My friend The Bookseller observed to me recently that, in addition to all the other guff I post, my blogs of late have become something of " a virtual TV station". Yes, indeed. Well, I'm off on a road trip for a few days (maybe longer: in China you never know for sure when or if you're going to be able to get a train ticket for the return leg of your journey), so - to keep you all amused while I'm away - I thought I'd compile this rundown of all the YouTube clips I've posted here and on the Barstool over the last 6 or 8 months. Lots of good stuff here. Enjoy.
The Comedy/Movie Channel
'Evil' speaks - David Warner as Satan in Time Bandits
Rowley Birkin, QC - a typically slurry anecdote from the celebrated Fast Show character
Drink to perform - a Powerpoint lecture on the ideal amount to drink before going on stage
Dave Allen tells a ghost story - a classic anecdote from the great Irish comedian
My name is Inigo Montoya... - the climactic sword fight from The Princess BrideThe Philosopher's Song - classic Monty Python: the slightly extended version from 'Live at the Hollywood Bowl' and the original TV rendition accompanied by a slideshow of the philosophers mentioned.
I'll show YOU the life of the mind! - John Goodman's shotgun rampage in the nightmarish climax of Barton Fink
Malkovich? Malkovich! - the scene from Being John Malkovich where Malkovich goes inside his own head
The semaphore version of 'Wuthering Heights' - more classic Python
Danny Boy - a remarkably agile Albert Finney sees off would-be assassins in Miller's Crossing
Let me finish, Dmitri - Peter Sellers makes a 'difficult' phone call in Dr Strangelove
Putting on the Ritz - the Monster makes his first public appearance in Young Frankenstein
The Japanese Tradition: sushi shops
The Japanese Tradition: origami
The Japanese Tradition: how to apologise
The Music Channel
10,000 Maniacs - Natalie Merchant and David Byrne sing Let The Mystery Be, Jolene, and Dallas
Insomniac mime - sleepless YouTuber 'Spazz' does a brilliant lip-synch to the 4 Non-Blondes hit What's Up?
Common People - the superb Pulp song given an idiosyncratic rendition by William Shatner and Joe Jackson
Portishead - the lovely Beth Gibbons sings Roads (from the 1997 concert at the Roseland Ballroom, NYC)
Toyota robot - the suspiciously good trumpet-playing robot does a Disney medley (includes links to other examples of its playing too)
Thriller - 1,000 Filipino convicts re-enact Michael Jackson's famous dance video
Diana Darvey - the outrageously sexy cabaret singer (a regular co-star on The Benny Hill Show in the mid-70s) does a multilingual medley
Belly - Tanya Donnelly's great band perform Angel and Gepetto in an early '90s concert on Santa Monica Pier
Liz Phair - the original video for her outrageously catchy, very naughty hit Why Can't I?
Tom Waits - live performance of A Christmas Card From A Hooker In Minneapolis
Blues harmonica legend Charlie Musselwhite and his daughter Layla perform his song In Your Darkest Hour
Suzanne Vega - a live performance of Gypsy
Chet Baker - a montage of photographs of the great jazz trumpeter, accompanied by him playing and singing the classic track Let's Get Lost
The Pogues - the original video for Streams Of Whiskey
Big Cheese & The Jive Rats - performing the Louis Jourdan hit What's The Use Of Getting Sober (When You're Gonna Get Drunk Again)?
The Pogues - original video for A Rainy Night In Soho
Tom Waits/Norah Jones - a fan video accompanying the original Waits version of A Long Way Home, followed by Norah doing her cover of the song live on a French TV show
Xiao He - the oddball genius, luminary of the Beijing music scene doing his inimitable thing at 13 Club
The Yeah Yeah Yeahs - great video for their song Cheated Hearts
The Sport Channel
Ronnie's Rocket - the most famous goal in FA Cup history (and I was there)
His Left Foot - a corker of a goal from the 'sweet left peg' of Kevin Sheedy, a sublime midfielder who, as a teenager, played for my local side, Hereford Utd