Archive | September 29, 2019

Tunes Across Time

Tonight I’m looking forward to seeing and hearing Postmodern Jukebox play at Auburn’s new Performing Arts Center.

For those unfamiliar, Postmodern Jukebox’s schtick is to perform pop songs from one era in the style of some previous era and/or different genre – which is something I’m a sucker for.

Given the group’s vast rotating inventory of material and ensemble of performers, there’s no way to know ahead of time which specific songs or singers to expect tonight; but here are some samples of the kinds of thing they do:

SciFi SongFest, Songs 221-223

Three Kafkaesque nightmares:

221. Pink Floyd. “The Trial” (1979):

The visuals are from the 1982 movie The Wall:

222. Leslie Fish, “The Paper Sea” (1989):

223. Yes, “Owner of a Lonely Heart” (1983):

This one I chose not for its lyrics, but for the accompanying video, which looks like someone crossed Kafka’s The Trial with The Matrix, despite airing 16 years before the latter. (Indeed, I strongly suspect that this video influenced The Matrix.)

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