RuPaul (1992)

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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.

Willam Belli (2013)

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Directed by Michael Serrato

RuPaul portrayed by Sharon Needles

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.

Love, WILLAM & SHARON NEEDLES

Mike L. Mayfield (2017)

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Written by Joe Wengert

The song Totally Gay is performed by Mark Rivers & John Mulaney

A trailer for a new movie starring The Rock leaves Andrew questioning his sexuality. Jessi and Nick’s budding romance turns ugly fast.

Totally Gay is a song from the animated series Big Mouth: Am I Gay? After questioning his sexuality, Andrew turns to conjures the ghost of Duke Ellington and his homosexual, undead, friends Freddy Mercury and his band Queen to help him decide if he’s gay or not.

Psychedelic Porn Crumpets (2021)

From the album SHYGA! The Sunlight Mound

Animated by Mike Wyatt at Attack Animation

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.

by Irving Berlin (1912)

Fleischer Studios (1926)

You can sing along with the bouncing ball and Fleischer animation depicting passengers boarding a train, including one late arrival who, magically, opens the conductor as if he were a door! Learn more about Max and Dave Fleischer, Fleischer Studios, and the early days of animation at http://www.fleischerstudios.com/

“Irving Berlin has no place in American music – he is American music”

— Jerome Kern

in 1911, Berlin hit upon the musical composition that catapulted him into legend:  “Alexander’s Ragtime Band.”  A jaunty tip of the hat to the ragtime craze (although not technically of the ragtime genre) the song reached the larger public in several stages: first as a vaudeville number premiered in Chicago by Emma Carus; then as a performance by Berlin at the Friars Frolic of 1911; then increasingly “covered” by performers in vaudeville and early gramophone recordings. It set a new record by becoming the fastest selling song of its time, moving a million copies of sheet music within four months; by 1912, “Alexander’s Ragtime Band” had sold over two million copies of sheet music and subsequently a million more.   It was the most ubiquitous song of its era and had become a cornerstone of the music publishing industry.

Read more about Irving Berlin here: https://www.irvingberlin.com/early-career-and-tin-pan-alley

John Fogerty (1985)

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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 (2006)

Visit the official SPARKS website: https://www.allsparks.com

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.

Sparks (2021)

50 years. 25 albums. 345 songs. Unlimited genius.

Directed by Edgar Wright

In theaters June 18th, 2021

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.

Happy Stevie Day, 2021!

“If God didn‘t want me to sing it, he wouldn‘t have given me the talent to do it“ – Stevie Wonder (2005)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns

Animated by Patrick Smith

Today the world celebrates Stevie Wonder’s 71st birthday. Thank you for the music and the message of love. Learn more about Stevie Wonder, some secrets of his career, and watch must-see performances here: http://blankonblank.org/stevie-wonder/

An Open Letter to Dr. King

Leonard Cohen (2011)

Read more about Leonard Cohen’s The Flame: http://www.leonardcohenbook.com/

“There are very, very few people who occupy the ground that Leonard Cohen walks on.”

-Bono

The Flame is the final work from Leonard Cohen, the revered poet and musician whose fans span generations and whose work is celebrated throughout the world. Featuring poems, excerpts from his private notebooks, lyrics, and hand-drawn self-portraits, The Flame offers an unprecedentedly intimate look inside the life and mind of a singular artist.

A reckoning with a life lived deeply and passionately, with wit and panache, The Flame is a valedictory work.

“This volume contains my father’s final efforts as a poet. It was what he was staying alive to do, his sole breathing purpose at the end.

“Each page of paper that he blackened was lasting evidence of a burning soul.”

-Adam Cohen

Leonard Cohen died in late 2016.

Excerpted from Leonard Cohen’s Acceptance Address for the Prince of Asturias Award.

Animation by Astral Studio

Rob Zombie (2001)

The original Shockwave Flash animation from the official Rob Zombie site.

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.

Visit Rob Zombie’s website at https://robzombie.com/

Los Yesterdays (2021)

I was just a puppet on your string, until you cut me down.

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

Ri Crawford (2020)

Narrated by Tom Waits

http://themoonsmilk.com

Seven and a half years in the making, The Moon’s Milk is an entirely handmade stop-motion animated short about a time when the moon was close enough to be reached by ladder. Narrated by Tom Waits, the film chronicles the last expedition of Captain Millipede and his crew to harvest the milk seeping from the craters. The action takes place between the gravities of two heavenly bodies, which further complicates the attraction between the characters. Longing, missed signals, and mishaps lead to the enchantment of the heavens with music.

Credits

Directed by Ri Crawford

Produced by Kim Aubry & Ri Crawford
Narrated by Tom Waits

Music by Caroline Penwarden

Sound design & Mix by Richard Beggs