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David Bowie – Videos Before Their Time

David Bowie, aka David Jones, was a pioneer in music videos. He always had theatrical, artistic looking movies, almost. He even admitted to being a mime trapped in a man’s body!

I just thought I’d put together a little compilation of videos I though were very unique:

 

1969 – “Love You ‘Til Tuesday”

 

1969 – Space Oddity (Original Video)

 

1974 – “Life On Mars”

 

1977 – “Heroes” – and how many commercials use this song? Well, the toned-down, less angst-ridden version…

 

1979 “I Am A D.J. (I am what I play)

 

 

1980 “Fashion”

 

 

1980 – “Ashes To Ashes”

 

1983 – “China Girl” – As a teen, I remember a major controversy with this one. It was reviled for sounded misogynistic or racist – fetishization of Asian women, white supremacy, and mentions swastikas. Actually, it’s not glamorizing, it’s pointing out how racist people can be…just watch. Iggy Pop co-wrote this.

 

1984 – “Blue Jean”

 

1987 – “Day-In Day-Out” – another one loaded with controversy. This one was banned in the US. Just watch it…notice how it could’ve been filmed today.

 

BONUS VIDEOS:

1977 – “Heroes” from the Bing Crosby Merrie Olde Christmas Special

 

 

Bing Crosby & David Bowie – “The Little Drummer Boy (Peace On Earth)”

 

 

David Bowie Funny Moments – Part I, II, III

 

 

 

I Cut My Own Hair!

Maybe I’m a little more daring than your average woman, but I now love cutting my own hair – and will probably never go to a salon again. I know, most people aren’t that adventurous, but I am! I had the Uma Thurman in Pulp Fiction haircut a year ago….and I just let it grow out, straight bangs and all, and it looked terrible. I wanted a new cut, but was undecided on what I wanted ultimately, which lead me to wanting to experiment myself – to see what looked good, what worked, what didn’t, don’t add layers, add layers, add more layers, blunt cut, etc. I could cut it all myself without having to pay every time I wanted to try something. And best of all, cutting my own hair is free!

Know that if you have long hair like me (almost at my waist), you can afford to experiment with cutting your own hair because you have a lot of length to cut; you can cut it in stages without worrying too much about mistakes. That said, there are some fairly fool-proof ways to cut your hair where you won’t have to fear. Basically, if you have hair long enough for a ponytail, you can put your hair in one and straight cut it – yes, it’s that easy. This way adds layers to your hair, which is flattering on everyone. There are plenty of YouTube demonstration videos by professionals and amateurs that show you exactly how to do it (some are below).

Two days ago, I decided to layer my hair, cutting off about 3 inches in length all over. My hair feels so much lighter, and it’s much less frizzy. I don’t even have frizzy hair – I have bone straight, fine hair, but the ends were so split that I looked like I had frizzy hair. So, I took matters into my own hands, literally, and cut my hair off, simple as that. I cut it in multiple layers, and I may hack away more at it, if I find that it still looks frizzy. I noticed that yesterday and today, my hair had gained more volume because the hair isn’t weighted down with that extra length, so the layers are adjusting and flowing quite nicely. Each day, my hair will “learn” how to be lighter and my overall hairstyle will be more bouncy. I even tried the technique of “point cutting” my hair to thin it out some…while fine, I have a ton of hair, and usually the stylist uses thinning shears to keep the bulk and drag away from pulling my hair down flat. Point cutting is a shortcut and mimics thinning shears, since I don’t own any.

I feel I never answered my calling as a hairstylist, but maybe one day, when my life lines up, I’ll be able to go to school and actually get licensed. I can already color my hair; I go to Sally’s Beauty Supply and buy my own toner and peroxide. I’ve never put the wrong color on my hair, and I think I’d be great if I could ever get to school! Although the next color I’m going to use is going to be brown henna – no more chemicals for me.

Anyway, here are some “how to” videos that I watched to get my courage up, so watch them and try a different way to self-grooming – this is free!!

