Wednesday, February 15, 2006

let's get together

first and foremost, one of my all-time favorite movies was released on dvd this week and as a criterion collection release even. the dialog-heavy Metropolitan is my favorite of the three Whit Stillman films. it's about the middle class tom townsend who desends into the belly of new york's young, wasp-y upperclass crowd, who apparently like to meet every night and discuss social mobility and attempt to be intellectual while actively seeking to meet the negative sterotypes of the rich. it's very much a movie directed by a writer, perhaps why it was nominated for a screenplay oscar back when it was released in 1990. also, it features chris eigeman who is good in everything or so i like to believe.

more stylish pop music for you today in the form of Modesty Blaise. i used to order alot of records from the german pop label, Apricot records. one of the finer releases came from the aforementioned band, who hail from the uk and were given a nudge by former Orange Juice frontman Edwyn Collins, who produced many of the singles and b-sides that made up their first full-length release in 1999, entitled A Beginners Guide to Modesty Blaise. the group rather quickly released the singles, many of which sold out, but never really got organized and took off, mostly due to purported in-fighting and repeated line-up changes. they've released a pair of singles and an ep since, but it's hard to say if they're formally still playing or recording. curiously i found them on myspace and they were signed in at the time. hmmm. anyway, lead singer Jonny Collins (unrelated) has the perfect voice for this retro, jetsetting pop music and this song is one of the finest i've ever enjoyed.

Modesty Blaise "Let's Get Together"


At 10:14 PM, Blogger Satisfied '75 said...

I love, everything that guy does.

I used to be able to quote Metropolitan, but it's been way too many years now.


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