I know…I always claim this…but really…these are some of my favorites. And what absolutely wonderful videos. In love with the part inTemptation where the colors change and the girl dances in the room, because secretely, not so secretely I am guilty of doing so.
I can never get enough of New Order. Seeing them at Radio City Music Hall was a highlight of my time in New York.
From Tribeca Film
“Filmmaker Michael Shamberg, who directed a number of seminal music videos for New Order during their heyday, here revisits a classic New Order song with the help of singer Victoria Bergsman of Swedish band The Concretes. The story is elegantly simple: A woman goes record shopping, comes home, puts her new purchase on the turntable, and starts dancing to it. Titled The Temptation of Victoria, Shamberg’s video did not make it on to New Order’s official video retrospective DVD, making it a true rarity.”
The opening sequence showing two men slapping each other, is a reference to Marina Abramović and Ulay‘s video performance Light/ Dark shot in 1977. Costumed dancers then leap about, fight and slap each other in time to the music, while a person in dark green makeup emerges from an upside-down boxer’s speed bag and hand signs the lyrics (in LSF) . The video has often been voted amongst the best music videos of its year. Sky Television‘s channel The Amp, for instance, has it rated as the best video of 1987, and it won the British Video of the Year in 1988. The video was inspired by Bauhaus artist Oskar Schlemmer‘s Triadisches Ballett.”
The overall tonality, themes and various elements from the video re-occurred in Decouflé’s scenography and choreography for the inauguration ceremonies of the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville.
Bronski Beat are a British synthpop trio which achieved success in the mid-1980s, particularly with the 1984 chart hit “Smalltown Boy“, from their debut album The Age of Consent, which was their only US Billboard Hot 100 single. All members of the group were openly gay and their songs reflected this, often containing political commentary on gay-related issues. The initial line-up, which recorded the majority of the band’s hits, consisted of Jimmy Somerville (vocals), Steve Bronski (born Steven William Forrest, keyboards, percussion) and Larry Steinbachek (keyboards, percussion). Somerville left Bronski Beat in 1985, and went on to have success as lead singer of The Communards…
Jimmy Sommerville stood 5’2 with a voice and passion of someone who was 6’5.
With it’s sharp wavy synths alongside the uncanny pop and disco feels, the latin rythyms, the new wave and hip hop breaks – freestyle is an American musical gem. Here’s a small list of favorites.
“Latin freestyle, or freestyle music, is a form of electronic dance music that emerged in the New York metropolitan area in the 1980s. It experienced its greatest popularity from the late 1980s until the early 1990s. It continues to be produced today and enjoys some degree of popularity, especially in urban settings. A common theme of freestyle lyricism is heartbreak in the city. The first freestyle hit is largely attributed to “Let the Music Play” by Shannon.”
Cant forget this one! Absolutely bonkers – this is a classic.
“Sylvester often hitchhiked around town while in female dress; such activity carried a risk of arrest and prosecution, for cross-dressing was then illegal in California. Although avoiding imprisonment for this crime, he was arrested for shoplifting on several occasions. He found work in a variety of different professions, including cooking in McDonald’s—where he was fired for refusing to wear a hairnet…”
I felt the same way when I cooked at restaurants. I hated wearing those hats.