What was he thinking?

David Bowie duets with Cher:

Everything seems normal, albeit slightly cabaret, until around 1min 20secs and then things go downhill very quickly.

This was 1975, with Bowie still enormously cool and creative. But, to give him his credit, he appears to be having a really good time - check out the dancing just after the four minute mark.

Is there anyone today whose credibility is similar to what Bowie's was then, who would dare to do anything this uncool? What is the modern equivalent of a variety show duet with Cher, anyway?

Chacarron for Christmas number one?

This is terrible and hilarious at the same time. It's like the Crazy Frog song performed by Vic Reeves' pub singer over a reggaeton beat: [youtube]pE8EZVpjR84[/youtube]

The video says it's by Andy's Val Gourmet but it appears that it's actually by El Chombo.

Ministry of Sound, on whose label the single is released on Monday, says that El Chombo are Rodney Clark and Andy de la Cruz:

Andy’s mumbled vocals were originally laid down as a rough skit with a view to writing "proper" lyrics later but everyone loved what he had recorded (in most cases having people rolling around in fits of laughter) so they decided to keep the original version (after all how could anyone possibly top “Ihni Binni dimi diniwiny ani taime”?)

As MoS says, the song has been around for ages, since at least the middle of 2005 if Ask MeFi is anything to go by. It's inspired numerous YouTube tributes and now it's apparently in with a shout of being the UK's Christmas number thanks to a campaign by Radio 1 DJ Scott Mills.

Leary gets lairy

'Comedian' Denis Leary found fame shortly before the death of Bill Hicks with a remarkably similar act. Leary's demeanor, his choice of topics and, according to some, even the jokes themselves all owed an enormous debt to Hicks. The controversy prompted one of my favourite quotes from Hicks:

I have a scoop for you. I stole his act. I camouflaged it with punchlines, and to really throw people off, I did it before he did.

Anyway, a great video clip has been doing the rounds which shows Leary getting slapped down by a comic called Greg Giraldo. It's actually quite old - the show it comes from aired between 2002 and 2004 - but it's still amusing to watch Leary grope around for a smart comeback and failing miserably: [youtube]d_AKZPMwdhE[/youtube]

I love the fact that the best response Leary can think of is to accuse Giraldo of writing his jokes. I guess he finds the idea of a comedian who writes his own material utterly baffling.

Where's the 757? It's right there...

A couple of months back I blogged about 9/11 conspiracy theorists and their refusal to accept the notion that the Pentagon was hit by an airliner rather than a missile or, who knows, Dick Cheney's laser-beam eyes. Mike J Wilson has made a detailed video which combines photographs of the scene with 3D animation to reconstruct events. If you're a sceptic, you're probably beyond help but I think this is a fascinating piece of work.