Thursday, October 29, 2009

Forgotten Classic Video(s) of the Week

Since I forgot to post last week's forgotten classic (oh, the irony), I'm doubling up this week, once again breaking pop cultural rules by offering a two-fer on a Thursday instead of Tuesday. Relax. The fabric of the universe is NOT unraveling.

I was actually worried I wouldn't have one vid to post this week, let alone two, because I realized I pretty much burned all the Halloween-themed videos in years past and, after doing this every week for the past three years, opening the old vault is proving much more difficult. Luckily, a friend on Facebook mentioned Sheena Easton and I rejoiced. Sheena was one of my childhood idols, right up there with ONJ. So, today I'm featuring two clips from very different periods in her career.

This first one is "The Lover in Me," which sticks out in my mind because of that awesome red dress she wore, not to mention the slutty opera gloves and totally '80s half updo. This is from her "sexy vixen" period, after Prince had gotten his hands on her and dirtied her all up. If you're wondering why I didn't post, say, "Sugar Walls," there is a simple answer for that: it is probably one of the dumbest songs I've ever heard in my life. Oooh, it's about her vagina! Whoop-dee-doo. I'm sure it was meant to be risqué, but it's just ridönk.

Up next is a song from Sheena's "girl-next-door" period, 1983's "Telefone (Long Distance Love Affair)." I chose this one for two reasons: 1) I used to sing the shit out of it when I was little, and 2) The video features some classic movie monsters, which makes it Halloween-appropriate.

By the way, you might notice that both vids come from Dailymotion instead of YouTube. The growing trend of disabling the embedding feature on YouTube is really starting to piss me off. You know, it's not like people are downloading these vids or passing them off as their own. I can't understand why record labels would want to keep people from posting videos on their blogs and websites. I guess the free publicity that it generates for their artists is really annoying.


Anonymous said...

I was born in the same hospital as Sheena Easton you know, but years later. It's not there anymore. Probably after I was born it couldn't ocntinue to pump out that level of awesome.

Anonymous said...

I'm so awesome I can't spell "continue".

Penny said...

Oh! I love, love, love Lover In Me!
What a great song!
Sheena Eason was B.A. back in the day.

Billy said...

She never quite made it to ONJ status with me, but that's because she was never in cheesy movies that came on HBO all the time.

This might be seen as downright sacrilege, but when I watch Sheena in these videos I think of Martina McBride. If Martina slept with Prince, that is.

My baby took the morning train the wrong way...

The Bewildered Brit said...

Telefone has such a cool video! Love it! Not entirely sure how it relates to the song, though...

I totally hear you about companies disallowing embedding. Totally destroys the use of You Tube. Everyone benefits when you embed a video.. Bah!

Malcolm said...

Nice double shot of Sheena. I never imagined that the lovely Scottish lass who sang "Morning Train (9 to 5)" would transform into a sex kitten with a bit of funk in her, but that is the power of "The Purple One".

Whenever possible, I use Daily Motion instead of You Tube. In addition to avoiding the annoying "embedding disabled by request" obstacle, Daily Motion also uses some sort of technology that detects copywrited videos and won't publish them.


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