Seal has a new album coming out next week – an album of soul covers. Not sure what to think about that, but I totally trust him because since 1991, he has been one of my favorite artists and will no doubt remain there. For years, I got shit for being a big Seal fan and I guess I still do. He had one obnoxiously huge hit that ruined the majority of the cred that he built up after his first amazing album. I have talked to numerous musicians – even some hardcore metal heads – who marvel at the musicianship, but the average Joe can’t get over Kiss From A Rose.
After many years of being a big fan, I finally got to meet Seal. He was incredibly kind and gracious. Cool dude.
I went and dug up some of his old videos. Some of these are classic. He is a capable designer, and you can see his brand being carefully managed to work holistically with each release. All the first album’s videos look similar, and the same is true with later videos.
Here are a few from his first album:
Seal – Crazy:
Seal – Future Love Paradise:
Seal – Killer (slightly off brand, probably due to a collaboration with Adamski)
And only after years of taking shit for being a die-hard Seal fan do I have the strength to post this video. George Michael performing Seal’s Killer mashed up with Papa Was A Rolling Stone. The extended intro is bad ass.
And for those Dallas kids reading… don’t forget that Dallas’ most talented drum export and all around musician, Earl Harvin, is a frequent Seal collaborator, when he is not making his own amazing music, or working with AIR, John Legend, Damien Rice, Pet Shop Boys, Psychadelic Furs, The THE, and others.