Thursday, August 09, 2007

Forgotten Classic Video(s) of the Week and Some Randomness

Is it wrong that I really don't want to write anything just so my Squeeze post can stay at the top of my blog? Well, I won't be super-obnoxious and make it a sticky post. I'll just be slightly obnoxious and keep linking to it. Look! It's me with Glenn Tilbrook!

It should come as no surprise that the classic video this week will belong to Squeeze. Unfortunately, the incredibly cute video that I wanted to post ("Electric Trains") has been taken off of YouTube for some reason, so now I'm just going to post three other videos before all of the Squeeze clips disappear. There is a great video of the band performing "Electric Trains" live on Late Night with Conan O'Brien here, which you must check out immediately if you're not familiar with the song. How a song that talks about counting pubic hairs never became a huge hit is beyond me. Maybe they didn't talk about it enough. Anyway, it's definitely Top 5 material for me. Hmm, perhaps I should put together a Favorite Squeeze Songs list one of these days? Perhaps I will.

In the meantime, enjoy Squeeze through the years...

"Black Coffee in Bed" from 1982's Sweets From a Stranger

Even though it's widely known that I detest coffee, I wouldn't kick Glenn out of bed for having a cup. Nor for not using a coaster. During the commentary on Glenn's tour documentary DVD, One for the Road, this clip is shown and Glenn seems horrified with the amount of make-up he's wearing in this video.

"Last Time Forever" from 1985's Cosi Fan Tutti Frutti

As I mentioned before in my post about "Hits of the Year," this was definitely not my favorite hair configuration of Glenn's. At least he's not wearing make-up though! Also like "Hits of the Year," Glenn's vocals nearly obscure the dark lyrics. In that song, he made an airplane hijacking sound like great fun and in this one he makes a wife-murdering psycho sound positively dreamy. The album version of this song makes things a little more obvious by incorporating a sound bite from The Shining into the intro.

"Hourglass" from 1987's Babylon and On

I don't think this video will fit into the "forgotten" category because it got tons of airplay on MTV, but I'm posting it anyway. Besides "Tempted," I think this is probably the most recognizable Squeeze tune to people in the States. Probably because it's one of the few that got regular radio airplay! It's a fun song and even though the video is definitely a product of the '80s, I still think it's pretty clever. Plus, this clip happens to feature my favorite Tilbrook-hair configuration...the floppy-front blonde 'do. *sigh*

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Is Brangelina splitting back into two separate people or what? I can't follow this story. Maybe it's because I don't care? Most celeb couples break up at some point, so does it really matter if this is a false alarm or not? Journalists, save your stories. Save yourselves the re-write when the real time comes.

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Have you ever hated yourself for loving a song? Now, as I've said before, I'm not embarassed or ashamed to admit to liking any of the stupid stuff that fills my life, but occasionally I'm disturbed by how "unlike" me I can be. I'm baffled by my affection for "Personal" by Fergie and "Makes Me Wonder" by Maroon 5. I never imagined that I could enjoy anything that came out of Fergie's heavily Auto-Tuned mouth, but that song is too damn catchy to not like. The fact that I like that one doesn't trouble me as much as my affinity for the Maroon 5 tune. I've always loved "Harder to Breathe," but that was their first single before they pulled a bait and switch on everyone. A band like that is usually allowed to have one good song. But now, this song's massive hooks have dug into me and I can't free myself. I guess I have no choice but to love it, but I still hate that turd, Adam Levine. That will never change.

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Since everyone in the free world has Simpsonized themselves, I decided to get in on the act too. The resemblance is uncanny. As long as the definition of "uncanny" has suddenly been reversed. Oh, if only my hair were as nice as my Springfield counterpart's.


Beth said...

Excellent choices, girl! Back in the day, the boys used to sing "Beth Coffey in Bed."

Damn, that boy's cute. I have yet to read your concert post; must sneak that in between meetings today. But I stole a photo for my blog ...

Bond said...

see now, that is you....right there in Springfield...and I personally like your hair....

Rhet said...

"...Fergie's heavily Auto-Tuned mouth..."

There was a young Duchess of Kent...

Writeprocrastinator said...

You really don't know what bad hair is, do you? You hair is so fantastic and you talk it up like it is 8o's metal band rat's nest.

Turnbaby said...

