Video Classics

Video Classics: ‘Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard’ – Paul Simon

Just what was it that ‘Mama Pajama’ saw down by the schoolyard? The lyrics of [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Paul Simon’s[/lastfm] song “Me and Julio Down by Schoolyard” clearly indicate that the unnamed protagonist and Julio were engaged […]


Video Classics: ‘Margaritaville’ – Jimmy Buffett

Emotions seem to run high around [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Jimmy Buffett[/lastfm]. On one hand, his legions of devoted ‘Parrotheads’ flock to his concerts (and have allowed him to make more money from live performances than albums since […]


Video Classics: ‘Southbound’ – The Allman Brothers

The Archivist (a native child of the South) was recently having lunch with a Harvard graduate, when she declared that she found nothing redeemable about the southern United States. Well, the Archivist went home somewhat […]


Video Classics: ‘What You Need’ – INXS

Perhaps ‘what you need’ is a little dose of the ’80s today. “What You Need” by ’80s/’90s pop rockers [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]INXS[/lastfm] was the lead track from their 1985 album Listen Like Thieves. It was the […]


Video Classics: ‘Show Me the Way’ – Peter Frampton

[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Styx[/lastfm] has a song called “Show Me the Way”, written by vocalist and keyboardist (and devout Catholic) Dennis DeYoung for his son, arguing for keeping the faith in the oft-tumultuous world. The lesser-known Goth-metal […]


Video Classics: ‘Expresso Love’ – Dire Straits

Did you know that when searching a major image provider’s database for the term ‘Dire Straits,’ that the first results are images of President Obama? Take that for whatever political commentary you will, but it […]


Video Classics: ‘Is She Really Going Out With Him?’ – Joe Jackson

Everyone knows somebody who was born a Mike or a Kate who, upon reaching adulthood, changed their name to “Steele” or “Dakota.” A few people even know someone who was born with a name like […]


Video Classics: ‘Happiness Is A Warm Gun’

Closing out side one of [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]the Beatles[/lastfm]‘ White Album, “Happiness Is a Warm Gun” is a complex, quirky little piece that [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]John Lennon[/lastfm] once called “sort of a history of rock and roll,” […]


Video Classics: ‘I Need a Lover’ – John Cougar

No Mellencamp in this one. “I Need a Lover” is from [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]John Cougar[/lastfm] back when he just went by the name of, well, John Cougar.  He’d add his proper surname first, lose the Cougar […]


Video Classics: ‘Friend of the Devil’ – The Grateful Dead

Rock has had a long-standing, somewhat congenial relationship with Old Scratch, at least as a subject for songs. [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]The Rolling Stones[/lastfm] had “Sympathy for the Devil”, while [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Van Halen[/lastfm] went “Running With the […]