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Get Your Romanek On

2 Responses to “Get Your Romanek On”

  1. paul says:

    Wow That’s a heavyweight’s greatest hits knockout reel. Things I learned:
    Fiona Apple has hip bones and they are nice.
    David Bowie worries about the pain in his knees.
    Johnny Cash had humility forced on him by encroaching old age (don’t we all).
    Jay Z; it took 57 shots to bring him down.
    …watching it once.

  2. Joe Leydon says:

    There are times when I am convinced that Romanek’s video for Johnny Cash’s “hurt” is the greatest music video of all time. And not just because both Johnny and June (who look very frail) died not terribly long after it was made.

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