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things you can do with the internet (part 2) - The Villages

Date: 2008-04-22 00:10
Subject: things you can do with the internet (part 2)
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Location:the utility room in the sky
Music:lisa dal bello
Years and years ago, back in the 1980s when we were all a lot more innocent (except Thog, who has never been innocent) there was a terrific television film called Max Headroom. I can't really describe it to you. If you saw it, you'll know why, if you didn't you'll have to look it up. In the US, I understand, it spawned a series. Over here, it spawned (if memory serves) a two-season-long series of music video shows hosted by Max himself. Allegedly the first computer-generated television host (but actually played - and played very well - with the help of prosthetics and video graphics, by the actor Matt Frewer) Max introduced videos by the likes of Cabaret Voltaire, Belouis Some, Ultravox (not the classic lineup, the one after Midge Ure joined) and many more. I still have those shows on tape, somewhere. Actually, I know exactly where they are - they're still in a friend's shed, along with an insane amount of other stuff they let us put there when we started having the flat remodelled.
But never mind. There was one song and video Max Headroom played that I was very taken with, and it was `Gonna Get Close To You' by Lisa Dal Bello. The video...maybe not so much - this was the 80s, after all, and rock videos were pretty embarrassing - but there were a couple of moments I thought were rather startling.
I don't know what got me thinking about the song again tonight; I searched for Lisa Dal Bello years ago and got no hits at all, but I tried her again on Google tonight, and what do you know, there it is, song and video. Now? Well, the song is 80s weird rock, the video is just weird and rather laughable, but there's still a moment that sends a shiver up my spine. And Lisa herself is very easy on the eye. I love the internet.

The sharp-eyed among you will have noticed that I haven't been posting word-counts for a couple of days. Partly this is because I've been out in the evenings, and partly it's because I've been researching Estonia for the next bit of the book I have to tackle, and I've discovered (because there was no Google Earth when I originally wrote these bits) that I got a big chunk of description all wrong. I also didn't look closely enough at one particular address, which is not where I thought it was. Basically, I was sloppy first time round. So I've been trying to fix that, rather than actually writing. Normal service should be restored later this week.
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User: hutch0
Date: 2008-04-22 00:01 (UTC)
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Yes, she and her band apparently work as Dalbello. I wonder if I can still score some CDs... I didn't realise she did some of the 9 1/2 Weeks soundtrack, although the film pretty much put me in a deep (but rather troubled) sleep and Adrien Lyne could have used Tchaikovsky and I wouldn't have noticed. I'll look up Black On Black.
Max Headroom was just marvellous. I loved the pilot film, and the video shows, although I've never seen the American series. And yes, much kudos to Matt Frewer, who made the whole thing work.
Ta for the pom-poms, but it's really just scut-work, not real writing.
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User: hutch0
Date: 2008-04-22 22:48 (UTC)
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I checked on Amazon today and all her albums are available, which they weren't when I checked a few years ago.
I really only know her from this one song, but I discover from wikipedia (which also was not there the last time I did a search for her) that the album `I'm Gonna Get Close To You' came from was a collaboration with Mick Ronson, of Spiders From Mars fame, which is interesting.
I'm going to check out the extant stuff on youtube before I commit myself to buying any albums. Although googling her today and seeing her album covers, I remember now that I saw one of her albums in one of the Virgin stores in London - in vinyl - and didn't buy it. Of course, I didn't have anything to play it on back then, but still.
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