RE: Duran Duran’s “Hungry Like The Wolf” Isolated Tracks | That Eric Alper

Duran Duran’s “Hungry Like The Wolf” Isolated Tracks | That Eric Alper – great article!! One of my favorite songs of all time.

“Rio” is my favorite album.  Duran Duran is still around after all these years. No surprise.

Granted, Hungry Like The Wolf is a weird song if you listen to the lyrics. I get it, but it’s odd. HOWEVER, the musical arrangement is amazing. Hard to believe these guys were so young when they wrote it. Nick Rhodes is a masterful genius, and there’s no denying he was the savory underpinning of this great band. He was quite the orchestrator, literally. Oh, the flack I caught from my parents because they “looked like girls” – but who’s laughing now?

This revelation about the song I’d not heard before (article cited below):

“The lyrics were inspired by Little Red Riding Hood…”

U wot m8? I guess it makes sense now…?

Anyway, read the article and enjoy these isolated tracks that collectively make up a great song:



Blame It On The Boogie – Jermaine Jackson

Don’t blame it on sunshine, moonlight or good times – blame it on the boogie.

I have a keen sense of nostalgia, probably talking ad nauseam about my recollections of life in the 70’s, 80’s ad 90s’, but it’s the disco era I remember most fondly.

From my young point of view, I didn’t realize that the 60’s were a MAJOR coming-of-age for America…the Vietnam war, Woodstock, birth control pills, women’s rights and the moon landing were just some of many things that changed this country forever. Gone were the “Leave It To Beaver” days; issue in The Sonny & Cher Show, The Brady Bunch, The Jeffersons, Happy Days, The Partridge Family, Good Times, What’s Happening, One Day At A Time, etc. Some of these shows even involved the cast singing and/or dancing. Variety shows were immensely popular, and Lawrence Welk is still one of my all-time faves! But I digress.

There were also musical groups who had cartoons…as a youngster in the early 70’s, I watched the Osmonds and Jacksons on TV as often as I could, and both singing families had their own cartoons – did you know that? Check out the Osmonds cartoon opening sequence, and both families together in the same Saturday morning cartoon promo. I understood America’s fascination with a singing Mormon family – the clean, seemingly innocent family of singers and dancers who sang of cutesy things. I thought Donnie was cute – still do. However, the Jacksons will forever hold my interest. Several are accomplished musicians, as well as singers, songwriters, arrangers, producers, and dancers.

Yes, the family has had – and still has – it’s darker moments. Let’s step away from that in this article and focus on the musical contributions that one Jackson 5 member has made to popular music and the world as we know it.

The following was a video for the song “Blame It On The Boogie” by the Jacksons – it was the studio version of the video, but it’s not the only one. There were many others (search on YouTube) that prove they were certainly pioneers in music, video and marketing. Barry Gordy knew what he was doing as the king of Motown.

Jermaine Jackson – of late, has been associated with much controversy, but musically, he’s a talented singer, dancer and musician. Do you remember his string of hits in the 80’s?

What you may not know is that Jermaine Jackson can play bass – very well. That man can jam! As a fellow (or lady) bass player, I can vouch for his chops, seen and heard. One day I’d love to see him play live, but YouTube will have to suffice for now. There’s been talk of his ‘ferocious’ bass playing skills on TalkBass.com, and they would know. Here are some clips for your enjoyment – dare I say, “Enjoy Yourself”?

Since the Jacksons were produced by Motown, it’s obvious Jermaine learned from the available talent pool. In this transcript from a Larry King Live interview in 2003, Jermaine says he’s mostly self-taught, learning by watching James Jamerson and Larry Graham (Sly and the Family Stone).

This is the same interview where Larry makes an embarrassing comparison: “… you were like the black Osmonds“. Larry. Shut. Up.

Oh, I could go on with a million links, but just peruse YouTube for Jermaine Jackson playing live; he’s just amazing. Very talented. And should get props for it. I wish he’d get back in the music business singing and playing. The family has some amazingly talented stand-outs, despite their questionable upbringing, and I wish the best for Jermaine and his career.

Playing the low notes 𝄢,
Cousin Belle

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