Monday, May 29, 2017

ClandesTime 111 – The Manchester Bombing and the Politics of Fear
The bombing in Manchester this week was an especially horrific act of terrorism. 22 people were killed and dozens more were injured – many of whom were children or teenagers who were exiting an Ariana Grande concert. This week I examine some of the questions I have about this bombing, and outline a lot of relevant context that has so far been ignored by virtually all media coverage of the event. I explain why the default alternative view of terrorist attacks in the West – that they are in some way ‘blowback’ resulting from NATO foreign policy – is at best a misleading simplification.  I round off by criticising Jeremy Corbyn’s latest speech for appearing to offer an alternative to the War on Terror while repeating the same prejudices and assumptions that underpin it.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Lilla - Te nekem nem hiszel én neked (synth pop, Hungary 1989)

On of the best female singers from Hungary during the 80's. This dramatic synth-track is taken from her first solo LP. She was the front singer of the electro-new wave group Napoleon Boulevard.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Твой День - Богиня Любви (italo disco, Russia 1992)

Heavy italo disco from the very first year after Soviet collapse in early 90's. Sounds at least 7 years after it's time, but better late than never! The Russians are the ones who best manage the remains of the western 80's italo trend, and this is a good example of that. Actually there are still today loads of amazing italo disco produced in Russia.

Arson Under the Sea​/​Stolen Kidneys -split (2015)

Thursday, May 4, 2017

MTV vidcheck (August 10, 1985)

Taken from a five hour block of programming with J.J. Jackson your VJ. Also note that this contained a timer, so you can see how long some of the songs are. You'll also notice during some of the commercials some skipping due to some repeated spots. Still, enjoy a sampling of what an entire Saturday Evening had to offer!

1. Huey Lewis and The News- The Power Of Love
2. MTV Top 20 Video Countdown closing with Mark Goodman
3. MTV Video Countdown sponsorship bumpers: Dodge/Doritos/H.I.S. Chic Jeans
4. Commercials: a. Pee-Wee's Big Adventure movie trailer b. Cover Girl featuring Kelly Emberg c. Noxzema d. Musicland e. Franklin Crunch 'n Much
5. MTV: Your favorite video music
6. Dead Or Alive- You Spin Me Round
7. VJ commentary 
8. Commercial: Dick Clark Rock, Roll & Remember
9. MTV: The greatest indoor sport
10. World Sitizenz- Lock It Up
11. Suzanne Luka- Marlena On The Wall
12. MTV Bottom of the Hour bumper
13. Bruce Springsteen- I'm On Fire
14. Robert Plant- Pink and Black
15. Michael Jackson- Beat It
16. VJ commentary
17. Commercials: a. Starburst b. Levi's 501Jeans c. Back to the Future trailer
18. MTV Music News: Midnight Oil
19. John Fogerty- The Old Man Down The Road
20. Tina Turner- We Don't Need Another Hero
21. VJ commentary with Saturday Special plug
22. Commercials: a. Crystal Light b. Bubble Yum c. Weird Science trailer d. Vagisil
23. Cock Robin- When Your Heart Is Weak
24. MTV Top of the Hour bumper
25. The Cars- Shake It Up
26. Ratt- Lay It Down
27. Music news: Bruce Springsteen in Boston cancelled, Quiet Riot
28. Commercials: a. New Coke b. Sears c. (Same as #4a) d. Agree shampoo
29. MTV: 24 hours a day
30. Philip Bailey & Phil Collins- Easy Lover
31. Julian Lennon- Jesse
32. VJ commentary with The Basement Tapes plug
33. Commercials: a. Alfonso Riberiro for Rap Attack and Breakin' Rappin by Telmak b. People For the American Way
34. MTV "Goldfish" bumper
35. Dire Straits- Money For Nothing
36. Midnight Oil- Best Of Both Worlds
37. MTV Bottom of the Hour bumper
38. Bananrama- Cruel Summer
39. Billy Joel- You're Only Human (Second Wind)
40. VJ commentary
41. Commercials: a. Clearasil b. Year of the Dragon trailer c. Ratt's Invasion of Our Privacy at Record Bar
42. Katrina and the Waves/Nik Kershaw/The Basement Tapes promos
43. Night Ranger- When Your Close Your Eyes
44. King- Love & Pride
45. MTV "Mailman, Mongrel, Mom" bumper
46. Commercials: a. Noxzema b. Britannia c. Summer Rental trailer d. California Cooler
47. MTV Sneak Preview Videos
48. The Minutemen- This Ain't No Picnic
49. John Parr- St. Elmo's Fire (Man In Motion)
50. MTV Top of the Hour bumper
51. REO Speedwagon- Live Every Moment
52. Pat Benatar- We Belong
53. Music news: Bruce Springsteen/Steve Stevens/Alice Cooper/ABC/Heart tour dates
54. Commercials: a. Another Pee-Wee's Big Adventure trailer b. The Gap c. Mead d. Pringles
55. Enjoy MTV Discreetly.
56. Cheap Trick- Tonight It's You
57. Huey Lewis and the News- The Power of Love
58. Commercials: a. Elvis 50 Years, 50 Hits b. American Lung Association
59. MTV Pool Party bumper
60. Talking Heads- Road To Nowhere
61. MTV Bottom of the Hour bumper
62. Blotto- I Wanna Be A Life Guard
63. Tears For Fears- Shout (the current #1 song)
64. Commercials: a. Another Starburst b. My Science Project trailer
65. The Young Ones promo
66. Music news: Berlin/Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers/Eurythmics
67. Eurythmics- There Must Be An Angel
68. Golden Earring- Twilight Zone
69. VJ commentary
70. Comercials: a. Coors Light b. Another Agree c. Wrangler
71. MTV Million Dollar Giveaway contest
72. a-Ha- Take On Me
73. MTV Top of the Hour bumper
74. Bruce Sprinsteen- Glory Days
75. Fleetwood Mac- Tusk
76. Music news: Robert Plant/Chicago Ground Sound
77. Commercials: a. Volunteers trailer b. Sharp c. Rialto Rebel motorcycle by Honda d. Another Britannia
78. John Cafferty & The Beaver Brown Band- C.I.T.Y.
79. John Cougar Mellencamp- Pink Houses
80. VJ commentary with The Young Ones plug
81. MTV Frankie Goes to Hollywood bumper
82. Jeff Beck/Rod Stewart- People Get Ready
83. MTV bottom of the hour bumper
84. Howard Jones- Things Can Only Get Better
85. Wham!- Freedom
86. Commercial: Starburst (not shown, same as before)
87. MTV: Your favorite music
88. Music news: Motley Crue/Bill Wyman
89. The Honeydrippers- Rockin' At Midnight
90. Katrina & The Waves- Do You Want Crying
91. VJ commentary
92. Commercials: a. The Bride trailer b. Emery c. Alberto Mousse d. FDS e. Levi's 501 
93. MTV: Guest VJ promo
94. Paul Young- Everytime You Go Away
95. MTV Top of the Hour bumper
96. Billy Idol- Rebel Yell
97. Rick Springfield- State of the Heart