Category Archives: Music

Applied Awesome – Labyrinth

applied awesome transThere are a few movies which I watched as a kid growing up which I want to watch with my own kids.  One of those movies is Jim Henson’s 1986 ‘Labyrinth’.

At its core the movie is about the transition between childhood and responsibility and the leaving of childish things and just how comforting those childish things are.

It is also the movie that launched the career of the then 15 year old Jennifer Connelly and featured the first use of relaistic looking CGI.  It flopped at the Box Office making only about half what it cost to make and since then has attracted a cult following on DVD and VHS (did I mention it was released in 1986).

Full of puppets, music, dancing, goblins, humour and David Bowie the movie is a fabulous blend of fantasy and tension.
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Killer Quotes – Highlander opening monologue

From the dawn of time we came…moving silently down through the centuries. Living many secret lives, struggling to reach the time of the gathering, when the few who remain will battle to the last. No one has ever known we were among you…..until now.

Opening Monologue Highlander (spoken by Sean Connery)

This monologue comes from the opening sequence of the Russell Mulcahy film Highlander and is spoken by Sean Connery who plays the character of Juan Sánchez Villalobos Ramírez in the movie depicting the struggles of a group of immortals battling for the prize which would be bestowed on the last man standing.
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Hitler Sings – by Spike Milligan

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Terrence “Spike” Milligan was a comedian, writer, musician, poet, playwright, soldier and actor. He was the kind of comic genius that saw him influence the Monty Python crew, Kenny Everett and many other pioneering comedians.  A member of the famous Goon Show with Peter Sellers, Harry Secombe and Michael Bentine he brought madness and madcap to generations.

He possessed the kind of malaise that the genius possess and the insane lament and which saw him regularly voluntarily institutionalised as a sufferer of bipolar disorder. His mind, however gave us such classics as the Q series, The Idiot Weekly, Price 2d and many more. Here he portrays Hitler singing in the style of other famous crooners of the time.


Love the pies in the face between takes.

Andrew “Freddie” Flintoff – The New King of Rock & Roll

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Twenty20 cricket and Elvis impersonators are not things that naturally go together you would think.

Andrew “Freddie” Flintoff, former England cricket captain and Elvis enthusiast, thinks differently.

Check out his form whilst mic’d up during a Big Bash league game. Not a bad choice of material either.

Seriously Cool! – Sting – There’s a Moon Over Bourbon Street Tonight

We are not amusedThe Dream of the Blue Turtles was Sting’s first solo album after the disbanding of The Police and whilst it never achieved the commercial success of the Police albums it did climb to #3 in the UK charts.

It is a classic album by any measure of that term with tracks such as Russians, We Work the Black Seam Together and If You Love Somebody Set Them Free.  But as good as all of those tracks are the stand out track on the album in my opinion is There’s a Moon Over Bourbon Street Tonight.

The song is said to be inspired by Anne Rice’s Interview with the Vampire which was given to Sting by fellow Police band member Andy Summers. Continue reading

Seriously Cool! – The Damned – Eloise

We are not amusedI first saw The Damned performing Nasty on an episode of the Young Ones back in 1984.  To me they were a revelation. Dave Vanian’s charismatic vocals and presence were like electricity to a young man and I was hooked.  I was a little young to immerse in the whole Goth thing at that stage but I still appreciated their music – a mixture of moody Goth pop with a rock backbone.

Even though their lineup changed after the Young Ones episode with Captain Sensible leaving the band after playing a final concert and being replaced by Roman Jugg who had previously been a part-time keyboard player for the band, The Damned soon after realised their greatest commercial and chart success with a cover of the 1968 Barry Ryan hit ‘Eloise‘.  The song was a sensation and peaked at #3 on the UK charts in 1986.

For me, even though it is not a The Damned original Eloise is the song with which the band is most strongly associated and having received ‘The Damned‘ treatment Eloise does not fail to impress. It is an absolute ripper.

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Seriously Cool! – Cold Chisel – Bow River

We are not amusedBow River is a creek running into the Ord River in the Kimberley Region of the North of Western Australia. Hot, humid diamond mining country the region has been immortalised in song by iconic Australian band Cold Chisel in the song of the same name.

The song features lyrics referring to Bow River as the place to which the hard working character from whose point of view the song is written intends to escape his life of hard toil and subservience to ‘the man‘.

Typical of many Cold Chisel songs this work extolls the Australian values of hard work, hard play and getting out from under the yoke of ‘the man‘ and getting on the road and back to your roots. Continue reading

William Shatner & crimes against humanity.

InterrobangWilliam Shatner has had a long and chequered career.  Of course he is most famous for his role as Captain James T Kirk in the original Star Trek series and also Captain/Admiral James T Kirk in the Movie franchise.

He is also remembered for his role as Police Officer T J Hooker in the television of the same name.

Mercifully he is less well known for his efforts as a recording artist. I say mercifully but not mercifully enough as it turns out he made a few absolutely awful cover versions of well known and loved songs including the Beatles’ Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds and the Byrds’ Mr Tambourine Man.

Here they are for your viewing…um…pleasure.  Listen if you dare. My advice don’t. You’ve been warned. Continue reading

No Regrets

In my opinion this is one of the most beautiful and powerful songs.  Its significance and power is underlined by the fact that the artist who made this song famous, Edith Piaf, dedicated the recording she made of the song in 1960 to the French Foreign Legionnaires, in particular those members of the Foreign Legion’s 1st REP (First Foreign Parachute Regiment), who backed the 1961 Putsch against the Algerian civilian leadership.  France had been engaged in a bloody  war in Algeria, until 1962 a French Colony, and the Legion had been in the vanguard of that conflict. Continue reading

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