Happy Valentine’s Day!
Today’s music video of the day is for the song that was, of course, the theme song for the 1983 James Bond film, Octopussy. Apparently, the producers realized that there weren’t many words that comfortably rhymed with the movie’s title so they tasked John Barry and Tim Rice with coming up with a theme song that would still be radio friendly. They came up with All Time High.
And I know that some people will tell you that this is a lesser Bond theme song and apparently, Rita Coolidge used to refuse to perform it in concert because she felt that it was an “unfinished” song but I don’t care. I absolutely love this song. Seriously, there are two Bond song that I simply cannot stop myself from singing along with and that’s Nobody Does It Better and All Time High.
Seriously, All Time High is a hundred times better than that song they ended up using for SPECTRE.
And it’s the perfect Valentine’s Day song! I’ll be singing this song later tonight. Actually, I’ll be singing a medly of James Bond theme songs tonight. It’s kind of a Valentine’s Day tradition….
Look, it’s good to have friends.
And if your friend is just someone dressed up like a big teddy bear …. well, to quote Degrassi’s Jay Hogart: “At least there’s a party.”
This video won me over. When it started, the whole dancing teddy bear thing kind of scared me because I still have bad memories of Ted 2 and I was worried the bear was going to start speaking in Seth McFarlane’s voice. Then, when the bear was in bed, I found myself worried that we were going to enter Shining territory. (Remember the scene with the two ghosts, one of whom is dressed up like a dog?) But, no, this video is actually very cute. The members of the band are all adorable and the big teddy bear actually reminded me of this big bunny that I used to have when I was little.
To be honest, this video feels like it could be a companion piece to Saint Motel’s video for My Type. Maybe it’s because they both take place in what appears to be a rather cheap hotel room. Plus, there’s a lot of dancing in My Type as well.
As a final note, as far as Friends is concerned, I binged the whole thing last year and Rachel totally should have picked Joey.
Ok, so it’s 1972. Rock music dominated the airwaves, until a nearly fifty year old English gent named Hurricane Smith blew into America with a British Music Hall-styled #1 hit called “Oh, Babe, What Would You Say” (take it away, Johnny Carson!):
Who was Hurricane Smith, you ask? Well, first of all, his name isn’t really Hurricane, but Norman Smith, born in 1923. Young Norman served in the RAF during WWII as a glider pilot, and upon war’s end set out to make a go of things as a jazz musician, without much success. By 1959, Norman found steady employment working as a sound engineer for Britain’s EMI Records, located on London’s Abbey Road.
In 1962, EMI signed four lads from Liverpool who had some potential. The Beatles recorded “Please Please Me”, and the song took the U.K. by storm:
The Beatles became a phenomenon in America two short years…
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Just relax and go with it.
Today, we have another music video from our queen, the amazing Adi Ulmansky.
As for what it’s all about …. well, I don’t know. That’s the main reason I responded to the video. The more surreal and dream-like the better has always been my philosophy and this video leaves me wondering if I should go to work tomorrow or if I should hide for a few days. The sight of someone smiling while wearing clown make-up will do that to you.
Of course, it’s possible that J.W. Dunne was correct when he theorized that there is no such thing as “now” and all time may be happening all at once. In which case, I’ve either already gone to work or I’m currently hiding in my house. Of course, I may have misunderstood Dunne’s point. To be honest, for the longest time, I thought John Gregory Dunne was the one with all the theories about how time worked but then I realized that I was confusing my Dunnes. However, John Gregory Dunne did write a book called The Studio, which is the definitive portrait of Hollywood at the end of the studio system. Dunne wrote a later book about Hollywood called Monster which is interesting just because it gives you all the details about went on behind the scenes during the production of one of the most forgettable films ever made.
Anyway, enjoy the video!
So, what’s going on here?
I have to admit that my initial response to this video was to make a joke about how it was a look at a typical Thursday night at Johnny Depp’s place but I actually like this video too much to be snarky about it. It may be an odd video but it’s a good kind of odd, I think You have to earn the right to indulge in the surreal but I think this song and the video have done just that.
Watching this video, I get the feeling that I’m not so much looking at the end of the world as I’m looking at the day after the end of the world. Society’s gone. All the good clothes are gone. You just have to wear whatever you can find. But the music is still playing and the boats are still drifting and that’s a good thing. It’s interesting that one thing that every post-apocalyptic vision seems to share in common is that people still desire entertainment.
Myself, I’ve already made my plans in case society collapses. It mostly involves watching movies until the Earth plunges into the sun. I’m thinking I’ll probably want to watch comedies. I mean, if you know the world’s about to end, I think you would want to laugh as much as possible before the end comes. Then again, I imagine some people would want to spend the end of the world watching movies about the end of the world just so they can brag about the irony of it all on twitter right before bursting into flame.
While the song is bluesy number about Tennessee, the title is a reference to how Adam Ant felt under the influence of his bipolar medication. Speaking as someone who shares the struggle, Cool Zombie is the perfect way to put it.