Sunday, April 15, 2007


The Rev. Jenner J. Hull has been neglecting the Funk and Groove due to personal reasons. Hopefully, these reasons shall be revealed in due time...

This doesn't fully excuse me, but it gives me a decent alibi. So, to make up for lost Funk, here's a cornucopia of random rock/metal/pop.

Muse - "Time Is Running Out" (From "Absolution")

The moment I saw the opening, I said... "A 'Dr. Strangelove'
video and a great track?" This is one of those songs that's so fucking good, I can't help but sing my ass off.

Apocalyptica - "One" (From "Inquisition Symphony")

For those of you who have always seen metal and classical music as being
one in the same... (By the by, Apocalyptica got popular by playing Metallica tracks as classical songs on four cellos.)

Natalia Avelon and Ville Valo - "Summer Wine" (From the "Das Wilde Leben" Soundtrack)

So, now we have a smoking-hot, Polish-born, German temptress, Natalia Avelon, singing a Nancy Sinatra/Lee Hazelwood song with a Finnish crooner.

I've never seen the movie, "Das Wilde Leben," and I've never heard of Avelon before, but this is a kick-ass pop song and should be on the radio here in the States. Hell, can you name a pop song that's better?

And, lest we forget, Ville Valo (from the band
H.I.M.) is the only singer alive who sounds as smooth as Dean Martin and as dark as Nick Cave. (He also looks a lot like Johnny Depp in the video...)

Be forewarned! The video for
"Summer Wine" contains nudity. If you're averse to that sort of thing.

I tend to focus on the singing, but that's just me...


Dikkii said...

Great selection.

I never saw metal as being exactly the same as classical, but I could always see a connection between the more progressive end of the spectrum and that space.

Take Meshuggah for instance. Mind you, I still don't really get Meshuggah, yet.

Love Muse, BTW.

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The Rev. Jenner J. Hull said...


Yeah, maybe the metal/classical comparison was a bit broad.

I just always saw them as being close to the same because of the emotional content.

And the craziest classical songs, like "Hall of the Mountain King" or "Oh Fortuna" are, basically, as metal as you can get without plugging in a guitar. Often more so.

I'd like to think that if Beethoven and Mozart were alive today, they'd be playing keyboards like Jordan Ruddess and writing guitar concertos for our current virtuosos...