Ok so I’m a HUUUGE fan of Christmas. It’s my favourite time of year, the frost on the Windows, roaring fire, hot chocolate and all the rest of it. It’s the best and for me Christmas begins about… eh a month before everyone else because my Christmas tree and lights go up around November 7th, 8th.
Anyway I know it’s Christmas for everyone else when this song plays. It has been named “the best Christmas song of the 21st century” on numerous occasions and it has been in the chart a total of 10 times since its initial release back in 1985.
The video was filmed during a “bitterly cold” thanksgiving weekend, it shows shots of New York city and is mainly filmed in a bar and in a police station. The song is a nice mix of Irish folk music and a few other genres but it has a very iconic tune to it which adds to the Christmas feeling.
Kristy MacColl, the female lead, died in a boating accident a while back but the pogues still perform the song to this day, of course it’s not the same without her. Anyway enjoy my favourite Christmas song ever 🙂
“Do you believe in destiny?”
Taken from the soundtrack of Francis Ford Coppola’s: Bram Stoker’s Dracula, one of my favourite spooky films. Annie Lennox composed and performed this haunting ballad as the theme tune to the 1992 blockbuster. Though the video isn’t that perfect of quality (Sorry about that) the audio is still pretty cool. Continue reading
Industrial legend goes gothic…
Taken from the soundtrack of the fabulously odd David Lynch film ‘Lost Highway’, this song is a bit of curio even for NIN fans. Written exclusively for the film in a very short space of time, Trent Reznor decided to experiment with different sounds and styles for this particular track. As such it’s not quite what you’d expect from the band and that’s probably why I like it. Unfortunately there is not one good version of the vid on YouTube and this one actually cuts off the lush piano outro. However it’s still an interesting song and no doubt if you wanna here the complete song you can find it with ease on the interwebz.
I picked this song really for the video which is full of brilliant gothic imagery and things that could have come straight out of an Edgar Allen Poe piece. It’s very creepy and actually quite sad if you pay attention to the story the video is telling. I think that’s another reason why I like it because music videos should always be more than just an excuse for good looking boys and girls to throw shapes in an imaginary nightclub while flash cars do doughnuts in the car park…holy shit I just described an average night out with ‘The Riot’ in Los Santos : P
Anywho, enjoy. And for all of you Twin Peaks fans out there, one last curio. The script for Lost Highway was derived from David Lynch’s plans for Audrey Horne if a third season of the show was commissioned. Eat that Scoob : P
a.k.a ‘The Commish’
Today’s tune of terror comes from one of my musical heroes – Richard D James who is better known as the Aphex Twin.
The song Windowlicker will be very familiar to everyone who plays GTA Online as it appears on the playlist for radio station – Flylo FM (the weird one that Molly moans about)
Directed by British video auteur Chris Cunningham, who’s work I will be focusing on a lot this week, Windowlicker is not scary in the usual spooky Halloween sense, neither is it in any way gory. In fact the first few minutes play out like a cross between your typical 90’s RnB cliche ridden fodder and a live action version of GTA San Andreas. However its when you get to the twist that the nightmare begins.
I won’t give you any more spoilers as I want you to experience the sheer bizarre twisted brilliance of this work of art to maximum effect.
Pleasant dreams ;-P
How better to start off the week of Hallows Eve than with a song from a band for whom every day is night!
Cradle of Filth aren’t really my cup of tea, I’m not really into Heavy Metal. However I find this video very entertaining at this time of year.
Its gory as hell and somehow got passed the censors at both MTV and YouTube presumably coz they couldn’t be bothered to sit through four and a half minutes of loud screaming quasi-Black Metal.
Directed by low budget British horror director – Alex Chandon, From Cradle To Enslave is a barrage of creepy visuals that doth their cap to Clive Barker’s Nightbreed while at the same time turning the volume up to eleven in both rock and gore terms.
Best served with a bottle of Chianti but go spare on the Fava beans!!!
Ridiculous tune with even more ridiculous video
I could rant at length about how amazing Devin Townsend is, why he is my musical hero and why some of his music makes me cry. But I won’t. I will instead let you revel in the absurdity of this song and video. Enjoy.
“Honey, the way you play guitar makes me feel so,
makes me feel so masochistic.
The way you go down low deep into the neck.
And I would do anything, and I would do anything.”
A classic rock standard performed by the Poetess of Punk, Patti Smith. No video, just audio.
Listen and let Patti seep into your soul..