Tired of looking at pretty people? Or rather, what movies, television, magazines and most music videos deem “pretty”, until that vacuous definition starts to feed on itself, becoming ever more plastic and generic and surgically enhanced, and we end up with things like Heidi Montag?
Milwaukee’s the New Loud have made a video for their new song, “Heaven”, which is refreshingly replete with real live people. It recalls Godley and Creme’s 1985 video “Cry”, except without the creepy shape-shifting effects. Isn’t it nice to see some crows feet and thin lips once in a while?
The Hold Steady Heaven Is Whenever
Releasing: 4 May
The Hold Steady have been dropping pre-release tracks from their forthcoming album, Heaven Is Whenever, like they’re going out of style, offering up three new songs as exclusive premieres on various online sites. The album is among the most anticipated of the spring, especially since the band has been trumpeting a change in direction this time around from its thinking man’s bar-rock anthems to something “sonically more diverse”, as guitarist Tad Kubler puts it. Don’t know if any of the three leaked numbers stray too far from the Hold Steady’s consistently winning formula, but we’ll find out soon enough when Heaven Is Whenever comes out in May.
01 The Sweet Part of the City
02 Soft in the Center
03 The Weekenders
04 The Smidge
05 Rock Problems
06 We Can Get Together
07 Hurricane J
08 Barely Breathing
09 Our Whole Lives
10 A Slight Discomfort
Lt. Dan Choi in front of the WHite House,
handcuffed to the gate in his military fatigues,
discharged from being gay.
Wow, other people’s moral judgments just get sicker and sicker. Just goes to show that it never pays to ask a people to deny themselves. Caution, when I watched this clip streaming on CNN.com, it was preceded by a candy bar commercial where a family father ogles over a trio of teen girls in front of his wife who stands next to him struggling with their infant. The sweet confection gave the man time enough to think of an amenable excuse for checking out the prepubertal set of scantily clad young maidens: “I’m looking at potential babysitters,” he finally blurts out after his candy-snack jack. He was gonna exploit them one way or another—or both! In the same warped universe around the same warped time, there was also story about an announcement made over the PA system in a retail shop in Jersey: “Attention Wal-Mart customers, all Black people leave the store now.” So, this should all situate the following clip about a military service woman being granted a marriage license by one state, outed to her government employer by the police, and dropped by the sidelines by our society in the same warped nation-state. Ask. Tell. And See this:
As any fan knows, Lost does not feature an opening credit sequence (aside from the title screen), but a little hangup like that isn’t going to stop fans from imagining what one would be like.
Throughout its broadcast history, various fan made interpretations have surfaced, many of which are hilarious for their erroneous juxtaposition.
The first theme montage to gain traction is this one, and it’s notable for actually composing an original theme. The cheesiness of the song completely ignores the often brooding and somber tone the show thrives on. Something about it screams “syndication”:
The next one to surface screams “syndication”, but much more intentionally. Here’s Lost... if it were Baywatch.
If you went to go search on iTunes for the Baywatch theme immediately after watching that, you are not alone.
The latest take on Lost‘s opening credit sequence takes a page from the Saul Bass playbook. This ‘60s style credit sequence mimics Bass’s work on such classic films as Alfred Hitchcock’s North By Northwest. It’s more visually pleasing than funny, but there a few clever visual puns in there to make viewers chuckle.
Last but not least, although this next video isn’t exactly a take on Lost‘s opening credit sequence, it deserves to stand with the rest of these clips.
Ladies and gentlemen, witness “Hurley in the USA.”