“I see the chimneys smoking above the golden fields … know what the robin feels in his summer jamboree.”

Home – Jethro Tull (1979) FLAC Remaster HD Video

“Home” was released on Jethro Tull’s twelfth album, Stormwatch in September 1979.

Stormwatch is considered the last in the trilogy of folk-rock albums, although folk music influenced virtually every Tull album. Among other subject-matter, the album touches heavily on the problems relating to the environment, oil and money.

Stormwatch would be the last Tull album to feature the classic line-up of the 1970s. Bassist John Glascock, suffering at this point from the effects of a cardiac infection that eventually led to his death, is only featured on three tracks (“Flying Dutchman”, “Orion”, and “Elegy”). Ian Anderson played bass elsewhere on the album while Dave Pegg played on the subsequent tour.

After “Heavy Horses” this album was quite a letdown….to me it lacks cohesiveness and some songs that, as a huge Tull fan, were strangely unappealing to me.

“Home” is one of my favorites from the album, and even though it’s slight, it’s my favorite track on side one (which also contained the album’s two biggest disappointments, the epic track “Dark Ages” and “Warm Sporran” (c’mon Ian…this is how you end the record’s first side?!). (The epics were usually my favorite tracks on Tull albums, but this “Dark Ages” always seemed so busy and had a “thrown together” feel that I’d never experienced with previous long tracks, and where with most of Ian’s epic’s the ending somehow still came too soon…for this one it couldn’t have been soon enough).

Side Two of course contains three really great songs; “Old Ghosts”, “Dun Ringill” (considered by many fans the best on the album…certainly by me) and “Flying Dutchman” (I like the album’s second epic way more than the first! :-)…and the final track “Elegy” is a really beautiful instrumental (that I was tempted to tack on to this video (as the songs always seemed to compliment one another), but decided to give it a separate video later.

This video uses a video clip originally obtained for another Tull track I’ve been working on (“Fire At Midnight” ..the dog by the fire) and hopefully I’ll be able to finish getting that one worked up soon.

I’m not entirely happy with the result of this video, mainly because of the seasonal inconsistency and because the leaf transitions make it look like a commercial…but once again, it’s gloriously free and free means compromise :-)…plus I hadn’t been in a video mood lately and needed to crank something out! ;-) x 2! But, even though it’s not really the video I envisioned…..I hope you like it anyway!

As usual HUGE THANKS to everyone who’s art made this new art possible…THANK YOU!!

As the dawn sun breaks over sleepy gardens
I’ll be here to do all things to comfort you.
And though I’ve been away
left you alone this way
why don’t you come awake
and let your first smile take me home.
The shadows in the park were longer yesterday
and Lady Luck stood still, waiting for the kill.
And on a jumbo ride
over seas grey, deep and wide
I flew for heaven’s sake
and let the angels take me home.
Down steep and narrow lanes I see the chimneys smoking
above the golden fields … know what the robin feels
in his summer jamboree.
All elements agree
in sweet and stormy blend —
midwife to winds that send me home.

By MetalGuruMessiah

Your writing is so very strange I guess it always was that way

Letter From Spain – Electric Light Orchestra (1983) FLAC Remaster 1080p Video

“Letter From Spain” was released on Electric Light Orchestra’s 10th studio album, Secret Messages, which was released in June of 1983. This was the last ELO album with bass guitarist Kelly Groucutt, conductor Louis Clark, and real stringed instruments, and the last ELO album to be released on Jet Records. It was also the final ELO studio album to become a worldwide top 40 hit upon release.

As a longtime and major ELO fan, I had very high hopes for Secret Messages, mainly since I thought the album they released previously (1981’s Time) was one of the greatest records they ever produced. The record, though it is still a very good one, somehow seemed to lack the cohesiveness that I found with every single previous ELO album….but I didn’t listen to the album as much because it strangely didn’t seem like an album….of course years later we found out that Jeff planned on it being a double album, but the record company balked and he had to scrap his vision….and I realized possibly why it always had that effect.

