It it interesting that some music videos consist usually of a lot of attractive graphics with equally well rehearsed miming, done to the extent that it appears that the artists are actually performing for us, it all becomes sort of believable.
Here is what I suppose you could call a music video, a bit of fun from around 1965
The Who,..Can’t Explain.
This was just awesome! =D Made me think of that 1980 “live” performance by Judas Priest - not that witty, unfortunately, but Halford‘s defiantly lousy lipsynch is quite endearing =)
Speaking of The Who… Here’s an except from a Finnish TV show where they sing covers. If you wait a minute while the host and the guy by the name of Tuomo are done (and then some more of that in the middle of the vid), you’ll hear one of my favourite male singers Osku Ketola (not the one that’s wearing glasses) sing a portion of a Finnish hit no one knows here, and then of The Who’s Won’t Get Fooled Again.
Osku fronts his own band Palava now, they play this absolutely lovely brand of ultramegaromantic pop/folk rock. Check out these two videos:
- this one is a live one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3T5CbHfypGE
- and this one is an “official” video. The funny thing is that it’s a slideshow =) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cnl0R9bLXMw
Amaranthe; better than some of the others of that style but I still thought the noise to melodic ratio was out of my comfort zone.
It’s not “noise”, it’s metal guitars, you hipster you =P
Evanescence was one of the top faves when I was a teen, though feels really tame and overly commercialised by my standards now… Here’s a cover of “My Immortal” I like a lot, it’s by Helen Vogt who currently fronts Flowing Tears, one of my alltime favourite bands:
And here’s some Flowing Tears live, playing one of my favourite songs (gotta love the drummer shots!!) I love how Helen always spices up old songs live with harsh vocals:
Lisa Middelhauve (former Xandria singer) also does some excellent vocals live, both clean and harsh:
//BTW I was at that show!! It was Lisa’s last performance with that band, and it was absolutely fantastic!//
I guess the only one who would be able to appreciate the following two videos would be Jaderail - it’s 110% pure German thrash metal… Sabina Classen of Holy Moses and Britta Görtz of Cripper, two generations of pure power and passion…
Now the non-music stuff…
Spielberg produces mostly for kids, whereas Tarantino always produces for grown ups.
Perhaps the reason you feel Tarantino movies are recycled, is because he’s a true Grindhouse producer. You only ever get that stuff from watching movies from the 70’s etc, indie producers, or guys like Tarantino. The success of movies like “Hostel” are examples of how he’s brought Grindhouse back to the mainstream. I suppose you could say Ghost in the Shell is “Grindhouse” in an intelligent “shell”.
Wow, I see you’re a serious movie buff… thanks for the info, I’ll have something witty to say next time people start talking movies with me.
As for the water, I’m afraid not, the £50 per month is what we pay based on the property per month. It’s not for heated water, it’s not even metered, it’s just the fee we pay for cold water per month. Even if we never used a single drop of water, we would still have to pay them £50 per month. In order to heat the water we also have to pay otherworldly gas bills (and they are proportionally even worse than the water bill).
So all in all, relatively the same as here. Don’t forget how little an average Russian makes.
I know for a fact that even on little income, you can have a very nice life in Spain and I thoroughly intend to have one. I’ll be living in a motorhome over there if I go ahead with it, and that’s something I’ve always envied.
Sounds cool, I hope this dream of yours comes true. The EU is fun in that you can basically just switch countries on a whim without applying for visas. You speak Spanish well?
Regards the “Russian Girls” video, nope, it’s not the culture, it’s human nature.
You didn’t get the idea. It is human nature indeed that makes you feel certain things when seeing certain things, but it’s culture that makes you think it’s OK to speak about your feelings of this type in public, especially with women around. This culture is seeping into Russia as well (we believe it’s American in origin, but we may be wrong), but generally in educated circles of the Russian society it is still considered improper to discuss “hot women” (celebrities or coworkers, doesn’t matter) with anyone else but your same sex drinking buddies.
Trust me when I tell you that the sight of smoking-hot Russian women in hot-pants is no less appealing to a British male than a bunch of smoking-hot British women in hot-pants would be to a Russian male.
