I Make Television - The Video Mixes

I Make Television – The Video Mixes


While I find people leaving the TV on when I visit to be as socially appropriate as streaming pornography, I do see the advantages. Beyond basking in the numbing ambience of lights and colors, the presence of video can be a handy way to stimulate new conversations or a polite way to endure uninteresting ones. On the downside, television can also be the media equivalent to asbestos in its ability to contaminate a room. As a socially viable alternative, this selection of sex, drugs, and rock n‘ roll is just the sort of disjointed fare that what would dominate the airwaves if I made television.

MTV Debut Broadcast – August 1, 1981. 12:01AM
Buggles – Video Killed the Radio Star
Art of Noise feat. Max Headroom – Paranoimia
The Monitors (1969) – Opening Credits
Kraftwerk – Radioactivity
La Bionda – I Wanna Be Your Lover
Adam and Joe – 80’s House
Friday Night Videos Promo
Beats International – Dub Be Good To Me
Fischerspooner – The 15th
Wire – Heartbeats (Live)
The Armando Ianucci Show – Village Sniper
Apple 1984 Commercial (dir. Ridley Scott)
Portishead – Only You
Chris Cunningham – Flex
How To Dress Well – Suicide Dream 2
Pee Wee Herman Crack PSA
DAZ∃D GAZE >>> M▲INLINE (Christiane F Tribute)
Clint Eastwood Crack PSA
Huey Lewis & the News – I Want a New Drug
Bruce Willis Crack PSA
Brass Eye –The Shaftsbury Jam Company
Intermission – Let’s All Go to the Lobby
Sesame Street – Number 12 Pinball Animation
An Important Mr. Belvedere
Add (N) to X – Plug Me In
Matthew Dear Abstraction
M Interlude
Mario Zoots – Rhythm is Rhythm
Julee Cruise – A World of Blue (Fire Walk With Me)
Antony and the Johnsons – Hope There’s Someone
Lou Reed feat. Antony – Candy Says
Speak the Hungarian Rapper – Stop the War



The second installment in my reinterpretation of music television is another attempt to fill a void left by the evolution from the coaxial experience to the online sources that replaced it. As empowered as we are by instant access to infinate contect, with it we lost the priviledge to leave videos running in the background. It’s the difference between going to a buffet verses a regular restaurant. I don’t doubt that there’s an advantage to serving yourself prime rib, fish fingers, and out of season watermelon all in one sitting, but I wouldn’t trade it for the opportunity to have someone skilled at putting food together bring me a plate. To that end, volume two of the series is a pastiche of technology and fashion, sexuality and nostalgia, like how MTV would be if I Made Television.



Following up on last year’s audio mix, this April Fool’s Day I thought it was time for something completely different. This video version contains an hour and a half of sketch, stand-up and television comedy. Because we all look better when we’re laughing.

The Bible and Gun Club – Opening Scene
Pineapple Express – Opening Scene
Funny or Die – Ladyrefs (First Episode)
30 Rock – Aaron Sorkin Cameo
Parks and Recreation – Season 2 Opener
Funny or Die – Ladyrefs (Last Episode)
Election – Excerpt
Fido Dido 7-Up Commercial
Tim and Eric Season Cinco Commercial
Tim and Eric Awesome Show – Gravy Robbers
Tim and Eric Awesome Show – Pepperoni (Excerpt)
Tim and Eric Awesome Show – (For Your Health, Wine)
Punch Drunk Love – Mattress Man Commercial
Onion News – Iron Man Trailer Adapted Into Feature Film
McDLT Commercial feat. Jason Alexander
Saturday Night Live – Schmitt’s Gay Commercial
Saturday Night Live – Sprockets feat Kyle McLaughlin
Saturday Night Live – Male Synchronized Swimmers
Saturday Night Live – Eddie Murphy Undercover
Bowfinger – Excerpt
The Jerk – Excerpt
Hi Mom! Trailer
How They Get There – Spike Jonze Short
Four Lions – Excerpt
BBC Terrorism Awards
The Day Today – Gay Desk
The Day Today – Motivational Speaker
The Day Today – Sports with Alan Partridge
I’m Alan Partridge – Excerpt
Armando Ianucci Show – Hello Hugh
Time Trumpet – Eastenders Special Effects
The Mitchell and Webb Look – Doctor and Ice Cream Maker
Peep Show – Excerpt
Brass Eye – Special – Closing Number
Little Gordon Commercial
Frankie Boyle Best Man Sketch
Little Gordon Commercial
News – Bjork Attacks Reporter
Comedy Central Roast (Various Zingers)
Sarah Silverman – Jesus is Magic (Excerpt)
Larry Sanders – Final Episode – Jim Carrey Segment
Team America – Everyone Has AIDS