“Letter From Spain” was the very first video I ever made, partly because I loved the song so much and partly (mostly! LOL!) because it was an easy to make….really I just thought about an image of a letter in and out over that very cool (and frequent!) background “letter” throughout the song. I’ve started getting serious about reworking many of my older videos (because I can’t watch most of them anymore and because it’s been fun to go back and see how I can improve them based on a few years experience making these videos. I resist completely new videos and try to incorporate as much of the original as possible…if I used lower resolution images I try and find higher ones, or work them to remove any nasty blocking or artifacts. These songs deserved way better videos than I was able to give them years ago….it feels great to dust them off and present them in manner more respectful of their art. So here it is….my update of my first video (wow!…from five January’s ago!); for the achingly beautiful “Letter From Spain”…including new art, more beautiful girls, and featuring a remastered FLAC audio source! (For anyone interested in the old one: https://youtu.be/ntJw-lHS6mY ) Thanks all for watching!

The record was originally planned to be a double album, but was thwarted by Jet’s distributor, CBS Records, claiming that producing a double vinyl album would be too expensive, and as a result, leader Jeff Lynne had to reduce it to a single album. This version of the album was digitally recorded and was to have been ELO’s first compact disc. Six of the songs from the intended double album appeared as B-sides and reappeared on the Afterglow box set in 1990, including a string-laden eight-minute long tribute to the band’s home town (Birmingham) entitled “Hello My Old Friend”. Some of the tracks reappeared on the 2001 re-issue of the album. “Endless Lies”, which had been altered for its inclusion on the subsequently-released Balance of Power album, appears in its original 1983 form on the 2001 remaster of this album.

Secret Messages, as its title suggests, was littered with hidden messages in the form of backmasking, some obvious and others less so. This was Jeff Lynne’s second tongue-in-cheek response to allegations of hidden Satanic messages in earlier Electric Light Orchestra LPs by Christian fundamentalists which led up to early 1980s American congressional hearings (a similar response had been made by Lynne on the Face the Music album, during the intro to the “Fire on High” track). In Britain, the back cover of Secret Messages has a mock warning about the hidden messages. Word of the album’s impending release in the United States caused enough of a furor to cause CBS Records to delete the cover blurb there.

Louis Clark returned to conduct the strings once more and the violinist Mik Kaminski appeared on an ELO recording for the first time since Out of the Blue in 1977, playing a violin solo on the track “Rock ‘n’ Roll Is King”. On completion of this album, Lynne dismissed bass guitarist Groucutt, who later sued for alleged lost royalties and received a settlement out of court.

Three singles were released from the album in the UK: “Rock ‘n’ Roll Is King”, the title track and “Four Little Diamonds”. In the US, “Rock ‘n’ Roll Is King”, “Four Little Diamonds” and “Stranger” were issued. “Rock ‘n’ Roll Is King” was the band’s last UK Top 20 hit. The song “Letter from Spain” was used as backing music in commercials for the Games of the XXV Olympiad, held in 1992 in Barcelona.

I read the papers this morning
I saw your photograph
You look good in the movie
It must be so much fun
Letter from Spain
From someone I once knew

I got a letter this morning
Postmark said it was from Spain
Your writing is so very strange
I guess it always was that way
Letter from Spain
From someone I once knew

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Don’t Change – INXS (1982) FLAC Remaster HD Video

Don’t Change – INXS (1982) FLAC Remaster HD Video

“Don’t Change” was released on INXS’s third studio album, Shabooh Shoobah in October 1982. Not much to say about this one, it’s my favorite track from an album that I played to death back when it was released….it’s still my favorite INXS album.

