "You & I":


I've got this (hopefully) set up to start when the song starts. Because this is Idol footage, there's a bunch of stuff at the beginning and then the judges at the end. I didn't even hang in there to listen to the judges here, but the part at the beginning is actually kind of interesting because this was an unrecorded song at the time - Gaga had been doing it at concerts but it hadn't been released on an album.
 


#musicadvent 2018
Day 1: Prince does Creep - https://youtu.be/NFXZNt4oLkE
Day 2: Pearl Jam does Petty  - https://youtu.be/3wkxAmQo-Vw
Day 3: Haley Reinhart does Gaga - https://youtu.be/jwOokrZKHNE?t=101

mellicious: blinky lights (holiday lights gif)
 Here's your Pearl Jam (covering Tom Petty, another favorite of mine). If you have any problems playing this, click over to YouTube and it should play fine. On Twitter it wouldn't work for me. (Note: it seems to be fine here, far as I can tell!)

#musicadvent

Day 1: Prince Does Creep
Day 2: Pearl Jam Does Petty

 
mellicious: (Wonder Woman)
 I always do Music Advent (which happens primarily on Twitter) - I don't know how long that's been going on in December, maybe 5 years? I think other people frankly put a lot more thought into it than I do, but still, I manage. Sometimes I get a few days ahead, but doing a whole playlist in advance? Probably never gonna happen, with me. Anyway, this year the theme is covers. So far I've only come up with famous artists playing other famous artists - hopefully I'll manage to get in some less-famous ones as well. The way I've been coming at this is to look for artists I like, or songs I particularly like. I was actually looking for somebody else covering Pearl Jam, but so far that's mostly led me to Pearl Jam doing covers of other artists, which is also cool (and Pearl Jam does that a lot) but I don't want to just post 25 days of Pearl Jam singing covers, either. (I do have a Spotify playlist with some covers on it so I'll probably go browse around in that eventually and see what's in there. And I'll probably do some Christmas songs later on, because I do have a lingering fondness for Christmas songs still.) 

The first day didn't end up being Pearl-Jam-related at all, it was Prince doing "Creep" at Coachella, ten years ago. I love this song and I'd never heard this cover.

(Note: I've had some trouble with the embeds in past years and I think I'm going to just post them here daily rather than try to do several days at a time like I've done in the past. That seems easier.)

#musicadvent

 
mellicious: blinky lights (holiday lights gif)
 I guess I'll do another round of music videos, since I don't know what else to talk about today. I'm distracted because I'm going somewhere tomorrow, but I'll talk about that later. For now let's take another trip back to the 80s.

(I have the wrong Christmas-lights icon for the 80s, what was fashionable then was white lights. The retro lights like my icon were totally out. Tiny white lights were the new hip thing, and no colors were allowed - which is actually kind of weird when you think about it, because so many other things in the 80s were totally colorful.)

I've only posted days 1-6 here so we're way behind. I think I'm going to just post a list with links to most of the videos, unless I decide I really have something to say about a particular song, and I'll pick one to embed at the end. But the embeds have been so wonky that embedding would require doing separate entries for everything.

Quite a few of these songs are great but others, not so much. But this was more an exercise in nostalgia than in picking the very *best* songs,  for me. And while there are some songs here that were big hits, I also wanted to pick some things that everybody isn't necessarily familiar with.

Day 6, to remind you, was Talk About the Passion, R.E.M.

Day 7: Wonderland, XTC

Day 8: Modern Love, David Bowie (I saw Bowie on this tour so watching the concert video was really trippy for me.)

