Goodbye, goodbye, goodbye

“Goodbye” was released in the summer of 1997 on Catherine Wheel’s fourth album, Adam And Eve. One of my top 10 albums of all time….every song on this record, including this incredible track, is a masterpiece. This is my 5th video for a Catherine Wheel song, and my second from Adam And Eve (see “Phantom of the American Mother” here: http://youtu.be/9QkY4trnStg ).

From Wiki:

The album peaked at number 11 on the Billboard Top Heatseekers and number 178 on the Billboard 200. The album featured more adventurous instrumentation than any prior Catherine Wheel LP, and still somewhat featured the heavy sound of their previous studio album, Happy Days.

The Big Takeover magazine named Adam and Eve its album of the year for 1997, with Radiohead’s OK Computer at #2.

An alternative cover design was released in some European countries, featuring primarily a green cover with only a few of the nude models in boxes in the center. Another alternative cover design was released to Wal-Mart stores which featured a zoom-in of a piece of the original US artwork (without any nudity). In both cases, the album content was unchanged.

Although critical response was positive, notably, Rolling Stone Magazine originally planned to rate the album 4.5 stars out of 5, only to later drop it down to 3.

Some of concerts promoting this album featured actual nude models positioned in boxes onstage behind the band members.

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

[Lyrics]
Someone said it’s easy
And as I sit here with my cup
Staring at it as if I’m some crazy poet
When I’m not (I’m just a rock n’ roll joe with tales of woe)
And tears and fears
It’s only love that stops you from walking out the door
Tears fly somewhere close to remorse
And sometimes it’s easy
To all my friends I love
I still don’t find it easy
To all my friends I love

Goodbye, goodbye, goodbye
I’ve arrived

Sally likes its sideways
Sally, oh, Sally don’t ever change
And please don’t think me scary
‘Cause I’m not, I’m just a rock n’ roll joe with tales of woe
And tears and fears
It’s only love that stops you from walking out the door
And tears fly somewhere close to remorse
But sometimes it’s easy
To all my friends I love
Now I find this easy
To all my friends I love, I love, I love

Goodbye, goodbye, goodbye
I finally arrived
And somewhere close to here
Goodbye, goodbye

Goodbye, goodbye, goodbye
I finally arrived
Goodbye, goodbye

 

 

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Ticket To The Moon

“Ticket To The Moon” was released in the summer of 1981 on Electric Light Orchestra’s ninth studio album, Time. As a huge ELO fan, I always thought this record was one of their greatest and most underrated. Although it was very successful when released, I remember it receiving pretty crappy reviews at the time (it currently rates only 2 stars at Allmusic…c’mon!). This might be my favorite track…..and I think with this video behind it, the song makes an even stronger impression.

Always wanted to see Georges Méliès'”A Trip To The Moon” behind ELO’s “Ticket To The Moon”, and I started the project almost 2 years ago. At that time I didn’t have any HD footage to work with so I had incorporated more masks and effects behind the film clips to try and spruce them up…it was interesting, but I’m so glad I waited until I was able to include footage from the stunning color restoration that was recently released. I basically lost all my early edits and set the track to a much more linear version of the film…made a few minor adjustments to improve video for wide-aspect…mainly very minor noise reduction.

“Ticket To The Moon” is only a quarter of the length of “A Trip To The Moon”…you don’t see even a forth of the film and it really needs to be seen in it’s entirety to be fully appreciated. The New York Times film critic, A. O. Scott called the restoration “surely a cinematic highlight of the year, maybe the century.”….I couldn’t agree more. The restoration of this film is one of the most extraordinary things I’ve even seen.

The material for A TRIP TO THE MOON was sourced from a restored color version that had been considered lost for several decades. It is presented here with an original soundtrack by Air. In 2010, three experts in worldwide film restoration (Lobster Films along with two non-profit entities, Groupama Gan Foundation for Cinema and Technicolor Foundation for Cinema Heritage) launched the most complex and ambitious restoration in the history of cinema. The process took over twelve years using advanced digital technologies to reassemble and restore the fragments of the 13,375 frames. The restoration print premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2011 and made a worldwide tour of international festivals including Telluride, Pordenone, Rotterdam and the MoMA Festival of Film Preservation. Now, one of the most technically sophisticated and expensive restorations in film history, A TRIP TO THE MOON can be seen in its original 1902 colors.

