I’m gonna follow you, ’cause this here’s my town

I’m Gonna Follow You – Pat Benatar (1980) 192k/24 FLAC HD 1080p Video ~MetalGuruMessiah~

“I’m Gonna Follow You” was released on Pat Benatar’s second studio album, Crimes of Passion, on August 5, 1980 by Chrysalis Records.

I tried to do something to brighten up the old promo video, but it was very dark and when you add in the low resolution that I was working with, it was difficult to light it up much. Anyway, this is mainly all about the ability to offer a 24bit / 192kHz FLAC audio source of the track to a video. I hope you enjoy it! Thanks to all my friends for their continued support!

The album is the first to feature Myron Grombacher on drums, beginning a long tenure in Benatar’s band that would last into the late-1990s.

The album debuted on the US Billboard 200 album chart the week ending August 23 and held at No. 2 for five weeks in the US in January 1981, behind John Lennon’s Double Fantasy. It contains the hits “Hit Me with Your Best Shot” (US No. 9), “You Better Run” (US No. 42), “Treat Me Right” (US No. 18), plus a cover of Kate Bush’s international hit, “Wuthering Heights”.

Crimes of Passion is Benatar’s biggest selling career album, having been certified 4x Platinum (for sales of over four million copies) in the United States alone.

The song “Hell Is for Children”, which was not released as an A-side single, was also a hit on album-rock stations. A live version of this song from her album Live from Earth (1983) was released as the B-side of her “Love Is a Battlefield” single three years later. The song was featured in the 1981 animated film American Pop, as well as on the soundtrack.

In 1981, Benatar won her first Grammy Award for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance thanks to Crimes of Passion.

The music video for the song “You Better Run” was the second music video ever aired on MTV in 1981.

Crimes of Passion was reissued and remastered on Capitol Records in 2006.

[Lyrics]
I’m gonna follow you, ’til I wear you down
I’m gonna follow you, ’cause this here’s my town
You don’t know these streets the way that I do (I do, I do)
You can’t turn it on and off the way that I do (I do, I do)
Ooo, ooo…

I’m gonna follow you, ’til I know your timing
You’ll turn some corner soon, and find you can’t get by me
You don’t know these streets the way that I do (I do, I do)
You can’t turn it on and off the way that I do (I do, I do)

You see yourself as some kind of lily of the valley
You come around here in your ballet slippers padding on my alley
And you know that you can’t dance
‘Cause you know you never had the chance
I’m gonna dance for you!

Ooo, ooo…

I’m gonna follow you, ’til I wear you down
I’m gonna follow you, ’cause this here’s my town
You don’t know these streets the way that I do (I do, I do)
You can’t turn it on and off the way that I do (I do, I do)

You see yourself as some kind of lily of the valley
You come around here in your ballet slippers padding on my alley
And you know that you can’t dance
‘Cause you know you never had the chance
I’m gonna dance for you!

Ooo, ooo…

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“So their minds are soft and lazy …Well who do, who do you wanna blame?”

Candy Everybody Wants – 10,000 Maniacs (1992) FLAC Audio HD Video ~MetalGuruMessiah~

“Candy Everybody Wants” was released in September 1992 on 10,000 Maniacs’ fifth (and the last to feature original singer Natalie Merchant) album, Our Time in Eden.

Though you couldn’t tell from the number of videos I’ve made for her stuff (I did a fun one for her “Bleezer’s Ice Cream” several years ago that didn’t end well for me! 😉 and this is my first return to one of her tracks since then), Natalie Merchant is probably my favorite female vocalist of them all. I listen to her albums quite often and I would love to try something for some songs from her solo albums one day…..until then, I took the original “Candy Everybody Wants” video and stretched it out to widescreen, stylized it a bit with some light paint effects, hue adjustments and noise reduction…then synced it to a FLAC source track from the Our Time In Eden album….hope you find it tastes sweet!? Thanks for watching!

