The Greatest


8 oct. 2006, 18h04m

Yayy for embedded videos!

This is my collection of the great and the good.

It is still closed to comments as I am still working on it, but I think there is enough here for people to start enjoying.

These are all songs I want to hear again and again. The journal originally started as a central place for me to put my videos so I can chill out with a cup of tea and press play without having to think too hard.

Now though, I think it's become a personal journal and I think I've unearthed some gems in terms of footage, so I thought I'd start sharing.

Hope it's enjoyable anyway. : )

NB: if the video doesn't start playing, click on the video screen again to go straight to the footage on YouTube.

Lata Mangeshkar
Asha Bhosle
R.D. Burman
Amon Tobin
Toronto Tabla Group
Bassnectar & Kraddy
Purple Rain
Nothing Compares 2 U
David Sylvian
Ask the Mountains (Extended Version)
Marc Almond
Soft Cell
Ultra Vivid Scene
Kim Deal
The Breeders
Serge Gainsbourg
Je t' non plus
Audrey Hepburn
The White Stripes
I Just Don't Know What to Do With Myself
Philip Glass
Nancy Sinatra
You Only Live Twice
John Barry
Clair de lune
Cat Power
The Greatest
Siouxsie Sioux
Gram Parsons
Emmylou Harris
Dolly Parton
Queen Adreena
Gary Numan
Are 'Friends' Electric?
Kate Bush
David Gilmour
This Mortal Coil
Song to the Siren
Cocteau Twins
Tim Buckley
Eric B. & Rakim
Ofra Haza
Death in Vegas
Howard Devoto
The Smiths
The Pentangle
Light Flight
k.d. lang
Jefferson Airplane
White Rabbit
The Trash Can Sinatras
To Sir, With Love
Red Hot + Blue
Annie Lennox
Natacha Atlas
Mon Amie La Rose
Leysh NatArak
Mish Fadilak
Ó Gente Da Minha Terra
Cavaleiro Monge
The Tourists
I Only Want To Be With You
Dexy's Midnight Runners
Outside Myself
Just Keep Me Moving
Coffee & TV
Trimm Trabb
No Distance Left to Run
Clint Eastwood
Half the World Away
Haircut 100
Boy Meets Girl
Altered Images
Happy Birthday
Fun Boy Three
Our Lips Are Sealed
The Human League
(Keep Feeling) Fascination
The Associates
Club Country
Spandau Ballet
To Cut a Long Story Short
A Flock of Seagulls
Wishing (If I Had a Photograph of You)
Wonderful Life
Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five
The Message
David Bowie
Ashes to Ashes
Blue Jean
Something's Gotten Hold of My Heart
Simple Minds
Don't You Forget About Me
Sibylle Baier
Syd Barrett
Dark Globe


  • Babs_05

    My favourite bollywood film. Soundtrack by Lata Mangeshkar and others. Inhi Logon Ne: [youtube][/youtube] Chalte Chalte: [youtube][/youtube] Thare Rahiyo: [youtube][/youtube] Mausam Hai Aashiqana: [youtube][/youtube]

    8 oct. 2006, 18h13m
  • Babs_05

    Helen dragged indian dance from the traditional to the modern in the 1960s. She was usually given the role of the 'loose woman'. This clip is the funniest ever! Asha Bhosle - Piya Tu Abhto Aja, from the film 'Caravan', (1972) Monica (played by Helen) depressed and tipsy, thinks she's been stood up. But wait! In the distance! It's her boyfriend's voice, which sends her panting and dancing madly. [youtube][/youtube]

    8 oct. 2006, 18h19m
  • Babs_05

    Sholay (1975) is the most famous bollywood western. Helen is the loose woman, again, dancing round the camp fire in the dark, distracting everyone's attention... R.D. Burman - Mehbooba Mehbooba [youtube][/youtube]

