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Archive for May 13th, 2008

5-13-08 Monkey Man

Posted by Sean on May 13, 2008

This post is dedicated to my friend Mike Schuette, for reasons that he should understand.

I got the scent for today’s neat thing, or things, from a post on WFMU’s Beware of the Blog. It’s all centered around a ska classic called Monkey Man, which the Jamaican reggae/ska band Toots and the Maytals (MySpace here) released on their 1968 album Sweet and Dandy. Courtesy of monsterjc996.

Fast forward to ska band The Specials (MySpace here) and their cover of Monkey Man, off their 1979 self-titled album. This version is what I’d consider (in my blinkered and benighted opinion) to be more ska-like – wilder, less restrained, more joyous.

This performance was taped live in Japan in 1980 – an interesting coincidence, as you’ll soon see. Courtesy of FramatMalmoe.

Fast forward to ska-punksters Reel Big Fish (MySpace here), who as far as I can tell released their own version of Monkey Man in 2003. The beat gets a little faster, the music a little punker. Courtesy of Philtaker.

And from that we to go to… well… I’m really not sure. If, after listening to this, you think that this version sounds like J-pop on speed and angel dust, that’s no coincidence. Melt-Banana (MySpace here) is a Tokyo concern who released this… effort… on a 2003 split album with Fork in Hand – hey, the same year that Reel Big Fish released their version! This album, unfortunately, does not appear to be available anymore. But never fear, dear reader, because we have a video that fits hand-in-glove with the wholly appropriate devolving-into-shrieking-chimpanzees sound that Melt-Banana brings to Toots and the Maytall’s mellow song. And the kind folks at WFMU have an MP3 from free download! How nice of them.

I just like Melt-Banana’s version of Monkey Man. It makes me smile. But don’t watch the video if you’re stoned or epileptic. Fair warning.

Courtesy of davefischer, who also did the animation.

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Sword in the Stone

Posted by shanoah on May 13, 2008

The Sword in the Stone is one of these classic underrated Disney films. Admittedly, it’s nothing like the book, and only follows Arthurian legend loosely, but it is still a very fun video to watch. And watching a bit, the hero of the story is quite clear:

The Magnificent, Marvelous, Mad Madam Mim

What’s that? She was the villian, you say? Perhaps. She still steals the show. Not to say there weren’t memorable moments with Wort, er. Arthur in them:

A Most Befuddling Thing – Part 1

A Most Befuddling Thing – Part2

This section is such fun to watch. Certainly one of the moments when Disney was at it’s best. And you have to feel sorry for the squirrel at the end. Unfortunately, the original video I was going to use was removed, so I had to use the one that broke it into two parts…

A Wizards Duel

And then there’s the Wizards Duel, where Madam Mim once again steals the show, but Merlin outsmarts her in the end. Pity the quality is so bad on this. This is a good example of why you rip video clips directly rather then just pointing a video camera at the tv like they did.

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