Dating back to the silent era when music was the only audio component to the cinema experience, save the din of depression era gossip, music has remained as important an attribute of film as butter has to popcorn. The following is what I consider to be among the best uses of music in film.
Chapter One: The Sixties and Seventies


George Gershwin – Rhapsody In Blue (Manhattan)
Machine – There But For the Grace of God (Summer of Sam)
Bee Gees – Night Fever (Saturday Night Fever)
Rolling Stones – Jumping Jack Flash (Mean Streets)
Mick Jagger – Memo From Turner (Performance)
Jimmy Hendrix – Voodoo Child (Withnail & I)
Love – Red Telephone (Taking Woodstock)
The Doors – This Is The End (Apocalypse Now)
Simon & Garfunkel – Sounds of Silence/ April Comes (The Graduate)

Chapter Two – Youth Angst


Zapp and Roger – More Bounce (La Haine)
Curtis Mayfield – Billy Jack (Electroma)
Tears For Fears – Head Over Heals (Donnie Darko)
The Creation – Making Time (Rushmore)
Arnold McCuller – Nowhere To Run (The Warriors)
Sharon Green, Lisa Counts & Debbie D – Us Girls (Beat Street)
LL Cool J – Radio (Krush Groove)
Karla DeVito – We Are Not Alone (The Breakfast Club)
Peter Gabriel – In Your Eyes (Say Anything)
Prince – Computer Blue/ Darling Nicki (Purple Rain)
Irene Cara – What a Feeling (Flashdance)
Chapter Three – Love and Happiness


Flight of the Bumblebee – (Clockwork Orange)
Nicolas Cage – Love Me (Wild at Heart)
Sylvia & Mickey – Love is Strange (Badlands)
Guitar Break – (Eagle and Shark)
Instrumental Excerpt – (All the Real Girls)
Ray Charles – Mess Around (Planes Trains and Automobiles)
Steve Martin & Bernadette Peters – Tonight You Belong To Me (The Jerk)
Cole Porter/ Christopher Walken – Let’s Misbehave (Pennies From Heaven)
Shelly Duvall – He Needs Me (Popeye)
Shelly Duvall – He Needs Me (Punch Drunk Love)
Goldie Hawn & Woody Allen – I’m Thru With Love (Everybody Says I Love You)
Marilyn Monroe – Diamonds are a Girls Best Friend (Gentlemen Prefer Blondes)
Chapter Four – Loneliness and Despair


Kim Jong Il – I’m So Lonely (Team America)
Elliot Smith – Needle In the Hay (Royal Tennenbaums)
Aimee Mann – Wise Up (Magnolia)
The Mamas and the Papas – Dedicated to the One I Love (Morvern Callier)
Roy Orbison – In Dreams (Blue Velvet)
Taral Hicks – Sax, Cantor, Riff (Subway Stories)
Terrance Blanchard & Brandford Marsalis – Mo Better Blues (Mo Better Blues)
Dooley Wilson – As Time Goes By (Casablanca)
Pearl’s Song (Night of the Hunter)
Pete Seeger – Guantanamera (Last Night)
Vera Lynn – We’ll Meet Again (Dr. Strangelove)
Judy Garland – Somewhere Over the Rainbow (The Wizard of Oz)


Prince – Let’s Go Crazy – Film Edit (Purple Rain)
The Time – Jungle Love (Purple Rain)
Appolonia 6 – Sex Shooter – Rehearsal (Purple Rain)
Big Fun –

      Teenage Suicide (Heathers)

