I enjoy watching music videos on television, and occasionally taking time out to reflect on how they have evolved over the past thirty years with changing technology.
The very first video I ever saw was brunette-turned-blonde Deborah Harry in the early eighties miming and sexily sauntering her way along the street behind a truck-mounted camera. The vision was apparently more memorable than the song, the title of which I have long forgotten.
Few men of my generation will forget Robert Palmer’s “Simply Irresistible” with his entourage of identically dressed chicks disinterestedly shuffling and wiggling their minor assets, Salt n Pepa with “Push it” vigorously pushing and heaving all of their much more substantial assets in ways I had never previously thought possible, Billy Joel pumping out “We didn’t start the Fire” to a mesmerising backdrop of historical newsreel footage, or Cher, dressed in almost nothing, nasally “Turning back time” whilst straddling an enormous gun barrel on a U.S. navy vessel. I, for one, will admit to never paying much attention to the lyrics.
Computer technology has changed forever the way music videos are created.
Mike is an occasional commenter on this blog and friend of mine in real life. He is a gifted computer programmer and technician, musician, and photographer, who is very generous when it comes to sharing his knowledge with those of us who know little about these subjects.
For many months now, Mike has been spending his spare time, often late into the night, compiling the following video clip to post on Youtube.
Distant Minds is not your ordinary band.
You see, Mike fronts the band whose other members come from the United States, Costa Rica, Mexico and Brazil.
They discovered their common interest on an internet forum and none of them has ever met any other band member in person.
They all share a love of Pink Floyd music so each one sent Mike a video of themselves playing their particular instrument’s part of the song “Comfortably Numb”.
I have no idea how he managed to electronically stitch everything together to produce such a seamless and professional video clip, but the final product is a credit to him and the other members of Distant Minds.
I wish them well.
This is a short trailer showing snippets of the original contributions from band members, and the following is the completed project.