Sunday, 20 May 2007

1979 - The Smashing Pumpkins


"1979" [lyrics|buy CD single|article]
The Smashing Pumpkins [official site]
Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness [buy album]

There's nothing like the so-called life of a teenager - and both the lyrics and the video to "1979" illustrate the apparent nothingness of the lives of disaffected youth in suburbia.

Said to be based on Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan's "idealized version of teenagehood", the video reflects the careless freedom and audacity of youth which, tied in with the song's lyrics (we don't even care / to shake these zipper blues / and we don't know / just where our bones will rest / to dust i guess / forgotten and absorbed into the earth below), make for the perfect teen anthem.

The video won the MTV Video Music Award for Best Alternative Video in 1996, and Corgan deems it has been "the closest we've ever come to realizing everything we wanted".

Trivia: Smashing Pumpkins band members can be spotted playing small roles on various scenes of the video.

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Friday, 18 May 2007

Video Killed The Radio Star - The Buggles


"Video Killed The Radio Star" [lyrics|buy single!|article]
The Buggles [bio]
The Age of Plastic [buy album!]

We jumpstart the 100 Best Music Videos blog with the first video ever aired on MTV, ironically titled "Video Killed the Radio Star".

First shown on MTV when the channel debuted on August 01, 1981, the song's catchy melody and the video's quirky and "futuristic" elements make for a memorable music video and a fitting forefather to all music videos aired thereafter.

Trivia: When it was aired on February 27, 2000, "Video Killed The Radio Star" also became the millionth video to be shown on MTV.

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