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G.H. Harding

BRUCE GOWERS RIP – When MTV was unleashed on an unsuspecting music industry August 1, 1981, it brought about a new definition of an old word: video director. Up till then, video directors were usually in-house individuals and did in-house promotional movies that were called ‘house organs” or “industrials”  – I kid you not!

But after MTV got rolling names like Russell Mulcahy; Jim Yukich; Bob Giraldi; Mark Pellington; Mark Romanek and Bruce Gowers, became industry names. All these guys did just exceptional work and in some circles, became even more popular than the bands and artists they did videos for.
Giraldi’s directing of  “Beat It” was certainly among the finest and even secured him an on-screen appearance in McCartney’s video with Jackson “Say, Say, Say.”
Gowers passed last week in LA. Born in Scotland,  he was a true innovator, his work was consistently brilliant. He did that tremendous black-and-white video of Queen performing “Bohemian Rhapsody” as well as videos for Rod Stewart; Huey Lewis; Prince; Supertramp; The Tubes; Rush; Journey; The Rolling Stones; 10CC; Ambrosia; Bee Gees; John Mellencamp; Britney Spears; Justin Timberlake and Chaka Khan.
He also worked with Elton John, The Pretenders, Santana, Van Halen, REO Speedwagon, Christopher Cross, Genesis and Fleetwood Mac during his career; and he also directed comedy-programs for Jerry Seinfeld; Eddie Murphy; Billy Crystal and Robin Williams.

From the BBC: Drummer Roger Taylor once said Gowers’ visuals helped to create “the first video to be used as a really successful promotional tool”. The epic song is the third best-selling single of all-time in the UK, having topped the UK charts for nine weeks in 1975 and gone back to number one in 1991 following the death of singer Freddie Mercury.

The defining video of its age only took about three hours to shoot and cost just £3,500 to make. It was the first music video to be aired on Top of the Pops and led to many more being filmed, setting the standard for artists who followed.

Gowers, who once revealed he had received $590 for the job, told the Dailu Mail in 2018: “It changed the way music was perceived; everyone was doing videos and bands were seeing their sales and chart positions rise if their videos were good.”

Huge loss.

The National

THE NATIONAL – (Via Rock Cellar) Revered indie rock outfit The National will release its ninth studio album, First Two Pages of Frankenstein, on April 28 via 4AD.

Officially announced on Wednesday, the news came with the premiere of a song called “Tropic Morning News.” While the song’s energy feels upbeat, such a tempo belies its undercurrent of darkness, thanks to the lyrics of vocalist Matt Berninger:

Partly recorded live in Hamburg, the song merges its mercurial textures and kinetic rhythms with a lush yet subtle grandeur achieved through Bryce Dessner’s work with the London Contemporary Orchestra. “When Matt came in with that song in the depths of his depression, it felt like a turning point for us,” says Aaron Dessner. “It’s almost Dylan-esque in its lyrics and it’s so much fun to play; everything suddenly felt like it was coming alive again.”

Co-written with Berninger’s wife Carin Besser, “Tropic Morning News” takes its title from a phrase Besser invented to describe the regrettably routine practice of doomscrolling. “The idea of referring to the darkness of the news in such a light way unlocked something in me,” says Berninger. “It became a song about having a hard time expressing yourself, and trying to connect with someone when the noise of the world is drowning out any potential for conversation.”

Here’s the video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zdU0qwZKLfU

Elsewhere on the album, The National is joined by special guests including Taylor Swift, Sufjan Stevens and Phoebe Bridgers — making the new record an indie all-star ensemble, of sorts.

The track listing:

Once Upon A Poolside (feat. Sufjan Stevens)EucalyptusNew Order T-ShirtThis Isn’t Helping (feat. Phoebe Bridgers)Tropic Morning NewsAlienThe Alcott (feat. Taylor Swift)Grease In Your HairIce MachinesYour Mind Is Not Your Friend (feat. Phoebe Bridgers)Send For Me

SHORT TAKES — Saw a post where after a back operation, singer/songwriter Randy Newman can’t sing, or tour. Get well. He’s a certified national resource. Get well soon …

Mark Scheerer and Budd Mishkin

New York broadcasting veteran Budd Mishkin celebrated the publication of The Zeitgeist Beat, a memoir by Mark Scheerer (ex-CNN, ABC News, NY Times) at Polpette 71 Tuesday night. See accompanying photo – Scheerer on the left; Mishkin on the right …

Madonna

More Madonna: Very interesting that when news of Madonna’s Celebration tour in August hit the media this week, most media outlets only showed video from the songstress’ “Lucky Star,” “Borderline” and ” Holiday.” “Needless to say, three of her early signature hits,.Nothing from Madame X or even “Live To Tell.”Again, I hope she has some new material to perform …

Ashley Suppa

Wunderkind Ashley Suppa tonight at 54 Below with Michael Lee Lee Brown from Dear Evan Hansen … SIGHTING: PR-pasha David Salidor and Billboard’s Joe Lynch at Smith in Nomad, NYC … Anyone who knows me, knows I am a huge ELO fan. Pretty factually correct article on them from  Medium. Check it out: https://rocknheavy.net/elo-a-band-a-project-or-a-concept-b42892a310a… Is it really the 50th anniversary of the Pink Floyd-landmark album Dark Side of the Moon ? Quite hard to fathom I’d say On this week’s The View, Dolly Parton said her forthcoming “rock” album would feature Stevie Nicks; Paul McCartney; John Fogarty and maybe Mick Jagger. She also said that the record was provisionally titled Rock Star. Personally, I’d love to hear her team up with Sir Mick on her “Jolene.” That’s just a great, great song …

Micky Dolenz and Harry Nilsson

And, HAPPY BDAY Harry Nilsson and Dina Pitenis!

NAMES IN THE NEWS — Melissa Davis; Anthony Noto; Tom & Lisa Cuddy; Deb Caponetta; Angela Tarantino; Michael Fuchs; Ahmet Ertegun; Bobby Shaw; Vito Bruno; Vinny Rich; Alex Salzman; Rick Schlegelmilch; Peter Shendell; Barry Fisch; Eppy; Celine Cormack; Bobby Bank; Al Roker; Jeff Zuker; and BELLA!

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G. H. Harding is a four decades insider to the entertainment world. He’s worked for record companies; movie companies; video-production He’s worked for record companies; movie companies; video-production companies and several cable outlets. His anonymity is essential in bringing an unbiased view to his writings on pop culture. He is based in NYC.

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