I’m pushing this one out right on top of my last video upload (for the band’s “Never Tear Us Apart” https://youtu.be/Pa_KLJml74k …this was the older INXS track I mentioned being sidetracked from) mainly because one of my great friends was unable to view that one in his country…and that’s not right!!! ;-)……this one’s for you Wolvi! Epileptic or seizure warnings are probably in order…the video is like an explosion in a paint factory!….didn’t quite get the thing looking how I wanted (some of the transitions are a tad fast….but it’s close enough for free! ;-) Hope you enjoy….thanks for watching!

“Don’t Change” barely cracked the top 30 in the US….criminal that it wasn’t at least Top 10 cause it’s a really great tune!

It peaked at No. 5 on the ARIA Albums Chart and remained on the chart for 94 weeks. It was the band’s first album to be released worldwide and appeared on the United States Billboard 200 and on the Hot Pop Albums Chart. The album spawned four singles, “The One Thing” (July 1982), “Don’t Change” (October), “To Look at You” (March 1983) and “Black and White” (June). It was produced by Mark Opitz for WEA Australia with most tracks written by band members, Andrew Farriss and Michael Hutchence.

The song “Don’t Change” became a popular cover. It has been covered by The Audreys, The Bravery, Everclear, Face to Face, Goo Goo Dolls, Grinspoon, AFI and also most recently by Lazlo Bane. Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band covered this song during their 2014 world tour. “Don’t Change” plays during the credits of the movie Adventureland and is featured in its soundtrack. “The One Thing” is featured in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories under the fictional radio station Flash FM.

The name “Shabooh Shoobah” is an onomatopoeia of a rhythm in an INXS song “Spy of Love”, hummed by Michael Hutchence in the recording studio.

I’m standing here on the ground
The sky above won’t fall down
See no evil in all direction
Resolution of happiness
Things have been dark
For too long
Don’t change for you
Don’t change a thing for me
I found a love I had lost
It was gone for too long
Hear no evil in all directions
Execution of bitterness
Message received loud and clear
Don’t change for you
Don’t change a thing for me
I’m standing here on the ground
The sky above won’t fall down
See no evil in all directions
Resolution of happiness
Things have been dark for too long
Don’t change for you
Don’t change a thing for me

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INXS’ “Never Tear Us Apart” (1987) Remastered Video and Audio

Never Tear Us Apart – INXS (1987) Deluxe Edition FLAC Remaster HD Video

“Never Tear Us Apart” was released on the sixth studio album from INXS, KIck, in October of 1987.

Was playing with a new video for an older INXS track when I realized that it had been 28 years this month since Kick was released! It sure didn’t seem like that long ago when we were all deep into this great great album?! It got me thinking about my favorite trac from the album (and one of my absolute INXS favs period!) the beautiful and sounds as great today as it did nearly 30 years ago, “Never Tear Us Apart”.

I remember the video for “Never Tear Us Apart” was pretty great and it looked wonderful back in the day when it was on MTV so often. I had thought before about trying to work with some filters and adjust the color saturation to pull out the blues, orange/yellows, and browns that were definitely buried in there….so I decided to at least satisfy my curiosity an play with it a bit to see what it might look like. Of course I had to use more noise reduction to make it look better in 1080p, but in the end I think the colors ended up about as I expected they would…it’s an interesting compare/contrast to the original….and I think the newly saturated/filtered colors plus the remastered source track from the 2012 Deluxe remaster make this “Never Tear Us Apart” worthy of your consideration. (The original video featured an additional 15 seconds or so of music intro before the studio track…and I wanted to keep both the audio and video….so I had to transition from original video audio track into the remastered studio track.)

One of my first “epic” ;-) videos was for another of my favorite INXS songs, the much more obscure “Johnson’s Aeroplane”….check it if you are so inclined…it’s a wonderful and unusual tune; https://youtu.be/CXqtmaz_0Aw (I’ll be updating the audio/video for this one in the not too distant future).

