Good YouTube

I've watched a few good videos on YouTube recently.

I liked the movie Avatar, and this spoof is very funny - welcome to Hometree Wisconsin.

Need a Winter pick-me-up? Try this funky Soul Train line dance. Yes, that's Rerun.

This next one is meatier. Synth Brittania is a documentary about musicians who experimented with early synthesizers to create electronic music as part of the New Wave movement.

The Human League, Cabaret Volatire, OMD, Gary Numan, Ultravox, Soft Cell, Yazoo, Depeche Mode, the Pet Shop Boys, and New Order are all featured with interviews of many of the pioneers. A fantastic collection of footage from performances, clubs and music videos. If nothing else, watch it for the hairstyles.

When I was in Junior High disco was in it's death throes and we (the youth) needed something new, something to call ours, and in High School New Wave was it. I was a casual New Waver but definitely loved the music, even to this day. So I thoroughly enjoyed this look at the history of electronic music.

(Part 9 of 9 got yanked so watch this part 9/10 and 10/10 to see the end.)

And finally, I enjoyed watching Long Way Down - a documentary about Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman riding motorcycles from the northern tip of Scotland down to Cape Town, South Africa. Who knew Ewan McGregor was such an adventure nut? Ewan and Charley are entertaining - they have a good report and enjoy the journey. A bit tedious at times, but fascinating enough I had to watch the whole thing.


bikemike said...

Nice Kris, Ewan also did Long Way Around...around the world on a mototrcycle, really good. Was hoping he'd do something else like this...he obviously has, will check it out. If you haven't, you should also check out Michael Palin and his around the world adventures. His humor and insight are amazing. He has about 6 different series.

KanyonKris said...

I noticed Long Way Round, I'll have to watch it too. Charley's Dakar rally also looks interesting. I'll check out the Michael Palin stuff too.

Tim D said...

Charlie Borman has done a couple of other things, By Any Means Possible was about going overland from Ireland to Sydney, and another about getting from Sydney to Tokyo. Both are good, but not as good as Long Way Round

bikemike said...

just finished watching the first DVD from long way down and i never did see where they explained why Ewens wife didn't go with them. does she show up with them later? i mean i really thought it would be bad bad bad for her to go with them. four hours to check into each country, insane.

KanyonKris said...

Tim D - Thanks for the info.

bikemike - She joins them at Malawi and rides with them a few days. Yes, I thought it was lame for Ewan to disrupt the trip by allowing her along. Yeah, the paperwork and bureaucratic hassles were nuts.

bikemike said...

charleys father directed deliverance and charley was in it...also excaliber. i had no idea.
he's had a cool career so far.