Flashback Friday: Toto – Africa

Every time that I listen to Toto, I can’t help thinking of this scene from South Park’s “Gnomes” episode:

Mayor of South Park, Colorado [arriving with her aides]: Tomorrow, for the Prop. 10 vote, we’ll set up ballot booths… here. [between the two coffee shops] All right, men, we’ll throw up the stage here. Before the vote we’ll get a band everyone likes, like uhhhh, like…
Johnson: Toto.
Mayor: Like Toto.

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The Strumbellas – We Don’t Know

One of the things I like the most about YouTube’s generated “Mix” playlists is that they slip in an occasional surprise among the many videos that I have already seen and liked, which is how I’ve been stumbling across groups that I’d never heard of before.

The Strumbellas is a Canadian rock group, and this video was my introduction to them. It initially caught my eye because the video reminded me of some of the video games that I’ve seen my brother and his kids play and I thought it was amusing. But it was while I was watching the video over again that I started playing more attention to the lyrics, and that’s when I really fell in love with this song. The song is much darker than the video makes it seem, and I can relate to the sentiments it expresses.

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Kodaline – All I Want

Part 1:

Part 2:

This song, “All I Want” by Kodaline, was made as a two-part video. Part 1 was released on YouTube on September 9th, 2012, but fans would have to wait more than a year until Part 2 was released on October 3rd, 2013.

The videos tell the story of Oliver, a lonely young man who is shunned and mocked by his co-workers because of his unfortunate resemblance to a gargoyle, although at least his dog gives him unconditional love. One young woman in the office treats him kindly, however, and when he saves her from being harassed after work by some of their co-workers, she rewards him with a kiss after he escorts her home, obviously making his day. Part 2 continues the story, this time showing the young woman helping Oliver look for his dog (who got accidentally locked out when Oliver was rushing to get to work.)

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