In the spirit of Bob Marley’s birthday, which, yes, is today, I wanted to share this animated music video with you to help inspire some Bob Marley energy throughout the universe. Peace.
Three Little Birds is a song by Bob Marley and the Wailers. It is the fourth track on side two of their 1977 album Exodus and was released as a single in 1980. The song reached the Top 20 in the UK, peaking at number 17. It is one of Bob Marley’s most popular songs. The song has been covered by numerous other artists. The song is often thought to be named “Don’t Worry About a Thing” or “Every Little Thing is Gonna Be Alright”, because of the prominent and repeated use of these phrases in the chorus.
In 1985, Ralph Bakshi received a phone call from The Rolling Stones’ manager, Tony King, who told Bakshi that the band had recorded a cover of Bob & Earl’s “Harlem Shuffle”, and wanted Bakshi to direct the music video. He was told that the live-action shoot needed to be completed within one day (January 28, 1986) for it to be shown at the Grammy Awards.
Production designer Wolf Kroeger was forced to drastically compact his sets, and animation director and designer John Kricfalusi had to push his team, including Lynne Naylor, Jim Smith and Bob Jaques, to complete the animation within a few weeks.
The band’s arrival at the set was delayed by a snowstorm and several takes were ruined when the cameras crossed paths. Bakshi was forced to pay the union wages out of his own fees, and the continuity between Kricfalusi’s animation and the live-action footage did not match; however, the video was completed on time.
Danny Elfman has enlisted Trent Reznor for a remixed version of True, a track off Big Mess, Elfman’s first solo album in 37 years.
“This is the first duet/collaboration I’ve ever done in my life, so to do it with Trent was a real surprise and a treat. He’s always been a big inspiration to me, not to mention he has one of my all-time favorite singing voices.”
– Danny Elfman
Reznor adds industrial flourishes, distortion, and vocals throughout the remix.
The True video also receives a remix of sorts, with the collaboration accompanied by an Aron Johnson-directed visual that combines archived footage from the original Sarah Sitkin-helmed video along with brand new 3D modeling.
Following a string of singles — Happy, Sorry, Love in the Time of Covid, and Kick Me. — in 2020, Elfman released Big Mess in June. The album, recorded during the Covid pandemic, also features a reworking of Insects, originally recorded by Elfman’s band Oingo Boingo in 1982.
“Once I began writing, it was like opening a Pandora’s box and I found I couldn’t stop. None of it was planned. I had no idea how many songs I would write but from the start, it quickly became a two-sided project with heavily contrasting and even conflicting tones.”
The visual builds off of the song’s first lyric (“Chasing birds to get high/My head is in the clouds”) by depicting Dave Grohl and the rest of the Foos going on a long, strange trip in the desert. After having some fun with the colorful, psychedelic imagery around them, Foo Fighters find themselves entrapped in a dark, spooky cavern — the video’s version of hell as mentioned in the song. What will help the band release themselves from their mental prison? The power of music, of course.
Foo Fighters released Medicine at Midnight in February, after the album was delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. That same month, the band performed a cover of the Bee Gees’ You Should Be Dancing on BBC Radio 2 Sofa Session after Grohl was inspired by the recent Bee Gees documentary. They also performed another Gibb brothers’ classic, Andy Gibb’s Shadow Dancing, during the Rock-N-Relief livestream in March.
