Music Video of the Day: Bob Dylan — Must Be Santa (2009, dir by Nash Edgerton)

I just realized that it is December 10th and we have yet to share any Christmas videos here at the Shattered Lens.  That may be because there’s not really that many good Christmas music videos out there….

However, there is this video of Bob Dylan performing Must Be Santa!

Is Dylan celebrating the holiday or making fun of it in this video?  Personally, I choose to believe that he’s doing both.  If anything, Bob Dylan’s reached a point where he can pretty much do anything he wants and if that means he wants to do a polka Christmas song, we’re all the better for it!

As for the song itself, it was originally written back in 1960 and has been performed by several different singers.  The polka version was first performed by the pride of Denton, Texas, Brave Combo.  Dylan’s version can basically be considered a cover version of the Brave Combo version.  Even if you don’t like polka music (and I certainly wouldn’t consider myself to be a fan of it but then again, my personal taste in music pretty much runs the gamut from EDM to More EDM), you should always take advantage of the chance to see Brave Combo play live.  They put on a quite a show.

Anyway, enjoy!

Music Video of the Day: Dreamin’ Of You by Bob Dylan (2008, dir. ???)

I wanted to do a different music video today, but it’ll have to come in the following days due to health issues. On the upside, those health issues might have left another music video with Harry Dean Stanton in it go unfound. Or is that a downside? Yes, I found another one, and I’ll take it as a good thing.

Anyways, this time we get bootlegger-Stanton.

We get to see him travel around following Dylan to bootleg his songs.

I think it’s clever the way they did this video. According to Wikipedia, it did get an official release:

It was originally recorded to be on the 1997 album Time Out Of Mind. You remember Time Out Of Mind, right? That was the album that took Dylan to the Grammy Awards so he could meet the “Soy Bomb”-guy. I’ll always remember that one. The song wasn’t included on the album. It must of leaked out because people had access to it regardless. Cut to almost 10 years later, and Dylan decided to not only release it on an album and call it part of “The Bootleg Series”, but a video was made chronicling the hard life of an old bootlegger.

You’ll notice that Dylan only appears in some grainy stock footage. There’s a comment on YouTube that covers that bit:

A friend of mine called and asked if I wanted to work on a Bob Dylan music video. I said absolutely! However, once we got out to the desert in Palmdale, CA  I said where’s Bob? My buddy said “Dylan, isn’t exactly in the video. The video is a  concept about an old music bootlegger played by Harry Dean Stanton. Bummer. Harry Dean was a trooper, because it was brutally hot at almost 100 degrees. At the end of the day, Harry got on the guitar and played a Mexican folk ballad. He said “film this and send it to Bob.”

I love that story.

This might be my favorite one of the Harry Dean Stanton videos so far. We see this isn’t just a bootlegger. He is a fan who treasures Bob Dylan’s material, would love to be able to play like him, and is so obsessed with Dylan that he appears to have made it his life’s work to make sure not a performance or song is lost to the wind.

As for the album shown at the end, apparently they tried to charge people $18.99 for the two-CD set and the three-CD version for $129.99. Yes, because that’s how to encourage your fans to buy the official release instead of procuring a pirated copy–price gouging.


Harry Dean Stanton Retrospective:

  1. Those Memories Of You by Dolly Parton & Linda Ronstadt & Emmylou Harris (1987, dir. White Copeman)
  2. Heart Of Stone by Dwight Yoakam (1996, dir. Dwight Yoakam)
  3. Sorry You Asked? by Dwight Yoakam (1996, dir. Dwight Yoakam)
  4. Nothing To Believe In by Cracker (1996, dir. Samuel Bayer)
  5. Stop by Black Rebel Motorcycle Club (2003, dir. Charles Mehling)

Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door: PAT GARRETT AND BILLY THE KID (MGM 1973)

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(PAT GARRETT AND BILLY THE KID airs tonight at 11:45 EST on TCM. Do yourselves a favor… watch it!)

