Archive for music video

One Got Fat: Bicyle Safety Video, 1963

Posted in absurd, humor, macabre, music video, video with tags , , , , on June 20, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

This is one of the most disturbingly surreal videos I’ve ever seen. Classic mid century “music of the future” plays while a group of kids (in monkey masks) ride their bikes until, one by one, each meets an untimely end. The narration…the visuals…it’s all SO good. This is a must-see for fans of all things strange and unusual.

The names of the characters alone make this worth watching.
Rooty Toot Jasperson
Tinkerbell McDillingfiddy
Stanislaw Higginbottom
Phil Floogyl
Mossby Pomegranate
Trigby Fipps

(and more…I won’t give them all away)

If you’re interested, it was featured in a Boards of Canada video as well:

(Thanks for reminding me this exists, Cat Daddy-O!)

Madison Chase Music

Posted in music, music video with tags , on March 24, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

I often get emails from artists and businesses (who clearly haven’t read the blog) asking for promotion. But recently I was surprised by a heartfelt personal note from a lovely young woman, sharing her music with me.

I confess, I thought “Oh no…this girl is such a sweetheart…what am I going to say if the music is terrible?”

But guess what? Madison Chase belongs on SWS (and in anyone’s collection of dark cabaret for that matter)! If I were to have an automatic piece of music playing when my blog page opens, this would be quite appropriate:

Her songs are a soundtrack for eying shelves of broken dolls in a forgotten antique store, or for the greatest tea party…in hell. These are the lullabies discarded toys sweetly sing to each other through cracked lips.

Well, that’s my version. But here’s the official word:

Madison Chase is a North Carolina based musician. Her genre has been referred to as Creepy Pop, Circus Pop, and Chamber Pop and draws influence from classical, pop, industrial and jazz. Madison plays a variety of instruments and began studying piano at the age of six, and by twelve she had moved her focus to cello.

When you listen, take note of the fact that most of these songs came out when Madison was only *14*. I only wish I had been this cool at 14. I was still (begrudgingly) wearing clothes my mom picked out, trying to convince my friends to see horror movies, and staying up late to watch 120 Minutes and Headbangers Ball on MTV (they still played music back then. Yes, I’m that old).

Go check out the rest of her music HERE.

Jeremy Messersmith: Organ Donor

Posted in anatomy, animation, music video, video with tags , , , on February 24, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

This charming little video comes from one of my friends via the SWS facebook page (Thank you Christine!)

Halloween Countdown: TMBG- The Darlings of Lumberland

Posted in film, halloween, horror, macabre, monsters, music, music video, undead, vintage with tags , , , , , , , , on October 17, 2013 by shewalkssoftly

Unofficial music video for “The Darlings of Lumberland” by They Might Be Giants, from their 16th album “Nanobots” (2013): http://www.tmbg.com (see more below).

It was created using both famous and obscure silent horror films found on Archive.org, and photos from the vintage photo site Retronaut.

What does it say about me that I have pretty much all of these images on my hard drive and have seen all of these films?

***
Cannot type/talk due to severe illness (all words courtesy of voice software or kind typing helpers)…I read and appreciate all comments…Apologies for not being able to respond.

Daft Punk and Game of Thrones…Cat Style

Posted in humor, music video, video with tags , , on July 30, 2013 by shewalkssoftly

We interrupt your regularly scheduled arts and oddities for…AUTOTUNED CATS!

This Game of Thrones theme will stay in your head all day…maybe longer.

And now some Daft Punk. The squeaks around the 1 min mark MAKE this thing:

Got any others like this to share with this crazy cat lady?

Cannot type/talk due to severe illness (all words courtesy of voice software or kind typing helpers)…I read and appreciate all comments…Apologies for not being able to respond.

Rolling Clay With Keith

Posted in humor, music video, video with tags , , on July 23, 2013 by shewalkssoftly

Despite my tendency to hoard information and media like a madwoman, I’m generally ignorant of pop culture. I do, however, know that Adele had a huge hit with Rolling in the Deep.

The following video gives Adele a little healthy competition with some rewritten lyrics. This brilliant parody is also an advertisement for Keith’s ceramic company.

Love it. Go Keith.

Cannot type/talk due to severe illness (all words courtesy of voice software or kind typing helpers)…I read and appreciate all comments…Apologies for not being able to respond.

Dream of the 1890’s

Posted in humor, music, music video, satire, video with tags , , , , on May 22, 2013 by shewalkssoftly

Could be Brooklyn, NY just as easily…Brilliant!

Cannot type/talk due to severe illness (all words courtesy of voice software or kind typing helpers)…I read and appreciate all comments…Apologies for not being able to respond.