Pat Benatar – We Belong

I’d like to say I was fast asleep when I was woken up by the sound of thunder, but that would be a flat out lie. I was actually binge-watching Iron Fist (‘cuz I heard Netflix was going to be pulling it, along with a handful of other shows, which is why I decided to watch it, while I still had the chance). I have no problem going in to work and still being quite productive, despite having little to no sleep, because as I’ve mentioned before on this blog, I don’t sleep. Anyways, I’m not even sure why I hadn’t watched Iron First until now. Come to think of it, I’m pretty sure it’s because of how much I hated Jessica Jones, which turned me off Luke Cage and all the rest, including Iron Fist. In any case, I’m actually really liking Iron Fist… so far (in the interest of full disclosure, I liked the first season of Arrow too, when it first came out, but stopped watching once it got all weird).

Back to the song. Well, it relates to the weather, earlier, which was… terrifying! I’ve never in my entire life ever heard thunder that was this loud before! Heck, even the lightning seemed too close for comfort (it was doing the whole twisty tree-branch thing – aka lightning bolt/strike lol – over Kuwait City). For whatever reason, every time I hear super scary thunder, it makes me think of a scene from the movie Red Sonja that had booming thunder. I don’t remember the movie at all (‘cuz I saw it when I was a kid), but for whatever reason, the thunder in that movie really sticks out. I actually wanted to title this post Red Sonja but didn’t want to mislead anyone into thinking this was a review of that movie, hence the song (Pat Benatar, Red Sonja, same thing, right? ok, fine. I was tryin to be cute ‘cuz the lyrics reference thunder and also as an 80’s baby, I have an appreciation for a side of cheese with my breakfast, ok?)

Oh, seems like it’s back for Round 2 (I just heard a lone rumble). To be this old and still this terrified of what’s essentially just an extremely loud noise, is just embarrassing lol I’d totally ditch work today, except I’m ditching work on Wednesday for a lunch-date at the Chalet and then another gathering in the evening at the City, so I can’t ditch work twice in the same week (it’s not in good form). Anyways, Guten Morgen!

5 Seconds Of Summer – Youngblood

My latest obsession! It’s the reason why I’ve dug out my Black Cowboy Boots and have practically been living in my Black Leather Motorcycle Jackets, for the past few weeks! I actually heard the song somewhere several months ago, but never watched the music video only until October. Three months later, I still can’t get enough of the music video! I’ll play the song at barbecues, at gatherings, at family get-togethers, in my car (non-stop), in the shower… basically, everywhere! There’s another version that actually includes the members of 5 Seconds of Summer, but I much prefer this one (for obvious reasons). Also, every time I watch it, I notice something new each time! Be it on your phone or computer, if you’re going to watch this, please watch it in full-screen mode. Surprisingly, not many people I know actually understood the concept (I guess I need smarter friends lawl).

The Japanese Rockabilly culture is that of a renaissance, with a beautiful flare of passion for everything old and new

If you know a little bit about Japan, you might be familiar with all the many, many, many sub-cultures (that have sub-divisions within sub-divisions for example, Lolita > Gothic Lolita > Sweet Lolita > Wa Lolita). Just to name a few, you’ve got Bosozoku (motorcycle) and Hashiriya (car) who are fond of illegally modified vehicles and street racing, Dekotora (decorated trucks) who are truckers that deck out their trucks to the nines (I’m talking next level with neon lights and actual murals), Decora (born from the street-fashion coffee-table book called “Fruits” which I loved as a kid and even referenced here) that consists of sporting an insane amount of kawaii accessories and bright colors, Mori Kei (Forest Girl) where the objective is to look like you live in a forest or at least just stepped out of one, Visual Kei (which encompasses a wide variety of genres in Music and Fashion and even Anime) that can look 80’s and androgynous and “glam”, Rockabilly (think 1950’s Americana complete with perfectly coiffed Pompadours and Black Leather Motorcycle Jackets) and finally Cosplay (inspired by Anime + Manga + Videogames) which is commonly reserved for events. There are many, many, many more, but I just decided to list a few of them (in no particular order) otherwise this post would be endless.

