Don’t Save Me

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Come a little close-ah

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Perfect summer song? (part deux)

Why is this a perfect song for summer? I’m not sure, but it’s catchy, and the fact that the video features neon aerobics outfits sure doesn’t hurt.

For more summer tunes, head over to Uncle TNUC for his compilation of ‘wet hot summer anthems’, that includes this gem from Goldroom.

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Perfect summer song?

I hate the video (it was meant as a D&G commercial..), LOVE the song.
This is, by the way, also the GIOGO ‘theme song’.

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Music video trivia time!

Everyone loves a good ‘before they were famous’ special. So here you go, you’re welcome!

Let me start with an obvious one. So Courteney Cox was in Dancing in the Dark, duh. But this song is just so good and also such a classic.

Before she was telling it like it is on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Lisa Vanderpump was an arrow-slinging video vixen. (sans minidog, that is)

If you needed someone with over-the-top stereotypical Latina accent and mannerism in 1993, Jenny was your homegirl!

This isn’t an actual music video, in the sense that it was ever on MTV, but the international rules of hilarity allow me to post it anyway. Would it be too snarky to say it’s clear who the Kardashian sisters got their talent from? A little bit? OK I won’t say it then.

If you can guess who appeared in Love Shack you get a 100000000-point bonus. I’ll give you a hint: skip to 2:04 to see him/her (!). The answer is after the jump!
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God Bless Reality TV!

‘God Bless America’ is the title of a dark comedy by director Bobcat Goldthwait (you know him, it’s this guy) set to be released in Spring 2012. The movie is about a man who goes on a Boondock Saints-like killing spree targeted at America’s dumbed-down society in general, and the vain and vapid stars of reality TV that have become the icons of this society in specific.

Pop culture and television are often blamed for being the root (or cause) of evil and degeneration, while they are seen as a direct reflection of society and whatever is wrong with it at the same time. On the other hand, film, for instance, is usually considered an art form/artistic expression. A few of the premises of these perspectives on TV are that 1: (American) society is dumbing down, 2: a medium can straightforwardly and simply represent society, and 3: the relation between a medium and its users is immediate and one-on-one (television can have a direct and negative influence on viewers). TV makers often respond to the criticism of reality TV by saying that they are simply offering what the public wants, rather than challenge these assumptions.

I noticed a parody of my much-beloved The Bad Girls Club (called Tuff Gurlz) in the trailer, which leads me to recommend watching this 7-minute supercut of the best fights on The Bad Girls Club. (But be sure not to watch if you think watching it will suddenly compel you to take your clothes off and rip weaves off random people’s heads).

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In case anyone missed it…

This is probably the most badass video I’ve ever seen, period.

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Stars a spanglin’!

Steven Tyler’s rendition of the Star-Spangled Banner at the AFC championship yesterday and all of the criticism it sparked goes to show once again how very seriously Americans take their national anthem. (I can’t even imagine Dutch people ever being outraged about a rendition of the Wilhelmus, because that would pretty much never happen.) With Tyler sounding like..well..Tyler, and him having sung the Star-Spangled Banner twice before, I do wonder just what they were expecting from him?..

Anyway, here are some of the best (I use the term ‘best’ loosely here..) renditions of the American national anthem in history (or: on YouTube).

For an excellent analysis of this performance, read Jaap Kooijman’s article ‘Bombs bursting in air: the Gulf War, 9/11, and the Super Bowl Performances of ‘The star-spangled banner’ by Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey’ (also quoted in his book ‘Fabricating the Absolute Fake’).

This one brings a tear to my eye every time.

I especially enjoy the hearing-impaired version going on in the lower left corner.

It’s the barber shop version BABY! (With a wee Nick Carter!)

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Monki Television favourites

For those who aren’t familiar with Monki Television: it’s a weekly clip made by Monki about ‘girls whose creativity and personal style inspire us’ (and incidentally help sell some clothes, too). I can never get enough of lurking at people’s homes and lives, especially if I don’t know them (is that weird?) and they have an envious wardrobe.

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At home with Courtney Love


xoJane went on a tour of Courtney Love’s house in New York (the one she allegedly is being kicked out of). In all its feminine, old world, witch-y etherealness, it’s exactly what you would expect Love’s house to look like.

And then, as a bonus, takes us inside her closet. It’s too good!

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