User Archived Content

From my occasional series of ‘here’s something from the musical archives that’s pretty cool’ posts.

I love the fact that YouTube allows for the sharing of this kind of content. It’s probably not strictly ‘legal’. And it’s not strictly user-generated either, more sort of user-archived. But I think we shouldn’t underestimate the massive power of user-archives.

I started to think about how many VHS (or Betamax) cassettes there must be in lofts, attics and cupboards around the world. And what hidden gems must be on those tapes. Gradually fading away as bits of magnetic stuff lose their strength. It’s kind of sad really. But thanks to YouTube it can all live again. And find its way into the brains of people who care. Which is the opposite of sad.

Anyway, back to the clip. Donna Summer’s ‘State of Independence’ has got a really well known bit in it featuring a choir. But I had no idea who was in the Choir, I’d never thought twice about it. But this clip shows it’s probably the Carlsberg of choirs:

Via awesome MP3 blog: Dilated Choonz

3 thoughts on “User Archived Content”

  1. Oh. My. God.

    Quincy Jones really has it going on. Need that on 12 now!

    I wonder if we’re not due a YouTube for music though. I know that was kind of Napster/kazaa etc, but that was totally decentralised. Surely someone can get over the copyright problems. Imagine being able to go online and find a mix of Egi BamYasi at Pure?

    I found (and I don’t know if this was your kind of place – probably not) an old Chocolate City tape the other day, clearing out the flat ready to move south. And I thought – these were really hot property when I was in the first year of Uni. It would be great to have a place to share that stuff with friends / other cheesy quavers.

    Anyway, thanks for the uplifting choon!

  2. I’m with Peter. ohmigod. I had no idea. The number of times I’ve been dancing/snogging to this tune and never knew…

  3. AMAZING – thanks Ian, I love this track. Great clip – beats the ‘Band Aid’ video hands down!

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