August Video Challenge: Def Leppard, Pour Some Sugar On Me

From Hysteria, which turned 25 (!) yesterday.

I went to see Def Leppard live a couple of weeks ago – they were headlining, Poison and Lita Ford were also on the bill, and it was my last show before the bar exam ate my face – and honestly, you guys, hearing this one live was thrilling.

I have pictures to share later, but for right now, here’s Def Leppard, c. 1987:

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July Video Challenge: Tracy Chapman, Fast Car and Telling Stories

I went looking for the video for Tracy Chapman‘s Fast Car on YouTube, and to my deep dismay, the original, official one was not there, and nor was it at any of her official sites. A brief rattling of the Intertubes turned it up at an alternate location, but still, it was much like going to the bookshelf and finding a familiar, well-loved volume has vanished, leaving an empty space behind.

So here it is:

Tracy Chapman – Fast Car (Official Music Video)Tracy Chapman

And, as a bonus, here she is in 2009, with Telling Stories:

Tracy Chapman – Telling Stories (Official Music Video)Tracy Chapman

Finally, on a related note, MTV turns 30 tomorrow, and there’s an interesting interview on the subject with original VJ Mark Goodman at Gothamist.

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