HUGE THANKS to:
Lobster Films
Groupama Gan Foundation for Cinema
Technicolor Foundation for Cinema Heritage for their work restoring “A Trip To The Moon” and especially Georges Méliès for creating it!

[Lyrics]
Remember the good old 1980s?
When things were so uncomplicated?
I wish I could go back there again
And everything could be the same.

I’ve got a ticket to the moon
I’ll be leaving here any day soon
Yeah, I’ve got a ticket to the moon
But I’d rather see the sunrise in your eyes.

Got a ticket to the moon
I’ll be rising high above the earth so soon
And the tears I cry might turn into the rain
That gently falls upon your window
You’ll never know.

CHORUS:
Ticket to the moon (ticket to the moon)
Ticket to the moon (ticket to the moon)
Ticket to the moon (ticket to the moon).

Fly, fly through a troubled sky
Up to a new world shining bright, oh, oh.

Flying high above
Soaring madly through the mysteries that come
Wondering sadly if the ways that led me here
Could turn around and I would see you there
Standing there (and I would see you there, waiting…)

Ticket to the moon
Flight leaves here today from Satellite Two
As the minutes go by, what should I do?
I paid the fare, what more can I say?
It’s just one way (only one way)…

REPEAT CHORUS:

REPEAT CHORUS:

A few alternate screen caps for thumbs:

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Sir Paul. Band On The Run. Let Me Roll It, glow-in-the-dark bouncy balls…..what more do you want?

“Let Me Roll It” was released in the winter of 1973 on the Band On The Run album, which was the fifth Paul McCartney album since The Beatles, and his third with his band Wings.

So yeah, this video is a fine example of what happens when you are working on two videos at a time and wires get crossed and you end up working effects to the wrong album art. It’s happened to me numerous times before and I’ve been able to undo the knot before the video was too far along…my recent video for Queen’s “I’m In Love With My Car” started out a video for “Drowse” and I realized I was using the wrong cover
after a couple of effects were finished. I was able to plug in the correct album art in After Effects and luckily it worked nicely with both covers….you’ll see the other art in the eventual video for “Drowse”. In this case I was working with a couple of McCartney tracks from two different albums in the same project. I had the balls, circles, rolling concept for “Let Me Roll It” and ended up building sequences using the album art from Venus And Mars (the other song I was working on was “Love In Song”). These sequences worked nicely with that album art since it was better suited for masks and effects…the art from the front cover and back cover included balls, circles, etc. I just merrily focused on layering more and more effects into the “Let Me Roll It”
video using the Venus And Mars art. Unfortunately in this case (mainly because for some strange reason I always associate “Let Me Roll It” with Venus And Mars…it just
sounds like it should sit between “Letting Go” and “Call Me Back Again” 😉 I never even realized my error until I had the finished video about halfway uploaded and started to write the description…and as I was typing “Venus And Mars” for the album it hit me! I immediately stopped the upload and corrected the title information. I thought briefly about a redo eliminating the Venus And Mars art and replacing it with Band On The Run art, (or converting this video to “Love In Song” but Lennon wouldn’t work there) but I was in way too deep with this one and the effects really wouldn’t work with the other art anyway so I’d basically have to start over….not gonna happen…and anyway, I really liked the way this vid looked already. I did take about 15 minutes and substituted some art from Band On The Run in a few places (the original stuff looked more consistent and I preferred it and the BOTR stuff sticks out like a sore thumb) but hey, at least there is some tie into the Band On The Run album now?! Stay tuned for
“Love In Song”…featuring of course, Band On The Run album
art! LOL! Joking of course….maybe?! 😉 Enjoy.