You know I am addicted--I SOOOO hope they come close to here.

And cute Simpson you!!

The Moviequill said...

I saw Squeeze years ago with The Hooters, it was Tilbrook's birthday and they nailed him with a cake, he had to do half the show dripping in frosting... awesome band... Roth Van Halen tour announcement this Monday, speaking of dinosaurs

Lee Ann said...

I don't remember those videos!
You get some good ones.
I love your Simpsonized look!
So cute.

An80sNut said...

"Last Time Forever" is one of my favorite songs - must be the lyrics, heavy production and piano. I tried to Simpsonize myself and it didn't come out as good as I'd like. Maybe it's the lack of good short hair options for guys. dunno.

Bubs said...


BeckEye said...

Beth - I can be your hero, Bethy.

Bond - Well, thank you. Actually I really do need a hair cut. It's been a long time.

Rhet - Who disgusted people wherever she went?

WP - I know bad hair. Mine's getting very unruly these days. I wish I had half as much volume as those '80s hair gods and goddesses.

Turnbaby - They're going to Virginia and then I think it's off to California. That's it for the States...then they're back to the UK.

Moviequill - How dare you call my boys dinosaurs! But I'll forgive you for putting the yummy vision of Glenn covered in frosting.

Leeann - You need to get a Simpson alter-ego!

80s Nut - Yeah, it's a deadly beautiful song. The piano is wonderful. But those vocals...yowsa.

Bubs - Hubba me, my Springfield character or Glenn? Or Hubba Bubsa?

Scott said...

Your Simpsons character actually looks more accurate than most... I tried a couple times and they were both laughable...

Chancelucky said...

I like your Simpson's self Beckeye. Just don't date Moe or Ed Flanders. I's say stick to Apu or Sideshow Bob. I'm also fond of Seymore Skinner, but that's because I know someone who was the inspiration for Principal Skinner's real name.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

You have got to Simpsonize that photo of you getting a squeeze from your betrothed. It'll look fab above the fireplace of your love nest.

Eebie said...

Many thanks for the old vids...wouldn't it be fun to have them introduced by Richard Blade?

cube said...

You are a Simpsons babe! Guess you don't live too close to the reactor ;-)

Slave to the dogs said...

Hey - we have the same Simpson hair! Mine's blond though.

Rhet said...

Gawd No!
No Limericks!

When she hiked up her dress
What a terrible mess
Thank god all the boys are all spent.

We screwed the 8:8:6:6:8 cadence and metre, but the thought is there.

Artful Dodger said...

Don't worry about loving a song by some artist you don't really care for. I actually have fallen for a mix of Hillary Duff's "Stranger" they keep playing on the dance station on my satellite. I danced to it at first only to feel shock and disgust when I saw who's song it was. Then I went back to dancing to the song. Then I felt all weird and shameful when perusing the magazine section at Barnes & Nobles and saw her in practically nothing on the cover of Maxim. I'm still dancing to that song though.

BeckEye said...

Scott - Oh come on, you can't look any more ridiculous than Cletus, the slack-jawed yokel.

Chancelucky - I actually want to co-anchor the news with Kent Brockman and have some hot lovin' with Disco Stu.

Barbara - Yes. Perhaps we can finally be together in the cartoon world.

Eebie - I had to look up Richard Blade on wikipedia. He looks familiar, but can't say that I vividly remember him. I wonder if he "consulted" on the episode of "Bands Reunited" that teased at a Squeeze reunion, until Jools put the kibosh on the whole deal.

Cube - Why, thanks! I live near Moe's, of course. I'm the only woman who hangs there.

Slave - I'm having deja vu. ;)

Rhet - I really don't want to think about Fergie hiking up her dress.

Dodger - If I find myself liking a Hilary Duff song, I will assume that I'm no longer me, but some type of clone or alien who has been implanted with my memories, but not my good taste in music.

chelene said...

I can't stand Fergie's music. She makes Maroon 5 look like Led Zeppelin.

Allison said...

Ooh, Maroon 5 reminds me o James Blunt, who reminds me of a quivering banshee, but I'm a music snob.

I find Nelly Furtado sneaks up on me, I don't know what her latest song is called, but I heard it on the radio today and quite enjoyed it.

Coaster Punchman said...

Sorry, but I would still kick him out of bed for failing to use a coaster. It's my name, after all.


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