This short clip is from a 1941 newsreel, featuring scenes from a Salvador Dali-hosted event called 'Night in a Surreal Forest'. Held on September 2, 1941, in California, the dinner was a fundraiser for artists in exile during the Second World War. Notable invitees included Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, and Ginger Rogers. Dali planned the entire event, ordering 2000 pine trees, a wrecked car and 24 animal heads (among other things) to transform the ballroom of the Del Monte Lodge Hotel into a surrealist forest, and featured Gala laying on the "largest bed in Hollywood" all night, hand-feeding a tiger cub, who shared the bed with her. Meredith Etherington-Smith goes into great detail of this event in her book, 'The Persistence of Memory: A Biography of Dali'.
Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, in the 1937 classic 'Shall We Dance' - the pair's seventh film together. (As Katharine Hepburn famously quipped, "she gives him sex, he gives her class!") This scene is unusual in that the main activity for which the pair was famous - dancing - is completely absent. Instead, the scene relies upon skills which some would say are not the stars' strongest: straight acting for Rogers, and straight singing for Astaire! Yet it remains a famous and well-loved scene.
After Pulp went on hiatus, Jarvis Cocker formed a curious little side project with Jason Buckle (from The All Seeing I) called Relaxed Muscle. 'Billy Jack', based on the fictional Native American war vet character of the 1960s and 70s, was the first single. Featuring skeleton suits and ample heavy gothic makeup, I thought this might be a suitable video to upload to celebrate Hallowe'en. :)
Not being a Chopin aficionado, I never quite feel qualified to comment in great detail on any of his pieces. This, however, may be his piece with which I am the most familiar, and of which I am the most fond. I remember first hearing it as a child, before I began playing piano or even knew who Chopin was. That first impression was obviously favourable, as I waited by the radio to hear what the song was, and I wrote the information down on a little piece of paper on my desk. Unfortunately, little pieces of paper had a peculiar habit of getting lost in my childhood bedroom; it wasn't until a few years later that I heard this piece again on the radio, and knew immediately that it was the one I had been searching for. I never lost sight of it again.Russian pianist Valentina Igoshina plays here, in a clip from the 1999 documentary "Valentina Igoshina Plays Chopin", other delightful excerpts of which can be seen elsewhere on this site.
While perusing various versions of another well-known song of the same name, I stumbled upon this track. I know next to nothing about the band, except that it consists of four ladies from Sweden. I found this song to be exceedingly addictive and hummable, its lyrics in charmingly confusing broken English. But it's an upbeat song, which was just what I needed on the long flights I've had to take in the past week... This was recorded live at the Grand Prix 2007, which from what I gather is some sort of television programme.
Ladytron makes electronic music unlike any other band. They owe their unique sound to the use of analog synths; it makes for a minimalist, mod-ish style. Here, the very groovy single 'Playgirl', from their first album ('604').
Three years after the release of her last album, Leslie Feist's new album, 'The Reminder', was released in Europe (in April) and North America (in May). This is the video for the first single, 'My Moon My Man'.
This duet is taken from a 1967 television special entitled "Movin' With Nancy", featuring guest appearances by her father (billed as 'a close relative'!), Sammy Davis Jr., her long-time songwriter Lee Hazelwood, and of course Mr. Dean Martin.
The music video for Jarvis Cocker's 'Don't Let Him Waste Your Time'. Originally written for Nancy Sinatra (see the video I posted some time ago), here Jarvis sings it himself (a version I prefer, anyhow).
In this episode: Chef ventures outdoors for his newest concoction, squirrel stew. But whilst trying to convince the "squirrely-whirlys" to jump in the pot, Chef receives a little lesson from Mother Nature...
Roy Orbison, singing his ubiquitous hit, from a 1964 episode of 'Top of the Pops', on BBC. Note that he's not appearing in the actual studio; often if an artist couldn't appear on the program personally, a film was shown instead - with the requisite fans dancing on the soundstage, of course. :)