As the band’s most successful studio album, it is certified six times platinum by the RIAA, and spawned four US top 10 singles, “New Sensation”, “Never Tear Us Apart”, “Devil Inside” and “Need You Tonight”, the last of which reached the top of the Billboard singles charts. At the 1988 MTV Video Music Awards, the band took home five Moonmen for the “Need You Tonight”/”Mediate” video.

The album was produced by Chris Thomas and recorded by David Nicholas in Sydney, Australia and in Paris. The album was mixed by Bob Clearmountain at Air Studios in London.

AllMusic’s Steve Huey described the album as “an impeccably crafted pop tour de force, the band succeeding at everything they try”. Robert Christgau describes INXS as “silly middlebrow hacks” but acknowledges that Kick delivered “danceable rock and roll that sounds smart in the background”. BBC Music’s Cormac Heron reviewed the 2004 deluxe edition, “superfluous second disc notwithstanding, this is a near flawless collection of songs” and felt that the “production still sounds fresh and the song-writing partnership of Hutchence/Farriss wins you over with an anthemic glory”. Australian rock music historian, Ian McFarlane, advises that “it became the band’s most enduring release by mixing the hard rock sound of Thieves with a looser approach to dance grooves”.

Don’t ask me
What you know is true
Don’t have to tell you
I love your precious heart
I was standing
You were there
Two worlds collided
And they could never tear us apart
We could live
For a thousand years
But if I hurt you
I’d make wine from your tears
I told you
That we could fly
‘Cause we all have wings
But some of us don’t know why
I was standing
You were there
Two worlds collided
And they could never ever tear us apart
I was standing
You were there
Two worlds collided
And they could never tear us apart
You were standing
I was there
Two worlds collided
And they could never tear us apart
I was standing
You were there
Two worlds collided

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For the fools and the dreamers….from Justin Hayward & John Lodge’s 1975 album Blue Jays…”Blue Guitar”.

Blue Guitar – Justin Hayward & John Lodge (1975) 2013 FLAC Remaster 1080p Video

“Blue Guitar” was released in September 1975 as the second (non-album) single from Justin Hayward and John Lodge’s Blue Jays album which was released in March of that year. It was included on the CD release of the album in 1987 as a bonus track (also the 2004 remaster of the album). This video incorporates the version from the Moody Blues’ 2013 remastered box set, Timeless Flight, as I believe this version to be the best sounding.

Blue Jays is fine and beautiful album by Justin Hayward and John Lodge. It sounds very much like the Moodies, and is in fact rates with some of their best work. This was one of those songs I heard infrequently on the radio and I remember looking for the album…and of course it wasn’t to be found. In those days it was not only difficult to get information on songs, but at least in my part of the world, it was extremely hard to find this kind of single. I was so happy to find the track included on the CD so I was finally able to have this beauty in my collection.

The song was actually recorded by Justin and 10cc, and I guess John didn’t have much to do with it….but it definitely fits perfectly on the Blue Jays album, so my vid motif with that record also features John.

I was hoping to finish some of my Moody videos that I’ve already started, but this one hit me out of the blue ;-) and I knew what I wanted to try with it. Is there any serious doubt that Justin Hayward of the absolute greatest singers in rock history? Indeed he is.

The song reached #8 in the UK and #94 in the US….in the alternate music reality where great music gets it’s due….it reached #1 worldwide! LOL! Anyway….hope you enjoy the video effort for the gorgeous song.

Blue guitar
Fortune of my ways
Making of my days
New chord
Counting up the ways
Happiness is lazy

If you don’t know the song
If you can’t put the words to the tune
Tell the rhyme from the reason
What should it matter
To the fool or the dreamer

New hope
Travellers in a storm
Finding love is warm
New day
The world has just begun
Our eyes have seen the sun

If you don’t know the way
If you can’t see the wood for the trees
Taste the wine from the water
Well what should it matter
To the fool or the dreamer

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“The horses are dazed From the glare of stars…” Happy Helloween 2015!