[Lyrics]
You Gave Me Something, I Understand,
You Gave Me Loving In The Palm Of My Hand
I Can’t Tell You How I Feel
My Heart Is Like A Wheel
Let Me Roll It
Let Me Roll It To You
Let Me Roll It
Let Me Toll It To You

I Want To Tell You
And Now’s The Time
I Want To Tell You That
You’re Going To Be Mine

I Can’t Tell You How I Feel
My Heart Is Like A Wheel.
Let Me Roll It
Let Me Roll It To You
Let Me Roll It
Let Me Roll It To You

I Can’t Tell You How I Feel
My Heart Is Like A Wheel
Let Me Roll It
Let Me Roll It To You
Let Me Roll It
Let Me Toll It To You

Don’t you wanna play this game no more?

Sartorial Eloquence was released in the spring of 1980 on Elton John’s 21st studio album, 21 At 33. I really love this album (and the other tracks that came from these recording sessions (which ended up on Sir Elton’s next album, The Fox, the next year), and Sartorial Eloquence is maybe the best song on the record, though I think they’re all great. (Sartorial Eloquence just might have been a hit if it had been titled “Play This Game” or something less a mouthful….even being very familiar with the track I sometimes have to think to associate the title with the chorus line “don’t you wanna play this game no more”….of course “Sartorial Eloquence” IS a great title, it just kinda gets lost….just sayin’.) I literally played this cassette to death back in the day and it’s associated with some great memories.

This was one of those cases where when I was making the video, some imagery also seemed perfect for another track that I wanted to do by the artist, so that will probably be my next Elton John video. Until then….hope you enjoy this one…..and THANKS FOR WATCHING! 🙂

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

[Lyrics]

You’ve a certain sartorial eloquence
And a style that’s almost of your own
You’ve got the knack of being so laid-back
It’s like talking to the great Unknown
You’ve got a self-sufficient swept-back hairdo
Pretty certain that you’ve got it made
Oh your life-style shows in the clothes you chose
Sitting pretty in the masquerade

Sing it
Don’t you wanna play this game no more
Don’t you wanna play no more
Don’t you wanna play this game no more
Don’t you wanna play no more

You remain the only main contender
Though you never, you never meant to lose at all
Down at the mouth yet unsurrounded
Adamant before the fall
Though when you go you know I might be lonesome
But I’ll keep it under close control
Go and get your kicks and babe let’s call it quits
I believe I’m feeling indisposed

Don’t you wanna play this game no more
When you go you know I might be lonesome
But I’ll keep it under close control
Go and get your kicks and babe let’s call it quits
I believe I’m feeling indisposed

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By MetalGuruMessiah

Sweet as sugaaaaa……

Sweet And Simple was released in the spring of 1979 on the album Evolution, which was Journey’s fifth studio album. It was about time for me to finish something from Journey, so I pulled out this old project for my favorite song from Evolution….a great album that holds more than it’s share of great memories for me.

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

Thanks for watching….hope you enjoy my little vid for this great track!

[Lyrics]
Try and keep it simple,
Not too far away,
Movin’ slow, so simple,
Never felt this way.

Movin’ sweet, so simple,
Takin’ time to say,
The way to being, to being simple
Never felt this way.

Don’t be lonely,
oh, my friends, forget the past.
Sweet as sugar,
when you’re movin’
when you’re movin’ slow at last
It’s what I like to do.

How could it be so simple?
To forget the way,
A way to being, to being simple
Never felt this way.

Don’t be lonely,
no, no, no, forget the past.
Sweet as sugar,
when you’re movin’ slow
your movin’ slow at last
It’s what I like to do.
It’s what I like to do.
It’s what I like to do.
It’s what I like to do.
Don’t be lonely, lonely, lonely
It’s what I like to do.
Sweet as sugar, sugar, sugar
It’s what I like to do.
It’s what I like to do.
Movin’ slow, movin’ slow at last
It’s what I like to do.
It’s what I like to do.
Don’t be lonely, lonely, lonely
It’s what I like to do.
It’s what I like to do.
Sweet as sugar.