Good stuff from youtube

If you are like me, you spend some time surfing on youtube to see interesting, funny, thought provoking, mind opening and life altering (well, that’s a stretch, but you know what I mean) videos. There is undobtedly a lot of uninteresting, boring, stupid and mind numbing videos on youtube, but there are also some video creators and uploaders that have some thought behind the videos they make available.

I have found several users that I like, and here I will present one of them. There may be others in the future, but you have to start somewhere.

The user “bloodsuckingclown” is a fellow Norwegian an only had a few videos, as you can see in the gallery below. Describing these will mean less work for me and I get to explore the Tubepress plugin that will let you place galleries in your posts.

I like his, and I am only guessing its a he, take on the subjects – especially the one using Clint Mansells Lux Aeterna from the movie “Requiem for a dream“. The topic in this video is drug abuse and abusers, how one thing may lead to another and the despair many of these people experience.  Even so, there is still hope and the end is much more hopeful than the beginning. The music is wonderful and I can recommend the whole album. Don’t listen to it on a day you are feeling depressed, though..

The “Dead like me” video is taken from the movie “Dead like me: Life after death” but convey a somewhat sadder tone than the actual movie, in my opinion anyway. The beautiful music is “Boom boom ba” by Metisse, and you should also check out “Nomahs land” by the same group.

Blancmange was an 80s band that was fairly popular in Europe and combined with the underrated “They Live!” by John Carpenter make up a great combination of 80s sound and feel. Starring Rowdy Roddy Piper, the wrestler that was at the hight of his career in the later part of the decade.

Adolphson & Falk is a Swedish synthesizer pop band that was most popular in the 80s, but this is an acoustic version of one of their songs from that era. They are still playing live, but as I understand, with more use of analog instruments. Since Swedish is pretty similar to Norwegian I have no problem understanding the lyrics, but some of you English speakers may 🙂

Rupert Hine was also somewhat popular in the 80s, and as far as I know, there is no official video for this song. Bloodsuckingclown has made his own and combined the music with the urban graffiti artist Banksy. Personally I am not very fond of “street art” and “guerilla spray painting”, but I do like the statements made by Banksy in his paintings. There are a number of them featured in this video, underlining the lyrics and feel of the song. I think the combination is very good.

Roger Waters is the former vocalist and one of the creators of Pink Floyd, a band most should be familiar with. After the split from the group, Roger Waters persued a career on his own – and is now renowned as one of the great singer/songwriters. I think his music and lyrics are not for everybody, but the lyrics on “It’s a Miracle” are sadly poetic some 17 years after the release of the song. No video for this, only a few images.

That was really a long intro, but I do think that this music and these videos are worth a watch, so here we go:

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5 Responses to “Good stuff from youtube”

  1. Randy Nichols Says:

    I found your blog on google and read a few of your other posts. I just added you to my Google News Reader. Keep up the good work. Look forward to reading more from you in the future.

  2. OrdinaryDude Says:

    I love Banksy and he is different from other graffiti artist; he has a purpose with his paintings, they are statements against the established society, morals, conceptions and mainstream, dumb conformity. We need someone to say “Hey, that’s not right!” to make us think and revise whatever is the established norm.

    There is a difference between artists like Banksy and stupid kids tagging any building in sight with their four letter nick, over and over again. That is just vandalism, there is no higher meaning behind it, other than pissing on every light pole you see, like any dog would do to mark “I was here, I was here”. That’s just ignorant and I hate it..

  3. Katzenjammer Says:

    Anyone that has seen Requiem for a dream was probably affected by it and its message is very strong. I saw the video with the Lux Aeterna Winter music and think that the message is very strong, perhaps too strong? Everybody know that drugs is a problem and we need to help the drug addicts but I am unsure if this is the right way to do it. Still it was a good video that made me think about things and that is always good 🙂

  4. BlingYou Says:

    Drug abuse is terrible and whatever makes us think twice before trying drugs is all good in my book. Even “weak” drugs like hashish or marijuana can lead you down the wrong path and sometimes we need to be reminded of just that.

  5. BlingYou Says:

    Graffiti is by definition bad as it damages somebody else’ property, but that said, Banksy do have a purpose and that somehow makes it less of a crime, imho.

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