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International Power To The People: British Music Videos 1966–2016

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    Power To The People: British Music Videos 1966–2016

    I just got this new 6 DVD set in the mail from Amazon UK, and I've only played parts of a couple of discs 4 and 5 and I'm totally blown away. "Weekender" by Flowered Up is the Citizen Kane of rock videos and the Apex Twin videos are like miniature feature films. The choreography, editing, art direction, lighting... so many ideas here!

    This has to rank as one of the most important music collections of all time. I thought this would be a roundup of the "usual suspects" from MTV back when it still played music, and that would have been fine, but it is MUCH more than that. I only recognize a few of the videos I watched, and I have no idea how the ones I didn't recognize escaped me. It's some of the most exciting and innovative film making I've ever seen.

    The image and sound quality on these videos are stellar. Every one is in its proper aspect ratio. I honestly had a hard time believing I was watching an SD DVD at times. The DVDs are anamorphic and are in PAL, so if you are ordering from the US, you need a region free player. Six discs, about 15 hours of material. It's going to take me a long time to work my way though all this, and I'm really excited about it.

    Here is what's on the set...

    Disc one: Performance

    1) Band performance

    Rolling Stones ‘It’s Only Rock N Roll (But I Like It)’ (1974) 5:21
    The Clash ‘London Calling’ (1979) 2:15
    Joy Division ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’ (1980) 2:29
    Siouxsie & The Banshees ‘Happy House’ (1980) 2:53
    The Cure ‘Close To Me’ (1985) 3:57
    Stone Roses ‘Fool’s Gold’ (1989) 4:22
    Oasis ‘Cigarettes & Alcohol’ (1994) 5:12
    Duran Duran ‘White Lines (Don’t Do It)’ (1995) 5:38
    Reef ‘Place Your Hands’ (1997) 3:38
    Blur ‘Song 2’ (1997) 2:00
    Oasis ‘All Around The World’ (1998) 7:46
    Manic Street Preachers ‘If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next’ (1998) 5:37
    Supergrass ‘Pumping On Your Stereo’ (1999) 3:29
    Moloko ‘The Time Is Now’ (2000) 4:31
    Arctic Monkeys ‘The View From The Afternoon’ (2006) 4:44
    Hot Chip ‘Over & Over’ (2006) 3:56
    The Horrors ‘Sheena is a Parasite’ (2007) 1:49
    Vampire Weekend ‘A-Punk’ (2008) 2:18
    Wild Beasts ‘Brave Bulging Buoyant Clairvoyants’ (2008) 3:58
    Toy ‘Lose My Way’ (2012) 4:28
    King Krule ‘A Lizard State’ (2014) 4:34
    Arctic Monkeys ‘Arabella’ (2014) 4:38

    2) Vocal performance

    Godley & Crème ‘Cry’ (1981) 4:01
    Sinead O’Connor ‘Nothing Compares 2 U’ (1990) 5:09
    Massive Attack ‘Unfinished Sympathy’ (1991) 4:03
    Björk ‘Big Time Sensuality’ (1993) 5:04
    Radiohead ‘No Surprises’ (1997) 3:53
    Coldplay ‘Yellow’ (2000) 4:32
    Elton John ‘I Want Love’ (2001) 4:51
    The Streets ‘Fit But You Know It’ (2004) 4:08
    Bat for Lashes ‘What’s A Girl To Do?’ (2007) 2:54
    Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip ‘Thou Shalt Always Kill’ (2007) 3:29
    FKA Twigs ‘Water Me’ (2013) 3:23
    Wiley ‘On A Level’ (2014) 3:31

    Disc two: Concept video credits

    1) Concept featuring band

    Manfred Mann ‘The Mighty Quinn’ (1968) 2:55
    Eurythmics ‘Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)’ (1983) 3:22
    Cabaret Voltaire ‘Sensoria’ (1984) 4:00
    Duran Duran ‘The Wild Boys’ (1984) 4:14
    The The ‘Infected’ (1986) 5:05
    My Bloody Valentine ‘To Here Knows When’ (1991) 4:48
    Leila K ‘Ca Plane Pour Moi’ (1993) 3:24
    PJ Harvey ‘Down by the Water’ (1995) 3:45
    Tricky ‘Black Steel In The Hour Of Chaos’ (1995) 3:51
    Massive Attack ‘Karmacoma’ (1995) 4:26
    Therapy? ‘Diane’ (1995) 4:38
    Radiohead ‘Street Spirit’ (1996) 4:21
    McFly ‘Room On The 3rd Floor’ (2004) 3:23
    The Ting Tings ‘Shut Up And Let Me Go’ (2008) 2:54
    Radiohead ‘House Of Cards’ (2008) 4:33
    Coldplay ‘Strawberry Swing’ (2008) 4:20
    Klaxons ‘Twin Flames’ (2010) 3:31
    London Grammar ‘Wasting My Young Years’ (2013) 3:30

