Music Video of the Day: Speak To Me Of Abduction by William Control (2013, dir by ????)

Speak To Me Of Abduction is a song that played over the end credits of William Control’s first live DVD, Live in London Town and I absolutely love the song.  As for the video, it’s primarily clips of Wil Francis (a.k.a. William Control) walking around and performing in one of the greatest cities in the world, London!

The city of London was itself founded in 43 AD, by the Romans.  It was originally known as Londinium.  No one is quite sure why the Romans called the town Londinium, though there is speculation that the name was of Celtic origin and originally meant “place that floods.”

I also picked this song because today is … and this not a joke … Alien Abduction Day!  Seriously!  According to this website, Alien Abduction Day is always celebrated on March 20th.  Why, you may ask?  I have no idea.  Maybe someone famous got abducted by aliens on this day.  I’m not even sure how exactly we’re supposed to celebrate Alien Abduction Day.  Should I go out in the woods and stare up at the sky until a bright light appears?  Considering that today is also the first day of Spring, a road trip sounds like fun but I don’t necessarily want to end up getting grabbed by any of those little gray men.  Though, honestly, I don’t think they’re that tough.

I did, however, decide to see if I could find any footage from last year’s Alien Abduction Day.  Here’s the best that I could find:

Seriously, I wouldn’t want to get abducted by one of those things!

I guess my point is that everyone should be careful today.  Remember, alien abductions are always fun until this happens:

Enjoy and keep watching the skies!

Can you prove it didn’t happen?


Music Video of the Day: Beam Me Up by Django Django (2018, dir by John MacLean)

You’re going to have to forgive me if I don’t have much to say about this video.  I’ve been traveling a lot today and, quite frankly, I am exhausted right now.  I calculated it all in my head earlier and, with all of the time zones that I’ve crossed today, my Sunday lasted 28 hours and I was pretty much been awake for every single one of them!

(Time zones are odd, yes?  Personally, I’ve always been obsessed with the International Date Line.)

So, enjoy this video.  It’s for a song called Beam Me Up, which is performed by the British band Django Django.  It’s a good song and I love the video, largely because it never stop moving upward.  We should all try to do the same!


Music Video of the Day: American Slang by The Gaslight Anthem (2010, dir by Kevin J. Custer)

I have to admit that one of the main reasons that I picked this video is because, assuming everything goes as scheduled, Jeff and I will be returning home on this day.  (I’m writing this on February 20th, just to provide some context for you.)  I wanted to pick a video for a song that has the word “American” in the title.

With all that in mind, though, American Slang is a good video for a good song from a good album by a good band.  The song and the video take a look at the contrast between the American dream and what, for many, is the American reality.  Myself, I just like the look of this video.  New York is beautiful in black-and-white.


Pot O’Gold: Robert Mitchum and the Ames Brothers Sing “Too Ra Loo Ra Loo Ral”

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TV impresario Ed Sullivan hosted an Irish-themed “really big shew” on St. Patrick’s Day in 1957. Among his guests were actor Robert Mitchum (promoting his new Calypso record!!) and musical quartet The Ames Brothers, who joined sleepy-eyed Bob for a rendition of “Too Ra Loo Ra Loo Ral”:

Now you can begin your St. Patrick’s Day festivities… and remember, drink that green beer in moderation!

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Music Video of the Day: I’m Shipping Up To Boston by The Dropkick Murphys (2005)

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

There are apparently two videos for I’m Shipping Up To Boston available.  The one above was apparently released at the same time that The Departed made the song famous.  It features the band performing and footage from the film.

The other version is below.  This version was directed by Mark Higgins and it basically involves the band, as Higgins put it on YouTube, “hanging with hooligans and runnin’ from the cops.”  Personally, I prefer the version below but they’re both good.


Music Video of the Day: Sugar High by Chappell Roan (2018, dir by Ethan Seneker)

To be honest, I was hoping this song would be a cover version of the song that Coyote Shivers and Renee Zellweger perform at the end of Empire Records but no, it’s not.

It’s still a good song, though.  And I like the simplicity of the video.


Music Video of the Day: Everything Zen by Bush (1994, directed by Matt Mahurin)

Is Everything Zen by Bush the worst music video of all time?  Let’s break it down:

0:06 — For some reason, this shot of the birds taking off from the rooftop was one of the most overused shots of the 90s.  It means nothing.  Birds perch on building and then they fly away.  That’s what they do.  In this case, I think the birds are saying, “Let’s get out of here before Gavin starts singing.”

0:20 — The only shot that was a bigger cliché than birds flying off a rooftop?  The one of the woman standing at the end of a tunnel.

0:27 — Bush makes their first appearance and already they’re trying too hard.  Bush was not the first band to rip off Nirvana and Pearl Jam, they were just the most obvious.

0:31 — Gavin Rossdale sang something about getting something to eat so here’s someone in a pig mask, holding a fork.  Literal representations of Bush’s lyrics only serve to remind us of how stupid they are.

0:40 — In the video, Gavin sings “psycho brother.”  In the actual song, he says “asshole brother.”  I guess his asshole brother lives in Los Angeles and wears a pig snout.  In real life, Gavin Rossdale doesn’t have a brother so already he’s lying to us.

0:46 — This is where I really get pissed off.  There’s only one good lyric in this damn song and they stole it from David Bowie.  And no, saying “Dave’s on sale again,” doesn’t make it okay.

0:53 — The woman’s being carried away by someone.  We’re getting edgy now, folks.

1:00 — I can’t understand a word that Gavin’s singing and while I could look up the lyrics, I won’t.  Compare this part of the song to literally any Nirvana song.  Kurt Cobain’s lyrics were cryptic but still meant something.  Bush’s lyrics sound like they were cribbed from a 9th grader’s notebook.

1:11 — One of Bush’s trademarks was that, whenever they couldn’t come up with any new lyrics, they would just repeat the song’s title.  What does “Everything zen” even mean?

1:25 — Along with birds flying off of roofs and women standing at the end of tunnels, intense backlighting was another 90s music video cliché.  This video makes sure to touch all the bases.

1:31 — A mask and an exposed rib cage?  Is that zen?

1:35 — Gavin sings “demigod” as if he got the lyrics a half hour before recording the song.

1:45 — “There’s no sex in your violence.”  We’re getting even more edgy here, folks.

2:05 — Gavin’s back to repeating “everything zen.”

2:10 — The birds are back, still trying to escape the band.  That guitarist isn’t going to let them go that easy, though.

2:13 — Why were bands in the 90s always playing in abandoned warehouses?

2:24 — Leave Elvis out of this, you wanker!

2:34 — He really wants us to know that he doesn’t believe Elvis is dead.

3:06 — Back to “There’s no sex in your violence.”  If he doesn’t believe that Elvis is dead, why should we listen to him about anything?  Maybe there is sex in your violence.

3:28 — I always hear this lyric as “Trust you once, wagah.”

3:36 — Some dude wearing an animal skin.  Does he think Elvis is dead?

3:48 — The woman is back but, in another 90s music video cliché, she disappears while running away.

3:53 — Chill out, Gavin.

4:06 — It’s that final, anguised “zen!” that makes me want to punch the wall.

One final note: Bush was British but they were never big in the UK.  This is all on you, America!