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SFF Music Video of the Week - #102 - NSFW

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 Well something a little more risque  than my usual fare. We've got Mezzo-american amazons, drugs, sex, a conquistador way out of his depth, and, as we all know... So, let's have a look at the plot-line. We've our lost conquistador explorer wandering the jungles, and encounters a flower that sprays him with a hallucinogenic and soporific burst of pollen. Rescued from being (presumably) digested by said plant by a group of amazons, he is feted and brought before their queen. Who apparently finds him worthy.  All hail the conquering hero! But who has been conquered?   So, after all that, are you somewhere nice and private, where no-one can unexpectedly see over your shoulder? Good. Go clicky on the link now. This is "Miracle" by Caravan Palace from the 2019 album "Chronologic".  https://youtu.be/QdabIfmcqSQ

SFF Music Video of the Week - #101

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Now we are counting down to the second anniversary, at 104.  This time it is back to the 80s again, and the final Woolfson/Parsons collaboration. For the video, we have a warning not to get too into your art - especially if you are a video editor. Look out for the easter eggs throughout of other APP works. All-in-all a great example of what you can do with minimal effects and a solid concept. So, from "Gaudi" (1987), here is The Alan Parsons Project's "Standing on Higher Ground".

SFF Music Video of the Week -#100

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Well, we've made it through 100 episodes of this little vanity project of mine. Next countdown is to the two-year anniversary! This week's first video was uncovered by Leece who described it as "unexpectedly uplifting". Despite being from an American band, this is full of the most wonderfully over the top Eurovision style costuming and vibes. It is great to see exactly who the competent one is in the team!  Then we get to move on to the sequel video, which takes us into the counterpoint world of magical martial arts fighting games. And, oh my goodness, the eyes ! You will see what I mean! All of this was shot in some of the most spectacular places in Mexico, so we get some great scenery porn as just to round things out. So, from the 2019 album "Swing" enjoy "Fantasy" and "Swing" by SOFI TUKKER.

SFF Music Video of the Week - #99

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So what is a film noir  fever-dream doing here? Well, there is a good reason - and it ties in with the whole Hammer Films vibe. The veteran British studio Hammer Films is most famous for their horror offerings (many of which remain some of the best horror movies ever made, in my opinion). These were supernatural mood horror works - you rarely had a full-on monster, instead you had people with strange powers. And rarely did they use these for the benefit of man. Be they someone inhabited by a long-dead spirit, an immortal magic user, or cursed renevant, they never looked terrible at first glance. But oh, what terrors they could unleash.  This captures that feeling with distorted camera angles, and an endless array of masks, mirrors, and strange characters. And then there is that brief moment where something truly unreal surfaces from the illusions - and it is that moment that brings this video here. Here is Ladytron's "White Elephant", from 2011's "Gravity the Sed

SFF Music Video of the Week - #98

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Back to the 80s and a bit of Blake's 7 inspired dystopia. It has a narrative ... but an explanation is less forthcoming. In any event, we've got big hair and cheesy effects. What more do you need? Welcome back to 1984, and "The Body Electric" by Rush.

SFF Music Video of the Week - #97

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Back to the early 80s now. This time we get to enjoy BBC class effects, and a story-line that Dr Who would be proud of. Deeply disturbing on several levels, and, as is best with this sort of thing, raising far more questions than it answers. So here is "Prime Time", by the inimitable Alan Parsons Project from 1983's Ammonia Avenue.  

SFF Music Video of the Week - #96

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What can I say about the musical powerhouse that is Muse? Not a lot that others have not already said. So let's focus on this wonderfully over-the-top music video.  We've got a post-apocalyptic SF western, with a bonus unicorn. And all presented in the very best style of Sergio Leone, the granddaddy of spaghetti westerns. With a bit for everyone, you might think that you'd end up with something homogeneous and bland - instead we get something so original, it deserves to be turned into a full movie.   Enjoy the ride from the 2006 album "Black Holes and Revalations" that is "Knights of Cydonia". 

SFF Music Video of the Week - #95

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Well, I've got five more to go to the 100th post of this theme. I wonder what I'll do for that one? This week, however, brings us some magical stop-motion animation. Blurring between stage magic and MAGIC we have a tale of youth against the Establishment. It is quite the journey!  The band itself is an intriguing journey from indie rock band, to solo project calling itself a band, and back to being a band again.  So here is 2012's "The Rifle's Spiral" by The Shins, from Port of Morrow.

"It was me."

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Alasdair Beckett-King is an absolute gem. Here, he takes on the Scandinavian Crime genre and nails it. Unfortunately (or fortunately) this has proven worryingly versatile with one small shift. You can take almost any promotional still or clip for almost anything and ... well. "It was me." "It was me." But it gets worse. It gets much worse. As I will now demonstrate. "It was me." "It was me." "It was me." So thank-you Alisdair. You have now completely ruined every bit of entertainment there is. Everything on the planet is now a Scandinavian crime thriller. Everything. I hope you're happy.

SFF Music Video of the Week - #94

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Last weekend was Eurovision, that wonderfully  insane and over the top celebration of music. 36 countries joining together to throw a huge party. It is silly, and bright, and a perfect antidote to the current times. All the tracks performed have to be sung live on stage, with strict time limits, and all sorts of rules. So how does Eurovision turn up here? Well, it is not the first time.  This time it is the fabulously geeky Daði og Gagnamagnið who make the grade with their #4 ranking entry "10 Years", from 2021. Enjoy your adventure in Icelandic daikaiju super sentai land!

Lunar Eclipse, or Comet Of Doom?

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  Shot from May Drive, using an Olympus TG-4 with an external battery. 1:20:00 exposure, starting at totality, and continuing to 3/4 disk.  Either that, or a comet impacted on Perth and we're all blown to bits. 

SFF Music Video of the Week - #93

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I'm rather conflicted about this one. I mean we have a sort of post-apocalyptic western vibe going on, but on the other hand we've got a bunch of white guys (plus Slash) beating up on a demonised ethnic group.  Now within the context of the story, it is not nice people that get laid into, but did the producers have to make them all Mexican?   No. And that is where I have a problem with this clip. They could have just as easily cast another bunch of white guys as the villains. Instead they took an easy stereotype and used it exclusively. I know they are playing to a trope in doing so, but it is lazy and very out of touch - even for 14 years ago. In any event, from 2007, here is "She Builds Quick Machines" by Velvet Revolver. 

SFF Music Video of the Week - #92

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I'm always on the lookout for something a little different, and the Scandinavians never fail to deliver on that front. Iceland, in particular, can produce some wonderfully off-beat creations. This is one of them. Synchronised swimming, old-school musical theatre-style film-making, and a twist. One that fits perfectly with the rest of the genre, but takes it all into a magical place. And then twists it again to leave you wondering. Enjoy 2017's "Stardust", by Ásgeir, from the album Afterglow.

SFF Music Video of the Week - #91

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We have visited the work of Canadian band Delerium before. With rich musical influences and samples from all over, they are one of the great EDM/EA groups. They also tend towards amazingly great genre videos. This is another of them. We've got an ice demon, a beautiful lady, and a brave warrior mage intent on releasing her. But is it all as it seems? Maybe, maybe not. One of the wonderful things about this video is the ambiguity that it contains. We are left with a fragment of a story that we arrived to late to see the start of, and have left too soon to see the end.  Enjoy the mystery of "Incantation" from the 1994 album Semantic Spaces, by Derlerium.