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(Jubilee Guilty Pleasure!) Video(s) of the Moment #821: Chicago

 
By on Sunday, 3rd June 2012 at 2:00 pm
 

Editor’s note: do not adjust your screen. Yes, we’re airing some of our (and some of your!) favourite song guilty pleasures in video form this Jubilee weekend. The bands were featuring are largely not the kind we write about here on TGTF, but we wanted to do something new and cool over this 4-day weekend. Come along for the crazy ride and enjoy.

We’re bringing you more cheese. In the form of Chicago. In my eyes, their golden period was when Peter Cetera was at the helm. You know you’ve made it when a song of yours (‘If You Leave Me Now’) gets sung by a sock puppet in a tv advert. And ‘You’re the Inspiration’ must have been the wedding song for countless couples in the ’80s. This is one band you couldn’t escape. Why would you want to? If you think about it, back then music wasn’t really all that complicated. What mattered was a good melody and good lyrics.

In the post-Cetera years, the band had a new lease on life when the Tom Cruise film called Cocktail came along to give them another hit, ‘Look Away’. Like I said, Chicago is pure cheese. But if loving Chicago is wrong, I don’t wanna be right.

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(Jubilee Guilty Pleasure!) Video of the Moment #820: One Direction

 
By on Sunday, 3rd June 2012 at 12:00 pm
 

Editor’s note: do not adjust your screen. Yes, we’re airing some of our (and some of your!) favourite song guilty pleasures in video form this Jubilee weekend. The bands were featuring are largely not the kind we write about here on TGTF, but we wanted to do something new and cool over this 4-day weekend. Come along for the crazy ride and enjoy.

I decided to take a chance on listening to this One Direction song, ‘What Makes You Beautiful’, because one of my Northwest Twitter friends adores them. (She’s the only reason I know one of them is called Harry Styles. That’s the extent of my knowledge of this band, sorry.) Yes, it’s a boyband. Yes, it’s five guys that were thrown together by The X Factor svengali Simon Cowell. Yes, they happen to be all very attractive to the teen set.

Forget that all for the moment and have a look at the first verse and the chorus (under the video embed). They’re cheesy, true, but with the simple words they manage something that most songs can’t. You know how there are so many songs where a man is saying how ‘fine’ a woman’s body parts are and how he wants to ‘git wit’ her? This is so refreshing because this song is saying “I like you the way you are”. They won’t win any songwriting awards, but gosh darn it, they’ve won thousands of points in my book by helping countless young girls with their self-esteem. With one song. It’s innocent and there’s nothing objectionable in this song either. If I was a parent, I wouldn’t mind one bit if my daughter was listening to this instead of Example.

It’s also as catchy as hell, and this summer you can bet I will be seen with the windows rolled down, pumping my fists to it. (The other pop song from a British boyband that has made it over to the American airwaves, the Wanted’s ‘Glad You Came’, is borderline sleazy. Why are you so glad she came? “Turn the lights out now” – please. You do know that preteen girls are listening to you, right?)

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First verse
You’re insecure
Don’t know what for
You’re turning heads when you walk through the door
Don’t need make up
To cover up
Being the way that you are is enough

Chorus
Baby you light up my world like nobody else
The way that you flip your hair gets me overwhelmed
But when you smile at the ground it aint hard to tell
You don’t know (oh oh)
You don’t know you’re beautiful!
If only you saw what I can see
You’ll understand why I want you so desperately
Right now I’m looking at you and I can’t believe
You don’t know (oh oh)
You don’t know you’re beautiful!
(Oh oh)
You don’t know you’re beautiful!
(Oh oh)

 

Video of the Moment #819: The Cribs

 
By on Sunday, 3rd June 2012 at 10:00 am
 

‘Glitters Like Gold’ is the second single from the Cribs‘ new album ‘In the Belly of the Brazen Bull’ (Cheryl’s review here), and here is its new promo vid.

Why are the Jarman brothers performing on a rotating platform, and why did they feel the need to recreate a scene from Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ video? God only knows. Watch it below.

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(Jubilee Weekend Guilty Pleasure!) Video of the Moment #818: Information Society

 
By on Saturday, 2nd June 2012 at 8:00 pm
 

Editor’s note: do not adjust your screen. Yes, we’re airing some of our (and some of your!) favourite song guilty pleasures in video form this Jubilee weekend. The bands were featuring are largely not the kind we write about here on TGTF, but we wanted to do something new and cool over this 4-day weekend. Come along for the crazy ride and enjoy.

What do a couple of guys from Minneapolis know about dance? Apparently, Information Society know a lot. The fact that they’re still going after all these years is pretty amazing. But their star all started with this one, ‘Pure Energy’. I was going through my old singles and forgot I had a load of this song’s remixes. In a then very unusual cardboard single case. Wonder if it’s worth anything?

With all the colours and faux instruments made of cardboard, this video is so ’80s, it’s not even funny. The song also features a sample of Leonard Nimoy as Mr. Spock uttering the title “pure energy”. If you want to know where my love for dance comes from, this is probably it.

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Video of the Moment #817: Scissor Sisters

 
By on Saturday, 2nd June 2012 at 6:00 pm
 

Scissor Sisters‘s new video is for new single ‘Baby Come Home’. Jake Shears in a nun’s habit, and in armour? You have to see it to believe it. Giggle.

The band have announced a tour for this October; for all the details, go here.

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(Jubilee Weekend Guilty Pleasure!) Video of the Moment #816: Bobby Brown

 
By on Saturday, 2nd June 2012 at 2:00 pm
 

Editor’s note: do not adjust your screen. Yes, we’re airing some of our (and some of your!) favourite song guilty pleasures in video form this Jubilee weekend. The bands were featuring are largely not the kind we write about here on TGTF, but we wanted to do something new and cool over this 4-day weekend. Come along for the crazy ride and enjoy.

Before he became Mr. Whitney Houston, Bobby Brown was in boyband New Edition, then carved out a pretty successful solo career. Everyone I knew was trying to learn the moves to this video for ‘Every Little Step’ and it was singlehandedly the most requested song at the local roller rink for all of 1988. While I’m not a fan of the way these women are dressed, I guess I cannot complain when comparing them to Gaga and Rihanna of today.

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