– by Claire Shaffer of Rolling Stone Magazine
Animation Director: Emlyn Davies
Animation Co-Director: Josh Hicks
Lead Character Artist: Eder Carfagnini
Character Artists: Mark Proctor, Francis Ogunyanwo
3D Artists: Emlyn Davies, Colin Wood, Rhodri Teifi, Zach F Evans, Josh Hicks, Mark Proctor, Craig Rothwell, Phil Highfield
FX Artists: Colin Wood, Zach F Evans
Lighting: Emlyn Davies, Colin Wood, Rhodri Teifi, Zach F Evans
Lead 3D Animator: Alan Towndrow
3D Animators: Alex Watson, Mervenur Ulcan, Joanna Adamska, Beáta Ujj, Jesiel Almeida, Brian Martinez, Sebastian Pfeifer
Rigging: Alan Towndrow, Gene Magtoto, Dan Dan Kang
Texture Artists: Colin Wood, Rhodri Teifi, Zach F Evans
Character Concepts: Josh Hicks, Guillaume Poitel
Storyboards: Josh Hicks, Mark Proctor
Compositing: Rhodri Teifi, Zach F Evans, Sebastian Pfeifer
Angry Inch is a song by Type O Negative, included on the sixth album Life Is Killing Me, released in 2003. It is the cover of the off-Broadway musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch. It is a punkish song reminiscent of I Like Goils or Kill All the White People. This song tributes to the Broadway play about a botched sex-change operation.
This song was written by Stephen Trask, who wrote music for Hedwig and the Angry Inch.
The official song Angry Inch from the movie Hedwig &the Angry Inch composed by Stephen Trask and performed by John Cameron Mitchell.
Money, Success, Fame, Glamour is a song performed by musical artist Felix da Housecat for the movie Party Monster starring Macaulay Culkin and Seth Green.
Felix da Housecat is an American DJ and record producer, mostly known for house music and electro. Felix is regarded as a member of the second wave of Chicago house and has produced an eclectic mix of sound since, from resolute acid and techno warrior to avant-garde nu-skool electro-disco.
Party Monster is a 2003 American biographical drama film directed by Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato, and starring Macaulay Culkin as the drug-addled “king of the Club Kids”. The film tells the story of the rise and fall of the infamous New York City party promoter Michael Alig.
The Club Kids were a group of young New York City dance club personalities popularized by Michael Alig, James St. James, Julie Jewels, DJ Keoki, and Ernie Glam in the late 1980s, and throughout the 1990s would grow to include Amanda Lepore, Waltpaper, Christopher Comp, It Twins, Jennytalia, Desi Monster, Keda, Kabuki Starshine, and Richie Rich.
I Like Boys is a song by American singer Todrick Hall. He co-produced and co-wrote the song with Jean Yves Ducornet. Hall released the song during Pride 2019. It is the second music video for his EP, Haus Party, Pt. 1. The video opens with Hall coming out to his mother played by Luenell. The video shifts to a desert with Hall surrounded by male dancers and a camel. The song celebrates Hall’s sexuality, featuring color, cultural references, and male nudity.
Music video by Taylor Swift performing “You Need To Calm Down” – off her upcoming new album ‘Lover’ (out August 23). Support the Equality Act: https://taylorswift.lnk.to/petition
You Need to Calm Down is an upbeat, summery synth-pop and electropop song, with a chorus of ascending echoes. Its lyrics see Swift address internet trolls and homophobes, voicing her support for the LGBTQ+ community.
Directed by Drew Kirsch & Taylor Swift
Executive Produced by Todrick Hall & Taylor Swift
Featuring appearances by A’keria Davenport, Adam Lambert, Adam Rippon, Adore Delano, Antoni Porowski, Billy Porter, Bobby Berk, Chester Lockhart, Ciara, Delta Work, Dexter Mayfield, Ellen Degeneres, Hannah Hart, Hayley Kiyoko, Jade Jolie, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Jonathan Van Ness, Justin Mikita, Karamo Brown, Katy Perry, Laverne Cox, Riley Knoxx, RuPaul, Ryan Reynolds, Tan France, Tatianna, Todrick Hall, Trinity K Bonet, and Trinity Taylor.
The official music video for RuPaul’s Sissy That Walk, featuring the top four queens of RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 6, Bianca Del Rio, Adore Delano, Courtney Act, and BenDeLaCreme. RuPaul’s Sissy That Walk from his 10th album Born Naked is available now.
