Two Full Performances from Glee’s “Saturday Night Glee-ver”

On Friday, the GleeonFox channel on YouTube put up two full performances from this week’s episode of Glee, “Saturday Night Glee-ver”.  The first performance is Mercedes (Amber Riley) singing “Disco Inferno” with Santana (Naya Rivera) and Brittany (Heather Morris) as her backup singers/ dancers.

The next performance is the Bee Gees’ “You Should Be Dancing” performed by Blaine (Darren Criss), Mike (Harry Shum Jr.), and Brittany (Heather Morris).

“Saturday Night Glee-ver” airs tomorrow night on Fox at 8 /7 pm.

Music Videos You Should See

Welcome to what I hope will become a regular staple on Pop Culture Redefined, Music Videos You Should See.  The first video is from the legendary band Duran Duran.  The song is “Girl Panic” from their latest album, All You Need Is Now.  Directed by Jonas Åkerlund, “Girl Panic” is a nine and a half-minute film that serves as a faux documentary with supermodels as members of Duran Duran and the band as reporters, hotel bellmen and photographers.

The next video is from the band Foster the People.  As I had reported once before, Foster the People is the band to watch.  Their newest video, “Call It What You Want”, is the third single off their debut album Torches.  Directed by Ace Norton, the concept behind the video is rich kids finding ways to relieve boredom.

Another video that is worth viewing is “Shake It Out” by Florence + the Machine.  Led by British born Florence Welsh, this band is amazing.

Last week,  the hit show Glee celebrated a milestone, 300 musical performances.  The 300th performance was the Troubletones, with former New Directions members Mercedes (Amber Riley), Santana (Naya Rivera), and Brittany (Heather Morris), performing a mashup of Adele’s hits “Rumor Has It” and “Someone Like You”.

Finally, a big shout out goes out to my fellow Southern West Virginian, Landau Eugene Murphy Jr.  The America’s Got Talent winner came out with his debut album yesterday and Landau is making the rounds to morning talk shows.  If you are a fan of the classic singers like Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin, I suggest you pick up Landau’s album, That’s Life, in stores now.

One final thing, as my readers are aware, I promised that next time I posted a music video post, I would post Lady Gaga’s new video, “Marry the Night”.  While the video itself has not been released , a prelude to “Marry the Night” is on YouTube.

The Glee Effect

For anyone who knows pop culture, knows about the hit TV show, Glee.  This musical dramedy series is getting ready to go into its third season and shows no signs of slowing down.  Just this weekend, Glee 3D The Concert Movie was released into theatres for a limited two-week engagement.

I saw this movie on Friday and I have to say it lived up to the hype.  The thing that made Glee 3D unique was that instead of having the actors be themselves for the movie, the producers had them play the characters for the movie.  Of course, this gave way to some interesting moments during the film.

Another thing that set Glee 3D apart from other concert films was the focus on three fans.  The three each had stories on how Glee helped them overcome the adversities they dealt with in their lives.  It’s these stories that make you realize that Glee has made an impact on society and pop culture.  The producers of the show select a diverse group of songs each week that span a broad history of music.  One of my favorite episodes of Glee is from this past season, “Rumors”.  The title of this episode had a double meaning: the members of the Glee Club were dealing with rumors about them and also the title of the most famous Fleetwood Mac album.  I have been a fan of Fleetwood Mac for a while now and when I found out that Glee was doing an episode devoted to the legendary band, I was thrilled.  As expected, the episode was one of the best episodes of the season.

One of the best things about Glee is that it introduces the younger generation to a diverse and well-rounded array of music.  One of the younger generation was featured in Glee 3D.

This kid is so cute and already very talented.