The Siege and Investiture of Baron von Frankenstein’s Castle at Weisseria – Blue Oyster Cult (1988) 2012 FLAC Remaster 1080p Video

“The Siege and Investiture of Baron von Frankenstein’s Castle at Weisseria” was released on Blue Oyster Cult’s 11th studio album Imaginos in July of 1988.

Imaginos ranks pretty high up there for me from a band that has ALOT of records that I really love. This is my second video for a track from the album (See “Imaginos” https://youtu.be/euKHi_Y2ZTU  Thought Roger Corman’s “Frankenstein Unbound”, a 1990 monster flick that I always thought was pretty damn cool would go great. Anyway, “The Siege and Invest..” oh bloody hell..you know BOC’s Frankenstein tune! ;-) is another epic from a mostly forgotten album that needs to be less forgotten….happy to do my little bit!

The album took nearly eight years to complete and was originally intended to be the first in a trilogy of solo albums by Blue Öyster Cult drummer and songwriter Albert Bouchard. Bouchard was fired in August 1981, and CBS rejected the album in 1984, but a re-worked version was eventually published as a product of the band.

Many musicians contributed to the project over this eight-year span, including Joe Satriani and Doors guitarist Robby Krieger, but some band members were barely involved in the recording process. Thus, Imaginos is often considered more as a project of producer and lyricist Sandy Pearlman than as a true album of the band.

Imaginos weaves scripts and poems by Pearlman, dating from the second half of the 1960s, into a concept album and rock opera about an alien conspiracy theory that is brought to fruition during the late 19th and early 20th century through the actions of Imaginos, an agent of evil. The tale combines elements of gothic literature and science fiction and is strongly inspired by the work of H. P. Lovecraft. Subtitled “a bedtime story for the children of the damned”, it has an intricate storyline whose often-obscure lyrics contain many historical references, and is still an object of speculation by fans and critics. It is often considered one of the heaviest albums released by Blue Öyster Cult, its music more akin to heavy metal than the melodic and commercial hard rock of their two previous works. The poor sales of those albums resulted in record label pressure on the band that led to their disbandment in 1986.

The album received some critical acclaim, but achieved no commercial success, and Columbia Records ended their contract with Blue Öyster Cult at the completion of the Imaginos Tour. Albert Bouchard, excluded from the recording progress of Imaginos after the initial rejection from Columbia Records, then took legal action against the band and the label to protect his rights as author and producer on the album. Blue Öyster Cult continued to perform and remained a live attraction, but ten years passed before they released an album of new songs.

David Fricke, in his review for the magazine Rolling Stone, considers Imaginos “the best black-plastic blitz to bear the Cult’s trademark cross and claw since 1974’s Secret Treaties”, but remarks that the “lengthy gestation” of the album and the many musicians involved makes it “a bit of a cheat for Cult Purists”, and that is “only an illusionary re-creation of the way BÖC used to be”. William Ruhlmann of AllMusic wrote that Imaginos is “the album that comes closest to defining Blue Öyster Cult” and their “creative swan song”, and “perhaps BÖC’s most consistent album, certainly its most uncompromising (…) and also the closest thing to a real heavy-metal statement from a band that never quite fit that description”. For Don Kaye of Kerrang!, the album is “the best BÖC slab since (…) Cultösaurus Erectus and harks back in style and attitude towards the brilliance of masterpieces like Secret Treaties and Spectres”. A reviewer from the Italian music criticism site Storia della Musica, writes that “it could have been the Tommy or The Dark Side of the Moon of BÖC”.

Much more story to “Imaginos” read it at Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Imaginos

n the terminal point
Of the cul-de-sac
Patients are dying
The horses are dazed
From the glare of stars
The starry wisdom
Owned by the Baron
And he’s got the cure

A drug by the name of World Without End
A drug by the name of World Without End
A drug by the name of World Without End

Come and take this, Carpe Diem!
World without end, Carpe Diem!
You’ll be inventor, Carpe Diem!
Invention, letter, earth, wind, Carpe Diem!
Rhymed like the real, Carpe Diem!
And real as the rhyme, Carpe Diem!
Imagine this Baron, Carpe Diem!
Inventor of rhymes, Carpe Diem!

