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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.

Zero Proof Man O' War

 A classic cocktail from the middle of last century, this translates rather well to the alcohol-free world. Ingredients: 2 shots Lyres American Malt 1 shot Lyres Orange Sec 1/2 shot Lyres Aperitif Rosso 1/2 shot lemon juice Optional: 1/2 shot simple syrup Garnish: Cherry Method: Fill a large tumbler with crushed ice. Put all ingredients in a shaker with ice and shake well. Pour into tumbler, and add cherry. This is sharp, smooth, and dry all at once. The malt flavours dominate, but the citrus and herbal notes still come through.  Enjoy!

SFF Music Video of the Week - #90

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Counting down to the 100th edition of this silliness!  Returning to that rich feeding ground for me, the 1980s, and the inimitable Thomas Dolby. This time with the making of a music video. At first. And then things get just a little odd . We've got animated static pictures, a magic camera, a sleezeball, and a heroic rescue.  This has it all! Here is 1988's "Airhead" from "Aliens Ate My Buick", by Thomas Dolby.

SFF Music Video of the Week - #89

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Running somewhat late this week, but here we are. Time for some more Lindsey Stirling, and a dramatic fairytale that  echoes back to an earlier video from one of her earlier albums.  Here is "Lost Girls" from the 2017 album "Artemis" by Lindsey Stirling. 

SFF Music Video of the Week - #88

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Anything that includes Max Headroom is, in my books, automatically SFF. A music video about Max not being able to sleep? Doubly so. If you don't know who Max is - watch this, and be amazed at just predictive it is.  Further, not only is Max not  CGI, there is a real actor under the astounding prosthetics.  Roll forward a year, and this video gets released by the synth-pop legends of the 1980s, Art of Noise.  Enjoy Paranomia.  

A theory about conspiracy theories

 Recently, someone I follow on Dreamwidth had a long and quite wonderful rant about classism and vaccines. This lead to them talking about one Rudolf Steiner and his classist, racist, antivaxx writings, which had the effect of making the upper echelons of German society lean in an antivaxx direction.  Being the sort of person I am, I started thinking "Gee, that would make a great conspiracy theory - Steiner was deliberately trying to weaken or wipe out the upper classes in Germany."  Then I started thinking more broadly.  What about Stalin? He did huge amounts of damage to Communist Russia, what if he had been put in the role on purpose? Torquemada? Pol Pot? Hitler? And what about some of the modern 'influencers'?  It all sounds like the basis of a great 'hidden history' series of stories. So what sort of people would do such a thing? And why?  And that's when it hit me. This is how conspiracy theories start. Looking for someone to blame for all the things