Friday, February 8, 2013

Friday Night Musical Interlude Feb. 8th, 2013 "Snow Joke" Edition

"But Beautiful" by Jackie Gleason* (instrumental version, year uncertain)

The song appears originally in the 1947 movie Road to Rio and was written by Jimmy Van Heusen with lyrics by Johnny Burke

*Yes, it's that Jackie Gleason ...a.k.a., "The Great One" ... of The Honeymooners / Ralph Kramden fame. He was a comedian, actor, and a musician. How sweet it is. Indeed.


And for something a bit more energetic on a Friday night ...

"Take On Me" by A-Ha (1984/1985)

The "rotoscoping" pencil-sketch animation of this video is fascinating (and won a number of MTV video awards back in 1986). And running through that fascist police state nightmare maze chased by some sort of giant wrench-wielding secret police trying to get back to "our world" -- quite amazing for a little 1980s music video from a Norwegian New Wave Synthpop band.


And since we're in an '80s mode here, how about this one ...

"Karma Chameleon" by Culture Club (1983)

This delightful video is "set" in Mississippi in 1870 on a river boat with a whole farrago of characters and Boy George singing and then ending with the gang plank walking into the Mississippi River. Well, that video just kinda speaks for itself.


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