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After Life | 1998 | dir. Hirokazu Koreeda

One of my favorite movies.

thefinalimage:

After Life | 1998 | dir. Hirokazu Koreeda

One of my favorite movies.

True dat.

True dat.

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Caveat: I have not had this song in my head because it relates to any person in particular, especially you, dear reader. ;)

A lot of mornings, I wake up humming the opening bars of this song. As is typical for my earworms, I do not start with the choruses or the hooks, so I sometimes do not know what song is in my head until I hear it play and get slapped with the realization I’ve been singing this song for weeks. What compounds that with this song is how it combines so many different eras of music. It has the 50s surf band feel and the 80s synth band feel and the perfect syncopated beats of today’s EDM.

And who doesn’t love a good F-You song? You never know when you’re going to need one. And what I love about Martin Solveig is that his music is so damn fun. He doesn’t care about creating art, but he artfully crafts songs that epitomize good times. I listen to his radio station on Spotify when I’m playing Mario Kart, which is how I found this one. Can’t get it out of my head but don’t mind that it’s there. 

(Source: Spotify)

Tags: Warhol art

"I wanted to make a statement with that record about the possibilities of electronic music—how I felt it was the most accessible, democratic music, except for punk—and I think I did that."

— From Daniel Miller of The Normal talking about “Warm Leatherette” in Mad World: An Oral History of New Wave Artists and Songs that Defined the 80s.

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Cat on a Hot Tin Roof | 1958 | dir. Richard Brooks

Love this movie. As I get older, I imagine what it would be like to play Big Daddy in a stage production.

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Cat on a Hot Tin Roof | 1958 | dir. Richard Brooks

Love this movie. As I get older, I imagine what it would be like to play Big Daddy in a stage production.

Tags: film

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Tongues Untied, 1989 (dir. Marlon T. Riggs)

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Tongues Untied, 1989 (dir. Marlon T. Riggs)

Tags: film

When I created the Blast from the Past tag, I was thinking it would mostly be songs from the 80s, but the 90s will have to count, too. I was reading the latest Dave Holmes listicle in Vulture, and it contains this song. As he notes, it’s one of those songs we’ve forgotten about and never hear, so when we do hear it, we love it as much as we did twenty years ago. I sure do.

Quite oddly, it is not available on iTunes or Spotify. None of her work from the 1990s is. I own the CD, so I have a copy in my collection, but it’s a shame it has mostly disappeared. There must have been some legal battle over something at some point. It’s a shame because this is one of those songs where I always feel better after I listen to it, even if I was in a pretty great mood before.

And one fun piece of trivia: this video was directed by Zack Snyder! I guess he can direct something where all the guys keep their shirts on.

Here’s the latest song I can’t get out of my head. It was released in 2012, but I just discovered it a few weeks ago. It was recorded by Monsta, a group that now goes by the name I See Monstas. It has that Pixies and Nirvana feel of cycling from quiet to loud, from soft to hard. It’s drop after drop after drop, which is what makes an earworm for me. It’s quiet, but I end up nodding my head back and forth because I can hear the song in my mind, repeating the cycle and mining those prelapsarian parts of the brain that gravitate toward pure beat. The song is only four minutes long, but I can play it in my head for hours. 

(Source: Spotify)

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Josie Cotton’s 1981 “Johnny Are You Queer” (via Matt’s Facebook)