Friday, December 6, 2013

Random Thoughts of a Movie Insomniac's Birthday.

Well today is the day that I am another year older.  Not so much wiser, but indeed older.  This past year I have made some accomplishments,and some that I need to learn from.  I have been very lucky to have interviewed many great filmmakers, and have met a bunch of other great film lovers that I am lucky to have known.  Usually on these days I spend the whole day at the movies, but I'm stuck at work.  Which means that I will watch what I can find on Netflix after I get home.   I have  already posted my top ten favorite movies I can watch and never get sick of.  So instead for this post.  I'm going to list some of my favorite music videos of all time.  Not just videos, but songs.  These are the top ten songs I will never get sick of in no real order.  Keep in mind that I have at least 5 more of these lists around.  So maybe a more appropriate title would be this.

The Vern's Top Ten Favorite Songs of All Time(at least for the first week of December 2013).

10.  Daft Punk -Around The World.

Directed by Michel Gondry.  This very clever video just makes the song sound so much better.  It has great choreography and it just looks so damn cool.

9.  Portishead - Mysterons.

This track is just too damn smooth, and the combination of adding a live orchestra just makes it that much more cooler

8.  System of a Down - Chop Suey

I love playing this track extra loud.  It's a great way to end a day for me.

7.  Stereolab - Cybele's Reverie.

The way the vocals all harmonize at the bridge is the main reason why I love this song.  Stereolab for me is like taking the band from Mos Esila Catina in "Star Wars Episode IV:A New Hope".  Putting them in a time machine back to the sixties,and then moving them to France.  A unique and wonderful sound.

6.  Jay Z with Linkin Park - 99 Problems.

The original track is great, but mixing it with Linkin Park's "Point of Authority" and "One Step Closer" is just brilliant and makes a good song even better.   I usually don't find most mash ups to work, but this works so very well.

 5.  Atari Teenage Riot - Revolution Action.

I will never attend one of their concerts because I'm afraid I will get killed, but I love playing this song.  Oh sometimes on a bad day.  It can feel oh so good.

4. Dresden Dolls- Girl Anachronism.

Amanda Palmer is a brilliant lyric writer and composer. I could have posted any one of her songs and they would fit well, but this is my favorite song.

3. Garbage- Vow.

Shirley Manson singing about wanting to rip me up and tear my little world apart was so erotic when I heard it back in 96 and it still has the same effect today.

2.   Peaches - Show Stopper.

Forgot Lady Gaga.  Peaches merges pop art with pop music much better and she does it without even trying.  All of her songs are good, but this is among my favorites.

1. BabyMetal- Megitsune.

Combining Jpop vocals with heavy guitar riffs and drums might seem like an odd pairing, but it works so well here.  The concept of having three young girls singing pop lyrics in front of a metal band may be a little off putting at first.  However both genres mesh together extremely well.  Check out their other songs.  They are all really good..

Oh btw if you were expecting to see my review of  "Cannibal! The Musical".   You can find that on The Video Vortex Site.  Just click the link to the site at the bottom of the page.  Thanks again for reading.


  1. Happy Birthday!! And I loved Jay-Z and Linkin Park's collabs. Those are wonderful.

  2. Happy Birthday, Vern!
    Shirley Manson is a fox (and she's older than I am)!

    1. Thank you Brandon. I remember seeing her live in concert after Version 2.0 came out and being that close to her was epic.

  3. A belated Happy Birthday! I love when someone shares their top 10 songs of all-time. Stereolab - Cybele's Reverie is really cool, hadn't heard that before. Love Vow, Garbage is a great band.

  4. Thanks Chris. Glad you liked Stereolab. Hope you get a chance to check out more of their stuff. This is just one list. I'll post more lists later