Saturday, 14 May 2011

Video Killed the Radio Star

Okay, I have to apologise. Last night I promised a real blog entry for today. Unfortunately what I did not anticipate last night was how long it would take to save everything I wanted from the old PC to move to the new PC. My songs (all 3000 or so of them) alone took two hours to back up. I will leave you then tonight with the classic "Video Killed the Radio Star" by The Buggles.

The song is famous as its video was the very first one played on MTV, a cable channel which now ironically no longer shows videos in any quantity (reality shows killed the video star...). The song seems to be set in the Fifties and Sixties, when television and other technologies were overcoming radio. Indeed, Trevor Horn of The Buggles has said the song was inspired by the J. G. Ballard story "The Sound-Sweep," in which a boy finds an opera star hiding away in a sewer. With technologies changing ever more swiftly, the song seems even more pertinent today than it was when it was released in 1979.

Friday, 13 May 2011

Sunny Afternoon by The Kinks

Today the PC went the whole day without overheating, probably because temperatures dropped to something more reasonable than 90 degrees Fahrenheit. Regardless, I had to spend the day paying bills and I am a bit tired from running around. That being the case, I'll leave you with the classic "Sunny Afternoon" by The Kinks. This is the original promotional film for the song from 1966.

Tomorrow I am buying a new PC and I promise I will try to do a real blog entry.

Thursday, 12 May 2011

Summer in the City

I have to apologise for not posting this week. Since Sunday it has been 90 degrees Fahrenheit every day. Combined with a house with only one window unit air conditioner and an aging computer which wants to shut down when it's hot, I have not dared do any lengthy posts. I then leave you with the only song I think truly describes summer, not as some beautiful, mild time, but as hot, sweaty, and uncomfortable. This is "Summer in the City" by The Lovin' Spoonful.

Spring is scheduled to return this weekend and with any luck I'll get a new PC tomorrow and another air conditioner not long after that! I hate summer.