Genesis – Dance On A Volcano (Live in 1980)

“Dance On A Volcano” is from Trick Of The Tail, the first album that had Phil Collins at the vocal helm. It’s still very progrock – which I like. Here’s the band – after Steve Hackett left – playing it on the Duke tour in 1980.

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Kendrick Lamar – i (official music video)

“I love myself!”

That’s the chorus refrain from “i”, Kendrick Lamar’s new single. And here’s the music video, just uploaded to YouTube today. Nice Isley Brothers sample, some fancy footwork from Lamar, and a reference to One Nation Under a Groove at the beginning of the video. Some good verses from Lamar, too.

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Wang Chung – Everybody Have Fun Tonight

Listen up, people! Can I be serious for a minute here? I think everybody needs to Wang Chung tonight. So click the play button.

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The Beastie Boys – Intergalactic (music video)

I was living in New York when Hello Nasty was released. They were promoting the record in the city with to go coffee cups imprinted with the Hello Nasty cover design. It was 1998, so pre broadband everywhere, and pre YouTube. I got to watch the video online at work, where we had a broadband connection, and I remember that it was pretty exciting to see a music video for a new song from the Beastie Boys online. It was posted on Rolling Stone or something a few days or weeks before the album was released.

A couple thoughts on the video. First, this is clearly where Guillermo del Toro got the idea for Pacific Rim. Second, I don’t think it’s a coincidence that the creature they’re fighting has more than a passing resemblance to Cthulhu.

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Elvis Costello – (What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love And Understanding (music video)

A great Nick Lowe song, Elvis Costello’s version is the best. This is the music video.

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Genesis – Mama (music video)

“Mama” was the first single off of Genesis’ 1983 self-titled record. It’s a pretty bad ass song, especially for a Genesis song. It’s got that creepy laugh thing Phil Collins does, plus he does a lot of screaming at the end. So I have to admit I was a bit surprised when I read that the song is about a teenage boy who meets an older prostitute by chance, and him pining after her. I’ll be honest. I’m not so sure I wanted to know that. Changes the flavor of the song a bit. The video is moody, dark, and the band is sweating a lot. Don’t you think they could have gotten some fans for those guys?

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Bill Withers – Hope She’ll Be Happier (Live in Zaire in 1974)

Except for maybe the Nixon resignation in August, the Foreman-Ali fight in Zaire – “The Rumble In The Jungle” – was the event of 1974. And Don King made sure it was an Event. A whole cadre of musicians came along as part of the show. James Brown, BB King, the Spinners, Bill Withers, and more.

Here we have Bill Withers playing “Hope She’ll Be Happier”, a song from his masterwork Just As I Am. Throughout this rendition, it’s just Wither’s guitar and voice. And that voice! So much power. The audience is entranced.

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