    8 oct. 2006, 18h47m
  • Babs_05

    Lata Mangeshkar, 'The Nightingale of India', is one of the world's most popular singers (if not [i]the[/i] most popular - is she still in the Guinness Book of Records, anyone?). Born in 1929, she is still performing today. Asha Bhosle is her sister. Here is a clip from the film Bobby (1973), groundbreaking for its explicit permissiveness. (tame by today's standards) Lata Mangeshkar & Shalindra - Hum Tum Ek Kamre Mein (which translates as: you and I, in a room, what if we lost the key?) [youtube][/youtube]

    8 oct. 2006, 20h07m
  • Babs_05

    Rachel Brice is from San Francisco and is a member of the Bellydance Superstars. Her own style started off as cabaret bellydance and is now tribal fused with yoga. I rate her for her attention to detail and incredible muscle control. Her tattoo is a verse from the Yoga Sutras: Book I verse 14. It means: Practice becomes firmly grounded when it has been cultivated for a long time, uninterruptedly with earnest devotion. and It becomes firmly grounded by long and constant effort with great love for the end to be attained. Rachel Brice and The Indigo Belly Dance Company First track: Amon Tobin - El Wraith Second track: Toronto Tabla Group - Mukti [youtube][/youtube] [youtube][/youtube] Bassnectar & Kraddy - Snakecharmer (Rachel messing about backstage, not even trying) [youtube][/youtube]

    8 oct. 2006, 20h40m
  • Babs_05

    The best thing she ever did. William Orbit helped. Madonna is primarily a dancer, then an art director, then a singer, in that order. This shows all her talents at their best: Madonna - Frozen [youtube][/youtube]

    8 oct. 2006, 21h02m
  • Babs_05

    I don't know anybody who doesn't recognise her talent, even if they don't like her. Bjork - Isobel [youtube][/youtube]

    8 oct. 2006, 21h15m
  • Babs_05

    People are divided over him now, but I rate him for his ideas, his talent, his generosity to other artists and his creativity. (and yes, he did nick ideas from George Clinton and Rick James, but I would argue, look what he gave away, eg Nothing Compares 2 U, below) btw - the best cover of Purple Rain I've ever heard: Purple Rain Prince & Sheila E. - It's Gonna Be A Beautiful Night (I saw Cat dancing at the Wag Club in Soho, London, and she was just as energetic. We gave her the floor and just watched.) [youtube][/youtube] Sinead O'Connor - Nothing Compares 2 U [youtube][/youtube]

    8 oct. 2006, 22h01m
  • Babs_05

    The man I should have married. Voted the most beautiful man in pop, and not for nothing. Started out in Japan, borrowing Sylvain Sylvain's name and dress sense, and Bryan Ferry's style of singing. Punk and new wave to begin with, David Sylvian moved towards ambient later on. Current project is Nine Horses. David Sylvian - Tribute [youtube][/youtube] David Sylvian - Orpheus [youtube][/youtube]

    8 oct. 2006, 23h32m
  • Babs_05

    Not many in his league. Jean Michel-Jarre, Brian Eno, that's about it. Vangelis and Stina Nordenstam - Ask The Mountains (short version, try and get the extended one if you can) [youtube][/youtube] This music was used for, in my opinion, the best tv advert I have ever seen. Ariston Aqualtis [youtube][/youtube]

    8 oct. 2006, 23h42m
  • Babs_05

    Eh? What's this doing amongst the great and good? Well, cos I like it and that's that. Soft Cell - Torch [youtube][/youtube]

    9 oct. 2006, 0h03m
  • Babs_05

    Dark, sometimes cruel and sadistic lyrics delivered with beauty. Ultra Vivid Scene - Mercy Seat [youtube][/youtube] Ultra Vivid Scene + Kim Deal - Special One [youtube][/youtube]

    9 oct. 2006, 1h03m
  • Babs_05

    Couldn't get the original footage, but this is sweet. Full version of the song too. Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin - Je T'aime Moi Non Plus [youtube][/youtube]

    9 oct. 2006, 2h25m
  • Babs_05

    My favourite Radiohead track. Heard on XFM radio when it was a pirate radio station, only broadcasting for a month in a year. We only knew it was on air by word of mouth. Lucky was on the Help Bosnia album. [youtube][/youtube]