    2) Pure concept

    23 Skidoo ‘Kundalini’ (from the film 7 Songs) (1982) 5:09
    LFO ‘LFO’ (1991) 3:59
    Autechre ‘Second Bad Vilbel’ (1995) 4:44
    Tricky ‘Overcome’ (1995) 3:45
    Howie B ‘Music For Babies’ (1996) 6:08
    Future Sound of London ‘We Have Explosive’ (1996) 4:04
    Melting Pot ‘Something Is Wrong’ (1996) 5:28
    Coldcut & Hexstatic ‘Timber’ (1997) 4:45
    All Seeing I ‘The Beat Goes On’ (1998) 4:02
    Massive Attack ‘Teardrop’ (1998) 4:56
    The Avalanches ‘Frontier Psychiatrist Version 1’ (2001) 4:37
    UNKLE ‘Eye For An Eye’ (2003) 6:28
    Gnarls Barkley ‘Crazy’ (2006) 2:59
    FKA Twigs ‘How's That’ (2013) 3:35
    Rudimental feat. John Newman ‘Feel The Love’ (2013) 3:54
    Benga ‘I Will Never Change’ (2013) 2:00
    Pinkunoizu ‘Moped’ (2013) 4:53

    Disc three: Dance video credits

    1) British dance

    Elton John ‘I'm Still Standing’ (1983) 3:13
    Kate Bush ‘Running Up That Hill’ (1985) 4:58
    New Order ‘True Faith’ (1987) 4:08
    Fine Young Cannibals ‘She Drives Me Crazy’ (1988) 3:38
    The Prodigy ‘Out Of Space’ (1992) 4:01
    Beverley Knight ‘Made It Back’ (1998) 3:28
    Basement Jaxx ‘Red Alert’ (1999) 4:00
    Aphex Twin ‘Windowlicker’ (1999) 10:34
    Blur ‘Music Is My Radar’ (2000) 5:01
    So Solid Crew ‘21 Seconds’ (2001) 5:23
    Kylie Minogue ‘Can't Get You Out of My Head’ (2001) 3:47
    Moloko ‘Familiar Feeling’ (2003) 3:56
    Basement Jaxx ‘Hush Boy’ (2006) 3:53
    Arctic Monkeys ‘Brianstorm’ (2007) 3:01
    Duffy ‘Rain On Your Parade’ (2008) 3:33
    The XX ‘Islands’ (2009) 2:49
    Radiohead ‘Lotus Flower’ (2011) 5:02
    Atoms For Peace ‘Ingenue’ (2013) 4:32
    The Feeling ‘Boy Cried Wolf’ (2013) 5:20
    Chase & Status ‘International’ (2014) 4:12
    Jungle ‘Time’ (2014) 3:34
    FKA Twigs ‘Tw-ache’ (2014) 4:19
    Peace ‘Money’ (2014) 3:46
    Arcade Fire ‘We Exist’ (2014) 6:23
    Ed Sheeran ‘Thinking Out Loud’ (2014) 4:59
    Jungle ‘Julia’ (2014) 3:19
    Gwliym Gold ‘Triumph’ (2015) 3:53
    Hurts ‘Lights’ (2015) 6:57
    Young Fathers ‘Shame’ (2015) 4:14
    Salute ‘Storm’ (2016) 3:18
    The Chemical Brothers feat. Beck ‘Wide Open’ (2016) 4:38

    Disc four: Stories credits

    1) Love stories

    Ultravox ‘Vienna’ (1981) 5:05
    Human League ‘Don’t You Want Me’ (1981) 3:56
    A-Ha ‘Take On Me’ (1985) 3:47
    Sade ‘Smooth Operator’ (1984) 8:33
    Robbie Williams ‘She's The One’ (1999) 5:17
    Badly Drawn Boy ‘Disillusion’ (2000) 4:46
    Texas ‘In Demand’ (2000) 4:00
    Hiatus Feat. Shura ‘We Can Be Ghosts Now’ (2013) 4:19

