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#1000: dusty springfield - son of a preacher man (1968)

my dear friends: we’ve really done it. back in january 2008, in the olden days, the super groovy music video spectacular began with no. 1: dusty springfield singing son of a preacher man in 1968. and now 999 later she’s singing the same song in the same year, only with vines hanging from a ceiling and what i think is an offstage live band of angels.

but look at how far we’ve come: there was the dusty video in a neon cube, a cube in the dark, even dusty sad and cube-less.

and other things, too: rap videos and country videos, videos of glam and soulgodly gospel and godless funk, punk but also post-punkfolksy folksoft songs from africasofter songs from brazil, low jazzhigh reggae, and videos with death and love and drugs/booze and jews.

we had wildly important listsambitious series, crucial mathematical inequalities, along with vital inquiries into a plethora of album coversadsillustrationsquotes and posters. i don’t know why but the mustaches added up, too

and so did the music videos—videos everywhere, so many videos that a non-video site just for my journalism started up nearby this year. here on the spectacular there will be more videos coming soon. stay tuned.

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#803: otis redding - my girl (ready steady go!, 1967)

i really don’t mean to harsh anyone’s mellow, but just try to remember that lady gaga is no otis redding, and she isn’t dusty springfield’s yawn, or even michael jackson’s allergic sneeze. and so i just don’t see why ten minutes ago, when i was biking by the gramercy park hotel on my way home from work, minding my own business, i had to make my way through a crowd of people looking so tremendously riveted by the prospect that stefani germanotta* was about to walk out.

arms were extended and fingers spread, eyebrows pasted to foreheads, and lower jaws were down where necks should have started. shrieks were shrieked.

i stopped my bike long enough to see a totally reasonable looking 30-something man say to two very nice 20-something women on the outside of the throng, “i’m not here for lady gaga, i just, you know, was walking by, right, and i heard she was going to be here, and so, you know, here i am—i guess?”

and who am i to say which pop star in this moment does and does not deserve a sentence like that, but born this way is just such an exceptionally inoffensive second-hand version of madonna’s express yourself, and lady gaga’s beautifully marketed styling is so inferior to anything that like, i don’t know, t. rex did on a bad day, that it seems weird that i’m even going on so long. here’s otis instead! 

*i sort of get to call her that because my pal zach dated lady gaga back when her name had extra syllables

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this blog turns three
in december 2009 we took an imaginary jaunt to memphis together, and that november we didn’t want to go on without one another, and a year before that we got lost in a multidimensional cube, which obviously was also the day things got really spooky, and it was few months before that, on an afternoon in january 2008, exactly three years ago, that you and me and dusty and dusty’s hair and ed sullivan and ed’s estimable jaw rang in the super groovy music video extravaganza’s video no. 1 with a really good song about the preacher’s son. all i can say is that i’m really, really, really, really, really grateful you’ve been enjoying old music videos along with me, and i hope you stick around for three more years and three more years after that.
happy third birthday you guys!
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this blog turns three

in december 2009 we took an imaginary jaunt to memphis together, and that november we didn’t want to go on without one another, and a year before that we got lost in a multidimensional cube, which obviously was also the day things got really spooky, and it was few months before that, on an afternoon in january 2008, exactly three years ago, that you and me and dusty and dusty’s hair and ed sullivan and ed’s estimable jaw rang in the super groovy music video extravaganza’s video no. 1 with a really good song about the preacher’s son. all i can say is that i’m really, really, really, really, really grateful you’ve been enjoying old music videos along with me, and i hope you stick around for three more years and three more years after that.

happy third birthday you guys!

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#500: dusty springfield - i think it’s going to rain today (1970)

despite this song’s sad sentiment, here’s happy news: this is video #500—five hundred, which means six videos a year if you live to be 83 and a third. the community said it couldn’t be done, but last week alone, according to google analytics, we had visitors from iran, rwanda, vietnam and herzegovina. that’s the truth. makes me darn proud.

and while jan. 28, 2008 was a different time, dusty springfield’s goodness has stayed the same. this isn’t one of the two randy newman songs on dusty in memphis, but it’s a really good one anyway—though probably not better than his version on the album that’s self-titled (but says on the back, creates something new under the sun).