Want a bit of an insight into local stereotypes? A Russian male would not in his wildest dreams imagine that there can actually exist hot women over there in the UK. The UK is believed here to spawn the least attractive women in the world. Probably because of all those members of your royal family, the only ones we’re familiar with here LOL
Moreover, Russians tend to believe most British men are gay. Hard to pinpoint why, it’s just that your brethren just tend to look gay to us. Maybe because of longer faceshapes… Even some of the guys in that Strongbow ad you posted appeared somewhat limp-wristed to me.
Sorry if it shocked you. No offence, nothing personal - it’s just the culture. It’s fascinating to think how all those subliminal messages shape our thinking and behaviour.
You got any fun stereotypes about Russians over there in the UK?
That said, you shouldn’t underestimate it, the video is actually very nicely shot on a cinematic level
OK I’ll watch it if you promise that the music in it is not hip hop/rap/contemporary r’n'b (the screenshots look like they belong in a hip hop vid, and I totally can’t stand that)
The knitting, or rather men who do knitting, well, I have no comment on that other than I agree that times have certainly changed.
Wanna know more? The UK used to be a major knitting centre! ;P
On a more serious note, it’s no surprise that a lot of successful clothes designers are men. Men know what makes a woman sexy more than women do. You are the woman, we are the observers, and we know what we like (whether women like it or not).
Yeah, too many men totally do not realise that not every woman wants to look sexy all the time. Though sometime even dressing modestly doesn’t help. Ever heard the expression “unwanted sexual attention”?
Anyway, made me think of this comic strip, take a look (work safe). The artist is male, BTW…
It makes perfect sense in much the same way that clothes for men will be better designed by women (even if we don’t think so).
If only men ever cared about the way they dress…
On the other hand, have you seen that “Gene Roddenberry’s Andromeda” show? The costume designer during the height of the show was a woman, Toni Burroughs-Rutter, and it’s the only show ever that made me go “Wow” about the way the leading men were dressed. I guess, though, I simply have a compatible vision because the women’s costumes were also beyond awesome, to my mind. Then, I saw a few minutes of that “In the Name of the King” movie with Jason Stetham, and there was that princess or something on the screen, and I was, like, “I want that dress!!”, and IMDB told me Toni was the designer.
I bet there are other female costume designers, but few men’s outfits have ever struck me as so brilliantly executed. Only Merlin comes to mind (yeah, that UK show), though the women’s costumes there look better than men’s, I’d say.
Yet, Keith Hamilton Cobb of Andromeda did complain about his character’s chainmail shirt A LOT =D
I guess you men don’t find sexy clothing that comfortable to wear, either…
Women are no angels either, in fact, surveys show that women are as excited by such things as men are. For example one survey showed at least 25% of women fantasized about being tied up (a staple scenario of sexploitation movies).
OK, I’ll be honest too, in return. That whole vanilla idea of “sexy” and “erotic” is incredibly boring for me. You know, I’m the polar opposite of the kind of women you just mentioned. I like tying others up. And not with silk scarves. And no, I’m not interested in discussing it any further - I don’t like talking, I like action. Besides *in an Obi-Wan Kenobi voice*, I’m educated enough not to consider this type of discussion appropriate for civilised people who barely know each other.
Regards the Russian/Soviet Red thing; I’m not really up on the history of Russia, but to be honest I got the idea from a Russian advert they used to show over here. I can’t remember what it was for, but it contained words about Russia followed by ”...and available in any colour, as long as it’s red.”
It’s not surprising that marketologists would taylor ads to touch upon the local stereotypes of what constitutes “Russian”.
Funny how we do learn the history of Europe in high school, but no one seems to ever study ours…
Have to say the music is catchy as well, both opening and closing tracks. The closing track is a very girly but even so, there’s no denying the musicality of it. Whoever wrote it knows how to shape a melody.
Could you listen to the Russian version of the ending I posted a few pages ago and tell me which one you like better?
What is Strongbow? - I’ll give you a clue, it’s made from the finest apples and Wolf would most certainly like it
Ah, so it’s cider… Cool. One of the few types of alcoholic drinks I like.