    2) Heroes and anti_heroes

    Kate Bush ‘Cloudbusting’ (1985) 7:00
    Radiohead ‘Just’ (1995) 4:35
    The Chemical Brothers ‘Elektrobank’ (1997) 6:18
    UNKLE ‘Rabbit In Your Headlights’ (1998) 5:09
    Travis ‘Turn’ (1999) 5:49
    Robbie Williams ‘Supreme’ (2000) 4:34
    Coldplay ‘The Scientist’ (2002) 4:26
    The Prodigy ‘Warriors Dance’ (2009) 3:26
    Sigur Rós ‘Ekki Múkk’ (2012) 10:11
    The Shoes feat. Anthonin Ternant ‘Time To Dance’ (2012) 8:35
    Jon Hopkins ‘Open Eye Signal’ (2013) 8:02
    Disclosure ‘Grab Her!’ (2014) 3:55
    Massive Attack/Young Fathers ‘Voodoo In My Blood’ (2016) 5:26

    3) Social realism

    UB40 ‘Red Red Wine’ (1984) 3:24
    Oasis ‘The Importance of Being Idle’ (2005) 3:55
    The Chemical Brothers ‘Believe’ (2005) 4:38
    Doves ‘Black and White Town’ (2005) 4:30
    Plan B ‘Stay Too Long’ (2009) 4:05
    Plan B ‘She Said’ (2010) 3:47
    Plan B ‘Prayin'’ (2010) 6:07
    Coldplay ‘Paradise’ (2011) 4:44

    Disc five: Credits wit

    1) Sex, drugs & rock 'n' royality

    Happy Mondays ‘Wrote For Luck’ (1988) 3:23
    Flowered Up ‘Weekender’ (1992) 17:39
    The Shamen ‘Ebeneezer Goode’ (1992) 3:50
    The Prodigy ‘Smack My Bitch Up’ (1997) 3:35
    The Streets ‘Blinded By The Lights’ (2004) 5:11
    Basement Jaxx ‘U Don't Know Me’ (2005) 3:32
    Oasis ‘Falling Down’ (2008) 5:08
    Chase & Status feat. Liam Bailey ‘Blind Faith’ (2011) 9:14

    2) Classic comedy

    The Who ‘Happy Jack’ (1966) 2:07
    The Boomtown Rats ‘I Don't Like Mondays’ (1979) 3:42
    Judas Priest ‘Breaking The Law’ (1980) 2:37
    Aphex Twin ‘Donkey Rhubarb’ (1995) 3:54
    Robbie Williams ‘Millennium’ (1998) 3:38
    Whale ‘Crying At Airports’ (1998) 4:14
    Gomez ‘Bring It On’ (1999) 4:14
    Blur ‘Coffee and TV’ (1999) 6:21
    Roots Manuva ‘Witness (One Hope)’ (2001) 4:40
    Lily Allen ‘Alfie’ (2006) 2:54
    Coldplay ‘Life In Technicolor II’ (2008) 4:26

    3) Pop will eat itself

    The Buggles ‘Video Killed The Radio Star’ (1979) 3:35
    Dire Straits ‘Money For Nothing’ (1985) 5:00
    Thomas Dolby ‘Close But No Cigar’ (1992, Remastered 2009) 4:22
    Orbital ‘The Box’ (1996) 4:15
    Aphex Twin ‘Come To Daddy’ (1997) 6:02
    Basement Jaxx ‘Where's Your Head At’ (2002) 4:10
    Wiley ‘Numbers in Action’ (2011) 3:06
    One Direction ‘Best Song Ever’ (2013) 6:13
    Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds ‘Ballad of the Mighty I’ (2014) 6:11

