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Three years later, Scott Pilgrim remains my most faev recent flim. (Well, besides Drive, I s’pose.)

Fishal Metric verz below, you cocky cock.

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The Gin Blossoms were the first rock concert I saw, at the University of Scranton. Apparently this happened on 21 April 1994. My dad was given two tickets way in advance, and then “Hey Jealousy” became a huge hit and the show sold out. For a week or so, I was the coolest kid in my high school. I took my friend Chad and of course we wore ripped jeans and flannel shirts. The Screamin’ Cheetah Wheelies opened and I was amazed by how tall and badass the lead guitarist looked. Chad and I befriended two cute girls from Allentown and danced with them all evening. I even got to mosh and crowd surf. Afterward, I couldn’t hear normally again for a few days. All in all, it was a pretty generic experience, but it was my generic experience.

I still like most of the songs on New Miserable Experience: “Lost Horizons,” “Hey Jealousy,” “Found Out About You,” “On Allison Road,” “29,” “Pieces of the Night”—and of course the above cut, which is surely the prettiest track on the album. Although Song Meanings tells me that it doesn’t in fact include what was until today my favorite line in the song—”I’m having a good enough time”—and that possibly changes things.

The official video version is after the jump. I’d not seen it until today, either, which goes to show there are always new experiences, miserable and otherwise, waiting out there for you. It’s sepia-toned and features long slow dissolves and flash-cuts and makes me want to reread Sandman, it’s so super-early-1990s. Enjoy!

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When I was a very small boy, MTV would talk to me, and “True Faith” had a true impact on me. Was it my first exposure to surrealism? It was definitely my first exposure to a choreographer using “non-dance” maneuvers (bounding, slapping, jumping in place, signing)—later on, I’d become a huge fan of Yvonne Rainer, Robert Wilson, and Michael Clark.

The Wikipedia tells me that one Philippe Decouflé directed and choreographed the video, and that his work here was influenced by Oskar Schlemmer, in particular Schlemmer’s Triadic Ballet:

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Seems reasonable. I guess I have some new things to chase down.

Meanwhile, the song itself is ex-traor-di-nary.

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You’re gonna watch
this video now
and then later, real soon—
I predict!

And here’s the official video version, directed by none other than David Lynch:

Cold beer and pretzels, takes care of cancer.

Don’t worry, it’ll work out!

(There’s some background info on the song & Sparks at All Music.)

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Album version after the j.

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This one’s all right:

That’s live at Budokan. Album version’s below the jump.

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When it comes to Sonic Youth, I vastly prefer the Kim Gordon songs to any others. But with this one, it really was the right decision for Thurston Moore to sing it.

Original version after the jump.

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Official video after the jump.

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See for yourself:

I hasten to add that every incident in both of these videos has also happened to me as well. I miss the 90s.

And I’m chastened to add that I didn’t know until recently that “Regulate” sampled Michael McDonald:

Live and learn. Mainly via YouTube.

Update: For instance, today I learned that the song title is “Never Gonna Give You Up,” not “Never Gonna Let You Down.” I guess I once knew that and forgot it. Is it ever gonna stick?

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I listened to the first couple Deerhunter / Atlas Sound albums and thought I knew what Bradford Cox was up to. I was wrong. Weird Era Cont. is wonderful and I’m embarrassed it took me this long to sit down and really listen to it. Thanks to my pal James for setting me on the right path!

I imagine the above is a fan-made video and not anything official? Either way, it’s also wonderful.

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