Supermodel (You Better Work) is a 1992 song by the dance music singer and drag queen RuPaul. It was the third single from her album Supermodel of the World. The song was a dance club anthem that, though particularly popular with gay audiences, found mainstream success. The song consists of RuPaul giving advice to a young black supermodel and other models, largely consisting of “sashay, shantay!”, “work, turn to the left”, “work, now turn to the right”, and “you better work”. The music video for the song, featuring RuPaul in various outfits cavorting around town, became a staple on MTV. Singer Kurt Cobain of Nirvana cited the song as one of his favorites of 1993, and the two were photographed together at the MTV Video Music Awards that year.
Once upon a time, a drag queen canceled three weeks worth of gigs to participate in a game show in Hollywood after being disqualified from the same game show. Forty hours before this drag queen was due to report to set, she was purchasing a second-hand Galliano dress when their phone rang with their manager on the other end telling them the game show honchos said they didn’t think there would be “chemistry” between said drag queen and the other game show contestants. There was no compensation offered (or apology) for all the work the drag queen canceled so she had no choice but to write a song and make some money with the assistance of another amazing drag queen. The game was crappily ever after anyway. Teams schmeams.
Introducing: NO CHAINS, an original song and music video by the HCPS Black Student Union to honor Juneteenth 2021. Learn more about Juneteenth’s history & traditions and upcoming events in Henrico County celebrating the day at https://henrico.us/history/ourhistory…
Song by Myles Brown
Song produced by Miles Pea
Video production by Cameron Hicks (Cam The Shooter)
In Collaboration with HCPS Black Student Union and Henrico Recreation & Parks
Juneteenth is a celebration of the day that slavery was officially abolished in Texas on June 19, 1865. As Blackish takes pains to note — in a Schoolhouse Rock-esque animated sequence featuring the Roots — this happened a full two years after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed in 1863 and months after the Civil War ended, because “Texas farmers wanted another harvest.”
Psychedelic Porn Crumpets is an Australian psychedelic rock band formed in 2014 in Perth. Members include Jack McEwan, Luke Parish, Danny Caddy, Luke Reynolds, and Chris Young, who began playing together in an old horse barn in rural Leederville.
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This is the closing track to John Fogerty’s solo album Centerfield, originally titled Zanz Kant Danz in reference to Saul Zaentz, Fogerty’s former boss at Fantasy Records who famously tried to sue Fogerty for plagiarism of Creedence Clearwater Revival material, to which Zaentz held the rights. The song is about an unnamed street dancer and his sidekick, a pig trained to pick people’s pockets as they watch the dancer do his stuff. The pig, originally named Zanz as a dig at Saul Zaentz, “Can’t dance, but he’ll steal your money – watch him or he’ll rob you blind.” When Zaentz threatened Fogerty with yet another lawsuit, but Fogerty changed the pig’s name to Vanz.
The video for Vanz Kant Danz was the first ever filmed entirely in claymation through the process of stop-motion animation. It was produced at Will Vinton Studio. Unfortunately, unlike other groundbreaking music videos such as a-ha’s Take On Me and Dire Straits’ Money For Nothing, this one failed to garner much public notice.
Another song from the Centerfield album, Mr. Greed, is also thought to be a musical salvo by Fogerty in his long-running feud with Zaentz, which lasted until 2004 when Fantasy Records was bought out by Concord Records, who restored Fogerty’s rights to his CCR material.
Sparks official video for the single Perfume from the 2006 album Hello Young Lovers.
Directed by Shaw Petronio
Sparks is an American pop and rock duo, originally formed as a Los Angeles band called Halfnelson in 1967 by brothers Ron and Russell Mael. Known for their quirky approach to songwriting, Sparks’ music is often accompanied by sophisticated and acerbic lyrics, often about women or Shakespearean literature references, and an idiosyncratic, theatrical stage presence, typified in the contrast between Russell’s animated, hyperactive frontman antics and Ron’s deadpan scowling. They are also noted for Russell’s distinctive wide-ranging voice and Ron’s intricate and rhythmic keyboard playing style.