From Allmusic.com: Pushing through the jinx that gave Blind Man’s Zoo its preachy feel, 10,000 Maniacs offer up a baker’s dozen of wonderful folk-pop songs with hard-hitting messages, nearly matching the brilliance of In My Tribe, their major-label debut. Natalie Merchant is a few years older here, a few tribulations wiser, and a few shakes looser, although that’s not to say she doesn’t have a point (or 13) to make. Whether with old-school R&B horns ablaze or the simple elegance of a piano and strings, she glorifies, condemns, and cherishes the world she witnesses, not excusing herself or anyone else from the part they play. The rest of the band, Rob Buck, Dennis Drew, Steve Gustafson, and Jerome Augustyniak, gives her the superb musical roots and wings from which to grow and soar. The subject matter of the songs is sometimes subtle, sometimes overt, but always graceful. For instance, “These Are Days” is left open to interpretation, though the upbeat tone is unmistakable, while “I’m Not the Man” is a very pointed and poignant story of a jailed man falsely accused and awaiting his death. Merchant’s poetry shimmers and tugs at your heart and head. The prophetically titled Our Time in Eden spawned modest hits with “These Are Days” and “Candy Everybody Wants,” but turned out to be the final chapter for this maniacal five-some, as Merchant departed the band shortly after touring in support of the album. A finer swan song has seldom been heard.

[Lyrics]
Hey, hey, give ’em what they want

If lust and hate is the candy
If blood and love tastes so sweet
Then we give ’em what they want

Hey, hey, give ’em what they want

So their eyes are growing hazy
‘Cause they wanna turn it on
So their minds are soft and lazy, well

Hey, hey, give ’em what they want

If lust and hate is the candy
If blood and love tastes so sweet
Then we give ’em what they want

So their eyes are growing hazy
‘Cause they wanna turn it on
So their minds are soft and lazy
Well who do, who do, who do you wanna blame?

Hey, hey, give ’em what they want

If lust and hate is the candy
If blood and love tastes so sweet
Then we give ’em what they want

So their eyes are growing hazy
‘Cause they wanna turn it on
So their minds are soft and lazy
Well who do, who do you wanna blame?

In the shuffling madness of Locomotive Breath….Classic Tull from Aqualung 1971.

Locomotive Breath – Jethro Tull (1971) 40th Anniversary FLAC Remaster 1080p Video

“Locomotive Breath” was released in the winter of 1971 on Jethro Tull’s fourth studio album, Aqualung. Despite the band’s disapproval, the album is regarded as a concept album featuring a central theme of “the distinction between religion and God”. The album’s “dour musings on faith and religion” have marked it as “one of the most cerebral albums ever to reach millions of rock listeners”. Aqualung‍‍ ’​‍s success marked a turning point in the band’s career, who went on to become a major radio and touring act.

This is a video update of the very first Jethro Tull video I ever made. I’ve mentioned before how it’s always tempting to remake old videos, as skills and ideas progress, but that there are so many other great songs that I’m wanting to try a video for that I try not to think about the clunkers too much. Even though pretty much every video I’ve ever made could use an update, and many need major overhaul, there is a group that stand out as really bad. Two of my old videos that are for me the worst of the worst are Roxy Music’s “The Main Thing” and Jethro Tull’s “Locomotive Breath” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qQVY_pZpC40 …I’ll leave the old one up to link to the new one. I recently finished the update for the Roxy track and figured I’d get around to “Locomotive Breath” in a couple months….then in the last few days there were a couple new comments on the old video (from nice viewers who seemed to enjoy it, bless their souls! 🙂 which got me thinking about it and when I realized that people were actually making it though the thing I knew I couldn’t wait any longer to do something with it. So here is my new “Locomotive Breath”…it finally MOVES like any video for this track should! I tried to clean up the old elements and use them and also incorporate live clips of the band performing…dedicated to everyone who ever made it through the old version! For the update I used the FLAC version from the 40th Anniversary remaster….sounds much better than the older one (if you watch the video in HD you get the higher resolution audio!).