Imagine he was me and I was called Frankenstein
Imagine he was me and I was called Frankenstein
Imagine he was me and I was called Frankenstein

Carpe Diem!
Carpe Diem!
Carpe Diem!
Carpe Diem!

He was me, and I was called Frankenstein
He was me, and I was called Frankenstein
He was me, and I was called Frankenstein

(World without end)
(World without end)

(World without end)

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“I can always pretend…That I’ll fall in love again” from 1980 Roxy Music’s “Running Wild”

Running Wild – Roxy Music (1980) 2012 FLAC Remaster 1080p Video

“Running Wild” was released in May of 1980 on Roxy Music’s seventh studio album, Flesh + Blood.

This was the second Roxy Music album I ever owned (Roxy Music was one of the bands that I always read about in the rock and roll magazines I read, but I’d somehow never gotten into them until I came across the Manifesto album in 1979 and finally, based on the cool cover and desire to finally check out what Roxy Music was all about). Manifesto was like nothing I’d heard and one of those records that I played very often late at night when I most favored the stranger, deeper, denser things. The first few times I listened to Manifesto, it left me pretty cold, but it was definitely a grower and I ended up a huge fan of that record.

I was thrilled to find Flesh + Blood on the shelves the next year, and of course it was met with some pretty high expectations after Manifesto. It was a huge letdown for me initially, but just as with Manifesto, it took repeated listens for it to open up to me where I began to really enjoy it….I think one of the things that let me down was that there were two covers (I hated to see covers on albums by my favorite bands because of course that meant less originals)….but it’s got some really strong and beautiful tracks on it and I like it much more than I used to.

I know I’m guilty of committing a kind of sacrilege among many serious Roxy Music fans (similar to the sacrilege I commit with some hardcore Genesis fans by stating my favorite Genesis albums are three mid period records and not the more acclaimed early stuff), but since I started my listening experience with Roxy Music during the albums from Manifesto (’79), Flesh + Blood (’80) and Avalon (’82), these albums always resonate with me more than the more classic (and astonishing! absolutely!) earlier Roxy Music albums.

As usual HUGE THANKS to everyone who’s art made this new art possible…especially the creators of the various amazing horse clips (no idea of the source of each)….check out wittydud’s amazing channel for more: https://www.youtube.com/user/wittydud …..thanks all!

There’s that melody again
Burning through my head it does me in
Turns me right around to my old friend
Wonder how you’ve changed, are you still

Running wild, like you do
When all your dreams come true
Happy days you pretend
That your love will never end
There’s that melody again

Where it’s coming from I must have been
Drifting out of time, now I’m in
Underneath you’ll find I’m just the same
Running wild, like you do
When all your dreams fall through

I can always pretend
That I’ll fall in love again
Running wild, like we do
If only dreams came true
I could even pretend
That I’ll fall in love again

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“And you sure looked fine Oh yeah, with your hooks and line…” From 1980, Steve Forbert’s “Song For Katrina”

Song For Katrina – Steve Forbert (1980) FLAC Remaster HD 1080p

“Song For Katrina” was released on Steve Forbert’s third solo album, Little Stevie Orbit. Steve Forbert is such an incredibly original and brilliant musician….I’m listening to his music more than ever lately, it never gets old!

This is my second vid from a track from the Little Stevie Orbit album, check out “Lonely Girl” here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BBbzOSSHyhI

I started listening to Steve Forbert in 1979 after hearing his hit “Romeo’s Tune”. Picked up the album it was released on (Jackrabbit Slim) and was immediately taken by the quirkiness and originality of the songs. Shortly after I picked up his first album, which I liked even more. Then this third album, which was equally fine.

