Bill Doskoch: Media, BPS*, Film, Minutiae

Curated knowledge, trenchant insights & witty bon mots

Happy 44th birthday, hip hop

On Aug. 11, 1973, at a back to school party in the South Bronx of New York City, a young DJ named Kool Herc did something revolutionary for the time: Using two turntables to extend the instrumental breaks so people could dance longer. This was the Big Bang of hip-hop.

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After 40 years, ‘I Feel Love’ still sounds exciting

July 2 marked the 40th anniversary of Donna Summer’s landmark hit “I Feel Love.” More than a disco song, it was the birth of modern electronica, and the obstetrician was genius producer Giorgio Moroder. Listen to it through headphones if you have them:

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Blue Velvet’s 30th anniversary re-release trailer

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One cool retro music commercial

This is Apple’s 2007 ad for iTunes, back when it was just a music device: From Kevin Speicher.

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The legacy of genius comic Garry Shandling

Garry Shandling, a veteran American comic genius, passed away Thursday at age 66. But he lives on through his influence on the work of others.

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The Charlie Hebdo massacre, one year later

One year ago today, two brothers yelling Allahu Akhbar! (God is Great) shot up the offices of the French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, killing 11 people there. They executed another policeman on their way out. In response, France held a massive rally on Jan. 11, 2015, many people showing up with “Je Suis Charlie” (I […]

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BBC Radio 1 listeners to hear ‘Fairytale of New York’ uncensored

The Pogues’ Christmas classic, Fairytale of New York, is laced with salty language — language that BBC managers decided was inappropriate for its listenership. But lo, there’s been a change of heart. The heavy hand of censorship is being lifted!

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‘Fortunate Son’

This late 1960s Creedence Clearwater Revival tune was a famous protest song of the Vietnam War era. Its name was used as a book title for a critical tome on former U.S. president George W. Bush:

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And the band played ‘Waltzing Matilda’

My favourite Remembrance Day song, courtesy of the Pogues:

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Wacky Japanese TV commercials

Go ahead. Don’t laugh. I dare you.

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