Today’s Sparkle Video is something I like to call, “Off Da Chain!”, featuring The Commodores. Yes Soldiers, The Commodores, who even though their outfits have always sparkled madly, are mostly known for their sweet and sometimes tear-jerking ballads like “Three Times A Lady”, “Sail On” and “Lady”. However, there was a time long before the pop charts when they were full of funk, and as witnessed by this clip from a fabulously stage-lit Soul Train, that they were outright “trippin’-on-acid-y” . This instrumental performance of “Machine Gun” is two minutes and 36 seconds of heaven, watching the guys get down in their blue bedazzled jumpsuits accented with fluttering white feathers and magically lit with glorious star filters. The whole thing makes me wish I could jump in a time machine and head over to the studio so I could bug-out on the dance floor and, if I’m extra lucky, maybe even get in on a line dance!
According to his website, artist Gustav Troger aka Mirrorman, is a living sculpture and who’s mission is for “people to question reality by looking at him and seeing themselves instead”. His amazing suit is made from hundreds of mirror pieces that are attached in layers instead of glued flatly down on the fabric. This allows for greater flexibility in movement and a smashing “theme track” when he walks. He’s also created a dazzling Mirrorcar with the same geometric-style cuts of glass, which must be quite a spectacular sight when he’s driving it! I think what I love most about his suit is that it’s the closest any human has ever come to achieving “invisibility” and for that- he is APPROVED!
Now all he needs is some lasers!
A hearty apology for getting today’s Sparkle Video posted so late. Due to an emergency, I got a bit sidetracked as one can. However, as always, I have promised to never, ever let a sparkling Friday go by without a dazzling clip! So here we have the luminous Miss Kate and Miss Cindy from one of my all-time favorite groups, The B-52’s in various assortments of glitter and sequins, shaking and grooving in a way that always makes me smile. I hope it does for you too!
Today’s Sparkle Video is a bit of a departure from our usual favorites, rock n’ roll and disco. It’s a funky soul groove featuring that masked superhero of sexually explicit music, Blowfly. “Shake Your Ass” features Mr. Fly, aka Clarence Reid, in various scenarios urging people to “get on up” and dance. As always, he’s dressed in his trademark shimmering gold outfit, undercover mask and required fabulous cape- all accented by glorious sparking sequins. I’ve seen him perform live a couple of times and he never disappoints in both sparkle and shock factors. In fact, this is the only clip I could have chosen for today because all of the others are triple X-rated! You’ll have to look those up on your own Soldiers, ’cause Da General likes to keep it squeaky clean around here… sort of.
Today’s Sparkle Video is a continuing celebration of the fabulous 80’s and each member of this group represents visual details of this decade that was so fun and exciting. Asymmetrical hairstyles, baggy pants and Keytars for boys and belted over-sized blouses on top of leggings accented by mismatched fingerless gloves and a multitude of bracelets for the girls. These elements plus a good steady dance beat make Lian Ross’s “Fantasy” more than a just time capsule – it’s the totally 80’s package!