    9 oct. 2006, 3h48m
  • Babs_05

    Our family used to go visiting friends of the family and stay for a while. One time, Dad only had the weekend off and had to go back to work. As he was leaving, this song came on in the next room. I was only little. The song begins, Chiquitita tell me what's wrong. Well, I started bawling! I didn't want Dad to go. Abba - Chiquitita (1979) [youtube][/youtube]

    9 oct. 2006, 3h53m
  • Babs_05

    This is one of those songs that has followed me around most of my life. I have heard countless versions. There was one I heard 20 years ago which I loved, but have since lost, (it was on cassette). This is the best I have come across since. [i]It was only months after Hepburn's death in 1993 that the original version was finally released on an album. Despite the other artists' success with the song, for many, Hepburn's simple recording is considered the definitive performance.[/i] Audrey Hepburn - Moon River [youtube][/youtube]

    9 oct. 2006, 4h25m
  • Babs_05

    I love this one for The White Stripes cover of Dusty Springfield's I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself. Directed by Sofia Coppolla, it features Kate Moss pole-dancing. Kate usually looks like she needs a bath, but I have to say, the girl is undeniably sexy. I love her insouciance in this video. She's not even trying but who can take their eyes off her? White Stripes - I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself [youtube][/youtube] And if that wasn't enough, here it is again to Philip Glass - Violin Concerto No. II. Just gorgeous. [youtube][/youtube] Kylie's video for I Can't Get You Out Of My Head was also directed by a woman, Dawn Shadforth. Once again, there's subtlety and a great sense of beauty whilst also mesmerising. Kylie is an interesting icon of our times, she's non-threatening to women and hugely attractive to men. Kylie - I Can't Get You Out Of My Head [youtube][/youtube]

    9 oct. 2006, 14h46m
  • Babs_05

    I like my men to be men; I'm not interested in the weak or the limp-wristed. It's hard to find images of sexy men without them bordering on the homoerotic. I think no one will argue with me on this choice. Sean Connery as James Bond. What man doesn't fantasise about being like him? And what woman doesn't fantasise about being with him? (ok, gay women precluded). Here is the first 10 minutes of You Only Live Twice. Ticks a whole bunch of boxes: Bond intros as the best in cinema; one of the best John Barry 007 theme songs (performed by Nancy Sinatra); exciting plot; Sean Connery without his shirt on... [youtube][/youtube]

    9 oct. 2006, 19h31m
  • Babs_05

    Un chien andalou (1929) is a 16 minute film of pure surrealism. It contains a scene where, as a cloud passes over a full moon, a sharp knife is passed over a woman's eye, splitting it open. Even knowing it was a bull's eye, not hers, doesn't make it any easier to watch. Here is the film in its entirety, now remastered. Un Chien Andalou (An Andalusian Dog) [youtube][/youtube]

    9 oct. 2006, 22h32m
  • Babs_05

    Debussy - Clair de Lune is an all-time favourite of mine. I love Debussy anyway, and Satie, who he taught. The best use of the piece, in my opinion, is in Frankie and Johnny (1991), where we can hear the whole thing. A lovely, romantic film anyway, this raised its game. Frankie and Johnny - Connecting pt1 [youtube][/youtube] Frankie and Johnny - Connecting pt2 [youtube][/youtube]

    10 oct. 2006, 0h21m
  • Babs_05

    How can I not include this song? She is only my number one artist over the last 12 months. I don't like everything she does, but I do love this album and this song. Here she is performing live on Jools Holland's show, 'Later With Jools Holland', earlier this year. (my favourite music show). Cat Power - The Greatest [youtube][/youtube]

