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hutch0
Date: 2008-05-22 23:36
Subject: music for pleasure
Security: Public
Location:the bedroom in the sky
Mood:calmcalm
Music:men at work
I was, as we say, `up West' this afternoon on a job, and afterward I went home via the Virgin Megastore Which I Refuse To Call `Zaavi,' and I scored an absolute cornucopia of stuff which I either have on cassette or had on cassette and have lost, or heard once many years ago. It seems there are a lot of cheap CD reissues coming out at the moment from my adolescence or early twenties, stuff I haven't listened to for a long time. So I picked up a Thomas Dolby collection - most people remember Dolby for `She Blinded Me With Science,' but he was producing some of the smartest synthesiser pop of the day and `One Of Our Submarines' is a marvellous track; Men At Work's first album, Business As Usual - everyone remembers (usually with affection) `Down Under,' with its lines about vegemite sandwiches and men chundering, but there's some very good stuff on this album and I think it's an underrated masterpiece; a couple of early-ish Tom Waits albums, Closing Time and The Heart Of Saturday Night, from the days when the gravel-voiced fairground barker was still doing melody. There's a song called `Martha' on Closing Time which may be one of the most heartbreaking I've ever heard. I'm still trying to get hold of the album where he covers `Somewhere' from West Side Story, which is enormously touching. And finally I grabbed a Journey collection. You may laugh, but when I was out in Wisconsin in the Summer of '81 Journey were an integral part of my soundtrack (as were the Alan Parsons Project) and I've been looking for a collection with all those songs on it, and it finally found one that more or less fits the bill. I still think `Lights' is a lovely song.
Anyone who's interested, I can heartily recommend all of these, and more.
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Kat
User: artykat
Date: 2008-05-22 23:22 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
did Men at Work do the song that went "Everybody look at your hands?" It was a fun video but I can't for the life of me remember the words or who did it.
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2008-05-22 23:26 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
No, that was (I think) a Canadian band called Men Without Hats. And I want that album, too; that was a smashing song. Even though I can't remember its title right now. Something about dancing.

edit - I believe it's called `The Safety Dance.'

Edited at 2008-05-22 11:30 pm (UTC)
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Kat
User: artykat
Date: 2008-05-23 02:30 (UTC)
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Safety Dance!! YES!!! thank you! It was driving me insane. I could see the video and hear the tune but that was all... and men in hats, men at work, men working in hats... 'nuff said.
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2008-05-23 21:43 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Actually, I hadn't thought of that song in a very long time, and now I can't stop it going through my head. I remember a video for it, but it may not be the same one you remember. It wasn't all that good, if I remember correctly.
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Kat: laughing goat
User: artykat
Date: 2008-05-24 04:48 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:laughing goat
I know, I can't stop thinking of it either. I wonder if it is on YouTube? I'll have to look. The video that I saw wayyyy back then was a surreal sort of festival with carnival-like characters, if I remember correctly and I'm sure I don't! LOL
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Kat
User: artykat
Date: 2008-05-24 04:50 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Found it!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HcOZ6xFxJqg
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2008-05-24 22:18 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Yay! Thank you! You see, that's what I love about the internet. Watching it again, I don't think the video's all that bad now. Certainly it was shot over here, but I can't work out where. From the drystone walls, it might have been Derbyshire or Dorset or Devon, but I can't tell. The jester's one of the Time Bandits, which I'd forgotten. Brilliant. I have to track down this album.
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Kat: I brot you a flower
User: artykat
Date: 2008-05-25 02:13 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:I brot you a flower
So glad you enjoyed it! I was thrilled to find it, and really enjoyed seeing the video again. it *is* rather as I remembered it, which amazes me. I would like to have the album, too. I'd love it if you could nail down where it was filmed. Of course, at that time (when was it made? I couldn't find it) I had never been to England and didn't even think about it being made there. Of course it was, I can see now! Fun song!
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2008-05-25 21:35 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I did indeed enjoy it. According to Wikipedia, the video was shot in West Kington, near Bath, sometime between 1982 and 1983. Let us now pause for a moment to soberly consider just how long ago that is. There are people winning Oscars now who weren't even born when this song came out.
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Kat: Bear tongue
User: artykat
Date: 2008-05-26 01:09 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Bear tongue
Well done at finding that info! I never thought to look on Wiki for it. I had just had my second child in 1982 and I thought it was around that time. It makes me sick, that last comment of yours! It is SO true. And sobering.

sigh...
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2008-05-26 23:15 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
And it's happening to me more and more often these days.
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RealThog
User: realthog
Date: 2008-05-23 00:08 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)

Hm. I must try some Tom Waits. I hadn't realized he had an early period when he did melody. All the stuff of his I've heard must obviously come from later than that! (Except for Loreena McKennitt's marvelous "Tom Waits-style Grensleeves" on her The Visit . . .)
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2008-05-23 21:44 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I like a lot of his stuff up to Swordfishtrombones, and then he and I had to part company, I'm afraid, although I'm told he does a storming version of `The Earth Dies Screaming' on a later album.
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pds_lit: Nuit
User: pds_lit
Date: 2008-05-23 02:27 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Nuit
Your right about the Men At Work album. Lots of good stuff on that one - Dearest chunders. :)
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2008-05-23 21:45 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
You know, I probably haven't listened to this since a year or so after it came out. It still sounds really good. `Down By The Sea' is a lovely song.

(edited because I called `Down By The Sea' `Down On The Beach,' conflating Men At Work and Neville Shute for possibly the only time in human history)

Edited at 2008-05-23 10:41 pm (UTC)
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