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Steve Winwood – While You See A Chance (1980)

This video is bonkers, and very 1980. This must have been Daft Punk’s inspiration for the pyramids / Human After All-era maximum VHS saturation. Even though the previous statement was made in jest, maybe there’s a nugget of truthanity in it. Anyways, I wound up on this video while reading about pulse wave generation on Wikipedia… basically it’s just a bunch of square waves sent down the pipe at regular intervals. “Acoustically, the rectangular wave has been described variously as having a narrow/thin, nasal/buzzy/biting, clear, resonant, rich, round and bright sound. Pulse waves are used in many Steve Winwood songs, such as ‘While You See a Chance.'” In this case I think they’re referring to the solo / lead synth on the track, which is doing a sort of Banjo Kazooie reed / General MIDI saxaphone lick. Overall the song is very thrift store ambiance. The video has nothing to do with the song itself, unless somersalting toward an abstract pyramid as a featureless humanoid is the visual representation of “[seeing] a chance and [taking] it.” I think “Valerie” is probably Steve Winwood’s most popular song. I wonder if there’s anything besides thrift store music in his catalog. Like, what if the first Steve Winwood record was a crossover thrash record. I also wonder if “Call On Me” by Eric Prydz is more well-known than “Valerie” upon which it’s based. I just checked this blog entry’s pulse and it’s gone cold, so time to wrap it up. By the way, the previous sentence contained a comical self-referential callback via ‘pulse’ to earlier in this post/article, where I was talking about pulse waves. “They don’t make music like this any more.” Yes they do. #Hilarity #Comedy #SEO #Cloud #CloudBasedMusic #Streaming #StreamingCloud #Clowd #ScreamingClown #Fun #Circus #CircusGifts #GiftsForCircus

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Steely Dan – King of the World (Live 1974)

This is a blistering, ferociously fast rendition of Steely Dan’s post-apocalyptic prog-pop epic. The guitar solo at the end gets so intense it feels like reality is imploding in the best possible way. This is Dan at their (his) Steeliest. I feel kind of bad being able to listen to this track for free on the internet, feels like I’m steelying. “Steely Dan.” – Steely Dan