What was it Lisa said the other day about why the two of us pick out particular videos?
Now, there’s a variety different reasons why Val or I might pick a video for music video of the day. Sometimes, the choice is made as a way to honor an artist who has recently passed away. Sometimes, it’s done to commemorate a historical event. And sometimes, especially in my case, it’s just because the song’s chorus has gotten stuck in my head.
And sometimes a video gets picked solely for the purpose of telling a funny story one of us happens to come across. This one comes courtesy of the good old book, I Want My MTV. It’s from Steve Backer. Backer was a promotion executive for Epic Records.
We signed a band called Danger Danger. Just the worst of the fucking hair bands. They were dreadful. But our label president, Dave Glew, was obsessed with a song and a video of theirs, “Bang Bang.” I could get five videos onto MTV and it didn’t matter to him, because Danger Danger wasn’t in rotation. So he came up with this awful idea: The entire staff of Epic would put on hard hats–because hard hats symbolized danger, get it?–and walk to the MTV offices. I’m talking about the entire label. When the receptionist announced that Steve Backer had arrived for his 11 A.M. meeting, I’ve never been more mortified in my life. I still cringe when I think about it.
So naturally since his story mentions the video for the song Bang Bang, I’m spotlighting the video for their song Naughty Naughty. There’s a very good reason for that. Bang Bang is kind of catchy. It’s also a simple stage performance video. This one on the other hand is…how can I put it…um…what was that Jedadiah said the other day about that movie where a bird tries to Poe Sharon Stone?
Dumb. Just dumb.
Truer words were never spoken–or written in this case.
I do have a couple of things to add:
- Why does this video start off with a Mr. Roboto voice followed by synthesizers from Trancers, and then caps it all off with humpback whale songs from Star Trek IV?
- As dumb as this video is, you could get some enjoyment out of it by playing it over scenes from Rear Window.
- This last one is the most important because I know it is the burning question on everyone’s mind right now. Is there a Danger Danger music video that features an ape on a motorcycle? Yes, there is. It’s just awful.