Dead Girl Superstar is a promotional single taken from Rob Zombie’s second album The Sinister Urge. Zombie considered the song to be a sequel to Living Dead Girl from his previous album, Hellbilly Deluxe. It was also featured on the Kerrang, Vol. 3 compilation album in 2002. The song’s guitar solo is played by Kerry King of Slayer. It is one of the few songs on the album to contain a solo. The song contains audio samples from the 1974 Isaac Hayes film Truck Turner.
Los Yesterdays is a “Souldies” project featuring Gabe Rowland, Vic Benavides, Gabe Roth, and Tommy Brenneck.
Founded by producer/drummer, Gabriel Rowland and singer/songwriter, Victor Benavides in Pasadena, CA in 2017, Los Yesterdays wanted to create music that recalled their childhood days as young chicanos. “Souldies” is how they describe their contemporary take on the deep soul tracks they modeled their sound after. R & B greats such as Little Anthony, Gene Chandler, and James & Bobby Purify to name a few. After writing and recording a few tracks, the songs eventually ended up in the hands of acclaimed producer/guitarist, Tom Brenneck who was working with the late Charles Bradley amongst other projects. Tommy was a fan of the songs but finding out Los Yesterdays were only a duo, he decided to see if his friend Gabe Roth would be interested in starting a project. Roth, being best known as producer/bass player/bandleader for the late Sharon Jones, as well as the co-founder of Daptone Records. After a few barbecues and meetings with Roth and Tommy, they decided to have a jam session and, in the summer of 2018, a band was formed. And so, we give you, Los Yesterdays
Lenka Kripac is an Australian singer and actress best known for her song The Show from her debut album, Lenka.
As a teenager, Lenka studied acting at the Australian Theatre for Young People, where she trained with actress Cate Blanchett. Lenka starred in the Australian ABC-TV drama series GP as Vesna Kapek in the 1990s. She also hosted Cheez TV and has guest starred in other Australian TV series, including Home and Away, Wildside, Head Start, and Spellbinder. She appeared in Australian feature films The Dish and Lost Things, as well as in theatre productions. Lenka provided the vocals for 2 tracks on Paul Mac’s 2005 album Panic Room. As Lenka Kripac, she was a member of the Australian electronic-rock crossover band Decoder Ring for two of their albums. She then moved to California in 2007.
After adopting her first name as her sole artistic name, Lenka released her eponymous debut album on 24 September 2008, with The Show chosen to be the first single release from the set. The album peaked at number 142 on the US Billboard 200. Her song Everything at Once was featured in a Windows 8 ad, becoming a worldwide success. Lenka creates paper art type stop-motion animated music videos for each of her singles with her husband James Gulliver Hancock, a visual artist from Australia, for a deliberately childlike effect. She provided vocals on two tracks (Addicted and Sunrise) on German artist Schiller’s album Atemlos, released in Germany on March 12th, 2010.
In 2011 she released her second album Two which was inspired by her engagement and is full of romantic love songs. Despite a warm critical reception, the album failed to match the success of her debut album, with Two reaching peak chart positions of 69 and 88 on the Belgian and Swiss charts respectively. Her third album Shadows appeared in 2013 after the birth of her son.
Behind Bars is the third studio album by British-American rapper Slick Rick, released November 22, 1994, on Def Jam Recordings. The album features production from Vance Wright, Pete Rock, Large Professor, Easy Mo Bee, and Warren G, as well as guest appearances by Doug E. Fresh, Nice & Smooth, and Warren G.
Anthony Gonzalez: “When I was a kid, I had this cassette with someone telling these weird stories on it, and I was in love with it. My brother and I wrote the story for that song based on those cassettes. With that song, I wanted to start with something so ridiculous and basic and childish that then grows to something very touching and human. It’s dangerous, but if you listen to it in the context of the album, it makes sense. There’s always one song on my albums that people hate. I feel like that’s going to be the case for this album, too. [laughs]”
Pitchfork: “Who’s the little girl on that song?”
