Thursday, February 23, 2012
February's Underappreciated Music: the links
What had been Scott Parker's meme lingers on, at least!
Bill Crider: Young tv actors' music careers (mostly but not exclusively the Warner Bros Television folks of the 1950s)
Charlie Ricci: Daryl Hall and John Oates: Whole Oates
George Kelley: Whitney Houston
James Reasoner: Modern Silent Cinema: The Passion Killer Whose Prison Romance Set Off a Scandal
Jerry House: Tom Doyle
Kate Laity: Linear Obessional Recordings
Lee Goldberg: Arctic Air (opening theme/montage)
Lee Hartsfeld: Rhythm and Blues in the Night (with the worst professional studio photo of Julie Newmar ever taken)
Patti Abbott: The Turtles, "Elenore"
Todd Mason: Edge-of-twee filmmaker and composer Hal Hartley's "Opera No. 1". One of a short series of short films commissioned for an early anthology project on Comedy Central, this pleasant 1994 short operetta features the lip-synching talent of Hartley friends Parker Posey, the late Adrienne Shelly, James Urbaniak (in his first film work) and Patricia Dunnock. What's more, the "full-cut" YouTube video below is about a minute out of sync, so it's a slightly more useful audio then visual experience (the shorter cut, but actually in sync, is available on the Chinese site YouKu, but I'm not sure how one embeds from that). It's charming and amusing, and the women are pretty adorable (Shelly was famously murdered by a stalker just after completing her film Waitress some years back). Definitely better to hit the Watch on YouTube button at the bottom, to enlarge to full-size...it's a handsome bit of business.