Posts Tagged ‘Music’

Thierry Mugler fashion show: imagination and fun music

 

This show famously had an insect theme.

 

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Why is this offensive to feminists?

I have posted another copy of this recently. Here is one that should be viewable:

I assume that this has upset feminists. I cannot be bothered going to check on their latest tantrum, if that is the case. But I thought it would be worthwhile to dissect why this video would probably drive them to distraction.

I would say it would upset feminists because a) it reminds them that women did not write the great classical music, b) it reminds them that women’s greatest contribution to culture will always be their own clothed (or unclothed) bodies, c) it reminds them that men find slim, nubile women the most appealing and, I suspect too, d) there is a subtle reminder that air blowers, like nearly everything else, were invented by men.

So, it’s a kind of multiple whammy and bound to drive feminists nuts. (More nuts.)

 

Air on a G string

 

If that won’t open, try this one:

http://www.olafvangerwen.com/home/concertgebouw_-_air_on_a_g-string/

Background on Claire Atkinson

I have commented a number of times on this lovely video from 1984, especially on the handsome couple running on the beach throughout.

http://videos.sapo.pt/675lhRdajpbH07Ebg7PC

A still from the music video:

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I once described it as practically a nature film showing the early stages of human courtship, with the physical flirting. I did remark though that it must have been acted of course. But I have since discovered that the couple (Charlie Haugk and Claire Atkinson) were in fact lovers at the time. So, it probably showed genuine affection.

(In the context of the music video, I suspect the couple are meant to look like young adults. Perhaps a young married couple. In real life, Charlie Haugk was 31 when this music video was made. I can’t find a date-of-birth for Claire, but since she began modelling in about 1981 with a top agency, I suspect she would have been about 24 or 25 in the music video.)

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Here is what a girl who knew Claire wrote to me (I have edited it and annotated it slightly, in particular to make her comments anonymous – I shall call her V):

V: “Dear Julian, Claire and I became friends in 1974 at Santa Monica High School. Her family moved there from where I am not sure. Her mom was married to Chuck Griffith [Charles B. Griffith]. He was a screen writer for movies such as Eat My Dust … Her sister is an artist somewhere in UK. Claire lost her stepfather’s name when she started modelling. After high school she went to England and her Nana put her in modelling school … We sat on the beach at summer time and pored over fashion mags. Her fav being Janice Dickinson, which is funny because she later dated Janice’s ex-boyfriend [That is, Charlie Haugk, see here] and lived with him. He was a model as well. He had a bit part in the movie Road House [Actually, I think that’s wrong. That was a different actor, called Charlie Hawke. But Charlie Haugk, the one who was with Claire for a while, did appear in some movies.] He [Charlie Haugk] is the one in the Boys of Summer video.

Me: “That’s very interesting. Thanks. When you have time, perhaps you can tell me more. Are you saying that Charlie Haugk was Claire’s boyfriend?”

V: “Yes. He is the guy in the vid. Last time I saw her they were not together. She was with an Italian dude. This was in 1993 or so [when] she was in Santa Monica for some reason … She was so different from the surfer chicks I grew up with. When she first got to SaMo High someone told me I had to meet her. I was a bit of a different bird as well. She had bangles for days and a toe ring. After we became friends we were together all the time. I would go to her house before school and help her dress. I was her dresser. Her room was OCD to the max … Her hair was the pits … she would tell people when they asked how long she had been in the US, she would say 18 months … Hell I knew her for well over 18 months. She was very well read and did well in school. She stood out because of her height. [She is reportedly 5 foot 10 inches tall.] After she started modelling I stayed in the US and became a hairdresser. It was our plan to have me do her hair and make up when she went to the UK but it was not to be … Got to go. Have you ever met Claire?”

Me: “No. I just liked her in that music video. She is my type. My wife looked a bit like her and we honeymooned by the beach about the time of that music video. Did she keep her hair short because it was hard to manage? Would you mind if I put some of your replies on my blog if I don’t use your name?”

V: “sure use any thing u like”

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Claire Atkinson on the runway:

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Videos of my favourite model, Nadège du Bospertus

Of course there are videos. It only just occurred to me. Gorgeous girl. She got a bit stringy as she aged. But when she was in her prime, she was lovely.

One of the videos describes her as French/Greek, but some sources mention her connection with the island of Réunion. From Italian Wikipedia (translated):

“Nadège Dubospertus was born in Montfermeil, France, and inherits amber skin and exotic features from her mother, originally from the island of La Réunion .”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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She seems to have been modest enough not to do any nudes. This is the closest.

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As I have remarked before, she stood out because she smiled more than most of the “supermodels” of the time.

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“Women in Uniform” by Skyhooks

Two famous Australian bands were formed in 1973. One was AC/DC. The other, less durable, but still very influential band, Skyhooks released this song in 1978.

Claire Atkinson

I am trying to follow up on a contact I have now who knew the model Claire Atkinson in high school in California. I wonder if a sojourn in California might explain why an English girl ended up in a famous music video set in California.

The music video (“The Boys of Summer”) keeps coming and going off the Internet. This copy is the crispest version that is – currently – available:

http://videos.sapo.pt/675lhRdajpbH07Ebg7PC

Claire is the brunette running on the beach: a delicious example of “running like a girl”.

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Same song with a video I haven’t seen before:

http://videos.sapo.pt/Sb8f5GZkZLEW0TcFUZzD?ap=from_auto