Alan Parker was an English filmmaker with a small but highly-rated output.
“ The Chase” (1978)
I give you “The Chase”, an electronic instrumental written by Giorgio Moroder for Parker’s film
(1978). Midnight Express
Midnight Express, a story of drug smuggling and dirty Turkish prisons, was banned in Turkey under Article 301 of the Turkish Penal Code.
This caused a strain on US–Turkish relations.
CP Lee, was a British musician, author, broadcaster and lecturer from Manchester, England.
“ Gerry and the Holograms” (1979)
He was co-author of the witty composition “Gerry and the Holograms” (1979) which shows similarities with “Blue Monday” (1983) but then without the nagging tone which makes the latter nearly impossible to listen to in full.
CP Lee was also an authority on Dylan, a Dylanologist one might say. His comments after Dylan received the Nobel Prize were both deep and sharp.
(2010) Video Nasties: Moral Panic, Censorship & Videotape
He also contributed marginally to
(2010), an insightful documentary on the video nasty phenomenon. Video Nasties: Moral Panic, Censorship & Videotape
“ Chicken Feed” (1962) by Bent Fabric
Bent Fabric (1924 – 2020) was a Danish composer and pianist.
The Roots – Here I Come (Feat. Dice Raw & Malik B)
Malik B. was an American rapper and singer who was a founding member of The Roots.
Although he did some solo work, his most interesting work was with that group, where he was a rapper rather than a song-writer.
If you are unfamiliar with the work of The Roots, check “The Seed” (2002).
Peter Green (1946 – 2020) was an English blues rock singer-songwriter and guitarist.
He was the co-founder of
He is perhaps best known for penning “Black Magic Woman” (1968).
However, I remember him most fondly for his instrumental “Albatross” (1968).
Dobby Dobson was a Jamaican reggae singer and record producer.
His signature song was “
Loving Pauper” (c. 1970)
Zizi Jeanmaire was a French ballet dancer and entertainer.
She is best-known for her song “Mon truc en plumes” (1961) but I give you a version of “
Élisa” (1969), written by Serge Gainsbourg.
“ La danse des canards” (1981)
J. J. Lionel was a Belgian musician whose song “La danse des canards” (1981) is one of the best-selling singles ever in France.
There is popular music and and then there is “danse des canards” popular, almost as popular as “Hava Nagila”.
Both are songs everyone knows but no one can remember where it originates.
Kevin Rafferty was an American filmmaker, best known for his 1982 documentary . The Atomic Cafe
The Atomic Cafe
The Atomic Cafe is a portrait of the United States in the 1950s, especially the nuclear threat and arms race of the Cold War.
The film makes use of archival government footage and propaganda.
Charlie Daniels was an American musician and composer best known for his number-one country hit “ The Devil Went Down to Georgia” (1979), an instance of a cultural product of a deal with the Devil.