Day 9: Blister in the Sun, Violent Femmes

Day 10: Two Hearts Beat As One, U2

Day 11: One of Our Submarines, Thomas Dolby

Day 12: Oblivious, Aztec Camera

Day 13: A Million Miles Away, The Plimsouls

Day 14: The Metro, Berlin (man I loved this song - but I don't remember ever seeing the video)

Day 15: Cuts Like a Knife, Bryan Adams (see below)

Day 16: Save It For Later, English Beat (or just "The Beat" if you're in the UK)

Day 17: Mad World, Tears For Fears


And I went and hunted around for the old version of the Cuts Like A Knife video in particular, so that's the one I'm embedding. I mostly remembered the empty swimming pool.

mellicious: "I think the subtext here is rapidly becoming text." (Buffy quote - subtext)
Day 6 of Music Advent:
Talk About the Passion, R.E.M.
The video has a later year on it at the end, but the song definitely came out in 1983. I remember well because the album was one of those critical darlings that get hyped all the time and I found it annoying. I'm sure I heard this song in 1983 but I don't remember it as much as I remember "Radio Free Europe" which I liked even as I was annoyed by the hype. I don't think I ever owned Murmur on vinyl, though - I had it on CD which means it came later. (My friend who I borrowed albums from to make mix tapes was a total Anglophile so I don't think he had it either. We were all pretty snobbish about that, at the time.)

(Later on, I came to love and adore R.E.M., but like Echo & the Bunnymen, it took me a while to get warmed up.)
mellicious: blinky lights (holiday lights gif)
Ok, I linked to videos for the first few days of Music Advent back here, and I just posted day 4 here, because I was seeing if the embed code I finally found would work. So I'll talk a little about Day 4 and then go on from there.

4. The Back of Love, Echo and the Bunnymen
I'm sure I've talked about my love of Echo and the Bunnymen in some past year (most recently here). "Porcupine" was the name of the album that came out around this time. I looked it up the other day but I've already half forgotten - maybe it came out in 1982 but was a single in 1983, or something like that. I knew I had used "The Cutter" which was also from that album in some past year, and I try not to repeat. Also from 1983 is "Never Stop" which came out as a standalone single in '83, but I love that song so much I had already broken my "no repeating" rule and used it in two different years. So I knew that one was out. Luckily this is an excellent song too. (If I ever need another one of their songs from 1982-83, I'm going to have to dig deeper into Porcupine.)

5. Wishing, A Flock of Seagulls
In 1983 I think I loved this more than I loved Echo & the Bunnymen (they were kind of an acquired taste, where Flock of Seagulls is popcorn). Also, I remembered that this guy had a goofy haircut, but I still did a double-take when I actually saw it again. 

(I was going to put another video here but the code is being cranky so I'm going to do a separate entry for that.)
mellicious: Astros' very colorful uniforms of the 70s-80s (Astros' rainbow uni)
 I usually end up talking about Music Advent for Holidailies because otherwise I get overwhelmed with all the daily things that I'm doing in December. Music Advent is just a thing that somebody who I was friends of friends with on Twitter started several years ago - it's a tag, basically. You post music videos, and it has had various schemes for what you're supposed to do when, but this year for the first time, you're supposed to pick a year and stick with it. So I did 1983 because that's when I was in my early 20s and totally into New Wave music and I knew that would be relatively easy. I'm thinking of it as "what I was listening to" rather than sticking strictly with things that were released in 1983, although most of what I've posted fits both. I know the Echo & the Bunnymen song was actually released in 1982 but it was a single in 1983, I believe. So yeah, not nitpicking too much about this.

The thing that made this easy for me is, I had a mix-tape back in the day that I know most of the contents of. I spent, as I recall, most of a day making this mix-tape off of my friend Rick's albums and imported singles. I think that this mix-tape is actually in my apartment somewhere but I don't have a cassette player any more anyway, and I would just be going off of the song listing. But I remember what a lot of it was even if I don't succeed in physically locating it! (Yeah, I am a hoarder, I admit it. Rob helps me keep the worst of it in check, thank goodness.)

(I don't seem to know how to embed to get a video to show up directly here, so I'm just doing links to YouTube.)

1. Big Country, In a Big Country
This song was a pretty big hit at the time, as I recall, and it was the first thing on my mix tape, which is why I started with it.. I'm also pretty sure I knew some other Big Country songs at the time, or at least whatever was on the B-side of this single, but I don't remember anything else offhand. I haven't tried to look.

