Whether you call it Disco Not Disco or Mutant Disco, the jerky rhythms of 1979 New York are angling their way into recent make-up ads. Marc Jacobs . . .
. . . revived Suicide’s “Dream Baby Dream,” . . .
. . . which also sounds really good slowed down from 45 to 33.
And now Covergirl presents Maye Musk dancing to . . .
. . . Lizzy Mercier Descloux‘s cover of “Fire,” . . .
. . . which was originally recorded by The Crazy World of Arthur Brown:
Is it possible to put on make-up smoothly to such jerky rhythms?
Drake broke a (non-tournament) record when 630,000 viewers watched him play the video game Fortnite on Twitch Wednesday night.
Spike Jonze has created another classic video, featuring FKA twigs dancing to an Anderson .Paak tune against what looks like an expanding Gene Davis painting:
Thank you to Tracy for calling the video to my attention.
Nice choice of music for CNN’s docu-series American Dynasties: The Kennedys:
Lana Del Rey has invoked the Kennedy myth before . . .
. . . and the chosen song was her contribution to the soundtrack of The Great Gatsby, another story about how rich people “are different from you and me,” to quote the novel’s author, F. Scott Fitzgerald.
The song was also rendered in pseudo-1920s style by the Bryan Ferry Orchestra:
It is so rare for film to capture that pure moment when the whole world vanishes and the audience becomes totally lost in music.
Rock ‘n’ roll has always been surprisingly self-aware, chronicling its own story in its songs. Here is a small selection (from over 500 such songs I’ve collected) that I have compiled for a talk I am giving today on that topic: