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Vintage Video: Gay Edition May 4, 2008

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These are songs with a gay sensibility, be they the song lyrics or one or more of the group members being gay.

1) The Pet Shop Boys – It’s a Sin (Come on, a nun dancing in a rest room with a hunky boy, you figure it out.)

2) The Pet Shop Boys – West End Girls (East, west – here in Providence East is the ritzy side, west is the poor side)

3) The Pet Shop Boys – What Have I Done to Deserve This (Probably the gayest one of the bunch. and includes a solo by Dusty Springfield)

4) Erasure – Lay All Your Love On Me (This is a synth number that tries to be high NRG but misses it a little)

5) Erasure – A Little Respect (The line being “What reason reason would drive a man to posses his lover…)

6) Erasure – Chains of Love (This one is a gay anthem for sure.)

Special note about Erasure. My first exposure to them happened in the late 80’s. I was just beginning my coming out process and had met Ron and Mike. Ron ended up being one of my BFF except in my lexicon, BFF doesn’t mean Best Friends Forever though part of it works, Best Fucking Friend is more to my liking though not in the sexual sense. You get it right?

Anyhow we used to do afternoon drinks at a little gay bar called Galaxy and Erasure would frequently be playing.

Anyhow Ron was my confidant, he new my inner freak. He also knew my taste in men and well, he actually helped me find them. I’d be home and I’d get a phone call to come over to his apartment, there was someone he wanted me to meet.

Ron died back in 1994 of complications of AIDS. I still miss him to this day.

Continuing on…

Frankie Goes to Hollywood – Relax (The unedited version none the less.

Frankie Goes to Hollywood – The Power of Love

ABC – The Look of Love (I don’t know why but ABC always screamed gay to me.)

ABC – Poison Arrow

And Onanite, you have to know at least a couple of these. You too were a creature from the 80’s like me.

Vintage Video: Cameo May 1, 2008

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I haven’t done a Vintage Video in quite some time so I thought I’d kick it up a bit.

This week it’s Cameo. If you don’t know Cameo you’re in for a treat. They were a very brash, very out there funk/dance band. They produced such hits as She’s Strange, Word Up!, Candy, Back and Forth, etc. The middle three were classic 80’s fare and I spun them on a regular basis when I was at WDOM 91.3FM.

First on the list is Attack Me With Your Love

Single Life

Some really old Cameo, Flirt

Shake Your Pants

One that plays on the racial divide, Skin I’m In

Word Up!

Candy!

And here’s an oddity, a slow jam from called “Hagin’ Downtown”

And as long as I’m talking Cameo, I have to talk about Charlie Singleton. He was one of their guitarists.

Make Your Move on Me Baby

Vintage Video: The Brothers Johnson November 3, 2007

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First up we have my favorite of theirs, Stomp. They had it all, good baseline, good beat, horns, strings, the whole ball of wax. They were a Quincy Jones production and you can definitely hear his influence in there.

And from 1980 we have Light Up the Night. This stuff was great cruising music. And by cruising I mean with cars. This brings back my memories of Providence in that time period. It was a little bit gritty but great fun. I was a sophomore in high school when this came out.

And then we have Get the Funk Outta Ma Face. This my friends is a funk anthem. Unfortunately it’s an album cover video but just so good I had to include it.

Unfortunately the copyright mania at YouTube means that one of their more popular tunes Strawberry Letter 23 has been “Removed”. I’d like to remove the authors of the DMCA. While we’re at it I’d like to see serious patent reform, because patenting an RFC for things like hard drive connectors, wireless methods etc. when prior art is already in existence is seriously bad karma.

Vintage Video: Thomas Dolby October 22, 2007

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For pure synth heaven, you really can’t beat Thomas Dobly. He was a bit of a phenomenon in the 80’s.

His first hit to make it in the U.S. was “She Blinded Me With Science”.

The next one I remember is “Europa and the Pirate Twins”. This is an interesting take on first love.

And here we are with “One of Our Submarines”. I’m decoding the morse code in this, it’s mostly gibberish. They could have at least did the … — …, aka SOS. At least this one features some real guitar. It’s not completely synth driven but close.

Finally we have “Hyperactive”. A little up-tempo piece by Dobly that is pretty guitar centric with a bit of horn too!

Vintage Video – The Gap Band October 4, 2007

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Ok, I had to sneak some Gap Band in here.

First up “You Dropped a Bomb on Me”. A little synth heavy but not all that bad. And they didn’t put a lot of work into the video. But it’s still pretty good if repetitive.

And of course there’s “Party Train”.

This is “Oops Upside Your Head”. I like this one a lot since it’s guitar ]bass heavy. And pretty funky stuff too!

And here they are singing “Outstanding”. There was a live version but the studio version sounds so much better.

And I’ve saved the best for last, “Burn Rubber”. Oh this was the jam back in the day.

Vintage Video – Full Force September 30, 2007

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Full Force was responsible for some very interesting stuff during the 80’s More to the point, they were the backing band for Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam as well as UTFO.

First up is Temporary Love Thing. It was the 80’s after all and lets just say that music in general had a sort of unbridled sexual theme to it.

Here’s Ain’t My Type of Hype. I feel this is the point where Full Force jumped the shark. The animated character ECROF (Nothing but Force spelled backwards). It’s also slightly New Jack in style. The drum beat is definitely sampled in lots of hip-hop.

And Friends B-4 Lovers, first of all the leetization of the word ‘before’ is interesting. You could say this is a somewhat repentant Full Force.

And then the story of betrayal in All In My Mind.

Vintage Video – Joan Jett September 20, 2007

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Here’s this weeks installment of Vintage Video, Joan Jett. You’ll note that the main theme of Vintage Video seems to be guitar heavy. I like it like that.

Here she is telling us she doesn’t give a damn about her Bad Reputation. More to the point, this is her “Fuck You” moment to the recording industry. Gotta love a girl with moxy.

Followed up by the anthem I Love Rock and Roll. This is the track that first turned me on to Joan Jett and The Blackhearts. The guitar is simply fucking awesome.

And here she is singing “I Hate Myself for Loving You”. Again, good chords, etc.

And just for Onanite talking about the lesbians drooling, here’s Joan’s appearance on the Ellen Degeneres show. When the camera panned out to the audience it was ALL women. You can’t tell me that the dyke quotient wasn’t rather high THAT day.

Next week we’ll switch it up a little bit with a band from the 80’s called Full Force.

Info on Vintage Video September 15, 2007

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One thing you will notice about my Vintage Video feature is that it’s very guitar centric. My former boss pointed out that most of my favorite music that I’d flagged in iTunes was heavy on guitar and bass. So while it’s main focus will be guitar (Which I’m seriously thinking about learning to play since I’ve found out that electric guitars and amps aren’t all that expensive anymore.) with a slight dabbling into synthesizers/keyboards.

Next week I’m considering some Joan Jett. And maybe the week after that some Brothers Johnson. You can get a little taste by checking out the Now Playing tag on this post. Get the Funk Out ma Face has an uncanny similarity to, oh, Get the fuck out of my face.

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Now playing: The Brothers Johnson – Get The Funk Out Ma Face
via FoxyTunes

Vintage Video September 15, 2007

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So I’m trolling around YouTube and I had the bright idea for a new feature of my blog, Vintage Video. This week, The Clash. I always dug them since hearing “Rock the Casbah”.

This Is Radio Clash

Rock the Casbah

And who could forget this anthem, Should I Stay or Should I Go?