Gleaming Spires –
      Are You Ready For the Sex Girls? (Revenge of the Nerds)

Simple Minds – Don’t You Forget About Me (Breakfast Club)
Echo and the Bunnymen – The Killing Moon (Donnie Darko)
Mick Smiley –
      Magic (Ghostbusters)

Ice T –
      Colors (Colors)

Fat Boys – Fat Boys (Krush Groove)
Public Enemy – Fight the Power (Do the Right Thing)
Marvin Gaye – Trouble Man (Trouble Man)
Willie Hutch – Brother’s Gonna Work It Out (The Mack)
Holger Czukay – Fragrance (Morvern Callar)
Unknown Artist – She’s Got To Have It (Deep Throat)
Mello – Take Me Higher (CQ)
The Beatles – You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away (Help!)
The Kinks – Nothing In This World (Rushmore)
High Numbers – I’m the Face (Quadrophenia)
Muddy Waters – Mannish Boy (Goodfellas)
Jimi Hendrix Experience –
      If Six Were Nine (Easy Rider)

Ry Cooder feat. Mick Jagger –
      Memo From Turner (Performance)

John Hiatt –
      Spy Boy (Cruisin’)

Tangerine Dream –
      Guido the Killer Pimp (Risky Business)

Neil Young feat Bill Murray – Ode to Wild Bill (Where the Buffalo Roam)
America, Fuck Yeah – Bummer Mix (Team America)
The Kalikak Family – Top Gun
Berlin – Take My Breath Away (Top Gun)
John Carpenter – He’s Still Alive (Escape From New York)
Daft Punk – The Grid (Tron Legacy)
Mark Mothersbaugh – Ping Island (Royal Tennenbaums)
J Spaceman feat. Diego Luna – Michael’s Opening (Mister Lonely)
Kermit the Frog – Rainbow Connection (The Muppet Movie)
Sigur Ros – Staralfur (Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou)
Max Richter – On the Nature of Daylight (Stranger than Fiction)
Jon Brion –He Really Needs Me (Punch Drunk Love)
Dooley Wilson – As Time Goes By (Casablanca)
Gene Kelly – Singing in the Rain (Singing in the Rain)
George Gershwin – He Love and She Loves (Manhattan)
The Bee Gees – How Deep Is Your Love (Saturday Night Fever)
Spandau Ballet – True (Sixteen Candles)
Elton John –
      Tiny Dancer (Almost Famous)

David Foster – Love Theme From St. Elmo’s Fire (St. Elmo’s Fire)
The Flamingos – I Only Have Eyes For You (American Graffiti)
Cool Change – Streets of the Bronx (A Bronx Tale)
Air – Playground Love (Virgin Suicides)
Sebastian Tellier –
      Universe (Daft Punk’s Electroma)

Bernard Herman – Main Title (Taxi Driver)
Brad Fiedel – Terminator Love Theme (Terminator)
Vangelis – Deckard and Rachel (Blade Runner)
Giorgio Moroder & David Bowie –
      The Myth (Cat People)

Giorgio Moroder – Tony’s Theme (Scarface)
Pearl’s Song – Dirty Reissue (Night of the Hunter)
Trent Reznor & Atticus Rose – Hand Covers Bruise (The Social Network)
Jocelyn Pook – Masked Ball (Eyes Wide Shut)
Gyorgy Ligeti – Musica Ricercata II (Eyes Wide Shut)
Gyorgy Ligeti – Lux Aeterna (2001: A Space Odyssey)
Maria Callas – La Mamma Morta (Philadelphia)
Sonic Youth – Slambient Desire (Demonlover)
Neil Young –
      Why Does Thou Hide Thyself

Gabriel Yared & Underworld – Not Talking (Breaking and Entering)
Ry Cooder feat Harry Dean Stanton – Cancion Mixteca (Paris, Texas)
The Ink Spots – I Understand (Trees Lounge)
Percy Sledge – The Dark End of the Street (This is England)
Bette Midler – The Rose (The Rose)
Pinocchio – When You Wish Upon a Star (Pinocchio)
Vera Lynn – We’ll Meet Again (Dr. Strangelove)

Electric Adolescence –

      Music In Film – Audio Mix
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