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YouTube’d Memories: Layla

YouTube’d Memories: Layla

Back to our regular light programming, here is one of my all-time favorites. For some reason, the strongest recollections of this song put me inside my Dad’s old Pontiac, driving the length of Ocean Parkway and loudly singing along. I believe they come from the time when Natasha worked cash…

YouTube’d memories: It’s a Sin

YouTube’d memories: It’s a Sin

And now, returning to our regular programming, here is another of the discotheque favorites in my high-school DJ’ing time. Can’t think of any specific memories associated with Pet Shop Boys, besides their popularity (for a short period of time) and the search for a perfect translation of their band name…

YouTube’d memories: Come Together

YouTube’d memories: Come Together

Come Together does not break into my 30 Favorite Beatles’ songs, but it has the distinction of being the very first song by the group that I heard while being actively aware that I was listening to the Beatles. My uncle, who had a dual-deck tape recorder (a tremendous rarity…

YouTube’d memories: You’re a Woman

YouTube’d memories: You’re a Woman

Maybe not as popular as Modern Talking, German-based multinational pop trio Bad Boys Blue was a staple of our DJ playlists in mid-80s. The two contemporary outfits are curiously forever linked in my mind. My very first own cassette tape was meant to contain The First Album by MT in…

YouTube’d memories: Brother Louie

YouTube’d memories: Brother Louie

I’ve already offered a glimpse of Modern Talking in the retrospection of my musical affinities (and also posted this clip in other people’s blogs). But it is high time that I paid my respects to the German duo directly. For some period of time in high school, I was a…

YouTube’d memories: Rasputin

YouTube’d memories: Rasputin

I’ve been a bit preoccupied at work this week – moving on to a different role, frantically extricating myself from the responsibilities of the old one, thank you for asking! – to find time for a full-bodied post. I’m leaving you with another of those YouTube’d memories instead. My memory…

YouTube’d memories: Live is Life

YouTube’d memories: Live is Life

I’m not sure why I remember this song or what’s so great about it, but it was a famous European hit that got some playtime on the likes of Утренняя Почта (translated as The Morning Post, it was a Sunday staple of Soviet television). Which is why I remember it,…

YouTube’d memories: Hotel California

YouTube’d memories: Hotel California

When I answered the “favorite song” question in the Photobucket meme (see #9), I actually chose my number two song. I think it is called “the familiarity effect” in cognitive psychology – I listen to the CD compilation of my favorite Beatles songs occasionally, while I don’t even have a…

Music of My Life

Music of My Life

Warning: Despite English narration, a large portion of the clips used in this post are in Russian. Three other languages, besides English, are also present. I hope my English-language audience will still enjoy the music. My kid brother did me one better and created a meme of his own. While…

YouTube’d memories: A Matter of Trust

YouTube’d memories: A Matter of Trust

This song was my introduction to Billy Joel, whose groundbreaking USSR tour in 1987 paved the road for many other Western acts. By the whim of some Soviet culture ministry functionary – or was it a random selection? – A Matter Of Trust has gotten the lion’s share of exposure…

YouTube’d memories: Still Loving You

YouTube’d memories: Still Loving You

Here is another one of the YouTube’d memories of mine. At discotheques of my youth, where most of the dancing was done in a circle, this was one of the most popular “slow” songs that allowed boys to “invite” girls into an occasionally awkward embrace…

YouTube’d memories: In The Army Now

YouTube’d memories: In The Army Now

This song was hugely popular in Russia when it came out, for obvious propagandist reasons of exposing the truth about the mortal enemy. Ironically, the end of the Cold War and the thaw in the relationship between the USA and the USSR was right around the corner… I was surprised…

YouTube’d memories: Money for Nothing

YouTube’d memories: Money for Nothing

I remember when this video came out, how amazed we were with what then seemed a pinnacle of CGI wizardry. Compare it with what you see in an average movie these days, and it’s downright primitivist. It still evokes tons of memories, though, and the Knopfler fans among us can…