Everybody – including Mischa Barton – is on the run…in their undies.

26 06 2012

Noel Gallagher’s people musta talked Mischa Barton, and some lad, into running through LA in leopard print underwear. It’s a slightly quirky, oddly amusing video for a better-than-average song.  In fact, it’s a dang good tune.  The other good news is that if Noel’s music career completely tanks, he can fall back on driving a cab.



He’s down for the count! Noel Gallagher releases “Dream On” video

8 02 2012

Great song. Great video.



Farewell to Don Cornelius

1 02 2012

Suicides never sit well with me.  Sadly, an entertainment legend, Don Cornelius, took his own life.


If you don’t know him by name, but you’re over 30, you probably know his work.  Don’s best known as the creator and host of Soul Train, a cool, primarily Afro-American dance show that ran from 1971 to 2006.  It was a groovier, funkier, more urban cousin of American Bandstand.  Don was so cool and smooth.  The dancing and music was great R&B, funk, disco and eventually hip-hop.

I was a white kid that grew up in an all-white area.  Despite living only about a dozen miles from where all that great Motown music was made, I didn’t listen to the kind of music that was played on Soul Train.  But I watched it a fair amount.  I was always amazed by the cool polyester outfits, big afros and the great dance moves by those in the audience.  Don always set up the next tune or artist so that you couldn’t help but stay glued to the set.

Don’s death came to my attention by way of a sports talk radio show.  One of the black hosts asked the audience whether we white folks watched Soul Train.  I obviously can’t speak for everyone, but I think we did.  I don’t know anybody that didn’t turn it on once in awhile.  It was great stuff in its heyday.

Here’s one of my favorite artists performing on the coolest show around.  Rest in peace, Don.

Heroes and Villains: the video

2 11 2011

Coinciding with the release of the maybe the most famous lost album ever, SMiLE — technically the release is The SMiLE Sessions — the Beach Boys have put out an animated video for “Heroes and Villains.”  It’s got a bit of a Yellow Submarine vibe. Considering the album would have been released within a year of the Beatles’ movie, it seems fitting (time, place.)


Just in time for Halloween: MJ’s “Thriller”

30 10 2011

You late 30’s/early 40’s folks probably remember the massive hoopla over the debut on MTV of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” video.  It was the first million dollar video in the MTV era, and was massively popular.  It was like a mini-Superbowl Sunday the night that it was released, and it didn’t disappoint.

Noel-less Oasis plods on as “Beady Eye”

17 11 2010

Exit Noel Gallagher and Oasis.  Enter Beady Eye.  The new band is made up of Liam Gallagher, Andy Bell, Gem Archer and Chris Sharrock.

If the new song, “Bring the Light,” is any indication, I think we might soon see just how indispensable Noel is to Oasis.  This song has a decent groove to it, but “Baby come on” repeated over and over and over just doesn’t cut it.

Decide for yourselves.

Now that’s the spirit

8 06 2010