Artist Profile: Jack Thurston (1919– )


The best thing that happened to me last week was that I discovered the work of a  veteran illustrator named Jack Thurston.  Along with paperback covers, magazine covers, and even a few MAD Magazine features, Thurston was responsible for painting several well-known film posters.  Just check out a small sampling of his work below and you’ll see why Thurston’s illustrations are still prized by collectors:

Music Video of the Day: Thank You For The Music/Gracias Por La Música by ABBA (1977/1978, dir. Lasse Hallström)


There’s no way I can exclude this song from a retrospective of ABBA music videos. Sadly, it’s not because one really exists. It’s just that not spotlighting this would be like excluding Waterloo even though that’s what won them Eurovision, and kicked off their career.

The video above is what is on ABBAs official YouTube channel. The video below is an excerpt from ABBA: The Movie (1977).

I might as well throw them all together here. Here is the Spanish version called Gracias Por La Música. I have no idea when or where it was recorded. It is on ABBAs official channel.

I hope you understand me cheating here. I will also have to fudge Spanish versions of their other songs since some of them include videos like this, others include totally different videos like the one for Fernando, and then there’s Happy New Year and Felicidad that are proper videos, but have minor differences–those videos get a little weird. You’re also going to get a third version of Knowing Me, Knowing You since I have found a Spanish version available through ABBA’s official channel. However, that one doesn’t seem to have been released till 1979. Gracias Por La Música has a copyright date of 2012, but there’s no way the video above was done in 2012. I have nowhere else to stick it, so it goes here.

Enjoy!

ABBA retrospective:

  1. Bald Headed Woman by The Hep Stars (1966, dir. ???)
  2. En Stilla Flirt by Agnetha & ??? (1969, dir. ???) + 8 Hootenanny Singers Videos From 1966
  3. Tangokavaljeren by Björn (1969, dir. ???)
  4. Vårkänslor (ja, de’ ä våren) by Agnetha & Björn (1969, dir. ???)
  5. Titta in i men lilla kajuta by Björn (1969, dir. ???)
  6. Nu Ska Vi Vara Snälla by Björn & Agnetha (1969, dir. ???)
  7. Finns Det Flickor by Björn & Sten Nilsson (1969, dir. ???)
  8. Nu Ska Vi Opp, Opp, Opp by Agnetha (1969, dir. ???)
  9. Det Kommer En Vår by Agnetha (1969, dir. ???)
  10. Beate-Christine by Björn (1969, dir. ???)
  11. En Stilla Flirt by Agnetha & ??? (1969, dir. ???) + 8 Hootenanny Singers Videos From 1966
  12. Att Älska I Vårens Tid by Frida (1970, dir. ???)
  13. Min Soldat by Frida (1970, dir. ???)
  14. Söderhavets Sång by Frida (1970, dir. ???)
  15. Ring, Ring by ABBA (1973, dir. Lasse Hallström)
  16. Ring, Ring by ABBA (1973, dir. ???)
  17. Love Isn’t Easy (But It Sure Is Hard Enough) by ABBA (1973, dir. ???)
  18. Waterloo by ABBA (1974, dir. Lasse Hallström)
  19. Hasta Mañana by ABBA (1974, dir. ???)
  20. I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do by ABBA (1975, dir. Lasse Hallström)
  21. I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do by ABBA (1975, dir. ???)
  22. Bang-A-Boomerang by ABBA (1975, dir. Lasse Hallström)
  23. SOS by ABBA (1975, dir. Lasse Hallström)
  24. Mamma Mia by ABBA (1975, dir. Lasse Hallström)
  25. Knowing Me, Knowing You by ABBA (1976, dir. ???)
  26. Tropical Loveland by ABBA (1976, dir. ???)
  27. When I Kissed The Teacher by ABBA (1976, dir. ???)
  28. Tiger by ABBA (1976, dir. ???)
  29. Money, Money, Money by ABBA (1976, dir. ???)
  30. Money, Money, Money by ABBA (1976, dir. Lasse Hallström)
  31. Fernando by ABBA (1976, dir. Lasse Hallström) + Spanish Version
  32. Dancing Queen by ABBA (1976, dir. Lasse Hallström)
  33. That’s Me by ABBA (1977, dir. Lasse Hallström)
  34. Knowing Me, Knowing You by ABBA (1977, dir. Lasse Hallström)
  35. The Name Of The Game by ABBA (1977, dir. Lasse Hallström)