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.

[Lyrics]
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”.

[Lyrics]
Don’t ask me
What you know is true
Don’t have to tell you
I love your precious heart
I
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
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
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.

[Lyrics]
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

[Lyrics]
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
Frankenstein

(World without end)
Frankenstein
(World without end)
Frankenstein

(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!

[Lyrics]
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:

[Lyrics]
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

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“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)

[Lyrics]
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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