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quirkpuppy  asked:

I just checked the other responses to that 'best 1D music video' post because I was ready to be all smug about a unanimous consensus on Kiss You, and, I mean, obviously everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but can you believe how wrong everyone who chose anything other than Kiss You are?!?! I would die for Kiss You.

You are right, everyone is entitled to their opinion, but I agree, Kiss You is the perfect One Direction video, and maybe the greatest music video of all time!!! I too, would die for Kiss You!!!!!  Thank you for giving me this opportunity to talk about it.

There is more than one reason I love it so much, but it really all comes down to this: the Kiss You music video lovingly sends up the idea of boybands and boyband music videos while truly celebrating them at the same time.  AND it does this in a way that effortlessly highlights what made One Direction so special in the first place – their genuinely charming personalities.  

Look at this shit, just from the first 30 or seconds of the video:

Right out of the gate, the mood and pace of the video match the mood and tempo of the song!! 

And everyone is a big, happy ham!!!  (Zayn has always been an underrated ham IMO)

Then, the camera pulls back and you see, OMG this is a video set!! it’s not real! This boyband of hams is making a music video, let’s see how they do it!! 

Back to Liam being cute in a sidecar!!!

And it only gets better from there:

A jailhouse rock homage.

Everyone’s Christmas card for the next 40 years.

Sailors

Louis looking handsome while fake surfing. 

Harry and his nips!!!

I mean, I just want to thank the director, Mr. Vaughan Arnell, from the bottom of my heart.  It’s a wonderful music video with a fully coherent concept.  

When it first came out, @100percentsassy, made the point that there should have been WAY more posts on pop culture websites about what a funny, charming masterpiece it is. She was totally right!!!!! What more could you want??? 

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13 Vintage Halloween Songs from the 1910s, 20s, & 30s

01. This House is Haunted, Roy Fox (1934)
02. At The Devil’s Ball, Maurice Burkhart (1913)
03. Bogey Wail, Jack Hylton (1929)
04. The Skeleton Rag, American Quartet (1912)
05. The Boogie Man Is Here, Tom Gerun (1929)
06. Undertaker’s Blues, Helen Gross & The Kansas City Five (1924)
07. With Her Head Tucked Underneath Her Arm, Cyril Smith (1934)
08. That Syncopated Boogie-Boo, The Premier Quartet (1913)
09. Strange Enchantment, Ozzie Nelson & Rose Anne Stevens (1939)
10. The Ghost of the St. Louis Blues, Bob Skyles & His Skyrockets (1930)
11. Spooky Spook, Victor Military Band (1917)
12. Spider Web Blues, Victoria Spivey (1926)
13. The Ghost of the Terrible Blue, The Peerless Quartet (1915)

* Playlist graciously uploaded by Lindsay Koski.

‘Rags: The Musical’

- The whole squad got parts in the musical, even Michael (he also did tech)

Christine is Rebecca, Rich is David (the nine-year-old) Jake is Ben, and Chloe is Bella, while Brooke and Jenna are steamstress girls and Jeremy and Michael are in chorus

- It’s awkward because Ben and Bella are in love so when Jake and Chloe are acting like they were in love Rich and Brooke just darkly glared from the wings

- But when Jake and Chloe come to the wings they go to their dates and. Smooch

- Rich tried to grab Jake’s ass in a rehearsal and Jake yelled 'dAVID WHAT ARE YOU DOING’ and it became a running joke

- Christine legit made people cry when she sang 'Children Of The Wind’

- There’s a part in 'Sound Of Love’ where theres a waltz and since Michael and Jeremy were in chorus they immediately clung to each other and did the dance

- Also in 'Sound Of Love’ Ben says his name in a really weird way so Jake did it and they had to stop rehearsal because everyone was laughing so hard

- Since Rebecca is David’s mother whenever Rich sees Christine he says 'hello mother’ and she goes 'hello son’

