“B is for Boss”, Spoek Mathambo says, bragging is of his following, but this highly distubring video depicts a loner not a leader. The would-be martyr of the narrative looks like he copped his haircut from Jeffrey Combs’s character in The Frighteners and dresses like Ian Curtis if he was a devout Mormon. The hook, on the other hand, is catchy as hell, though it’s certainly nothing that couldn’t have been put out 15 years or so ago.
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October 2010, the subject of our latest look at the year’s biggest events in music, was full of big releases and a lot of insider knowledge about our favourite musicians.
To honor what would have been John Lennon’s 70th birthday, most of his albums were remastered and re-released both individually and in the limited edition Signature Box set. Also made available were two compilation albums, Power to the People: The Hits and Gimmie Some Truth, and Double Fantasy: Stripped Down, which contained alternate mixes and takes on the original 1980 album.
Everybody knows Frank Sinatra was one of the best singers in the world, but his talent as an actor should not be forgotten. Sure, there was his Oscar winning performance as Best Supporting Actor in From Here to Eternity, but his credentials go much further than that. He was Frankie Machine in The Man With the Golden Arm, Det. Sgt. Joe Leland in The Detective, and Major Bennett Marco in The Manchurian Candidate, not to mention his lighter roles as Danny Wilson in Meet Danny Wilson and Danny Ocean in Ocean’s 11. The list of Sinatra’s theatrical achievements could go on and on, but his best role was as Joe E. Lewis in the bio pic The Joker Is Wild. This story about a man who gets his throat cut by the Mob for singing at the wrong night club allows Sinatra to convey a wide range of emotions, not to mention croon “All the Way”—the Oscar winning Best Song of 1957. This clip shows the man making peace with himself as he pursues a new career as a comedian. Sinatra comes off as natural as any guy who talks to his reflection in store windows, and despite the corniness of the scene, he is cool. Hey, it’s Sinatra, was he ever anything else!
The major networks brought us some October-related programming, but there were other big events in the TV world.
Halloween was well-represented on TV as ABC aired the classic It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, while NBC went with the more modern Monsters Vs. Aliens: Mutant Pumpkins From Outer Space. Also adding to the spooky fun was ABC Family’s 13 Nights of Halloween specials.
Conceived as a gift for fans who pre-ordered the new Angles LP, the Strokes’ video for mellow album track “Call Me Back” features slow motion water droplets and a pretty girl. Need more be said?