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Terrific Tunes For Tuesday – Take 67

One of my favorite bands is XTC, as some of you know. They did a couple side projects back in the day, masquerading as the psychedelic band “The Dukes Of Stratosphear”. The alter-ego band was comprised of Sir John Johns, The Red Curtain, Lord Cornelious Plum, and E.I.E.I. Owen…

Here’s what Andy Partridge, leader of XTC, had to say about this tune, a sort-of homage to The Beatles “I Am The Walrus”:

We dressed up in the gear, and we had a dummy piano painted in psychedelic swirls, and just made every pop promotional film from 1967 all together in one film. Including this cod Pathe News voiceover at the start which said (plummy newsreel voice) “Here we see Chittingfold House, home of the Frobisher-Harrises since 1667. Some three hundred years later, the English pop group The Dukes of Stratosphear have decided to perform their latest pop recording, ‘The Mole From The Ministry’.” And then it went into this piece of cod. And we were so happy with it, cause it was the only video to that date where we’d had total input and we’d been listed to instead of, oh no, we’re gonna do it my way instead. Cause that always happened on our videos, we just had to shut up and do as we were told. But that one came out great. And then Virgin Records said no, we’re not going to spend any money on it. We said, look, it already exists! You just pay two thousand pounds to the BBC and you can buy it from them! And they wouldn’t do it. So there is a video in existence — it’s quite long, it’s about five minutes long. . .

 

Get the music: Dukes Of Stratosphear | XTC | Andy Partridge

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TERRIFIC TUNES FOR TUESDAY – TAKE 66

It’s called “Is This Tainted Love?” This mash-up is the classic Soft Cell song mixed with some Bob Marley. No, really. Check it out. There’s not really a video but the mash-up is fun.

 

Other music by Bob Marley | Soft Cell

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Terrific Tunes For Tuesday – Take 64

It’s been a while, but today’s Terrific Tune For Tuesday is Melanie Martinez video for “Pity Party”. Old-timers like me will recognize the piece of Lesley Gore’s “It’s My Party”, but don’t worry, credit is given and Melanie takes it into a whole new area. Actually, I’d recommend the whole “Cry Baby” CD by Melanie, but here’s a bit of it. Enjoy this Pity Party.

 

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Terrific Tunes For Tuesday – Take 63

It’s around Halloween time, so my thoughts turned to Oingo Boingo. Of course. Yours too, I presume. So here’s their classic song “Dead Man’s Party” with a bit of a different video. It’s made up of scenes from two Tim Burton movies that Boingo frontman Danny Elfman did the music for, The Nightmare Before Christmas and The Corpse Bride.

Enjoy!

 

 

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Terrific Tunes For Tuesday – Take 61

Many of you know that I am a big fan of the British group XTC. They made plenty of great music over the years, but they also had a side project, The Dukes Of Stratosphear. Pretending to be a psychedelic band from the sixties, they released an EP (“25 O’Clock”) and a full album (“Psonic Psunspot”) of great and clever psychedelic rock tunes. This song, “The Mole From The Ministry”, borrows heavily from The Beatles “I Am The Walrus” video (and music), which I also love. Some of their other tunes borrow lovingly from Pink Floyd, The Hollies, and other groups from back in the day. You can (and probably should) get both their records on one CD called “Chips From The Chocolate Fireball”.

Anyway, check this out!

 

 

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See more and shop for: Dukes of Stratosphear | XTC

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Terrific Tunes For Tuesday – Take 60

This is fun, hope you agree. It mashes up the Beatles classic “Come Together” with the recent mega-hit by Lorde, “Royals”. I got a smile out of it, maybe you will too?

 

 

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See more and shop for: The Beatles | Lorde

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Terrific Tunes For Tuesday – Take 59

This is a fun one, hope you agree. It’s Vampire Weekend’s video for “Diane Young” from their latest album “Modern Vampires Of The City”.

 

 

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Vampire Weekend music | Modern Vampires Of The CIty

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Terrific Tunes For Tuesday – Take 58

kate bushAlso known as “Happy Birthday, Kate Bush”…

Kate Bush (learn more) has been a huge musical talent for thirty-some years. She is eccentric, even weird at times, but totally original and one of a kind. Her last few albums have been a bit too much on the mellow side, but her first six or so albums are interesting, clever, arty, and highly recommended. Her voice may not be for everyone, and her songs may not be either. But give her a few listens with an open mind and you might just hear a unique talent.

Her eclectic musical style and idiosyncratic vocal style have made her one of the United Kingdom’s most successful solo female performers of the past 35 years. – from the Wikipedia article

Seriously, there is no one like her. Give her a chance and listen to something different and original.

Here’s the video for “Suspended In Gaffa”:

 

 

and here are a few more videos, after the “continue…”:


Terrific Tunes For Tuesday – Take 56

I just finished watching The Beatles “Magical Mystery Tour” and was going to post a Beatles video, but when I was looking around and thinking about it, I decided to post this instead. For now at least. It’s “Gimme Sympathy” by Metric, a modern band with 5 or 6 albums out, all very good, some songs great. Is this one great? Well, it does reference The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. Good start, huh? But with a modern sound. And singer Emily Haines is a great vocalist, not sure if that comes through on this track but trust me on this.

Now watch and listen, you will probably want to turn up the volume while you’re at it.

 

 

“Come on baby play me somethin’ like “Here Comes The Sun”….

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