It has been a relatively rocky road for Weatherford alt-country outfit Green Corn Revival, which has seen its share of highs (acting as backing band for rockabilly icon Wanda Jackson) and lows before an (amicable) split in the road led half of the original lineup to forming Honeylark.
Oklahoma is quickly becoming the indie Christmas music capital of the world, it seems, with yearly compilation albums featuring everyone from Stardeath and White Dwarfs to Graham Colton. So it makes sense that Colourmusic — freak-poppers hailing from Stillwater — would craft a full album of original, offbeat holiday tunes themselves.
The Oklahoma City metro has a thriving garage rock scene. With seasoned acts like Broncho and Copperheads carrying the modern-day torch, the way has been paved for a flock of gritty, young, guitar-centric acts. But nascent Norman trio Poolboy has a knack for riotous hooks that few of its contemporaries can boast.
The Flaming Lips’ longevity has allowed them to cover a lot of sonic terrain over the years. Yet they’ve arguably become more adventurous with age, jeopardizing a good portion of their fan base in favor of fascinatingly bleak experiments in sound, beginning with Embryonic in 2009 and, more recently, The Terror.
There’s a fine line between homage and parody, and this ridiculous video below falls firmly on the side of homage.
The backstory: Upcoming film “Take Me Home Tonight” is a parody/homage to ‘80s teen comedies (”Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” “The Breakfast Club,” et al). It stars Anna Faris (“The House Bunny”) and Topher Grace, aka Eric from “That ‘70s Show” (who is now in danger of being typecast as “weird period piece dude”). To promo the film, Brooklyn rock band Atomic Tom (which rides the coattails of OK Go pretty hard) re-did Human League’s “Don’t You Want Me” so that a music video could be created for it.
That music video, which is below, consists of the cast of “Take Me Home Tonight” reliving as many scenes as possible from classic ‘80s movies. Grace does a weirdly accurate Marty McFly impression, as well as some breakdancing. How’s your ‘80s movie knowledge? Can you guess ‘em all?
The fun gets started at 1:08, but it really picks up at 2:00.
Bonus question: Why don’t we have as many iconic movies as we used to? The ‘00s didn’t produce as many celluloid cultural touchstones as the ‘80s…