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Electric performances – unplugged?

We’ve been discussing press photographs in the Open Ear office today and we were all amused at the stereotype of electric guitar players standing in impossible places – on top of a mountain being the clichéd pinnacle. This brought us on to music videos and that strange habit from the late 80s of having bands play in unlikely or impossible places.

We’ve gathered together a collection below. Can you recommend any newer offerings?

 

Slash’s ‘November Rain’ guitar solo outside a church, in the desert…

 

Here’s the Jesus and Mary Chain playing ‘You Trip Me Up’. We love that Jim and William Reid are filmed strumming away making that noise, on a beach with no power in sight, but Bobby Gillespie playing more than a tambourine was obviously thought silly. We will admit, this might have been a musical rather than visual choice as Bobby’s ability was always up for debate…

 

Here’s The La’s playing in what we assume to be a dry dock…

Finally, here’s a video of The Cure playing ‘Pictures of You’ complete with palm trees, wind, and snow as a background. To be fair to them, we suspect they did at least have a generator as there’s quite a lot of lighting that had to come from somewhere.

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