Articles by Jim Connelly

Jim Connelly has been eye-deep in media of all kinds ever since he can remember, and probably prior to that. Over the past quarter-century he has worked in the radio, film, music, and internet industries, and has been writing about popular culture and technology the entire time. Prior to co-founding Medialoper, Jim's work appeared both online and off in publications such as Wired, The Village Voice, Neumu and Websight Magazine . . . Jim at Facebook . . . Jim on Twitter . . .

Certain Songs #201: The Church – “One Day”

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Album: Seance.
Year: 1983.

Normally, following an up album as uptempo as The Blurred Crusade with a record as slow and atmospheric as Seance would trigger off huge warning bells for me, but as it turns out, 1983’s Seance is my favorite album by The Church, full of long slow dreamy make-out songs with big echoing drums and soaring guitar solos.
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Certain Songs #200: The Church – “Just For You”

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Album: The Blurred Crusade
Year: 1982

I love the opening of “Just For You.” It’s just somebody noodling on an acoustic guitar, when suddenly there’s a knock at the door, and someone — let’s assume it’s Steve Kilbey — goes to answer the door, and you know who’s there?

It’s the song!! Which comes flooding through the door and into your speakers in all of its gorgeous folk-rock glory.

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Certain Songs #199: The Church – “The Unguarded Moment”

OfskinsandheartsAlbum: Of Skins and Heart.
Year: 1981.

In a weird way, it was minor miracle that three of the 1980s jangly-guitar bands all started at around the same time on three entirely different continents. I’m talking of course, about The Smiths, R.E.M. and The Church. 

If you’ll allow me to get theoretical for a moment (and tough if you won’t, cos I’m gonna), while all three bands were definitely musically related, they all took their influences into completely different directions.  R.E.M. initially went the direction of folk-rock; The Smiths towards Brit-pop, while The Church – who had two great guitarists as opposed to one world-changing guitar player – went deep into psychedelia.

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Certain Songs #198: Chuck Prophet – “The Left Hand And The Right Hand”

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Album: Temple Beautiful.

Year: 2012.

For over thirty years now, the one of the best ways to discover new music that I know I’m going to love isn’t via magazine or internet or radio, it’s via Tim or Kirk. Even when we were all living in different cities in the 80s & 90s, there were very few phone calls or letters that didn’t have some discussion of what we were listening to.  

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How I Got Thrown Out of The Late Show With David Letterman

late-show The first thing you need to understand is I didn’t mean to get thrown out of The Late Show With David Letterman.

Why would I? For much of the 1980s, his NBC show was my absolute and utter favorite thing in all of the pop culture world. I loved that show more than R.E.M. or The Replacements or Bloom County or This is Spinal Tap. I loved Dave more than Raising Arizona or Lord of The Rings or Bob Dylan.
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