- Theres a Russian custom to 'kiss’ your significant others cheeks (usually just pressing your cheeks together and making a kissing sound, kinda like some Latin American customs) so whenever Michael and Jeremy are onstage in the back they do that and its adorable

- It’s often you see Jake with his head in Rich’s lap and Rich running his fingers through his hair

- Dustin Kropp plays Nathan, Rebecca’s husband, so Christine and him hug a lot

- During 'Penny A Tune’ David slides on the floor during 'You can’t beat our prices!’ And the first time Rich did it hE FELL OFF THE STAGE

- Brooke is a steamstress girl and since she can actually sew she once started mending someones clothes and no one questioned it

- 'Penny A Tune’ takes place in a marketplace so theres couples walking around and buying things so Jeremy and Michael walk together

- Mister Reyes told them to walk with girls but once 'its 2017!’ was yelled at him from all directions he let them be a couple

- Theres also 'families’ in 'Penny A Tune’ so Michael got his moms to let him bring in his little sister to be his and Jeremy’s child

- Jeremy carried her on his hip until they had to go backstage (they were walking around in the aisles) then he would hand her off to Michael’s moms, who were sitting in the seats closest to the doors to backstage

- Michael got a part as a rallier in 'Bread And Freedom’ so he’s standing on a soapbox and being Very Passionate and Jeremy is like 'wow…. i am so bi’

- [spoiler] Bella dies in a fire and someone has to carry her body onstage for a scene

- But the kid who carries her and Chloe hate each other so they’re bickering until they have to go onstage so then Chloe lets her knees give out and she goes completely limp and the kid scoops her up and carries her onstage

- Jeremy’s voice cracked on a high note in 'Greenhorns’ and Michael snorted

- But since Jeremy was an alto and Michael is a tenor Jere glared at him until they were allowed to intermingle and then he tried to tackle him

- Chloe was wearing her dress and hitching it up a little for some reason and when Rich walked by he yelled 'I can see her legs!’ And Chloe just hitched the skirt up more and gave him a saucy look

- Jenna is a really good singer so she was Rosa and everyone goes quiet when she sings

- They all love her

- They were running through the choreography for 'Bread And Freedom’ and Christine was holding Rich’s hand and at one point she started walking and Rich didn’t get the memo so Christine said 'hurry up my child’

- In 'Easy For You,’ Rebecca and Saul (her sorta-kinda love interest) are roasting each other so seeing Christine totally destroy this other kid is always a entertainment

- Brooke was Esther (a streamstress girl like Rosa) and she KILLED IT

- Christine once messed up a line in rehearsal so when she did she sank to the floor and laid there for a little and Jenna was like that one video of the guy saying 'are you choking??’ To the choking kid and everyone laughed their asses off

- Jake flirts just like Ben in 'For My Mary’ and it’s the cutest thing

- Since Jeremy knows Hebrew, everyone goes to him so that they can pronounce the words in 'Kaddish’ (a Jewish prayer song) correctly

- 'Wanna know how you’re like Bella, Chloe?’

'How?’

'Kinda a bitch’

'MICHAEL!’

- Theres a really inspiring scene in the beginning of 'Bread And Freedom’ where Rebecca and Rosa pick up their sewing machines and protest against the unsafe working environments of sweatshops, but those things are heavy

- So Christine and Jenna are suffering as they pick up this heavy-ass sewing machine + singing

- Bella dies in a sweatshop fire because the door was closed and she couldn’t get out of the fire, and during that scene everyone is screaming (even the people backstage) so Rich Can Not be in those scenes because it reminds him of the Halloween fire

- Michael sometimes chases after people with a broom

- Theres a really sad scene during 'Kaddish’ where Avram, Bella’s father, sings 'open your eyes, Bella, just take a breath…’ (Which is what he said to her when she was alive) and EVERYONE cried a little the first time it happened (Even Chloe, even though she was supposed to be dead)

- Thomas, Rebecca’s husband, earned the name 'Charming Slimy Man’ and Dustin wears that label with pride

- “Hello Bella’

- Brooke let out the shrillest, most blood-curdling scream when they rehearsed the sweatshop fire scene for the first time and afterwards she just smiles a little

'Was that good?’

