Episode 19: Favorite Music Videos (w/ Heather Drain)

RECORDED AS POP CULTURE CLUB:  From "Video Killed The Radio Star" to Beyonce's "Lemonade," I have been intoxicated and dazzled by the artistry behind music videos.  Of course, I'm not alone, and my guest today could probably teach a class on the subject and hopefully will get to program a music video festival event someday.  Writer extraordinare Heather Drain joins me to discuss favorite music videos, our first experiences, growing up with MTV, and of course, the fact that many acclaimed directors got their start making videos early on.  Big names like David Fincher, William Friedkin, Spike Jonze, Jonathan Glazer, Michel Gondry, and my personal favorite, Mark Romanek, are all discussed at some point or another.

I also manage to magically insert Keri Russell (as Felicity) into the conversation, talk about the first 45RPM record I owned, and so much more including the possibility that David Cronenberg might've ghost directed a particular scene in the video for "Jeopardy" by The Greg Kihn Band.  Even at 2 and a half hours, there's still so much more ground to cover including our love for Bjork, Gary Newman and The Killing Joke so there will definitely be a sequel episode to this discussion later this year.  Thank you so much to Heather for coming on the show and educating me beyond belief. And thank you for listening to this! I promise you that you'll be glad you did.

00:00 - 09:54 - Introduction
09:55 - 23:22 - Introduction With Heather
23:23 - 1:05:16 - Earliest Memories, First Video on MTV, The MTV Years
1:05:17 - 1:21:19 - #10 - #8
1:21:20 - 1:45:35 -  #7 - #4
1:45:36 - 02:09:19 - #3 - #1
02:09:20 - 02:26:51 - A couple honorable mentions, Beyonce's "Lemonade"
02:26:52 - 02:34:04 - Outro

Heather's Favorite Music Videos
1.  Wall of Voodoo Triad -- "Mexican Radio," "Far Side of Crazy" & "Do It Again"
2. "Songs for Swinging Larvae" Renaldo & the Loaf
3. "New Skin" by New Skin
4. "Ahead" by Wire
5. "Yashar" by Cabaret Voltaire
6. "Mask" by Bauhaus
7. "How to Get Girls Through Hypnotism" by Gleaming Spires
8. "Rainbow in the Dark" by Dio
9. "When the Lady Smiles" by Golden Earring
10. "Soak it Up" by Barnes & Barnes

Jim's Favorite Music Videos
10. Karma Police - Radiohead
09. Criminal - Fiona Apple
08. Beautiful World - Devo
07. Hounds of Love - Kate Bush
06. One - Metallica
05. Don't Come Around Here No More - Tom Petty
04. 1979 - Smashing Pumpkins
03. Closer - Nine Inch Nails
02. Bedtime Stories - Madonna
01. Hurt - Johnny Cash

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