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dusty springfield’s dusty in memphis is one of the few albums you would take if you had to go to a faraway island, and if you couldn’t bring the beatles or rolling stones, it might be the first. she sings two randy newman songs, four gerry goffin/carole king, one burt bacharach/hal david, and three others. one is son of a preacher man, which is probably the most glistening and perfect pop songs recorded last century.
the album can be freely downloaded here. “just a little lovin’ early in the morning beats a cup of coffee for starting off the day,” is the first line, and from there dusty only gets sweeter, while jerry wexler and tom dowd’s tennessee band gets milkier and milkier.

dusty springfield’s dusty in memphis is one of the few albums you would take if you had to go to a faraway island, and if you couldn’t bring the beatles or rolling stones, it might be the first. she sings two randy newman songs, four gerry goffin/carole king, one burt bacharach/hal david, and three others. one is son of a preacher man, which is probably the most glistening and perfect pop songs recorded last century.

the album can be freely downloaded here. “just a little lovin’ early in the morning beats a cup of coffee for starting off the day,” is the first line, and from there dusty only gets sweeter, while jerry wexler and tom dowd’s tennessee band gets milkier and milkier.

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#473: dusty springfield - i don’t want to go on without you (1966)

it’s not that dusty springfield sang with feeling, it’s that when she breathed onto windows in wintertime the droplets that formed were collected and turned into moisturizer that could cure the badly burned. her pillows were made from scott walker's eyelashes, and in the mornings she smelled like a new tube of colgate.

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yet another oct. 31st has passed by without any dusty springfield costume sightings, which is a terrible pity. when will the revelers of new york city learn? all you need is a nice blouse and snug pants, plus a hairdresser and make-up artist who both precisely understand late-60s british pop styles. then you can round things out by whistling the halloween-appropriate spooky, or getting a loved one to dress up as a preacher’s son.

yet another oct. 31st has passed by without any dusty springfield costume sightings, which is a terrible pity. when will the revelers of new york city learn? all you need is a nice blouse and snug pants, plus a hairdresser and make-up artist who both precisely understand late-60s british pop styles. then you can round things out by whistling the halloween-appropriate spooky, or getting a loved one to dress up as a preacher’s son.

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#260: dusty springfield - lost (1970)

anything from somewhere between 1968 and 1971 that features three-dimensional florescent cubes and dusty springfield can not possibly be bad.

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#259: dusty springfield - spooky (1970)

someone should make kanye west, or at least lil’ wayne, sample dusty springfield. sure, cypress hill took the slinky opening guitar riff from son of a preacher man (which was video #1, remember?) for a silly song about bong hits, but preacher's lascivious bassline, not to mention its shrieking horns, could make for three or four spectacular kanye west singles.

and then there’s spooky. dusty’s double snaps in those moments of silence are better than all the handclaps in i saw her standing there, and the sax solo is more david bowie than david bowie. i smell a kanye west-does-dusty cover album: it could be called angel dust, or dusty grooves, or greetings from west springfield.

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update: jeff rosenthal, who is one half of the wonderful hip-hop comedy duo the real, wrote in to say that lil’ wayne and ludacris sampled the horns from dusty’s you don’t have to say you love me for an upcoming song. the world is an amazing place.

update: jeff rosenthal, who is one half of the wonderful hip-hop comedy duo the real, wrote in to say that lil’ wayne and ludacris sampled the horns from dusty’s you don’t have to say you love me for an upcoming song. the world is an amazing place.

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#1: dusty springfield - son of a preacher man (1968)

the very first video was chosen because of dusty springfield’s shirt—probably, technically, i think it’s called a blouse—the single best piece of clothing ever worn on national television.

sartorial choices aside, if that little move she does with her right arm before she starts singing doesn’t kill you, then you were already dead inside. and how about how those memphis horns? and how about her blue-eyed, bourbon-soaked voice? and how about that dip she does the first time she sings the chorus?

PS aretha franklin was offered this song by its writers, but she turned it down, only to record her own version after dusty’s became a hit. my dad thinks aretha’s is better. quentin tarantino likes dusty’s. god likes this video, He told me so Himself.

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