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Video Clip of The Week: “Aquarius/Let The Sun Shine In” By Tragedy


If you get 20 seconds into this week’s awesome Video Clip and suspect that you may be watching an outtake from This is Spinal Tap, you are not to blame. The tristate area band Tragedy started out as a heavy metal tribute to the Bee Gees, but they have now expanded their repertoire to include a wider variety of classic pop acts, and that’s just good news for everyone. Today we feature the video for Tragedy’s metalized performance of “Aquarius/Let The Sun Shine In,” a song from the legendary Broadway musical Hair, which was popularized in a 1969 single release by The 5th Dimension. Wikipedia confirms that this song, which is actually a medley of two songs from the play,  was one of the most popular songs of 1969 worldwide, but the lyrical message of “Aquarius” — about welcoming an age of love, light, and humanity — is more important at this moment than maybe ever before in our lifetimes.

Visually, this video is a straight-up, fully stylized band performance intercut with a few thematically appropriate cosmic visual effects and a brief modern dance interlude featuring a pair of blonde babes, to keep it very theatrical and visually engaging throughout. And as much as I wish that the drummer would put on a shirt, I respect the fact that he is fully immersed in his art. Aurally, Tragedy stay faithful to the song’s original arrangement while rocking hard enough to crack a skull. Even the most devoted head bangers will give the horns up on this one.

“Aquarius/Let The Sun Shine In” is part of the just-release album Tragedy Goes to the Movies, featuring metal-injected takes on music from cinema classics such as Grease, 007 Skyfall, Hair, and Star Wars: Return of The Jedi, which can be procured at This Link.  The Tragedy Goes To The Movies World Tour kicked off on February 22nd, 2019, for stops in the UK, Belgium, France, Netherlands, Germany and all across the US. Consult the Google for tour dates! Enjoy!

Tragedy Band

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Video Clip of The Week: PIG & Sasha Grey, “That’s The Way (I Like It)”


As Bill Hader’s beloved SNL character, nightlife expert Stefon would say, “This Week’s Video Clip has Everything!” Porn Stars and Industrial Music Legends covering what is inarguably among the most iconic songs of the Disco Era is what you get when PIG (aka Raymond Watts) and Sasha Grey deliver their grind-worthy rendition of KC and the Sunshine Band’s “That’s The Way (I Like It).” Babe, oh babe, this clip is all kinds of dark, campy fun.

Directed by Gabriel Edvy, the sensually-charged black & white video is a dark disco romp, shot intimately and playfully with disco balls, light BDSM and sweat. Watts offers that, “The idea behind the video was how to bring a darker, more sinister overtone and texture to what seems to be an initially ‘upbeat’ song.” The foreboding nature of the video is is pervasive, despite the bright, shiny disco elements in the video. Watts continues, “Although we use some imagery that suggests a good time is being had . . . all is maybe not as it seems, possibly a reflection on the current situation we see when looking around at what is happening today in the world.” Well said.

“That’s The Way (I Like It)” is available for your listening pleasure via Metropolis Records, and PIG is on tour in the US right now. Tour dates are below. Enjoy!

PIG TOUR DATES
** – Opening for Killing Joke

09/02 – Portland, OR @ Star Theater **
09/04 – San Francisco, CA @ DNA Lounge **
09/05 – Los Angeles, CA @ Regent Theater **
09/07 – Denver, CO @ Oriental Theater **
09/08 – Merriam KS @ Aftershock
09/09 – Columbus, OH @ Skully’s Music Diner **
09/10 – Baltimore, MD @ Soundstage **
09/11 – Boston, MA @ The Paradise **
09/12 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza **
09/13 – Richmond, VA @ Fallout
09/14 – Louisville, KY @ Trixie’s Entertainment Center
09/15 – St. Louis, MO @ FuBar
09/16 – Tulsa, OK @ The Vanguard
09/17 – Dallas, TX @ Granada Theater **
09/18 – Austin, TX @ The Mohawk **
09/19 – Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live **
09/21 – Tampa, FL @ The Orpheum
09/22 – Spartanburg, SC @ Ground Zero
09/23 – Philadelphia, PA @ PhilaMoca
09/24 – New York, NY @ Bowery Electric
09/26 – Lancaster, PA @ Chameleon Club
09/27 – Teaneck, NJ @ Debonair Music Hall
09/28 – Detroit, MI @ Smalls
09/29 – Toronto, ON @ TBA
09/30 – Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge
10/03 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
10/04 – Las Vegas, NV @ Beauty Bar
10/05 – Los Angeles, CA @ Union Nightclub
10/06 – Tustin, CA @ Mary’s on Newport

Pig and Sasha Grey
Raymond Watts of PIG with Portraits of Sasha Grey (Photo credit: Mattia Venni and Susannah Doyle; Created By Vlad McNeally)

Video Clip of The Week: Knifight Cover David Bowie’s “Breaking Glass”

 

When it comes to a band covering even the most obscure songs by legendary artists, there are two schools of thought. One believes that the cover should take artistic license so as to “stand out” from the original, while the other prefers a faithful, respectful interpretation that bears close resemblance to the version everyone already knows and loves. I tend to fall into the latter category, which is why I do not enjoy seeing Bob Dylan in concert.

Austin heavy post-punk band Knifight get so many things right with their take on a classic, yet not widely known song from David Bowie’s Low album. This cover of “Breaking Glass” is a unique track not included on their forthcoming album, V. So, there’s that as well.

Visually, the band made the right choice to go with mostly abstract, pixelated/kaleidoscopic designs with a few film stills thrown in for balance. Aurally, the instrumental arrangement gets the feel of Carlos Alamar’s guitar and Brian Eno’s mini-moog as close to perfect as you’d want them to be while still allowing Knifight to insert its own identity into the track. But What I love so much about singer John Gable’s vocal performance on this clip is how it really showcases the profound influence that 60s pop icon-turned-avant-garde recluse Scott Walker had on the development of Bowie’s own vocal style. Whether that was intentional or not, Gable really nailed it.

V will be available February 10th, 2015 on LP, CD and download via KnifightMusic. Enjoy!

Knifight Band