    12 oct. 2006, 2h39m
  • Babs_05

    I am sure I will think of more great duets, but for now, here are a few favourites. I love how Morrissey's and Siouxsie's voices compliment each other. Both legends and both favourites of mine since childhood. The song is Interlude, a cover of a song performed by Timi Yuro The film is 'Dance With A Stranger' Morrissey and Siouxsie - Interlude [youtube][/youtube] Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris singing Love Hurts. I love how Emmylou's voice weaves in and around Gram's. The only footage I could find was this one for Brokeback Mountain. I haven't seen it yet, but it's on my list of 'must watch'. Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris - Love Hurts [youtube][/youtube] haha, so shoot me, I don't care, but this is going in. There was a time this spring when, every time I walked into a shop, this song came on. It was the weirdest thing. I started hanging out, not leaving till the song was over. haha! Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers - Islands In The Stream [youtube][/youtube]

    12 oct. 2006, 4h06m
  • Babs_05

    I love Dolly Parton. And I love Jolene. Dolly Parton - Jolene (Live) [youtube][/youtube] Here is a great cover version. Queen Adreena - Jolene [youtube][/youtube]

    12 oct. 2006, 4h17m
  • Babs_05

    A few songs that made me stop what I was doing to listen. The rule for this selection is I have to remember where I was and what I was doing before I stopped. Sometimes, you hear something, and while you listen, you look around and everything you see becomes embedded in your memory. These did that to me. Gary Numan - Are Friends Electric, which I first heard in the front room on Dad's old stereogram. Released in 1979, there was no video for this, but I found this great piece someone made using footage from Bladerunner (1982) as both were inspired by the same book, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K Dick (1968). The film is essential viewing. Gary Numan - Are Friends Electric - Bladerunner Mix [youtube][/youtube] One quiet afternoon in 1978, I stayed indoors to watch a film while my siblings were out playing. Uninterrupted, I was totally absorbed in my first viewing of Wuthering Heights (1939). Even better, it was on BBC2, so no adverts. Immediately afterwards, the BBC showed this video. Not only was it perfect after the film, but I think I held my breath all the way through. Kate Bush was/is a dancer, so for me, the visuals were as stunning as the sounds. Kate wrote poetry as a child and she wrote this song when she was just 11 years old. When the single was released, she was still a teenager, aged 19. A bit of a child prodigy, EMI nurtured her talent for three years before her first album was released in 1978. And it was Dave Gilmour who 'discovered' her. Kate Bush - Wuthering Heights [youtube][/youtube] If ever a cover transcended the original, this is one. Song To The Siren was originally by Tim Buckley (video link) and was covered by Elizabeth Fraser and Robin Guthrie of the Cocteau Twins on the first This Mortal Coil album. I first heard it on Annie Nightingale's BBC Radio 1 show one Sunday evening, upstairs. I don't listen to it anymore, funnily enough. It's like Japan - Ghosts, I don't listen to that anymore either. This Mortal Coil - Song To The Siren [youtube][/youtube] Talent always shines. When Paid In Full was released, there was a collective Whoa! in the air. It was hip-hop, but not as we knew it. This left all the others standing. The female singer is Ofra Haza, an Israeli singer. The song they sampled is Im Nin' Alu, taken from the album Shaday (1988). I have this album on cassette somewhere and it really is wonderful. I must get it again on CD one day. I first heard Paid In Full in my living room, which had black furniture (cos it was the 80s! lol !) Eric B. & Rakim - Paid In Full [youtube][/youtube] One more for the road. This one is more recent, it's Death In Vegas - Aisha, featuring Iggy Pop on vocals. The video is disappointing (imo), but the song is superb. I heard this in my living room too, (different flat), it was approaching dinner time and I was listening to Zane Lowe when he was with XFM, presenting Music:Response. Death In Vegas - Aisha feat. Iggy Pop [youtube][/youtube]

    13 oct. 2006, 0h58m
  • Babs_05

    I seem to recall the video I saw in 1978 had trees in it. If I am going to do this, I may as well do this properly. I went back to YouTube and had another look, and the one I remember was there! Here is the original video for Wuthering Heights. (I'm happy now) : ) [youtube][/youtube]

    13 oct. 2006, 23h57m
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