Friday, May 1, 2015


These three singers probably share other distinctions, but the only reason why they're here together is because they have videos on YouTube that look like they could be lifted from a David Lynch movie. A stretch? Oh hell yeah, but I call 'em as I see 'em. I could very well be wrong. At the very least, these videos hit in the same pleasurably unsettled way that David Lynch films do. Just kinda off.

First up is Alvin Stardust, a singer that is much better known in the UK than he is in the States. Besides the most ridiculous ducktail this side of Wayne Cochran, you will note that he clearly loves pointing at the camera, never smiles, and tries his damnedest to look menacing while singing a trite glam infused pop song. All draped over the mic stand and shit. Right on leather man, fuck Heineken.

Next, a song we all love, Tammy Wynette's "Stand By Your Man". We've heard it a million times, but it's that type of song, perfect mid-sixties country and western. The video is of her doing singing it on some TV show. The lighting, the set, her dress, her hair, all that makes it different enough, but her deadpan delivery seals it. It's almost as if she's sedated, or is being forced to sing it. She's stoned. She does not want to be there. I can't wait until you get home, honey.

The last one is a clip of Chuck Berry, from the 1958 film Jazz On a Summer Day. It's from a jazz festival and Berry, the odd man out, is being "backed" by jazz musicians. They are sloppy, either incapable of holding it together or just plain indignant, because it seems like they're doing their level best to fuck him up. Not that he needs much help. His own playing is sloppy. That, augmented by his youth, the lighting, and the crowd shots, make this unlike most Berry clips. He is on the defensive, surrounded on all sides by the jazz goons. Takin' one for the team. Hail, hail rock 'n' roll.

Alvin Stardust - My Coo Ca Choo mp3 at ATumblr (?)
Tammy Wynette - Stand By Your Man mp3 at Taking Over the Internet
Chuck Berry - Sweet Little Sixteen mp3 at Stan's Area

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