In discussing great artists that were overlooked and that should have been way more popular, to me Steve Forbert is one of the first to come to mind. He was unfortunately labeled as “the next Dylan” (I remember at the time it was attached to him in nearly every reference) and all that baggage ultimately didn’t help him. He is an absolutely genius on every level….a master songwriter, a singularly unique vocalist!

After years of listening to mp3 versions (all I had in the many years since I sold my original vinyl) finally was able to pick up this album from Steve Forbert.com…man, it’s glorious! The sound is amazing and the bonus tracks are seriously as good as or better than the album tracks!

I already had the remaster of his two earlier albums (released on one CD with equally stunning and worthy bonus tracks from both) and now that I finally have this one……I’ve been on a Steve Forbert binge! I suggest you do as well…if you’re already a fan you know the deal, if you’re not….well, you are in for something special.

Buy Stevie’s amazing remastered albums here….now! http://www.steveforbert.com

As usual HUGE THANKS to everyone who’s art contributed to this new art…..THANK YOU!!!

Special thanks to:

You sure looked good bound for Shilburn Town
Tryin’ to drive the car while the rain came down
And you sure looked fine
Yeah, readin’ highway signs

And you sure looked good up on Crystal Beach
Reelin’ in them fish with your hair all bleached
And you sure looked fine
Oh yeah, with your hooks and line

La da di da dum La da di da day
Every move you make, everything that you say
You sure are fine
Oh yeah and you blow my mind

And you sure looked good out at Rainbow Falls
Pass the parking lots and the crowded malls, yeah
And you sure looked fine
Yeah, underneath them pines

La da di da dum La da di da day
Every move you make, everything that you say
You sure are fine
Oh, yeah and you blow my mind

You sure look good down in ol’ Canton
With your new blue dress and your lipstick on
And you sure look fine
Yeah drinkin’ cheap red wine

And you sure look good down in “Meisha-shay”
With your reindeer eyes upon christmas day
And you sure looked fine
Oh babe like a valentine

La da di da dum La da di da day
Every move you make, everything you say
Well you sure are fine
Oh yeah and you blow my mind


“I don’t feel alright In spite of these comforting sounds you make” ….Comforting Sounds – Mew (2003)

Comforting Sounds – Mew (2003) HQ FLAC Audio HD Video

Comforting Sounds was originally released in 2000 on the Danish rock group Mew’s second album, Half The World Is Watching Me. on their own record label Evil Office. The album was originally printed in about only 5,000 copies. The song was rerecorded and re-released for the band’s third album, Frengers in April 2003.

I’ve been wanting to do try something for this song for quite some time, there were two absolutes for the video; to use the nearly 9 minute album version from Frengers, and to incorporate the video that Jonas Bjerre (the lead singer) had made to play behind the band when they played it in concert. This video is one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen….I’ve watched it probably approaching 100 times and it’s just impossible to wrap my mind quite around it….the imagery of the video combined with the insanely beautiful song is just so emotionally compelling, brutally sad to me for some reason (somehow it’s like I’m 10 years old all over again and the harsh realities of this mortal plain are just something I dreamed about)..again, it’s hard to describe just why, but it’s an absolutely haunting combination….the little stuffed animals, and porcelain dolls and strangeness just gliding endlessly down that weird road…wow. Please check the link below to check the video in full….you need to see it.

The title “Frengers” is a portmanteau of the words friend and stranger. A frenger is a person who is “not quite a friend but not quite a stranger” according to the album’s accompanying booklet.

Six of the album’s ten tracks were previously included on Mew’s first two albums Half The World Is Watching Me and A Triumph For Man, both of which saw only limited release until they were subsequently re-released internationally, but were rerecorded for Frengers. The other four are original recordings. The song “Her Voice Is Beyond Her Years” features vocals from Swedish singer Stina Nordenstam and “Symmetry” features vocals from 14-year-old Georgia Becky Jarrett. The Japanese version of Frengers also included the rerecordings of earlier songs, “I Should Have Been a Tsin-Tsi (For You)” and “Wherever”.

