This one has become a perennial favourite: David Bowie and Bing Crosby performing together on the latter's final Christmas television special, filmed in 1977. By some accounts, Crosby had never heard of Bowie until they were booked to perform together, but this seems dubious, given that Crosby and Grace Kelly's recording of the Cole Porter song "True Love" was featured in Bowie's film The Man Who Fell to Earth, which was released in 1976. Crosby died a month after this holiday special was shot, and so it did not air until after his death.
A classic from 1987:
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Moby, of course, has done notably well placing his music in big-budget productions. He famously licensed every track from his 1999 album Play before the CD was even released. Wikipedia has a list of Moby's songs used in various media.
The New Pornographers have the dubious distinction of making Pitchfork's list of the worst album covers of 2007.
Here's the offending artwork:
Now, is it really that bad? It's certainly less offensive than some of the others that made the list, including this Spinal Tap-esque Ted Nugent cover:
Music legend Ike Turner died today at his home in San Diego. He was 76. The cause of Turner's death remains undisclosed. He was certainly a controversial figure (and if you don't know what I mean, there's a movie you should watch), but his place in music history is indisputable. He wrote a little number called "Rocket 88", which is often called the first true rock 'n' roll single thanks to its pioneering use of a distorted electric guitar.
"Rocket 88" (1951)
My recent review of the 40th-anniversary edition of Pink Floyd's The Piper at the Gates of Dawn got me looking for videos from the band's Syd Barrett-led era.
I discovered this fine performance of "Astronomy Domine" from The Look of the Week, which also features an interview with Barrett and Roger Waters conducted by Hans Keller, who was of the opinion that he was perhaps "too much of a musician" to appreciate Pink Floyd's overly loud "shock treatment" approach.
Here's the Floyd's very first single, "Arnold Layne" (1967)
John Burns described Javier Morales's "Sleigh Ride" as "possibly the creepiest Christmas video" he had ever seen. Gunther and the Sunshine Girls' "Christmas Song" is unlikely to top that, but... it's different, that's for sure.
WARNING: The following video will probably offend your sensibilities, no matter what they are.
What better to way to kick off Hanukkah, the festival of light marking the rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem after its desecration by the forces of Antiochus IV, than with an Adam Sandler sing-along?
"So drink your gin-and-tonic-a, but don't smoke marijuana-ka..."