June 04, 2004
The Video that Never Was: Beatles' "Come Together" 

This is a really cool use of computer technology: Melon sets the Beatles' "Come Together" to flashy-but-simple psychedelic perpetually-shifting animated images of John, Paul, George and Ringo [.swf animation, high-speed connection recommended]...somehow it seems just perfect for the song. Where else can you see the Fab Four spinning in giant teacups, swinging in unison and riding go-karts? [via kaliber 10k] Coincidentally, in today's Bleat Lileks mentions the first computer-animated video, Dire Straits' "Money for Nothing":
At the video store, Gnat wanted, and got, one of the horrid “Hello Kitty” DVDs. "This it?" the clerk asked.

"That's it. One action-packed, thrill-a-minute Hello Kitty DVD," I said.

"Oh it can't be that bad," he said.

"Oh it's worse. It's all weirdly dubbed, and the English language story lines are grafted onto completely different plots. And there's this animation that was made on a 486."

He grinned. "Hey, old school. Takes you back."

"Yeah. To the 'Money for Nothing' video." The kid gave me a blank look. Oh, right. "It was the first big computer-animated video. Dire Straits, 1985. Polygons and primary colors; we thought it was the coolest thing. Had these two guys, a fat one and a skinny one, moving appliances and talking about MTV. And there was a dog at the end and Sting at the start."

He gave me an apologetic smile. "Eighty five I was three."

"I'm going to be four on my birfday next July," Gnat piped up.

And the river rolls on.

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June 04, 2004
The Video that Never Was: Beatles' "Come Together" by Lenka Reznicek



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