Saucers of Mud

January 24, 2009

Deep Thought

Filed under: Uncategorized — matt w @ 3:51 pm

If Bono’s stock explanation of where the title of “40” comes from is nonsense, then maybe “Sunday Bloody Sunday” really is a rebel song.

January 23, 2009

Would Trying Have Helped?

Filed under: Uncategorized — matt w @ 8:20 am

And here it is, what I’ve been promising, the most wacked-out Kate Bush video:

There are no words. Well, very few. I wonder whether the hat was supposed to fall off. And it seems like early on there’s an echo of this classic bit (than which nothing can be more classic), as well as a sort of pre-echo of this sans gunshots.

[UPDATE: Grumble. Links to the middle of the video don’t seem to be working, though I could swear they were when I previewed. Go to 1:07 of the Kate video, and 2:46 for the classic bit.]

January 21, 2009

The Baseline

Filed under: Uncategorized — matt w @ 9:17 am

In the last post I promised to discuss Kate Bush’s most crazy video. These are not it:

Nor is it the one at the end of this post.

Looking at these, you might think that a unified theory of Kate Bush crazy videos is that she does her own choreography and tends to make Pelosi Eyes in closeups, but the whole story is more complicated than that.

January 19, 2009

Video Comparison

Filed under: Uncategorized — matt w @ 7:21 pm

Announcing an occasional feature, meaning I’ll probably do at least one other one: The Video Comparison. Providing insight into two disparate videos by illuminating their parallels and differences. Or giving me the excuse to post videos I like, anyway.

So has anyone else noticed that the following two videos are exactly the same?

…allowing for the differences in the artists’ sensibilities, I suppose.

They even both have a strikingly red visual focus (Kate Bush’s lipstick and Larry Blackmon’s, um, whatever that is).

The common theme, of course, is “Party People Will Aid Your Escape.” And, though the YouTube description says “Another great song, and clip with Kate being all dramatic,” this is easily the least wacked-out Kate Bush video I’ve seen. The most wacked-out video will be saved for a later post.

January 16, 2009

Current Conditions

Filed under: Uncategorized — matt w @ 9:18 am

Right now, on the xkcd metric scale, it’s a lot less close to “Fuckfuckfuckcold” than to “FUUUUUUUUUUCK!”

January 3, 2009

Where Are the Marxists?

Filed under: Uncategorized — matt w @ 8:39 am

In complaining about corporate sponsors of bowl games, Jon Chait writes:

I wish, just once, the sideline reporter or play-by-play announcer who conducts this nauseating ritual would turn out to be a Marxist mole willing to immolate his career for one glorious on-air moment. Instead of reading from his cue card, he would say, “Capitalist Pig, last year most of your workforce earned wages that would not allow them to raise a family outside of poverty, while you took home $473 million, including a private jet and your own vacation island. Meanwhile this arrangement is hammered home by the ubiquitous corporate logos plastered over every inch of the stadium. Give me one good reason why the crowd shouldn’t tar and feather you right here on the spot.”

Sadly, all the Marxists are in academia rather than broadcast sports. That’s the problem with Marxists. They’re everywhere you don’t want them to be and nowhere you really need them

Well well well, according to no less an authority than Senator-elect Al Franken football broadcaster Dan Dierdorf is a member of the Socialist Workers’ Party.* That would surely give national football broadcasters a higher per capita representation than academics. On the other hand, I’ve read a fair amount of Marx, and I don’t recall anything about corporate sponsorship of bowl games. Maybe it was in the German Ideology; never could make head or tail of that.

*Since I haven’t been able to find anything else that remotely confirms that, it’s possible that the Senator-Elect was joking.

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