Sunday, April 1, 2012

an end to March: More vintage videos!

I would like to start here by saying how proud I am of myself. I have written 20 entries for the month of March and when I first started I didn't think I would even come close! During this month I have had over 3,000 views of my blog, mostly coming from facebook and reddit. This is an achievement in itself. Thank you all for being interested in my words. I plan to keep writing here as frequently as possible. Like I have always said, feedback is always welcome. Now onto this week's vintage videos:

Nine Inch Nails performing Down In It on Dance Party USA (1989?)
This video has been getting a lot of views on youtube lately. Nine Inch Nails was a new band at this time, promoting their first single "Down In It", so they go on this show called Dance Party USA out of New Jersey which is a show which featured mostly pop acts like Debbie Gibson and NKOTB.  This song is obviously lip synced. The story goes as follows,from Trent Reznor's twitter:

“Many years ago, a young and naive Nine Inch Nails were asked what TV shows they’d be interested in appearing on,” Reznor tweeted. “As a joke (and likely drunk), they thought of the most absurd choice they could come up with at the time. They were then informed their bluff had been called and were actually booked on said show…They had a laugh making fun of the people, their fashion choices and hairstyles. Life was good… Years later, the internet is discovered… There’s a moral in there somewhere… Come to think of it, Skrillex may indeed owe me some publishing on that hairdo… “

 Nirvana performing Smells Like Teen Spirit on Top Of The Pops (1991)
Top of the Pops was a British live music show which lasted for over 42 years. The show has featured legends such as The Cure, New Order, Bauhaus, Pet Shop Boys, REM, Duran Duran, Morrissey, The KLF, Siouxsie and the Banshees, and a ton of others. Nirvana was asked to perform on the show. One of the rules of the show are that vocals are usually performed live, while the band plays to a backing track. Kurt Cobain changed some of the lyrics to the song "Load up on guns, kill your friends" and brought down his voice an octave. He mainly did this to mess with the idea of "live" performance on the show. Kurt later admitted he was imitating Morrissey with this performance. A classic troll move by Kurt Cobain.

REM performing World Leader Pretend at the Pinkpop Festival (1989)
One of the most underrated REM songs. Green is such an amazing album and I adore this version of this song. REM is on their top form for this concert. I plan to make a top REM songs list soon. This won't be easy to do! Listen to the song, the lyrics, and the message. One of the most powerful songs from them.

The Cure and Depeche Mode talk about upcoming albums in 1986
French TV interviews with Depeche Mode and The Cure as they discuss their upcoming albums, Music for the Masses and Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me. These albums would bring both bands much more stardom and fame than they were both used to. A nice look into both bands in the studio recording some of their greatest albums.

The Cure performing a different version of A Forest on French TV in 1979
Yes! Another Cure video. This one features their song A Forest, but with different lyrics! Fastforward about a minute to hear. This was recorded in France in 1979, and I'm so glad this video exists. This version is faster and has more of a punk feel to it. Worth hearing.This is back when Robert Smith had shorter hair and looked like Ben Affleck.

Oingo Boingo performs Only A Lad at Irvine Meadows in 1990.
If you grew up in Southern California, you know about the reputation Oingo Boingo had in the alternative music circles. You also know they were famous for their "Dia De Los Muertos" concerts in and around Los Angeles, Orange County and San Diego. These were the stuff of legends. Every Halloween they would play here in Southern California. Here is a highlight from one of those shows in 1990. Oingo Boingo was led by Danny Elfman who would later go on to score movies by Tim Burton.

Smashing Pumpkins perform My Eternity in 1988.
This is before the Smashing Pumpkins were the big rock stars they are known as today. This is fresh after Billy Corgan's Florida-based pseudo-goth The Marked broke up. He moved back to Chicago and formed The Smashing Pumpkins. This was recorded 3 years before their debut album, Gish. This shows the band at more innocent times. I like this clip because it shows how young they all are and it's nice to see these bands before they blow up huge.

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