It’s a ska-y song.
Here is a YouTube playlist of some of the Serbian, Croatian, Slovenian, former Yugoslavian music I was listening to on the ‘Tube a few months ago.
I finally got myself a proper YouTube account, and now that I can make playlists. I was attempting to be representative of “stuff I found on YouTube apparently from aforementioned region wot I liked”
Below is a photo preview of said playlist
“240p… we meet again”
A comment found on YouTube video Elliott Smith Gives A Songwriting Lesson
Been watching videos certain bands/people from the earliest to the most recent that I can find on YouTube. I’ve become fascinated, not only with certain people, but also (more?) with the differences/changes/all that stuff that one can see through time. Also seeing media and stuff change over time — interviewing styles, show formats, stuff off VHS — analogue distortions an’ that; and language habits — the use of the word “like”.
This past day or so I’ve been watching Devo related things. Here are links and some quotations too, where I could be bothered —
Devo Live at Kent State University in 1973 playing “Private Secretary”, so description sez. There’s something curious about this video. Not sure what.
This is black and white video of Devo live in 1977 playing “Mongoloid” and “Gut Feeling”.
Started watching this gig from 1980 (Petaluma, California) which I haven’t yet finished watching (just over 1 hr 15 mins long).
Mark Mothersbaugh at Subcon 1981/2 ish on Subgenius stuff. And at the end of the interview —
(8 min 38)
“Interviewer What does your mother think about what you’re doing?
Mark : She just wants to know if I’m eating all right
Interviewer : Are you?
Mark : Well, I get fed every day.
Interviewer : So she’s not worried about you?
Mark : No, her brain was stolen by Christ a long time ago so she has no idea what I’m doing…”
Devo in 1981 interview with Robert Hilburn talking about the “Whip It” video —
(3 min 14)
“Hillburn : Is it almost like a silent triumph… you were trying to stir people up with this thing, the fact that it did stir them up is that… in some kind of perverse way is that almost a kind of pleasure for you?”
Casale : (laughs) I suppose yes, perverse. It certainly wasn’t meant to be received in the way it has been received.”
DEVO on Late Night With David Letterman, 5/3/1983 (the whole segment inc. “That’s Good” in lower quality here) Mark in this vid. reminds me of Robert (Cure) Smith ‘cept with glasses, also I noticed that he appears to have shaved armpits.
(9 min 10)
“Letterman : What do you guys hope in the future, five years from now, for yourselves?
Casale : Oh you know maybe, like, make a record that sells enough that we could subject ourselves to recombinant DNA experiments or something like that.
L : Well gosh, good luck…”
“Casale : We do things to ourselves before other people can do them to us, kinda self-demeaning — it’s basically the Devo aesthetic.”
Jerry Casale’s oral history of DEVO part 1 — description sez “Unseen interview from 1995 for rock ‘n roll history television documentary” not sure how many parts there are to this doc., I’ve not watched them all yet. On becoming politicised, doing performance art, forming Devo.
Part 2 — on not being punk, making the videos, “being smart and appearing stupid”
Mark Mothersbaugh in 2005 on getting spectacles and being able to see clearly for the first time, becoming a visual artist, meeting Jerry Casale, starting Devo. Mentions the student shootings in 1970 that Casale talks about (in the oral history link above).
An Interview with Devo from 2009 (?) —
On Brian Eno (producer of the first Devo album)
(1 min 58)
”Mark : He had a very fatherly approach to the whole thing, he could have been a jerk and he wasn’t. He was very empathetic to five crazy guys from Akron Ohio that really…
Bob Casale: Had their minds set on something.
Mark : Yeah, and he kind of gave us the ability to do it. He empowered us by taking us to Germany and putting us up in a studio when we didn’t have a record deal.
Interviewer : So are you gonna work with him on the new album?
Bob C : He hasn’t called
Mark : You know, he’s a funny guy. I had a conversation with David Byrne about him. David said, ‘you know, I worked with him (Brian) a number of times, but I gotta tell you, if he doesn’t have a specific need to talk to you he hides from you and he doesn’t take my calls, he won’t talk to me.’ So I didn’t feel so bad then.”
Inside DEVO’s Studio with Mark Mothersbaugh in 2010 Instruments, synths, circuit bent stuff. More vids on this page. Mark sez he uses Logic (software).
Mark Mothersbaugh interviewed at the 2011 BMI Film & Television Awards
after talking about the composing work he’s been doing with Wes Anderson and other film and TV music talks about what else he’s been up to —
(0 min 40)
“Mark: I don’t know if you know, I have a band and we put an album out last year, so I’ve been touring some and finding out how shocking it is to go out on stage for like 3 or 4 weeks in a row every night compared to when you’re 20; it’s different when you’re 20. Honestly, it kinda sucks. I like the part where you’re on stage, but the rest of the day is such a waste cos you’re being corralled into airplanes and then into cars and then backstage and then you’re waiting to do a show. And then you do a show for 90 mins and the rest of your day is a waste…”
(2 min 40)
“Mark : It’s kinda weird to find yourself to be an elder statesman in pop music…”
I watched more stuff than this. And there’s even more that I could have watched, but by then I had a headache.
‘Scuse typos, mis-linked links ‘n whatever.
YouTube video comment from this video.
“Woah! That beach ball is the one I put in that crowd. MY BEACH BALL IS ON THE INTERNET.”
Discovered through reading YouTube comments on this video that Mikey Welsh of Weezer died a couple of days ago.
All books, all documentaries I find anyway, are like the world’s most complicated jigsaw puzzles, and when you’re in the middle of it you want to throw it all up in the air and give up, but you can’t give up, you have to keep going…. I always feel this way… when you’re in the middle of the complexity you just want to fucking kill yourself… If you didn’t go through this what you would be writing would be too shallow to be worth writing.
Jon Ronson on Carpool (from about 26:45 min in)
Carpool is a series of videos where Robert Llewellyn talks to a passenger while he drives them to their destination.
Comment from this YouTube video
“what is wrong with me? i immediately noticed that the video is 13:37 long”
EDIT: Video is Russell Brand meets Jeremy Paxman - FULL EXTENDED INTERVIEW (Part 1)
I must have listened to/watched Foster the People - Pumped Up Kicks live at Austin City Limits Music Festival on YouTube about 50 times in the past couple of days. Not exaggerating. Hours.
I had imagined the words in the chorus went “All the other kids with the pumped up kicks you better run, better run, louder than my gun.” but I googled I think it”s “better run outrun my gun.”.
I’m kindof stuck on the idea of running louder than a gun. Or sleeping taller than your tale, or flying softer than his skin.
If I ever properly wrote lyrics, unusual verb-adverb combinations might well be in them.