PAT GARRETT AND BILLY THE KID was director Sam Peckinpah’s final Western, and as usual it’s about more than just the Old West. It’s about the new breed vs the old establishment, about the maverick auteur vs the old studio guard, and about his never-ending battle to make his films his way. The fact that there are six, count ’em, SIX different editors credited tells you what MGM honcho James Aubrey thought of that idea! They butchered over 20 minutes out of the movie, which then proceeded to tank at the box office. Fortunately for us, PAT GARRETT AND BILLY THE KID has been restored to its full glory, and we can enjoy Peckinpah’s original artistic vision.

I’m not going to try to make excuses for Peckinpah; he was a legitimate pain in the ass, a…

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Congratulations, Bob Dylan!


Congratulations to the latest Nobel laureate in Literature, Bob Dylan!  After being twice considered, Dylan was finally honored this year “for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition.”

Dylan now joins such previous winners as Mario Vargas Llosa, Harold Pinter, Gunter Grass, William Golding, Samuel Beckett, and Saul Bellow.

In this scene from Bob Dylan’s directorial debut, the 232-minute long Renaldo and Clara, Bob Dylan and Allen Ginsberg pay a visit to Jack Kerouac’s grave.

Happy Birthday, Bob Dylan!

“All I can do is be me, whoever that is.” — Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan not only revolutionized music but he was also responsible for one of the first music videos.  The video for Subterranean Homesick Blues originally appeared at the start of D.A. Pennebaker’s documentary, Don’t Look Back.  It was filmed in  May 8th, 1965 in the alley behind the Savoy Hotel in London and, as Bob flips those cue cards, keep an eye out for both songwriter Bob Neuwirth and the poet Allen Ginsberg in the background.

Happy birthday to Bob Dylan, who is 74 years old today.

Don’t Not Watch These 6 Trailers For October!

Hi there!  It’s time for another edition of Lisa Marie’s Favorite Grindhouse and Exploitation Film Trailers!  Now, the trailer kitties have gone out and found not only 6 grindhouse trailers for us but 2 bonus trailers as well!

Warning: some of these trailers are NSFW.  So, watch with caution!

Don’t Look In The Basement (1973)

Don’t Open The Window (1974)

Don’t Open The Door (1975)

Don’t Go In The House (1979)

Don’t Answer The Phone (1980)

Don’t Go In The Woods (1981)

And finally, here’s two bonus trailers!

Don’t Look Back (1967)

Don’t! (2007)

What do you think, Trailer Kitty?



Song of the Day: House of the Rising Sun (by The Animals)

The night is growing late and to close it out I’ve chosen a new “Song of the Day” and it’s an all-time blues-rock classic from the 60’s.

Even if one wasn’t a fan of rock from the 1960’s they still would recognize the biggest hit ever released by the British blues-rock band The Animals with their 1964 hit, “House of the Rising Sun”. The weren’t the first band or musicians to have sung the song. No one truly knows the origin of the song, but music luminaries such as Bob Dylan, Woody Guthrie, Lead Belly, Joan Baez and Nina Simone were just a few to have covered it. It would be The Animals version which would live on as the one best remembered.

The song doesn’t just have the soulful cadence of classic blues, but has lyrics that show’s the band’s folk rock influences. It became part of the British Invasion of the United States during the 60’s when rock bands from them to The Beatles, The Rolling Stones right up to The Yardbirds would dominate American airwaves. The Animals would cement their place amongst these giants with this single. One thing which really powered this song through the juggernaut that was The Beatles would be the powerful vocals by frontman Eric Burdon matched with the keyboard playing of Alan Price.

“House of the Rising Sun” by The Animals continues to entertain fans old and new and still one of the best songs to come out during the 1960’s.

House of the Rising Sun

There is a house in New Orleans
They call the Rising Sun
And it’s been the ruin of many a poor boy
And God I know I’m one

My mother was a tailor
She sewed my new bluejeans
My father was a gamblin’ man
Down in New Orleans

Now the only thing a gambler needs
Is a suitcase and trunk
And the only time he’s satisfied
Is when he’s on a drunk

[Organ Solo]

Oh mother tell your children
Not to do what I have done
Spend your lives in sin and misery
In the House of the Rising Sun

Well, I got one foot on the platform
The other foot on the train
I’m goin’ back to New Orleans
To wear that ball and chain

Well, there is a house in New Orleans
They call the Rising Sun
And it’s been the ruin of many a poor boy
And God I know I’m one