I still like my record collection, though I’m not one of those who argue that vinyl sounds superior to CDS (really?) or MP3s (my daughter Celia’s remastered high-quality vinyl The Queen Is Dead notwithstanding – hello, Andy Rourke!). But records were more than plastic: they were also dead trees.
Ken Kesey is the author of One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest which became one of the iconic novels of the 60s for it's depiction of a mental institution and its misunderstood denizens. The novel became even more famous when Milos Forman released his film version in 1975 which subsequently swept the Oscars for that year. An interesting aside, Kirk Douglas had purchased the rights to adapt a Broadway play version in 1963 with himself as the lead character McMurphy (Gene Wilder as Billy Bibbit) which turned out to be a dismal flop. Kirk's son, Michael Douglas was the co-producer of the 1975 triumph. The movie is particularly anachronistic; a 70s hangover of 60s counterculture where the bourgeois lock up the free-thinkers (the insane are the sane ones in a crazy world).
Well, the movies were set in Scotland, at least. I’m talking about the classics Local Hero, with music by Mark Knopfler, and Restless Natives, with music by Stuart Adamson and Big Country.
Everyone who has listened to Coldplay remembers classic piano riffs from songs like "Clocks," "The Scientist," and "Everything's Not Lost," but not nearly as many people realize that those songs were not played on a top-of-the-line, traditional piano, but rather Chris Martin's very own small, electronic, stand-up piano which sports a unique graffiti-esque paint job.