Saturday, May 2, 2009

Saturday tunes: "And we have just one world, but we live in different ones"

Many "West Wing" fans will recognize this song after about one note, but its proper setting is the cold and hot wars scattered throughout Central America, the Middle East, and Southern Asia in the mid-1980s. From a 1985 concert, Dire Straits performs the bitterly ironic "Brothers in Arms:"

The opening and closing pencil sketch-rotoscope animation was probably done by the same graphic artists on a roll who created the award-winning 1985 a-ha video "Take on Me" (and an NBC-produced 1986 Superbowl ad for "Hill Street Blues"--the tag line: "America, you'll never be over the Hill.") If not, the artistic borrowing was glaringly evident.

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