Wonders never cease. Here’s longtime Tonight Show (Johnny Carson era, natch) bandleader and frequent co-host Doc Severinsen stretching out on a fine rendition of the timeless prog classic In The Court of the Crimson King from his long-lost and never reissued 1970 LP Doc Severinsen’s Closet.
What’s that you say? You’d like a crusty random Beatles obscurity? Well I’ve returned to the fold just in the nick of time then, eh? Apparently sometime in the mid-60’s then ad-man and future director of The Lords Of Flatbush, Stephen Verona collaborated with John Lennon on a clever and somewhat risque (for the time) animated clip for the innovative, guitar feedback-usage pioneering “I Feel Fine.”
A chance meeting in a London nightclub in London in 1966 between artist and film maker Stephen Verona and the man of the hour John Lennon led to a friendship and artistic collaboration which resulted in this, the world’s first music video. John gave Stephen a new and soon to be hit record, which arrived on an unlabeled disc. It sounded like the title of the song was going to be ‘She Said So’ not the next line in the song, ‘I Feel Fine’ hence the title of the song became ‘She Said So’.
Verona set to work in New York drawing the pop-art cartoon images to fit the lyrics and flow of the music. Lennon flew to New York and the two got together to measure the progress. Stephen remembers the night that Lennon came over to his apartment and the two wiled away the hours by sitting in the kitchen table, smoking and coloring in the images with markers – the Music Video was born.
OK, obviously it’s not the world’s first music video (why must everybody who made a music clip before the advent of MTV make that claim ?), but it’s a nifty find, doncha think ?
Thanks to the great music historian Domenic Priore for the tip ! Go buy his book !
On August 9 1979, German punk diva Nina Hagen caused what was dubbed “the scandal of the year” on the Austrian youth culture TV talkshow Club2 when she demonstrated several optimal positions for female masturbation.
The (fully-clothed, sorry!) action takes place towards the very end, just after the hour and 28-minute mark, when she gets into a heated argument about female orgasms with one of the guests. I don’t speak German, but it’s pretty clear for all to see who loses the debate and it’s not Nina!
The guy sitting next to her is Ferdinand Karmelk, the father of her daughter, German actress Cosma Hagen. The duo perform a sort of unplugged version of NunSexMonkRock‘s “Future is Now,” here.
The host of the show was was obliged to step down over the incident.
Airing from 1985 to 1992, Club MTV was primarily branded to showcase acts like Milli Vanilli, Paula Abdul, and MC Hammer, rather than The Dead Milkmen. The program was shot in the cavernous confines of the massive Palladium nightclub in New York City (now NYU dorms). You can’t get a more “late 80s” location than that.
Watching The Dead Milkmen lip-synch for a show modeled after American Bandstand is a little awkward, but even as VJ Downtown Julie Brown intros them as a “college radio” band breaking into “the mainstream,” you can tell everyone’s having a good time, making the most of a strange pairing.
A stellar set from the Psychedelic Furs taped for the Rockpalast show in 1981. The band are in on top form here and there were no signs at that point of a Molly Ringwald film or those goofy wannabe Billy Idol haircuts in their future.
At points during this show, the band achieves the power of a Mack truck barreling through a brick wall at a high speed. Richard Butler (vocals), Tim Butler (bass guitar), Duncan Kilburn (saxophone), Vince Ely (drums) Roger Morris (guitars) and John Ashton (guitars).
Killer “India” at about the 45-minute mark. Great versions of “Fall” and “We Love You” right after that.
Early 70s BBC clip of Andy Warhol, pioneering transsexual actress Candy Darling, Jane Fonda and several hangers-on, including Factory regular Eric Emerson, on a boat during a farewell party for Fonda.
A part of this was used in Beautiful Darling, the superb 2011 documentary about Candy Darling. We posted here at DM in advance of the film’s release, but I didn’t actually see it until last week and I really loved it. Beautiful Darling is a terrific film, extremely well-researched and co-produced by Darling’s best friend and roommate, Jeremiah Newton. Highly recommended.