    4) The state we're in

    Paul Hardcastle ‘19’ (1985) 3:40
    Manic Street Preachers ‘A Design For Life’ (1996) 4:45
    The Chemical Brothers ‘Out Of Control’ (1999) 4:29
    Faithless ‘We Come 1’ (2001) 4:07
    Kasabian ‘Club Foot’ (2004) 3:53
    Dizzee Rascal ‘Sirens’ (2007) 3:50
    M.I.A. ‘Born Free’ (2010) 8:57
    Paolo Nutini ‘Iron Sky’ (2014) 8:42
    U2 ‘Every Breaking Wave’ (2015) 13:16
    M.I.A. ‘Borders’ (2015) 4:42

    Disc six: Portrait credits

    1) Femininities

    Grace Jones ‘I've Seen That Face Before (Libertango)’ (1981) 4:56

    Robert Palmer ‘Addicted To Love’ (1985) 3:56
    Neneh Cherry ‘Buffalo Stance’ (1988) 4:12
    Shakespears Sister ‘Goodbye Cruel World’ (1991) 5:06
    Sade ‘No Ordinary Love’ (1992) 4:10
    Annie Lennox ‘Why’ (1992) 4:55
    The Chemical Brothers ‘Setting Sun’ (1996) 4:08
    All Saints ‘Never Ever’ (1997) 4:43
    Portishead ‘Only You’ (1998) 4:29
    Moloko ‘Sing It Back’ (1998) 4:09
    Björk ‘All Is Full Of Love’ (1999) 4:28
    PJ Harvey ‘This Is Love’ (2000) 3:48
    Girls Aloud ‘Sexy! No, No, No’ (2007) 3:34
    M.I.A. ‘Bad Girls’ (2010) 4.13
    Florence & The Machine ‘Dog Days Are Over’ (2010) 3:47
    Lily Allen ‘Hard Out Here’ (2013) 4:15
    FKA Twigs ‘Pendulum’ (2015) 5:00
    The Moonlandingz ‘The Strangle of Anna’ (2017) 3:41

    2) Masculinities

    Sex Pistols ‘My Way’ (1978) 4:31
    Adam and the Ants ‘Prince Charming’ (1981) 3:22
    Culture Club ‘Karma Chameleon’ (1983) 3:56
    Bronski Beat ‘Smalltown Boy’ (1984) 4:59
    Queen ‘I Want To Break Free’ (1984) 4:21
    George Michael ‘Faith’ (1987) 3:40
    Seal ‘Killer’ (1991) 3:52
    Supergrass ‘Alright’ (1995) 3:22
    Paul Weller ‘The Changingman’ (1995) 3:36
    Take That ‘Back For Good’ (1995) 4:01
    The Prodigy ‘Firestarter’ (1996) 3:45
    Jamiroquai ‘Virtual Insanity’ (1996) 3:57
    George Michael ‘Outside’ (1998) 5:36
    Robbie Williams ‘Rock DJ’ (2000) 4:24
    James Blunt ‘You're Beautiful’ (2005) 3:20
    The Fat White Family ‘Touch the Leather’ (2013) 3:31

    If you have any doubts about the price, grab a couple of titles from the list and look them up on youtube, then imagine them looking and sounding ten times better than that and you'll have an idea of what this set is like.
     
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    Sounds interesting. Most of that stuff would have been shot on 16mm. Did they actually go back and make new scans from film? Or did they just try to digitally clean up old tape masters?
     
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    What's the difference between band performance and vocal performance?

    GREAT set! Some awesome songs in there!
     
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    They did go in and restore at least one from film... Flowered Up's "Weekender" has a screen full of credits at the end for film restoration. Most are still from the original video masters, but they look wonderful. Even the older ones shot on video look great. I suspect the sound is totally remastered. The sound quality is consistent and excellent.

    The subject headers are the themes of the videos. They're grouped. Band Performance means that the video focuses on the whole band performing together. Vocal Performance focuses on the lead singer. "Masculinities" is titled with tongue in cheek because a lot of them are not what you normally think of with that term. The Queen video is a jaw dropper because the whole band is in drag and only Freddie Mercury seems to be enjoying it.

    Johnny Rotten's "My Way" is uncensored and includes the audio. When it aired in the US on Mr Mike's Mondo Video (Michael O'Donahough NBC TV Special), they pixeled out the finger gesture, cut out Johnny shooting people in the audience and snipped out a brief bit where mimes shooting up dope. They also omitted the music altogether and ran a scroll over the video explaining that when the show's producers contacted Paul Anka for the rights to air the song, he told them "over my dead body". I'd never seen that video unscathed before. It's amazing.
     

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