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Tom Waits – Chocolate Jesus

I'm currently wading my way through Richard Dawkins book The God Delusion and have been contributing to a couple of on line discussions about it (See Alastair's Heart Monitor in my Favourites List). It is very compelling and thought provoking reading and I'll probably post a review of my thoughts on it when I've finished it.

 

It's hard to think of another singer /songwriter who has featured religion in so many songs as Tom Waits. Exclusively it has to be said, in less than complimentary terms.

This is the performance of one such number, Chocolate Jesus. Somehow it's reassuring to think that TW could perform this on primetime US TV although it is worth noting that it was eight years ago.

There is also a short chat with David Letterman.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Classic Videos – Godley and Creme

The first band I ever saw live was 10cc at the Glasgow Appollo in 1973. 10cc were a pop band who produced polished tunes many with tongue-in-cheek lyrics and a sense of social comment. The four members of the band split in the late 70's with Eric Stewart and Graham Gouldman continuing to use the name 10cc & Kevin Godley and Lol Creme continuing a recording career together.

 

Perhaps though they will be best remembered for their ground breaking video production work for artists as diverse as Frankie Goes to Holywood (Two Tribes), Peter Gabriel (Biko), Visage (Fade to Grey), The Police (Every Breath You Take and others) and David Sylvian and Ryuichi Sakomoto (Forbidden Colours)

 

Surely their finest hour in that idiom was the video for their own hit "Cry". Although technology has moved on somewhat from this release in 1985 the video is still very impressive. At the time it was absolutely stunning. The use of monochrome whilst making their editing task somewhat easier does I think also add to the overall effect.

 

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