Concrete Blonde is one of those band's we never truly appreciated during their heyday, but have come to love in recent years. Our favorite album from the past? Hands down the excellent Bloodletting. Johnette Napolitano's got a vocal prowess like no other, tough and sexy at the same time. Too bad we are just getting hooked now, makes us wonder about all those great live shows we must have missed.
Walking In London is taken from the 1992 album of the same name, the band's fourth. Our second favorite in the Concrete Blonde history.
Bay Area folks - tell us this track doesn't take you back to the days of The Edge in Palo Alto or One Step Beyond in Santa Clara? Ah, the memories.
The very Depeche Mode heavy track was a staple in the 80's and it still sounds good blasting on the speakers today.
We've actually enjoyed Camouflage's entire career from start to current day. The early Depeche Mode comparisons were an extremely high compliment.
Relive below. Don't know the track? Get an introduction:
We've been in the middle of a little James fest as we re-configure our IPOD. We had a lot of tracks missing, but we've corrected the problem now.
Anyway, the whole thing spawned the strange fact that, despite loving the song, we'd never seen the video for Sit Down. Bizarre.
People, dogs and sheep all get in on the action. Lots of random chairs as well. The video takes the title pretty literally to say the least.
Time to play tribute to our favorite Pet Shop Boys track of all time. Yep, Opportunities (Let's Make Lots Of Money). And yep, the random video of the week is back again. Can we actually keep this up?
Diggin' Chris Lowe's red cap:
Back in the late 80's we used to work in a surf shop up in the Bay Area. We had two TV's hanging over the cash register and used to play VHS tapes of videos we'd tape off of MTV and other local video shows.
Deeper Shade Of Soul by Urban Dance Squad made it on every tape. Mini-dance parties would break out inside the shop and outside the front door. Lots of Cali kids grinding and rocking out to the beat. STILL a great little jam to this day. One of the forgotten, but not one of the lost.
We've had a few requests to resurrect our "random video of the week" feature. It's been quite some time ( March 2009 to be exact) and we realized without it, the site is just way too serious. Our randomness usually leans towards the more obscure side of the fence, or at least the more random. About as random and jostled up as our musical taste.
Anyway, let's jump right into the video, #37.
Kangol Kid in the house.
We are taking a look back at one of our favorite hip hop records from the old school days, UTFO's Roxanne, Roxanne. A classic, and definitely a backdrop to our younger years. We used to tag up pieces of cardboard boxes to break dance on, while flipping through our handmade book of "Breakin" words which included the likes of FRESH and LACE.
Call him Les Rythmes Digitales, Stuart Price, Thin White Duke, Paper Faces, part of Zoot Woman or Jacques Lu Cont. Regardless of what you call him, Price (yes, his real name) is a king in the land of electronic music. He is an electronic wizard and a master of the remix. Our personal favorite has always been his work in 1999 with Les Rythmes Digitales on his album Darkdancer. The record is a non-stop 80's throwback. A true classic in its genre.
One of the standout tracks on the album is (Hey You) What's That Sound? The video accompaniment is an ode to the 80's. Atari, break dancers, Human League albums and some pretty fresh styles consume the video.