May 3, 2014

In this day and age a band can perfectly recreate the sound of past music. Case in point, Brooklyn based Midnight Magic. Musically they are an exact re-incarnation of The Aural Exciters, who also hailed from the NYC underground dance scene. The track “Walking the Midnight Streets” from their debut album has an amazing video. I cannot tell if vintage dance footage was used and synched to recreate that era or if they painstakingly had their hair done, had outfits made and video equipment that allowed for a perfect late-70’s early 80’s video accompaniment to their perfectly retro-song. I suspect they used vintage video footage but one of the dancers does resemble the lead singer….
Especially delightful is the scoot at 0:33 followed by a sort of pogo-stick move. And the moves at 1:21. Oh, every bit of this is magic!!
I Love this video! It’s a bulls eye.

I don’t know of an actual for the Aural Exciter’s “Spooks in Space” track so I’ll include a video made more recently for this classic gem:

And to round out this post as another of my triptychs, I’m including Escort, who are also Brooklyn based and get get every ass in the house shaking! They’re playing in Downtown NYC this June 13 and two of us Music on a Stick authors will def be there. Enjoy!
This is SOOOOOOOO hot, oh gawd!


Siouxsie Sioux is 55 today. Happy birthday to the Ice Queen, my main goth muse, my favorite Creature…..Well, you get the point.






August 26, 2011

Your intrepid Music On a Stick-makers all reside on the East Coast, which apparently has finally been singled out to star in a round of real-life-end-of-days action. First we had the earthquake:

And now we have Irene.

Will we make it? Who knows….Catch you all on the other side!

Parental guidence requested:

February 26, 2011

Would you let your 14 yr old daughter date someone like this 17 yr old slick-o? “How about my place, you’d love it!” she offers.
This “skit” is so bad it’s bad and shows us why Reality TV killed old-school scripted garbage … but the musical bit about 4 minutes into it cracked me up and fit in with some of the “gems” we’ve had for you previously here at Music on a Stick.

Nothing I Can Say

February 18, 2011

A total eclipse of all reason.


A Silent Night with Tori

December 19, 2010

Back in college, Jungalero and I met Tori Amos at a record signing in Boston. As I recall it was a cold, rainy November day, and we waited in line for hours. Turned out it took so long because she spent 5-10 minutes talking with everyone. She encouraged Jungalero to continue to pursue his sound engineering dreams, as she felt that many in that trade at the time were jerks (although I think she used a different word). With me, she lauded by naturally curly red hair, as hers is less-than-natural. There is a photo of she and I on top of my CD shelves from that day — me with a goofy smile and Tori looking as if she’s happily standing next to an old friend from high school.

Of course, time passes — Jungalero engineers soundscapes in a slightly different way than “in the business”, and my naturally red hair has transitioned to shades of white, blonde and (at least on the top) invisible.

Then there’s Tori, who’s kept her red hair but at times gone places I can’t quite get to. For instance, while I’d recommend her holiday album Midwinter Graces, I would NOT recommend that you watch the bonus documentary that comes with it, where she spins a web of metaphysics that makes what little hair I have left start to hurt. Ah, Tori…..

Here is an exceptionally terrible 80’s pop video where the guitar is clearly a prop and not an instrument. And the lyrics: horrible. But that hair! That Bouncy Fluffy Hair! He sorta looks like Kevin Bacon doing a preppy version of the 80’s Nick Cave look…

Nik Kershaw is perhaps best known for “Wouldn’t It Be Good” on the Pretty in Pink Soundtrack. Another master of eighties fluffy hair was Howard Jones:

Howard Jones’ outfit reminds me of costumes for the Visitors in the “V” television miniseries. Here’s the opening credit from the original V. Toward the end of the clip, the “hero” is dressed in the alien’s red uniform to infiltrate their spaceport. So, after the disco beat kicks in check out Marc Singer’s costume as he crotch assaults an alien. That is, he uses his crotch as a weapon to take out an evil clueless alien guard. LOL!)