So the music video features Japanese Rockabilly Culture and stars ‘Johnny’ Daigo Yamashita (you can follow him on Instagram, here) and Misaki Aono (you can follow her on Instagram, here). The story is romantic and so sweet! The visuals are absolutely charming! The lyrics are quite sad, whereas the music is actually upbeat! Even the word Youngblood (the title of the song) takes on a different meaning! I just love the whole thing!

It fits in perfectly with my current most favorite motto of life “Memento Mori” (remember that you will die”)! I’m seriously considering getting it tattooed somewhere anywhere on my body. My obsession with the phrase has even rekindled my interest in collecting skull-related paraphernalia. Heck, I even just purchased a KD 116 scent, because of it (also because the scent was drop-dead gorgeous heehee), but more on that in another post. Not to start the new year on an ominous note, but “The point of this reminder isn’t to be morbid or promote fear, but to inspire, motivate and clarify” and on that note, Happy New Year!

Tinashe – Stuck With Me ft. Little Dragon

I’m a train-wreck, I’m a car crash” lol ME!

I’ve never heard of Tinashe before, but after randomly stumbling on this specific song on YouTube, I’m pretty much obsessed with her! She’s got a handful of other fun songs as well, but this one is my current favorite! I’ve been listening to it non-stop (in my car and everyone else’s car for that matter, on my phone when I’m out running errands, in the shower, anywhere and everywhere really) for the past 2-3 months now! Since the first verse literally says “For the weekend“, I thought I’d share this with you guys during the weekend, so here ya’ go! Enjoy, and as always, hope you have a lovely weekend!

GUNSHIP – Dark All Day (feat. Tim Cappello and Indiana)

Yet another random discovery on YouTube, this is such a cool song with such an awesome music video (with so many references) to accompany it! I’m not even that big of a sax fan, but Tim slays it (literally lawl)! This song is too good! I kinda’ wanna’ include all the references, but that’ll take the fun out of it for you guys. I don’t wanna’ give anything away, but I will say though, that Ryu is killin’ it on the drums haha See how many you can spot.

Honestly? Best Music Video of 2018!!!! That’s how it’s done, people.

Miami Nights 1984 – Ocean Drive

Did this world really exists? This 80’s flashy pink synth Miami Vice centered world? With people with white suits, sunglasses, full blasting this music in Ferrari testarossa on a highway in the middle of the ocean?
Did any of this exist? I want to believe it did…

So I’ve kinda’ been on an 80’s music kick recently and accidentally stumbled upon Synthwave and I’ve become absolutely obsessed ever since! If you don’t know what Synthwave is, basically it’s “a genre of electronic music influenced by 1980s film soundtracks and video games“. It’s meant to sound like 80’s music, only better! Think along the lines of the Stranger Things soundtrack.

As the way it usually goes with YouTube, I was actually watching something (Crockett’s Theme from the Miami Vice Soundtrack) and one thing led to another, and before I knew it, I found myself going down the rabbit-hole… which is how I stumbled upon Synthwave. One song in particular has gotten me hooked! I’ve been listening to it nonstop for about a week now! It’s called Ocean Drive and it’s by Miami Nights 1984. They’ve got a bunch of other really awesome songs, but this one is hands down my favorite, out of the entire genre even! The scenes are actually taken from an Anime called Golgo 13, and as a fan of most Anime, I think this fits in quite seamlessly with the music!

As for the music, man oh man, is it something else! It just gets better and better with every listen! If I could, I would love to live in this song! Ocean Drive has single-handedly rekindled my affection for all things 80’s! In fact, Ocean Drive is the sole reason why my current mission in life is to somehow acquire a Ferrari Testarossa! My first choice was actually a DeLorean, except those are notoriously bad, so Testarossa it is (time to start saving up)!

If like me, 3 mins just doesn’t cut it for you, here’s the 1-hour-long extended version. I can already see myself blasting Miami Nights 1984 – Ocean Drive while driving my Testarossa sea-side in Kuwait at sunset!

Sick guitar improv! Adds a whole new dimension to an already ridiculously awesome song!

I hope you get as much enjoyment out of Miami Nights 1984 – Ocean Drive as I did!