the fire’s in your eyes, and the words aren’t really clear

I intend to depress you later this week with lots of political ranting, so I’d better get on your good side early.

First, c/o the comic geniuses at Overthinking It, here’s Chapters One through Five of R. Kelly’s Trapped in the Closetrunning simultaneously. They describe it as “the music video equivalent of eating a bullion cube,” and I can’t fault the analogy:

Second, from our friends at BoingBoing, former Talking Heads frontman David Byrne turns a building into an instrument and plays it. Why? Because he’s David Byrne.

Third, here’s the YouTube Channel for Back Porch Videos, a cable access show from Detroit in the early 80s. Teenage and college-aged VJs played the latest and hottest alternative music videos. It’s almost bittersweet to watch it now, as you can’t find a cable channel these days that plays alternative music videos, or even music videos at all.

For instance, here’s Cheap Trick’s “I Can’t Take It,” one of my favorites:

Fourth, I bring you Amy Winehouse and Charlotte Church covering Michael Jackson’s “Beat It” in an October 2006 concert. Charlotte, a world-renowned opera singer by the age of 12, shoots Winehouse a death glare at 0:21 and it only gets worse. If you can watch the video all the way through, you have a stronger stomach for the humiliation of a human being than I do.

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6 Responses

  1. holy jesus. church vs. winehouse was a train wreck. and even though amy ruined the whole thing, i still kind of like her better. charlotte church was just giving off such a holier than thou vibe that i don’t like at all. i love a hot mess i guess.

  2. We know about your hot mess love.

    … wait, what?

  3. You really need to watch the first 12 Chapters to see the pure genius. It all starts to come together in Chapter 9.

  4. Is it just me, or did they *turn off* Winehouse’s mike for the last minute or so?

  5. I couldn’t make it that far without cringing myself into epilepsy, so I couldn’t tell you.

  6. […] the fire’s in your eyes, and the words aren’t really clear […]

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