The above clip of New Order live on the BBC doing “Age Of Consent” may be my most favoritest thing on the Internet; I found it several months ago, when it was posted to the blog for the 33 1/3 book series. (The “Temptation” clip from the same session might be even better.) The performance is amazing, as are the sartorial choices, but what really made this heretofore unseen clip of my favorite band hit so hard was that it would probably be languishing on some VHS tape in an English basement, forever far from my eyes, without these kind of random, easy-to-take-for-granted internet connections. So in honor of this grindingly slow news day, please enjoy this grab bag of random YouTubery, most of which was found simply by plugging band names into the site’s search box. Who knows what we’ll find inside. New Kids On The Block demo reels? Live performances from Dogstar? Lindsay Buckingham/Stevie Nicks sex tape? A buncha stuff all you hip Internet cats have already seen on a buncha cooler blogs? Only one way to find out:
This maniac has posted the entirety of the Pet Shop Boys’ performance of their new score to The Battleship Potemkin. My film school experience would have been markedly improved by more Neil Tennant.
bookdemon has a handful of hypnotically odd Sun City Girls performances and clips. R.I.P. Charlie Gocher.
Chicago together with Rev. Al Green performing “Tied Of Being Alone.” I…I don’t know how to feel about this one.
Flipper doing “Way Of The World.” Heroes to secretly optimistic drunken nihilists everywhere.
A cartoon Tom Waits performance in that ’70s animation style that makes me vaguely uncomfortable for reasons I can’t quite pinpoint ala Heavy Metal or Bakshi’s Lord Of The Rings. (It feels…sleazy. Or at least some kinda perverse.)
Roxy Music tearing through “Virginia Plain” on Top Of The Pops. Dig Eno’s sparkly Michael Jackson handwear and the stodgy announcer’s dig on their duds at the end.
Miles and Trane trade off on “So What” in 1958. Just ’cause.