'Holy shit’

'Language, Jake’

- Brooke has to wear a reddish-brown wig because she’s "too blonde to be Jewish” (actual quote from my school)

- Christine and Chloe hang out more so that their characters have more chemistry

- 'Rags,’ Bella’s song, is super angsty and Chloe kills it

- Also in 'Rags,’ Jeremy is onstage as an Affulent American during a dream sequence of Bella’s, and when the people dancing have to circle around Bella, his hat fell off

- Michael is an immigrant in 'Greenhorns’ so he’s wearing this ugly coat and different frames for his glasses (because hipster-style was NOT a thing) and he kinda hates it

- In 'Penny A Tune’ Michael’s little sister looks like a little Affulent American child and she looks adorable

- Rich and Jake’s characters (David and Ben) are in the beginning of 'Sound Of Love’ and David needs to be a little shit and Rich loves it

'Yes, I ooooown a gramaphone!’ - Christine, sounding adorable in 'Sound Of Love’

- Theres an awkward scene in 'For My Mary’ where Ben and Bella waltz, and its so uncomfortable and weird and everyone loves it

- 'Penny A Tune’: Jeremy and Michael’s arms are linked, Michael’s little sister is on Jeremy’s hip, and they all look vv fancy

- [Suicide tw] During the sweatshop fire scene Mr. Reyes says 'Make it dramatic! Say 'don’t jump!’

Brooke, Christine, Jenna: We’re saying what

Chloe, from the back of the auditorium: WHAT

- BREAD AND FREEDOM BREAD AND FREEDOM BREAD AND FREEDOM

- Jeremy keeps hitting his left thigh (specifically) on things so his leg is all bruised up

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On this day in music history: November 21, 1983 - “Seven And The Ragged Tiger”, the third album by Duran Duran is released. Produced by Alex Sadkin, Ian Little and Duran Duran, it is recorded at AIR Studios in Montserrat, W.I. and EMI 301 Studios in Sydney, Australia from May - October 1983. Issued in the wake of their breakthrough success on a worldwide basis with “Rio”, the band spend most of the year away from the UK as tax exiles, writing new material in the South Of France. Though they come up with usable songs, writing is a struggle, with most of the songs being completed as the sessions progress. Initial recording takes place on the island of Montserrat and is completed in Sydney, Australia. The latter portion of the sessions are tense, largely because of the long period of time that producer Sadkin takes in mixing the album. Mixing takes so long that the band do not deliver the master tapes for the first single to EMI Records (“Union Of The Snake” (#3 Pop) and its non-LP B-side “Secret Oktober”) until twenty four hours before they are scheduled to be manufactured. The album title refers metaphorically to the “seven” as being the five members of the band and their two managers Michael and Paul Berrow, and “the ragged tiger” being the pursuit of success. It spins off three singles including “New Moon On Monday” (#10 Pop) and “The Reflex” (#1 Pop). The music videos for the three singles are later released on the video compilation “Dancing On The Valentine” in 1984, jointly by Sony Home Video (VHS, Beta, Video 8) and Pioneer Artists (8" laserdisc). The album is also the last full length studio release featuring the original five members of Duran Duran before 2004’s “Astronaut”. In 2010, “Tiger” is remastered and reissued as a three disc set (two CD’s and one DVD). The first disc features the original album, with disc two containing the single “Is There Something I Should Know” (#1 UK, #4 US Pop), along with 12" dance remixes and live versions, and non-LP B-sides. The DVD includes the live concert “As The Lights Go Down” filmed in Oakland, CA in April of 1984 (without the “theatrical footage” added to the “Arena (A Strange Notion)” home video release from 1985. It also contains all of the original music videos from the album, plus two television appearances on “Top Of The Pops”.  "Seven And The Ragged Tiger" hits number one on the UK album chart, peaking at number eight on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified 2x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

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