Recorded at Island Records’ studio in London, it was their first album with John Evan as a full-time member, their first with new bassist Jeffrey Hammond and last album featuring Clive Bunker on drums. Something of a departure from the band’s previous work, the album features more acoustic material than previous releases; and—inspired by photographs of homeless people on the Thames Embankment taken by singer Ian Anderson’s wife Jennie—contains a number of recurring themes, addressing religion along with Anderson’s own personal experiences.

Aqualung has sold more than 7 million units worldwide according to Anderson, and is thus Jethro Tull’s best selling album. The album was generally well-received critically, and has been included on several music magazine best of lists. The album spawned one single, “Hymn 43”.

[Lyrics]

In the shuffling madness
Of the locomotive breath,
Runs the all, time loser,
Headlong to his death.

He feels the piston scraping
Steam breaking on his brow
Old Charlie stole the handle and
The train it won’t stop going
No way to slow down.

He sees his children jumping off
At the stations one by one.
His woman and his best friend

In bed and having fun.
He’s crawling down the corridor
On his hands and knees
Old Charlie stole the handle and

The train it won’t stop going
No way to slow down.
He hears the silence howling
Catches angels as they fall.
And the all-time winner
Has got him by the balls.
He picks up Gideons Bible
Open at page one

God He stole the handle and
The train won’t stop going
No way to slow down.
No way to slow down.
No way to slow down.
No way to slow down.
No way to slow down.
No way to slow down.
No way to slow down.
No way to slow down.
No way to slow down.

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Oh, that’s what the little girls do

That’s What The Little Girls Do – The Knack (1979) 2011 Remaster

“That’s What The Little Girls Do” was released on The Knack’s debut album, Get The Knack, in late spring 1979. The Knack were/and remain, an extremely underrated act. When this album was released, they were blasted by some who thought they were trying to mock/imitate/whatever The Beatles….yeah, yeah, yeah…the similarities are there in the grooves, the cover art, and the way the presented themselves as a band….but damn, it was all in great fun, and they had the chops to make some really special music!

I was as huge a Beatles fan as there was, and never could understand why some were so down on this band (From Allmusic.com “critics cried “foul” when millions sold after Capitol’s pre-release hype (it went gold in 13 days and eventually sold five million copies, making it one of the most successful debuts in history”)….the second album in particular was ripped to shreds critically…and I love it every bit as much as the first!). I think that the band never fully recovered from the characterization that they had one great song and/or they were ripping off The Beatles (who wasn’t)….they had so many on every album they ever released….great power pop, rockers, and some gorgeous ballads! Anyway, I’ll get of my soapbox now, but if you didn’t listen to The Knack albums, you missed some seriously great music…it’s not too late! 😉

This is one of my favorite songs from the debut (I like them all, of course none can hold up to that MONSTER hook of “My Sharona”….very very few songs can really?!), wanted to do some The Knack, and it was hard to decide, but the theme for this one was easy.

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

Special thanks to The Knack from Live From The Rock ‘n’ Roll Fun House: http://www.amazon.com/The-Knack-Live-Rock-House/dp/B0000639GI &
YouSpot…for the clip of the pretty Japanese girls by pool: https://www.youtube.com/user/YouSpott.

[Lyrics]
That’s what the little girls do
To you, to you
Oh, that’s what the little girls do
To you, to you

When you hold her tight
Whisper in the night
Tell her she’s the one
But you’ll never know
Why she wanna’ go and run

That’s what the little girls do
To you, to you
Oh, that’s what the little girls do
To you, to you

Does she tell you lies
Then apologize
Does she make you crawl
When you’re on your knees
Then you’re really not a man at all

That’s what the little girls do
To you, to you
Oh, that’s what the little girls do
To you, to you

And she says she’s sorry
As she looks into your eyes
But you bite your own sorrow
‘Cause she makes you pay the price

She’s the virgin queen
Dancing in your dreams
Yes she plays her part
If you let her go
She will break your ego
And your heart

That’s what the little girls do
To you, to you
Oh, that’s what the little girls do
To you, to you
Yea, that’s what the little girls do
To you, to you

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….most of us just dream about the things we’d like to be…

“Losing It” was released on Rush’s ninth studio album, Signals, in the fall of 1982. This album sounded amazing in 1982 and it remains one of my top five Rush albums. “Losing It” has always been one of my favorite tracks on the album, just a seriously beautiful song…..a gorgeous melody and truly beautiful lyrics by Neil….one of those tracks that, back in the day, I’d always have to lift the needle for a replay or three.

