ELO’s Jeff Lynne With More Hair Coming Out of His Head Than Previously Thought Humanly Possible

I’m on an ELO binge right now, so you all need to watch this.

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Uh Ohh-a Ohh-a! Video Kills Bruce Wooley and the Camera Club

I posted a Bappi Lahiri song the other day that borrowed the famous “ohh-a ohh-as” from The Buggles’ Video Killed the Radio Star.

To balance that out, here’s a version of Video Killed the Radio star, from Bruce Woolley and the Camera Club, which doesn’t  contain any “ohh-a ohh-as” at all.

Woolley’s version of the song, which he co-wrote, predated the much more famous Buggles version. The album it’s from, English Garden, is stuffed with great songs. I would call it a forgotten masterpiece, but most people didn’t know about it when it came out, either.

There used to be a bunch of videos up on Youtube showing Bruce and his band performing some of his best songs, featuring a bespectacled keyboard player whose fame went on to eclipse both Bruce and The Buggles: Thomas Dolby.

Some more tracks from Woolley:

Oh, and here, for good measure, are The Buggles doing their version of Video Killed the Radio Star.

Jimmy Jimmy, Jimmy, Jimmy Jimmy

While we’re still talking Bappi Lahiri, here’s what’s probably his most famous song, Jimmy Jimmy Aaja, which of course MIA sampled (covered? recreated?) in her song Jimmy.

Speaking of Jimmies, here are The Undertones, doing their completely unrelated song “Jimmy Jimmy.”

Kissing a Prog: Robert John Godfrey’s Fall of Hyperion

I don’t know anything about this crazy prog extravaganza from 1974, except that I started listening to it and … I think I sort of love it.

Well, ok, I found a few things online about the album, and the one odd factoid that stood out for me was that the guy playing guitar on the album was a very young James Honeyman Scott, whom you may recall was later in a little  band called The Pretenders. Pretty much none of his distinctive later style is evident on this album, though, which is actually pretty light on guitar overall.

Oll Raigh!

Italian pop star sings a song in gibberish that’s supposed to sound like English with an American drawl (and which occasionally seems to lapse into actual English). Not only do I love the, er, “lyrics,” but I love that relentless backing track. And of course the video, which combines two “live” performances of the song on Italian TV.

I know, this was big on the Internets a couple of years ago, and I should move on. But I love this song. I could listen to it on repeat for ten hours, and maybe I will.

Hold something!

Are you ready? Are you ready for this?

Do you like it? Do you like it like this?

 

10cc invents ambient drone, in 1975

I’ve always loved the hazy miasma in? around? of? this song. Remove the melody, and the drums, and you’ve got a wonderfully warm, lazy, ambient track.

Godley and Creme — former members of 10cc — went for a similar effect at the end of their 1995 song “Cry.”

The first guy in the “Cry” video is what I imagine happens every time an MRA sees my other blog.

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