Best Videos of All Time

Music videos paint a story beyond those of the lyrics. I could spend a whole weekend just watching them on TV.

Here are some of my favourite videos of all time. Enjoy!

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The 12 Days of Strombo Show

Thank you, George and Bob, for your 12 Gifts of Christmas. Great selections .. all of them.

I would like to point out two things to you however.

1. The 12th day of Christmas gave us John Bonham. Though I can’t say I disagree with you on this point, and realizing how hard this decision must have been to make, an honourable mention (at the very least) must go to Moonie. Remember that incredible drum solo in “The Kids Are Alright”? No one ever has and no one ever will play drums like Keith Moon of The Who. How tragic that both of them were taken by alcohol – Bonham by drinking 40 shots of vodka for breakfast and subsequently suffocating on his own vomit, and Moon overdosing on medication for alcohol withdrawal. Both climbed the “Stairway to Heaven” and “died before (they) got old” *insert bad joke drum roll here*.

2. The second point I would like to make is in regards to the selection of the Partridge Family’s song “Get Happy” as the gift for the first day. Everyone, EVERYONE, knows that the best Partridge Family song is “I Think I Love You”. Just ask anyone. 😉

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to George, Bob, Rich and all the staff of the Strombo Show. Thanks for all your hard work and may you have an amazing 2011!

Bob’s Garage

Picture them in their bell bottomed pants and desert boots … their mop-topped hair surrounding their baby faces.  Usually four of them, sporting matching jackets and ties, and bobbing up and down to their simple beats, simple bass lines, simple chord progressions and mostly simple lyrics.  The second wave saw them sporting their paisley Nehru jackets, their ruffled shirts and their little square granny glasses, but their music  shared the same raw simplicity.  Ah … The Garage Bands.

You wanted to rebel against your parents?  Then join a garage band.  My older brother did.  Shadows on the Wall they were known as, unfortunately the shadows faded quickly as they were lacking in some form of .. well .. talent.  Raw simple chords fed through a fuzzbox, garage rock is now considered the forerunner of punk music.

Bob introduced a few of the more popular garage rock bands of the 60s, including the Beau Brummels and the Hombres.  Other tunes of note of the era include Louie Louie (the Kingsmen),  Wooly Bully (Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs). I have listed for you some of my favourite garage rock tunes for your listening pleasure.

Though this song was not made famous by the Sonics, their cover is well worth a listen.

Though the garage band is still a part of growing up, the days of the early garage rock bands are gone. Their influence on the many bands that followed, however, cannot be denied. So sit back, turn it up .. and enjoy.

My Blood Runs Cold

Okay Mr Terfry – you win. You were right. Your choice for scariest Hallowe’en song chilled me to the bone. Was it the pulsing drum beat? The ear-piercing shrieks? The unspeakable acts committed by Frankie Teardrop? The sinister character who weaves in and out of the darkness (in the video that like a bad car crash I had to go watch!)? I don’t know, and I don’t care. I am scarred for life.
You can watch Suicide’s “Frankie Teardrop” here.


There are only a handful of songs that have managed to do this to me. “Careful with that Axe Eugene”, an early Pink Floyd masterpiece, also manages to make your heart race. The song title is the only words spoken out loud, another small handful being whispered during the 9 minute song. This tune uses its tempo to build to an exploding crescendo which is accompanied with an ear piercing shriek. We can only imagine what happens to poor Eugene. If you aren’t familiar with this classic, someone has dared to set it to a scene in the movie “The Shining”. This film doesn’t need any help.

I would also like to add another two songs to this list. It is not so much the music that frightens, but the fact that both songs are based on two of history most horrifying killers, Armin Meiwes and Ed Gein.

Rammstein’s Mein Teil is based on the story of Germany’s Armin Meiwes. Armin posted a classified ad on the internet looking for a willing victim to be killed and eaten. Even more shocking, his ad was responded to by Bernd Jürgen Brandes. I’ll spare you the rest of the details, but Armin was convicted of manslaughter, for which he received a sentence of a mere 8 years.

Mudvayne’s “Nothing to Gein”  is based on the story of Ed Gein, the American serial killer notorious for transforming body parts of his victims into a variety of household items. Officers who were dispatched to Gein’s house were forever changed.   A scene in the video portrays Ed sewing with what  is supposedly human skin.  Enough said.

There are certainly more songs out there that will make one’s blood run cold.  What are yours?

Don’t Forget the Lyrics!

It’s been a long and rainy Sunday so listening to tonight’s episode of the Strombo Show curled up in my big chair seems even more cozy than usual.  The weekend’s gone by too fast as always and the work week lurks around the corner – UGH!   At least we have Battle of the Blades and the Strombo Show to look forward to on Sunday nights!

Songwriters write songs to convey a message to their listeners, the melody tagging along to set the mood and the tone.  The true masters  are those that can marry the two.  How many times have we listened mindlessly to a song without really listening to the lyrics?  Yet when we finally take the time to listen to the lyrics, we are blown away. Try it sometime – you might be amazed at what you hear.

Bob Mackowycz and George put forward a list of their favourite songwriters.  Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchell, Gil Scott Heron and of course Bob Dylan.  I have a few names that I would like to add to this list however.  Here they are in random order:

1.  Neil Young

2.  Eddie Vedder

3.  Eminem

4.  John Lennon

5.  Lauryn Hill

6.  Morrissey

7.  Gord Downie

8.  Roger Watters

9.  Patti Smyth

10.  Chrissy Hynde

Agree?  Disagree?  What are your thoughts?  I’m sure you can add to this list.