This is another one of those videos that I’d started so long ago, but just been sitting there unfinished…although I’d come close enough to give it a number in my video sequence at one time (#83..over a hundred videos ago!) It’s always difficult to go back into things that you started so long ago and make the video you’d originally started…usually I end up replacing most of the original stuff with different ideas and better footage. This one had some things I really liked and I just worked to exchange some of the 720p video for higher resolution 1080p clips. I liked some of the 720p stuff too much to exchange it for higher resolution, but I replaced most of the effects work with I’d done with the earlier 720p footage with new 1080p video…..added a few new effects and created some variations on those effects and it was done….basically the video I’d almost finished with a fresh coat of paint.

I’m doubly happy to have such an old video finished, and to have another Rush video (my 7th!) to share. I hope you enjoy the effort to this wonderful song.

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

[Lyrics]

The dancer slows her frantic pace
In pain and desperation,
Her aching limbs and downcast face
Aglow with perspiration

Stiff as wire, her lungs on fire,
With just the briefest pause
The flooding through her memory,
The echoes of old applause.

She limps across the floor
And closes her bedroom door…

The writer stares with glassy eyes
Defies the empty page
His beard is white, his face is lined

And streaked with tears of rage.

Thirty years ago, how the words would flow
With passion and precision,
But now his mind is dark and dulled
By sickness and indecision

And he stares out the kitchen door
Where the sun will rise no more…

Some are born to move the world
To live their fantasies
But most of us just dream about
The things we’d like to be
Sadder still to watch it die
Than never to have known it
For you, the blind who once could see
The bell tolls for thee…

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There is unrest in the forest………

Puttin’ up and oldie but goodie…..3 words RUSH.The.Trees!

From Rush’s sixth album Hemispheres, released in the fall of 1978….this is my video for “The Trees”.

Finally getting around to making my second video for a track from another one of my all time favorite bands, Rush. This song is one of several Rush tracks I’ve been playing around with…..hope to get some of the others out in the upcoming months…including what I hope will be a very cool “2112”. Have been kinda avoiding the epics up to this point (Cheap Trick’s “Gonna Raise Hell” was close though!)…..but this one came pretty easy and I was tempted to just take the elements created for “The Trees” and jump right into “Cygnus X-1, Book II: Hemispheres”….I might still, but hoping to do something from A Farewell To Kings next…..

All praises to the band and Hugh Syme for his art work….the elements I affectionately referred to as “Pointy”, “TopHat”, and “Brainy” when I was labeling masks and various video titles to work with!

Thanks to all for awesome trees! Including:
http://wil-028.deviantart.com/

Hope you dig it!

[Lyrics]

There is unrest in the forest,
There is trouble with the trees,
For the maples want more sunlight
And the oaks ignore their pleas.

The trouble with the maples,
(And they’re quite convinced the’re right)
They say the oaks are just too lofty
And they grab up all the light.
But the oaks can’t help their feelings
If they like the way they’re made.
And they wonder why the maples
Can’t be happy in their shade.

There is trouble in the Forest,
And the Creatures all have fled,
As the Maples scream oppression,
And the Oaks just shake their heads.

So the maples formed a union
And demanded equal rights.
“These oaks are just too greedy;
We will make them give us light.”
Now there’s no more oak oppression,
For they passed a noble law,
And the trees are all kept equal
By hatchet, axe, and saw.

A whole bunch o’ screen captures for alternate thumbs.  I’ve gotten numerous requests for some clean screen captures from my videos so here are a few from this video…..so here ya go!

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