The Accordion Connection

Simone says there's a popular indie rock band called the "Accordion Connection, you know, that one with all the guys on stage at once, and one of them has a drum? You know who I mean". Anyway, this is an unrelated blog of bitchin' YouTube videos.

Monday, May 29, 2006

Guilty Pleasures Monday!

Wait, is it still called a "Guilty Pleasure" if you enjoy it because of how stupid it is, not in spite of? Because while it is a well-known fact that I totally secretly really enjoy hipster-trash culture, from Goldfrapp to that plastic necklace shaped like a swan that Simone won't let me buy,I think this video might be different. I mean, I enjoy watching this because it is the dumbest thing I've seen all year. And even though it involves the guiltiest of all my secret pleasures all at once( coked up hipster trash, bad dancing, electroclash remixes, American Apparel), I just don't enjoy it in quite the same furtive, forbidden way I enjoy my genuine guilty pleasures, like how I ordered the swan necklace off the internet while Simone was asleep. Anyway, now it's time to put on some ironic panties, cut up some blow, make sure your dad is paying for your apartment, and let's all get down with this:

I Can't Even Believe I Am Posting This...

Dude, I'm such a retard for finding this funny and I don't even care!



And now you don't respect me anymore, but whatever. I mean, that was still better than "Gray's Anatomy", am I right?

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Don't Ruin it With Pants: Redux



I'm not going to ruin it with words, either.

Don't Ruin it With Pants: Prince and the "Dirty Mind" Era

By the end of the 1979/80 tour for his self-titled album, Prince had traded in the gold spandex pants and flowy shirts for the understated class of a zebra-print bikini and thigh highs:



Not wanting to ruin the line of the enseble, but perhaps looking for a more elegant way to display his junk, Prince opted for the sophisticated glamour of a black thongish bikini, thigh highs, red bandanna, and little trench coat with studs carefully set on the right shoulder for his next album, "Dirty Mind" (1980):



"Dirty Mind" is a really, really excellent album. Every song rocks, and one of my favorites of all time, "Uptown," includes the immortal line, "black, white, puerto rican/ Everybody's just a-freakin'," which really makes Prince one of the great integrationists of the 20th century, you know? On a side note, I inevitably get this song stuck in my head whenever I'm on a train going, you guessed it, uptown:



Now some of you may be wondering, "what the fuck is up with that guy wearing scrubs?" That's Matt Fink, aka "Doctor Fink," and, well, that was his schtick.

Here's Prince performing "Dirty Mind." It's basically the same as "Uptown," in terms of content, but with more prancing.



And as an extra bonus, because I promised you clear vinyl pants, and then the video was gone, and then I cried, but now it's okay because here's "Why you wanna treat me so bad," and yes, the bassist Andre Cymone is wearing clear pants.



That's an awful lot of Mick Jagger-esque posturing for one song. Also, nice scarves, man.

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Crap!

It has been brought to my attention that certain videos are no longer available to watch. I can promise you that I have put a pox on those jerks who dared take down their videos of prince on american bandstand and tom waits on fishing with john. Curses!

Perhaps these minstrels can soothe my jangled nerves:



Holy Crap, Rock and Roll Highschool was such a bad movie! I remember a friend of mine was really obsessed with the idea that Rock and Roll Highschool 2 was the superior movie, like it would blow our minds with it's awesomeness or something. The reality of the situation is that it's just as bad as the first Rock and Roll Highschool, only the Ramones weren't involved. On that note, apparently when they were filming with the Ramones, DeeDee had like one line, and the line was something like, "Let's get pizza," and he was so fucked up, he just couldn't say it. Shades of Marilyn "where's my ukelele?" Monroe in Some Like It Hot, people.

Whatever. Have the rolling stones killed.

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Good-Bad, Not Evil.

The Shangri-las consisted of two sets of sisters, Marge and Mary Anne Ganser, and Mary and Betty Weiss, fresh off the streets of Queens. And they were fierce. Here they are singing "Great Big Kiss," which was released in 1964. Or '65, i'm not entirely sure.



This is definitely the most pop-y, peppy song they made. We all know "Leader of the Pack," the golden classic of teenage angst-ridden love/death ballads. But the Shangri-las had a hold on the teen-angst market back in the 60s, with other uber-dramatic, tragic masterpieces such as "He Cried," "Give us your Blessings," and "Dressed in Black." And lest we forget, "Remember (Walking in the Sand)," which was covered to great effect by the Go-Gos in the early 80s. Other girl groups tried to get in on the action, with song titles such as "Don't Drag No More," "Condition Red," and "Chico's Girl," but they couldn't hold a note next to the original teen angst queens, the Shangri-las.

Saturday, May 06, 2006

Doves are crying, y'all: a post about Prince. The first of many.

A while ago I was at a midnight sing-along screening of "Purple Rain" hosted by drag queen extraordinaire Peaches Christ. I was drunk. I was with my friend Jen. At some emotional point in the movie I remember screaming "DOVES ARE CRYING, Y'ALL!" and getting a big laugh. Well, I think people laughed. So anyway, that explains that.