Comforting Sounds…the dream road video!

Mew – Comforting Sounds (live at Arthur’s Day Jakarta)

I don’t feel alright
In spite of these comforting sounds you make
I don’t feel alright
Because you make promises that you break

Into your house
Why don’t we share our solitude?
Nothing is pure anymore but solitude

It’s hard to make sense
Feels as if I’m sensing you through a lens
If someone else comes
I’d just sit here listening to the drums

Previously I never called it solitude
And probably you know
All the dirty shows I’ve put on
Blunted and exhausted like anyone

Honestly I tried to avoid it, honestly
Back when we were kids
We would always know when to stop

And now all the good kids are messing up
Nobody has gained or accomplished anything

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My far out friend in the sky…from 1996 Imperial Drag’s “The Man In The Moon”

The Man In The Moon – Imperial Drag (1996) HQ FLAC Audio HD Video

“The Man In The Moon” was released on Imperial Drag’s self-titled debut album in 1996. As a huge Jellyfish fan (one of the very first vids I ever made was for a Jellyfish song….and I gave it everything I had at the time! LOL!) it was such a …drag? ;-) to hear they had broken up, but I was thrilled to hear Roger Manning Jr. had a new group and rushed out to buy Imperial Drag’s debut. The album was a major let down for me at the time, and nothing really stuck besides “The Man In The Moon”…..the one track that sounded like what I expected and wanted to hear from this band, Jellyfish II…better yet Spilt Milk part II!

I became much, much more fond of it in later years as I started to listen to it on it’s own terms…it’s got some brilliant things happening, it rocks…. and if you’ve not heard it, it’s certainly worth searching out.

The video is my second edit of Georges Méliès’ 1902 early film masterpiece, A Trip to the Moon. (Check out Electric Light Orchestra’s “Ticket To The Moon” for another, less repetitive and more complete edit to the film: https://youtu.be/VULXe-CoJe0 )

From Allmusic.com:
After the dissolution of Jellyfish, Roger Manning formed his new outfit, Imperial Drag, with lead singer/guitarist Eric Dover. Working with producer Brad Jones, the band released their self-titled debut in 1996 to the delight of Jellyfish fans.
The sound of Imperial Drag doesn’t veer far from the power pop of Jellyfish, although it isn’t nearly as orchestrated as that band’s final effort Spilt Milk. Instead, the sound is more, loose and opts for a garage-rock feel. Dover is a quality vocalist who bears more than a faint resemblance to Cheap Trick’s Robin Zander, particularly on “Crosseyed” and the playful “‘Breakfast’ By Tiger.” The lyrics, on which Dover is a co-writer, are the clever stuff that fans had come to expect from Manning. Highlights include the opener, “Zodiac Sign,” a lyrical send-up of all things New Age, and the tentative love song “Illuminate,” on which Dover proves himself capable of handling a ballad as well as the rockers. Imperial Drag is good, good stuff.

Everybody loves him
cause he’s light years from home.
The poets and the painters
they can’t leave him alone.
A lighthouse to romantics
both on land and at sea.
A satellite of secrets
born of charm and intrigue.

He’s the man in the moon
see how he smiles.
The man in the moon
still, sad all the while.

One night they came knocking
on his living room door.
They used him, bruised him
screwed him hard until
they were bored.
Now no one seems to give a damn anymore
Another lunatic loser who’s no longer adored.

He’s the man in the moon
my far out friend in the sky.
The man in the moon
Oh, see how he cries.

He’s the man in the moon
Oh, see how he smiles
The man in the moon…
a supersonic space-age child.
He’s the man in the moon
my far out friend in the sky.
The man in the moon
Oh, see how he cries.