Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Retro/Nostalgia








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The course of history is merciless but that doesn't mean we can't enjoy ourselves digging around in the sale bin. While I'm generally not a fan of the 1980s revival that's marked this decade in everyday fashion, I really like these two videos (and the songs for them). I've remarked already, once or twice, on the palpable 'videosity' of the Snoop piece: the tracking, the color. Feist's typical low-key choreography captures what can be fun about cheesy late '70s pop, and an ironic or campy latter-day appreciation of it: it's honest and allows one to let loose and be a little awkward simultaneously. Like enthusiastic karaoke of a song you're supposed to be embarrased to even know ... in front of both friends and strangers.

2 comments:

Darren said...

You owe me 99 cents, Zach. Until a few minutes ago, I'd never heard "One Evening," and now I own a shiny, legally-purchased mp3. What a great song.

Zach Campbell said...

Yeah--myself, I'm so out of touch with what's going on in music these days, I didn't know who Feist was until I saw her a couple months ago on the Colbert Report. But I dig a lot of her music, and the dancing she does in videos is charming. Glad you liked this one!