Thursday, September 10, 2009

Chris Isaak - Wicked Game

"Wicked Game" is a 1989 song by Chris Isaak from his third studio album Heart Shaped World. Despite being released as a single in 1989, it didn't become a hit until it was later featured in the David Lynch film Wild at Heart. Lee Chesnut, an Atlanta radio station music director who was obsessed with David Lynch films, began playing the song and it quickly became a nationwide top ten hit in January 1991, reaching #6 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, making it the only hit song of his career in the U.S.

The music video of the song was directed by Herb Ritts and featured top model Helena Christensen rolling on the beach with Isaak. It was shot in black and white. Christensen was topless and Isaak was shirtless through most of the video, although clever camera angles concealed any actual nudity. Viewers still reacted to Christensen's sexually suggestive performance, and the video was later featured on MTV's Sexiest Video of All-Time countdown.[citation needed] The video won the MTV Video Music Awards for Best Male Video, Best Cinematography and Best Video from a Film. A previous version of the video was commissioned for the Wild at Heart soundtrack, and was directed by David Lynch.

Shakira - Don't Bother

"Don't Bother" is the first single released from Shakira's second English language studio album, Oral Fixation Vol. 2 (2005).

The music video for the song, directed by the visual artist Jaume de Laiguana, premiered on MTV's Making the Video on October 27. The music video for the song shows Shakira's boyfriend returning at her home early in the morning (which insinuates that he was with another woman), and lying down to sleep. When he sleeps, Shakira picks up his car keys and drives it to a scrap heap. When she gets there she starts destroying his car, doing a "voodoo" on him using his car. Everything she does to his car is reflected on his body. Another vignette shows her lying on his body.

The music video for "Don't Bother" is perhaps Shakira's most sensual, - along with the video for "La Tortura" -; the actor who portraits Shakira's boyfriend is shirtless on most of the duration of the music video, Shakira is shown in the shower with him (both with clothes on) wearing a low-cut nightgown, later committing an act of wanton vandalism.

The car ruined in the video was a 1967 Ford Mustang "Shelby GT 500" replica built to look like the "Eleanor" car from the movie Gone in 60 Seconds. The pink guitar played by Shakira was custom made by Hamer Guitars. It is a Hamer Special Korina Jr. model with a Seymour Duncan SP-90 soapbar pickup.

This video can be seen on Oral Fixation Volumes 1 & 2 Bonus DVD.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Nu Virgos - Stop Stop Stop

Nu Virgos is the name used to promote the group VIA Gra (ВИА Гра) outside of Russia, Ukraine and other nearby countries. The name VIA Gra is both a reference to the drug Viagra and a play on words, since the first three letters stand for "vocal-instrumental ensemble" in Russian, and "Gra" means "Game" in Ukrainian. VIA Gra is a Ukrainian/Russian girl group that hit the charts in these countries in September 2000 with their first single "Popytka No. 5". Their first success outside the Russian language area was in May 2004 with the single "Stop! Stop! Stop!", an English version of their 2002 Russian song