The Sound of One Temple Throbbing

on January 01, 2009 by Steve Simels

Well, it's 2009, and George W. Bush is still president. Or as Dorothy Parker was often moved to say when she answered the phone, "What fresh hell is this?"

That being the case, here's something that might lift your spirits, or at the very least make a post New Years Eve hangover marginally less irksome.

The amazing Ernie Kovacs made that little music video in 1961 -- in an age when video tape was edited, by hand, with an Exacto knife and Scotch tape. And years later, people actually thought that the Spike Jonze video for Sure Shot by The Beastie Boys was a big deal.

You can -- and most definitely should -- order more of Ernie's pioneering video work on DVD here. There's also a very cool CD collection, overseen by musical archaeologist Irwin Chusid, that features many of the original recordings Ernie used as inspiration, including the immortal Love Theme from the Nairobi Trio. You can find a copy here, and trust me -- it's worth the effort and/or the shekels.

In any case -- Happy New Year one and all, and if you get a chance, stop by tomorrow when Weekend Cinema Listomania makes its traditional Friday appearance.

And incidentally -- lemon flavored Alka-Seltzer makes a very soothing drink over ice. Just saying.


Tags: George W. Bush, Dorothy Parker, Spike Jonze, The Beastie Boys, Irwin Chusid

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