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Personal/Musical: My Favourite Music Video Ever: Elvis Costello's "Veronica" 
11th-Dec-2006 07:10 pm
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The music video that makes me believe that the genre can have some artistic merit. This was the first music video that I ever saw that I thought added to the artistic quality and even integrity of the song, if that makes any sense whatsoever. That's still a very rare quality, from what little I see of music videos, but this one sold me in its cinematography and its faithfulness to both the song and to the constant "intertextual" quality of memory: I know that – despite being based on his Grandmother who you take to be suffering from some kind of dementia or Alzheimer's – it certainly reflects my own experience of all the constantly-interweaving memories that make up my identity.

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12th-Dec-2006 03:26 pm (UTC)
Possibly one of the best songs ever.

"You can call me anything you like, but my name is 'Veronica.'"
12th-Dec-2006 07:34 pm (UTC)
You know, I wondered what your thoughts on it were: I don't know that I'd ever talked Costello with you at the house, and it was before his big return to popularity. You knew that Sir Paul assisted in writing this? That whole year I don't think I once played This Year's Model, which was all I owned in my impoverished music collection, given the way my listening tastes were running at the time. I was just thinking the other day that while everyone always goes on about how great the song "One" is by U2, that you were the only other person in the world I'd ever heard speak about how fab Midnight Oil's similarly-themed "One Country" was.
12th-Dec-2006 07:56 pm (UTC)
Who'd like to change the world?

Fuckin' A "One Country" is awesome. I beg to differ that it's similarly-themed to One by U2, though. It's a disparagement to the bigger picture that One Country addressed, while Bono is really very specifically focused there. Don't get me wrong, One is a great song and I enjoy playing it, but One Country is more substantial. As is all of Midnight Oil's catalog, as compared to U2's catalog, if I do say so myself.
12th-Dec-2006 08:11 pm (UTC)
Heh. As I was typing the above, I also wondered if you'd take exception to me associating them. But it's interesting to see your thoughts here. Yes, I'm just talking about a very vague idea of "unity" as a theme. If I had to be more specific, I think I'd be agreeing with you in saying something like seeing "One Country" as being obviously so crafted in the terms of the Oils' environmental and internationalist politics, while "One" is almost spontaneous autobiography, capturing that moment in the studio in East Berlin where the band was on the verge of dissolution.

You make an interesting point about U2 and substantiality, or, as I think I might put it, "specificity." Bono is a genius (like JP2?) for The Grand Gesture – a spontaneous or intuitive sense for communicating to large crowds successfully, and he plays strongly to that, while at the same time his lyrics are much more personally than socially significant (I think of the local Dublin references of something like "Running To Stand Still" which nevertheless don't stop the song from being compelling to audiences utterly unable to recognize the specific imagery). Or, for that matter, the vast array of biblical references and allusions which don't impede a reception of the songs to the secular culture that no longer recognizes them.

What think you? We on the same page?
12th-Dec-2006 03:27 pm (UTC)
Happens to be one of my favorites too. Haven't we discussed it before on here at some point? Maybe I'm just having deja vu...
12th-Dec-2006 07:42 pm (UTC)
Huh. I just used that search function on my sidebar and found that I have talked about this before, although you didn't comment. The search function is limited, though, and there could have been something else. Maybe you just mentally agreed with me, but didn't actually comment? (Or maybe you did but it was pre-motherhood and fabulously dirty and I deleted it for the safety of the general public. Maybe?) But I do see that I contradict myself: I put the Cars' "You Might Think" down as my favourite (and I admit that after playing with the relatively-new wonder of You Tube yesterday and writing this entry, I went right on to finding and watching "You Might Think." So at the very least, I have to say to you, "Good memory!"
18th-Dec-2006 03:05 am (UTC)
Funny! I could have SWORN we'd talked about this. Maybe you're right, and for some reason my brain is recalling that bit of information yet stubbornly refuses to remember what time I have to meet with my advisor tomorrow.

In any case, yes, I miss my fabulously dirty pre-motherhood days. *sigh* But the world's a little safer.
12th-Dec-2006 06:33 pm (UTC) - Time Warp
This was on the first (and only so far) Elvis Costello albums I bought , back when .... so this was sort of a time travel moment sponsored by Youtube.

Ah, I just remembered a video which also did the same thing. She sang the song accapella(sp) when she came to Ottawa

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j1z_5iyvbdc - apparently dismissed because the critics and radio station did not understand the song .. they though it was only about pigeons.
12th-Dec-2006 07:50 pm (UTC) - Re: Time Warp
Huh.

I think Cyndi is one of our classic Misunderstood Greats. The one wacko historical theory that I hold – or like to pretend that I do? – is that civilization came to a great crossroads when pop culture in the 80s was given the option to go either after her as The Next Big Thing, or Madonna, and went with the latter, to the clear darkening of our collective souls.
15th-Dec-2006 09:18 pm (UTC) - Re: Time Warp
The first thing mr_messy ever said to me was that I looked like Cyndi Lauper.
16th-Dec-2006 01:50 am (UTC) - Re: Time Warp
That's love!
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