Posts Tagged ‘music’

Halloween With Danny Elfman

October 31, 2009

Tonight as I was taking my cousin to drop her off at a singles Halloween dance, I had the idea to share a little something Halloweeny with all of you.

Well, who does Halloween like Danny Elfman? Nobody, that’s who.

So Here’s a selection of his rather Halloween-y tunes for your delectation. Enjoy!

Those first few are pretty widely known even to folks that aren’t all that familiar with Oingo Boingo, but here are a few more that might be less so… (more…)

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Weird Correspondences

October 30, 2009

There’s a recent hit song on the radio from the rather talented band Muse that has been kinda bothering me. Not because I don’t like it (I actually rather do) but because it has struck me from the very first time I heard it as reminiscent of something else…

Something that begins with the phrase, “It is the Nineties, and there is time for… Klax!”

Here’s the muse song’s video.

Now, the Klax music was from an 8-bit NES game rather than a modern, highly produced piece so of course it’s in a different league, but its vibe still feels quite related to me. Specifically the “Ledfut” song from the game. Maybe I’m crazy (or maybe there’s no maybe) but still, every time I hear that song I remember Klax and the maddening sound (from which the game got its name)  the horrible flippy little tiles made as they ramped down looking to make a distinctive “Hwaaah!” scream as they plummeted to their demise.

I played a lot of Klax in my time.

So here’s some of the Klax stuff too. And yeah, I can totally make the Klax hand gesture, even though I’ve never understood whether it has any other significance than just being a logo for the game.

The second one is the title song and ends with that horrible 8-bit scream. 😉 It isn’t the song that reminds me so much of Muse, but it’s still distinctive.

A Little Self-Interrogatory

January 17, 2009

What is it about Swedish pop music that makes me want to destroy the world?

Wayback Machine: I’m Taking a Ride With My Best Friend.

January 21, 2008

Today when we were at Amoeba Music (K, S and I were there looking for an old, out-of-print album for somebody), I was wandering along and spotted a fair chunk of Depeche Mode. On impulse, I poked through the selection and, as hoped, found a copy of Music For The Masses. Back when I was a wee lad, my older brother (the one that was hardcore into punk, interestingly) had this, Speak & Spell and I think another album in vinyl. Kathy, Linda, Danny and I were all into the band back then, and I still have a soft spot for them. I never owned a real copy of this particular album myself, though I did have an audiocasette that we dubbed off the record.

This same audiocasette ended up pretty much living in my best friend Drew’s truck and we’d listen to it anytime we went driving someplace together that took more than a couple minutes to get to. It is no accident that the first song on the album is Never Let Me Down Again, with its signature line “I’m taking a ride with my best friend.” Maaaan, that’s an incredibly cheesy thing but it meant a lot to me back then and, thinking back on it, it still does.

I know that you can never go home again, but putting this album in helps me feel that, just for a few moments, I have.

Drew, here’s to you. I miss you, man.

Wayback Machine: I’m Taking a Ride With My Best Friend.

January 21, 2008

Today when we were at Amoeba Music (K, S and I were there looking for an old, out-of-print album for somebody), I was wandering along and spotted a fair chunk of Depeche Mode. On impulse, I poked through the selection and, as hoped, found a copy of Music For The Masses. Back when I was a wee lad, my older brother (the one that was hardcore into punk, interestingly) had this, Speak & Spell and I think another album in vinyl. Kathy, Linda, Danny and I were all into the band back then, and I still have a soft spot for them. I never owned a real copy of this particular album myself, though I did have an audiocasette that we dubbed off the record.

This same audiocasette ended up pretty much living in my best friend Drew’s truck and we’d listen to it anytime we went driving someplace together that took more than a couple minutes to get to. It is no accident that the first song on the album is Never Let Me Down Again, with its signature line “I’m taking a ride with my best friend.” Maaaan, that’s an incredibly cheesy thing but it meant a lot to me back then and, thinking back on it, it still does.

I know that you can never go home again, but putting this album in helps me feel that, just for a few moments, I have.

Drew, here’s to you. I miss you, man.