 

If you missed the show tonight, here is a list of the G12 as well as links to the artists’ MySpace pages if you would like to hear the songs.

12.  Duck Sauce – Barbara Streisand   http://www.myspace.com/ducksaucenyc

11. Chromeo – Don’t Turn the Lights On  http://www.myspace.com/chromeo

10. Chk Chk Chk (!!!) – AM FM  http://www.myspace.com/chkchkchk

9.  Local Natives – White Eyes  http://www.myspace.com/localnatives

8.  Deerhunter –Revival   http://www.myspace.com/deerhunter

7.  Tired Pony – Dead American Writers   http://www.myspace.com/tiredpony

6.  Fistful of Mercy – Father’s Son http://www.myspace.com/fistfulofmercy

5.  War Paint – Undertow  http://www.myspace.com/worldwartour

4.  Small Sins – Déjà Vu   http://www.myspace.com/smallsins

3.  Unkle – The Answer  http://www.myspace.com/unkle

2.  Black Mountain – The Space in Your Mind  http://www.myspace.com/blackmountain

1.  Arcade Fire – Modern Man  http://www.myspace.com/arcadefireofficial

Well .. off to have a listen to the album side and the Big Lie-Down.  This week – Arlo Guthrie’s “Alice’s Restaurant”. Ninites!  🙂

 

 

music to drive by …

In order to put my music where my mouth is, or should I say, to follow up my words with more words, hee hee hee, I have one more thing to share tonight.  I want to comment on a question that Mr. Robert Frances Mackowycz J.R. posed to us all on the November 22, 2009 Strombo Show.  What music do you like to drive to?

Now, I learned to drive when I was 13 years old, even if I didn’t get any sort of license until I was 18.  Yes, I realize I am admitting to a technical crime here but I’m sure there is a statute of limitations on that sort of thing.  I have also driven in all sorts of terrain, in different vehicles, weather and moods and I have to tell ya Bob, the answer to that question is a never ending play list. 

Think of the variables in your mood, the weather, the type of vehicle; not to mention whether or not you have passengers, rush hour traffic or an open road and so on.  Do you, dear readers like to listen to the same song day in and day out whilst showering, driving, making love, jogging, etc?

Driving through the Rockies the echo of a truly beautiful piece of classical music can magnify that I am small and insignificant feeling; just as easily as it can allow you to feel part of the grandeur of all that you are passing through.  How? Simply by the fact that the music passes from the stereo, through you and then reverberates off the mountains back into you.  It’s truly a moving thing on more than one level.  The physicality of the vibrations coupled with the emotional and visual panorama just *sigh*.

On the prairies and through desert, however, I NEED something loud with anger or edge to it blended in with more soothing sounds.  Something to literally and figuratively drive away the frustration levels that mount for me in those areas where you have been for hours and feel as if you’ve not moved an inch in the landscape, coupled with comforting sounds that soothe and allow me to relax to enjoy the subtle changes in the scenery.  That’s when I break out The Hip   and Space Hogs and mix them up with Rob Zombie.  I suspect you get the drift.

Now since you, Mr. Mackowycz, have informed us that there is a Bob III (or Roberta) on the way, I would say stock up on BNL and Moxy Fruvous.  Young children love to sing along to those songs.  I’ve personally spent hours in a car keeping the children amused with the live versions of King of Spain.  The line, “the king a former cone head’, is especially amusing to young boys.  I’ve also had success with The Clash The Ramones and the like.  Then again I’ve also had to endure some Hannah Montana and other less digestable music nuggets.  Be prepared to have your ears assaulted by all sorts of horrid things mislabelled as music and learn to accept that it’s better than the alternative.  A screaming, crying child, grape juice flying through the air and onto your car’s interior, and a headache bigger than the Grand Canyon.  OH!  I would not recommend you attempt to actually play your trumpet whilst driving, but perhaps a CD or two from back in the day 😉

Finally, Bob, The Blues.  There is no wrong time, place, or mood.  They just fit; in rush hour, bad weather, starting a great day or ending a horrific one!  ALWAYS have some on hand and belt ’em out as you fight rush hour traffic. 

And you our red chair friends … what music do you listen to whilst in transit?  What do you belt out, windows up or down, fellow drivers be damned?  We don’t just listen to our music whilst we drive …  we sing it, breathe it, be it 😉

Cordie xox

Dear Atticus and fellow Redchair enthusiasts …

Dear Atticus and readers:

We have been naughty posters haven’t we? Let’s get back into the habit of voicing our opinion on our fave red chair interests, extending that to the basement studio now too I see.  I would like to second my hurrah at the return of our beloved Bob to the air waves, and not just to the newest incarnation of The Strombo Show, but to his own morning show as well.  (hope the link works folks!!!)

There is nothing better than Bob’s soothing voice in the nasty early morning hours especially on a cold, windy, winter’s morn. Now we can all fall asleep to George and Bob on a Sunday evening and keep that musical manwich going during the week; crawling into bed with The Hour and waking up with CBC’s Radio 2 morning drive; not a bad deal in my book.

The one thing I must admit I am missing is the banter between Alex Liu and George. Although I am not sure those antics would translate to this seemingly more mature version of The Strombo Show I do still miss Alex. He made me laugh and raised George’s blood pressure (and octave level of his voice on occasion) just enough to keep things fun.

I’m very much looking forward to seeing how this new show evolves, and I am hoping that The Strombo Show has found a more permanent home.

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