Friday, November 28, 2008

Music video: Sam Phillips "I Need Love"

Sam Phillips used to perform under the name Leslie Phillips, and was a not-terribly-prominent Christian musician there for a while in the mid-1980s. Wikiposedly, at least one factor in her leaving the Christian label Myrrh and striking out on her own was Myrrh's stubborn insistence on promoting her as "the Christian Cyndi Lauper," despite the fact that Phillips, you know, didn't think she was the Christian Cyndi Lauper, or any other kind of Cyndi Lauper for that matter. Which tells you everything you need to know about the situation right there, and also tells you quite a bit about Myrrh as a company and the Christian music industry in the mid- and late 1980s.

Although I listened exclusively to Christian rock music, by parental edict, until late in high school (and was in fact traumatized by Toni Basil's "Mickey" when I was in third grade -- which is both funny and not), and sort of knew of Leslie Phillips, I never cared about her music one way or the other. At some point in what would have had to have been my junior year of college, I saw this video, one time, liked it, remembered it, and sought out the CD. Only some time later did I find out that Sam Phillips and Leslie Phillips were the same person.

This is actually not the best song on the album Martinis and Bikinis, but the video for "Baby I Can't Please You" (a song about her relationship with Myrrh and the Christian music industry in general, oh-so-cleverly disguised as a breakup song) isn't embeddable. If you liked this, check that one out too.


It looks like the music video thing, however irrelevant to houseplants, is going to be a recurring feature. It'll always be extra, though, never instead of plant content, so those of you who are here for the plants can skip on past them. The videos may not be terribly frequent, anyway, as most of the videos I want to post turn out not to be embeddable.

1 comment:

Unknown said...

What is the best one? Is the best one "Wheel of the Broken Voice"?

I think that might be the best one.