Anthony Gonzalez: “She’s Justin’s (Justin Meldal-Johnsen, a producer on the album) five-year-old daughter. She’s amazing, a born actress. The first time I met her, she talked to me for 30 minutes non-stop: ‘Anthony, I had this dream.’ I didn’t know her, and she was talking to me like I was a friend.”
Video by Basa Directed by Diego Huacuja T. Producer: Melissa Lopez Ley Character Design: Diego Huacuja T. Background Design: Max Vera Character Animation: Alberto Bala, Francisco Ortíz, Daniela Espinosa. Animation & Compositing: Diego Huacuja T., Eduardo Moya Production Company: Obsidian Executive Producer: Doug Klinger Head of Production: Anna Heinrich Post Coordinator: Maddie Ogden Director’s Rep: Doug Klinger, Undine Markus @ Reprobates
Hamir Atwal – drums Nate Brenner – bass, drum programming, percussion, keys, vocals Merrill Garbus – vocals, drum programming, DX7, Mellotron, piano, percussion, loops Matt Nelson – saxophone Ross Peacock – synths Mixed by Eli Crews / Mastered by Joe LaPorta
Stream & download: https://dannyelfman.ffm.to/littoc Director: Sven Gutjahr Created by Berit Gwendolyn Gilma & Sven Gutjahr Producer: Berit Gwendolyn Gilma Production Manager: Philip Treschan Featuring: Dæmon Clelland aka SHREK 666 Co-performer: Carra Art direction: Berit Gwendolyn Gilma Cinematography: Sven Gutjahr / 1st AC: Philip Treschan Set design: Joan Ling-Li Nesbit-Chang Gaffer: Esra Tanriverdi Character design & prosthetics: Dæmon Clelland Make-up: Leana Ardeleanu Custome design: Dæmon Clelland & Joan Ling-Li Nesbit-Chang Choreographer: Franka Marlene Foth Insert performer: Danny Elfman Videographer additional footage: Melisa McGregor Make-up additional footage: Lizbeth Williamson Casting assistance: Roberta Caminneci Pizza boy: Alexander Elschner-Linda Cat: Mango Strip Club: Angels Berlin Filmed in Berlin, 2021 —————————— Official Site: https://www.dannyelfman.com/
Music & Lyrics by Danny Elfman Produced by Danny Elfman Recorded by Noah Snyder Additional Engineering: Nick Rives & Matt Tuggle Mixed by Zakk Cervini Mix Assistant: Nik Trekov Mastered by Joe LaPorta at Sterling Sound Vocals, Guitars & Synths by Danny Elfman Drums – Josh Freese Guitars – Nili Brosh Bass – Stu Brooks Percussion – Sidney Hopson Strings – Lyris Quartet String Orchestration by Steve Bartek Orchestration Assistant – Marc Mann Midi Prep – Orlando Perez Rosso Executive Produced by Laura Engel Project Produced by Melisa McGregor Danny Elfman’s Representation – Kraft-Engel Management —————————— Love In The Time Of Covid (Lyrics by Danny Elfman)
Living a life in a nutshell – Living a life in a nutshell Stay inside and you’ll do well – break any rules and they might tell
World outside is humming — The mountain goats are sunning This shit ain’t no fun, open the door and run….
Now nobody likes you, what a shame Now nobody likes you, now nobody likes you… Ooh, she likes me – ooh, she likes me, messages excite me Ooh she likes me….
Love in the time of Covid
Keeping it, keeping it all inside I want to see you, I want to see you Without your clothes, without your skin Without your skin – Without your skin Sinning, sinning, sinning – Zoom me at midnight
I want to see you – without your clothes, without your skin I want to see you – without your skin without your skin
Living a life in a nutshell, staying inside is a tough sell Sniffing around for some intel – if I run out of buds it’ll be hell Outside birds are singing – church bells are ringing I’m filling up with feeling – open the door and run
Now nobody likes me (Nobody likes you)
Ooh, she likes me – her videos excite me, Under the virtual moonlight, we got a date at midnight
Love in the time of Covid
Watching the cat, watching the cat, Bouncing off the walls (I feel like that) – let’s make a rendezvous It’s almost like having you in the room, I want to have sex (too soon) – I can almost feel you Starting to spin, staring to spin Looking up, looking out, looking in I’d give the world just to touch your skin.