2. The Alarm, The Stand
Stephen King's book The Stand apparently came out in 1978, so it was old hat by then, and it was long before the (pretty crappy) miniseries that came out later on. But this is the only song I know of that references it. (I'm sure there's more by now, somewhere out there.) Anyway, it's still a pretty good song.

3. Cyndi Lauper, Girls Just Want to Have Fun
Everybody knows this one, right? It's the biggest hit out of the ones I've done so far. Like these others was on my original fall-of-1983 mix-tape, The song holds up very well. The middle part of the video is pretty boring but the first and last sections are still kinda awesome.

That's all I have time to talk about right now, but I'm sure I'll come back with more of these later. (All 25 things are not going to be things that were on my original mix-tape. I'm not at all sure that there were 25 songs on it. But they are all things I knew back in the day, for sure.)
mellicious: pink manicure (new year)
(Dreamwidth note: I fixed this where the links work, at least, but if you want the version with the nice embedded links you have to go back to the original Livejournal entry.)


To go back to the last MA post, the video that I posted on the 20th was "Black Sun" and the day before that, "Hard Sun" - there was sort of a method to my madness there, because the 21st was solstice and I wanted to go from the sun to the stars, for solstice. It just seemed appropriate.

And it also seemed appropriate that it be Bowie.
David Bowie Starman (1972) official video

Next is a video that Bowie was not in, I believe that was because he had some kind of scheduling issues. He did record a taped message for the B-side, though.
Do they Know it's Christmas ~ Band Aid 1984

Bowie wasn't in it, but George Michael was, so next I went to a George Michael song. I always liked Michael and I liked Wham! back in the day but they were definitely not taken seriously, back when they were first popular. And I have to admit this was not my favorite of Michael's solo songs or of the Wham! songs, but it fit in with my connections so this is what I used. (I may do another post about him and Wham! if I get a chance.)
George Michael - Careless Whisper (Official Video)

The reason that fit into my connections was that I was thinking about Rick Astley. When I was poking around on the internet trying to work this out, I found a mention of how people think "Never Gonna Dance Again" is the name of that song, and so that made it a good lead-in. Last year when we were doing the alphabet for Music Advent, I had this idea that it would be funny to rickroll Music Advent - except of course most of Music Advent goes on on Twitter, and if you put a link to a video there it's generally going to give you a preview, so it's not really possible to do a rickroll in the old sense of the word. But anyway, I remembered that this year and so I wanted to work in this song.
Rick Astley - Never Gonna Give You Up

I actually have two different connections for the next one. For some reason I completely didn't even think about the "Never" connection at the time. The connection I originally used was that Rick Astley and the Bunnymen are both from Merseyside, from the area around Liverpool.
NEVER STOP Echo and the Bunnymen

I got excited when I figured out that this video is apparently from the same tour (or anyway, the same year) that I saw Echo and the Bunnymen, which was in Austin in 1984. I knew the minute I saw it that it looked kind of the same - although Austin was a much smaller venue - I think it was the Opry House, which is quite small, relatively speaking - and so we didn't get all the strings and stuff. I'm not even 100% sure they did this song. (It seems like I remember being unhappy because they didn't, actually. But I'm not sure I'm remembering that correctly. That was a long, long time ago.)

Anyway, I actually used this song for Music Advent last year, and I usually try not to repeat myself (because y'know, it's not like there's a shortage of songs to use) but I made an exception for this one because it swung back around to day 1: it was on the tape that we played at our wedding reception. "Chapel of Love" was the first song on that tape and "Never Stop" was much further down the list but it was definitely there, because I insisted on it. The main criteria was that the song be a love song (about "real love" rather than just about hooking up) and we figured "this love we found should never stop" qualified. (Even further down the list we actually included Georgia Satellite's "Keep Your Hands to Yourself" - which was a new song that spring - because of its jokey take on sex before marriage. I'm not sure many people got that joke, but Rob and I thought it was really funny.)

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