Beck Dressed as Captain Beefheart in the Where It’s At Video

So I was watching the Where It’s At video by Beck today and realized that he totally pays homage to Captain Beefheart by dressing like him at 1:27 into the video, with the same pink/red/magenta background sky tint as Captain Beefheart in all of the Trout Mask Replica album photos! Along with name dropping Gary Wilson, I’m endlessly impressed by Beck’s shoutouts to weird musical culture!

Here’s the video:

Beck–Where it’s at

For good measure:


Gary Wilson–Chromium Bitch

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Joe Strummer & the Mescaleros: All In A Day


Joe Strummer & the Mescaleros: All In A Day

Wow, how did I miss this one? From their album Streetcore released in 2003, Joe Strummer & the Mescaleros: All In A Day. This is like the most Manchester feel-good rock/funk/dance song since the 1990s, like Beatles meets Stone Roses and of course Big Audio Dynamite. RIP Joe Strummer!

David Bowie: Moonage Daydream, I’m Only Dancing, Let’s Dance, Ashes to Ashes

Ah, David Bowie…check out the videos below. Defining moments of the 1970s and 1980s…


David Bowie–Moonage Daydream

Embedding has been disabled on the below videos, so you’ll have to click the lower-right corner of the youtube window in each of the videos to view the videos on youtube.com…


David Bowie–John I’m Only Dancing


David Bowie–Let’s Dance


David Bowie–Ashes to Ashes

Taking Back Sunday–Sink into Me


Taking Back Sunday–Sink into Me

In the 1990s, I don’t think there’s any way a song like this would be on popular radio, it would have been relegated to indie/college radio. It’s good to hear some good music slip through onto popular radio sometimes–sounds something like Foo Fighters meets Swerverdriver and Drive Like Jehu and Quicksand and Fugazi or something in that vein, albeit very much on the poppy side of their output. Oh, wait, they used to be on Victory Records! Wow, I never thought I’d hear a Victory Records band on pop radio and in Spiderman movies etc!

Current Favorite Album: Kate Bush–Never For Ever

Kate Bush’s album Never for Ever is my current favorite album.  It has all the best parts of mid-late 70s jazz fusion, disco, postpunk, new wave, goth, the best of mid-70s Joni Mitchell, Hiroshima, Brian Eno, and other experimental stuff.  Awesome!!!  Highly recommended.  More later…check out the video for her song Babooshka.

Kate Bush–Babooshka

Here’s a song Kate Bush worked on with Prince, “Why Should I Love You?

The Most Overlooked 70s/80s New Wave Album Ever–Magazine: Secondhand Daylight

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Magazine–Secondhand Daylight (mp3s on Amazon)

This is the best.  They combine the best of postpunk, pop, and yes, prog rock.  First track Feed the Enemy distinctly sounds like the best parts of Pink Floyd songs like Have a Cigar, the tempo, the bassline, the analog synths, with a distinct postpunk new wave angle.  Same with their song Thin Air.  Other standouts are Cut-out Cruelty, then insane Back to Nature (what kind of a futuristic song/rhythm is this???), and Permafrost.

Then unbelievably, the opening/main riff of Belive that I Understand sounds like My Bloody Valentine, Swervedriver, a whole host of late 1980s/early-mid 1990s shoegazer bands.  And this was made in 1979!  The remaster comes with a cover version of Captain Beefheart’s “I Love You Big Dummy”!

Top notch stuff, my favorite album at the moment.  Also see some almost-as-equally great Stranglers albums, including the great Raven and Black and White, which some of Secondhand Daylight tracks are simliar to.  Other reference points: Brian Eno, Roxy Music, David Bowie, Bauhaus, Joy Division, Birthday Party, Siouxsie and the Banshees (the guitarist went on to play in Siouxsie and the Banshees), Blur, Gorillaz, Stereolab, and…Radiohead, which covered a Magazine song or two.

Check out some of their album Magic, Murder and the Weather, I especially like the song Great Man’s Secrets, which is a great disco/ska/dub/new wave electro dance song that bands like !!! and Hercules and Love Affair only wish they could write.

See this post,  Magazine–Motorcade, Cut Out Shapes, Permafrost for some of their live/promo videos.

The Most Overlooked 80s New Wave Album Ever–The Fixx: Shuttered Room

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The Fixx–Shuttered Room (mp3s on Amazon)

Yes, the Fixx album Reach the Beach has those staples of alternative rock and now classic rock stations Saved By Zero and One Thing Leads to Another.  But Shuttered Room is a whole other beast–it’s the kind of new wave that indie kids and new wave revivalists have been trying to recreate like forever now.  Throw in a mix of Joy Division, PIL, Duran Duran, Kajagoogoo, Flying Lizards, Bauhaus, and Josef K and newer bands like Stereolab and you’ll get an idea of the sound–a sound emulated by bands like Franz Ferdinand, Santogold, Sebastien Tellier, Interpol, etc.  More mainstream bands this album sounds like are the Police and U2.  Every song has an unexpected and/or triumphant hook that makes the song classic.  This album will take you back to the days of Ferris Buller and Better Off Dead for sure.

Standout tracks include the totally awesome I Found You, Stand or Fall, Red Skies, Lost Planes, and Cameras in Paris.  Also recommended: Golden Earring’s 80s-tastic new wave classic rock songs Fist in Glove and N.E.W.S.

Reach the Beach is a classic, great album of course.  I never realized how dubby some of the tracks are, and standouts include Saved By Zero, One Thing Leads to Another, Reach the Beach, and Outside.

After Shuttered Room and Reach the Beach, I probably like Phantoms the most.

Also check out: The Most Overlooked 70s/80s New Wave Album Ever–Magazine: Secondhand Daylight.  It’s several times better than Shuttered Room, coming out of a true 1970s prog rock Brian Eno/Roxy Music tradition that 80s new wave grew out of.