Animation by Jesse Kanda Art Direction and production by Berit Gwendolyn Gilma Videographer: Melisa McGregor Make-up & Hair: Lizbeth Williamson
Music & Lyrics by Danny Elfman Produced by Danny Elfman Recorded and co-produced by Noah Snyder Mixed by Zakk Cervini Mix Assistant: Nik Trekov Mastered by Joe LaPorta at Sterling Sound Vocals, Guitars & Synths by Danny Elfman Drums – Josh Freese Guitars – Robin Finck & Nili Brosh Bass – Stu Brooks Percussion and Additional Drums – Sidney Hopson Orchestration by Steve Bartek and Mikel Hurwitz Choir orchestration by Marc Mann Midi Prep – Orlando Perez Rosso Copyist – Scott McRae Executive Produced by Laura Engel Project Produced by Melisa McGregor Danny Elfman’s Representation – Kraft-Engel Management
Sorry (lyrics by Danny Elfman)
I’m So Sorry…
There isn’t time – for revolution There isn’t time – to evolutionize or hide Those things most precious – Our most precious Things that got erased, corrupted, infiltrated I’m so sorry – I’m so sorry
I’m gonna try, I’m gonna try To get away from your compelling Mist of lies and misconceptions No protection, no escape Where I will never have to see your fucking face You suffocate me
I can’t breathe while you’re alive I can’t breathe while you’re alive You suffocate, you suffocate And I’m so sorry that I didn’t die Or just evaporate into a toxic cloud
It’s gonna break – it’s gotta break, It’s made of glass, it’s gonna break And all the hate that you collected And infused into protected piles of shit Glass eyed devotees will flock to your gates Your house is on fire — your house is on fire
Pull it forward – pull it back Your eyes are empty, cold and black We gotta break it, we gotta break it We gotta break that fucking jack whip on a broken hip – my life is a joke if I can’t even breathe.
Sorry you exist because you suck the fucking air out of my lungs I am not afraid to die – still alive, still alive And I won’t let you bury me
Willie Nelson explores the deep corners of the Frank Sinatra catalog on his new album That’s Life, out February 26th. In addition to tackling classics like “You Make Me Feel So Young” and “I’ve Got You Under My Skin,” Nelson interprets lesser-known Sinatra recordings like 1959’s “Just in Time” and “A Cottage for Sale.” “I’m just glad to be able to do another tribute to him,” said Nelson, who released his first Sinatra tribute, My Way, in 2018. “I’m anxious to get it out there.”
On Friday, Nelson released another track, “I Won’t Dance,” a standard composed by Jerome Kern and recorded by Sinatra in 1957 for A Swingin’ Affair!, his 12th studio album (He cut it in 1962 for Sinatra–Basie: An Historic Musical First too.) Nelson recorded the track — which has also been covered by everyone from Fred Astaire to Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett — with Diana Krall. The two star in a joyful animated video by Manuel Casares and Antonio Corral (a.k.a. Crocantes), an animation team who say their video was “inspired by classic cartoons, fashion illustrations and Hollywood glamor, screwball and slapstick comedies.”
Nelson has called Sinatra his favorite all-time singer. “He had a great choice of songs,” Nelson said recently. “He picked all the best songs in the world to record — and of course he had access to them. But I loved his phrasing. He and I recorded a couple of songs together many, many years ago. We did ‘My Way’ together, and we did ‘A Foggy Day (in London Town).’ We did a commercial together one time, I forget what it was for. Some satellite or something. I got to hang out with him a little bit but not as much as I wanted to.”
Written by Patrick Doyle for Rolling Stone magazine.