Oh, Prince. I would say he can do no wrong, but he HAS done plenty wrong. "The most beautiful girl in the world"? "Rave un2 the joy fantastic" or whatever the fuck? calling himself, you know, a symbol? All horrible things. Yet, there were several years when he really could do no wrong. I like to call these years about 1978 - 1987 or so. Well, his last fully good album was "1999," and that was released in, like, 1983 or something... But "sign o' the times" includes such genius as "If I was your girlfriend," but also a whole lot of crap... I'm guesstimating here, people. Anyway, let's start at the beginning of these years, 1979-1980. Prince's self titled album came out in 1979, when he was, like, 21.

I think the record company had him lie about his age or something and say he was 19. Here he is performing "I wanna be your lover" and "why you wanna treat me so bad?" The real gem here is the utterly bizarre and ridiculous interview between the two songs. Well, that and the bassist's pants. Look at them! They're clear vinyl! AMAZING!



And here his is again performing "I wanna be your lover." I'm including this because I think it's important to note what Prince is wearing: a pair of little shorts, which are hitched up to show off his nutsack. And thigh highs. And silver platform boots. Prince's dick-centric costuming continues throughout his early career, which we shall see in later postings, darlings. Enjoy the show.

Thursday, May 04, 2006

I believe in catch, put in your pants, then release.

Ah, Tom Waits. I would sell my first-born to see him play live. I mean, if I were the breeding type. Somehow, some of us, like Gaby, had the sense to see him play in high school. You know, back when he toured some. I was too busy playing dress up and wishing I was a boy so I could grow up and be a drag queen and listening to, like, Duran Duran 10 years too late to even know who Tom Waits was.

Anyway, here's Tom Waits on the bizzare show "Fishing with John." My friend Austin used to talk about this episode all the time. And he knew all about it, but I forgot what he told me. But if you want to watch 30 minutes of Tom Waits hanging out with some guy, going fishing with that guy, getting seasick, and then putting a fish he caught in his pants, well, go for it:

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

I'll meet you by the third pyramid

When I was in high school, I spent a significant amount of time dying my hair various shades of pink. My friends and I would have arguments about which brand of dye was better: punky color or special effects. (by the way, it's special effects, don't be fooled). I feel that some of the blame for my obsession with giant, neon hair and mis-matched, brightly colored vintage clothing rests squarely on the impeccably coifed hairdos of the B-52s. Of course, back then, I only wanted to hear "love shack", over and over and over and over again, ad nauseum. However, a little while ago I made the discovery that there's more to the B-52s than a "tin roof, rusted!"

Case in point: "Legal Tender", from the 1983ish album "Whammy." This is one of my favorite B52s songs of all time. Whammy also includes such hits as "Song for a Future Generation," which, if you haven't heard it, well, I feel sorry for you.



Running a counterfiting operation has never sounded so delightful!

And here's a live performance of "Mesopotamia" from the, I think, 1981 or so David Byrne-produced EP "Mesopotamia." Originally, "Mesopotamia" was supposed to be a full-length album, and it is one of the great tragedies of the 20th century that it was pared back to an EP.



Look at Fred Schneider dance!

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Morningwood Fairy: A Beavis and Butthead Collection

Simone and I still talk like Beavis and Butthead all the time and that's why we don't have any friends except each other. Now, having established our credentials, here are our favorite selections from YouTube's B + B archives :

"PTA": with videos by Slash's Snakepit, Pink Floyd, and Ted Nugent


"Plastic Surgin'": with videos by Pantera, Sheena E., Rush, and some truly objectionable late-period Prince song


"Radio Sweethearts": with videos by Sonic Youth, Soundgarden, and Greta (??)


"Skin Trade": Okay, the important thing here is that this one has this fucking video by Gary Young and I used to run around the house singing this song at the top of my lungs all the time when I was 13, making me even more obnoxious than I already was. I know you can't imagine that, but it's true


And finally, "The Mystery of Morning Wood":




Not a full episode, but still worth your attention:


Nine Inch Nails--hey everybody, remember Nine Inch Nails? Remember when that guy from Nine Inch Nails looked all awesome and like he was dying, and not totally roid-ridden and like Henry Rollins? Yeah, that:


I know the first two seem retarded, but stick around for the "March of the Pigs" video. It's funny.
PS: I was just kidding looked when I said he ever looked awesome. Seriously.

xo

You'll Poke Your Eye Out

Uh, I meant, you'll go blind.



Cyndi Lauper's "She Bop". Simone says "Best. Video. Ever"

PS: But also? I was feeling left out, because I mean I love Cyndi Lauper and all, but then what I really really love is the video below, which speaks to my childhood desire to live in the Haunted Mansion at Disney Land, and also reminds me of a more innocent time, where you could dance around in a werewolf outfit on tv and girls would still find you sexy. America, you've changed, not me. So, for all of those reasons, I present you with the Backstreet Boys' "Everybody ( Back Street's Back)". Who knew that little mummy would grow up to beat Paris Hilton? The world's changing, man. Too fast, too fast.



xo