Do you remember the 80s, when MTV actually played music videos, and pop bands all had weird concept videos that didn't seem to have much to do with the song, but were just productions to make you look at them? How about this: imagine if the lyrics of the song actually told the story portrayed in the video. You might get something like these renditions of Tears for Fears and A-ha. I laughed. Especially at "I'm gunna kick some ass with my own pipe wrench." Pipe wrench fight!
Haha, saw this two days ago. Damn I miss those 80s music videos. Ones that didn't suck.
I believe it's pronounced "piiiiiiipe wreeeeench fiiiiiiight".
The whole pipe wrench fight bit is hilarious, though I have no idea why. Also: BAAAND MONTAAAAAGE.
I prefer this version.
PZ, you shouldn't make fun of A-ha. Serious Norwegian.
Oh, but then again, after seeing the video, maybe you should.
One thing I like about Beethoven, Bach and Mozart, - no bloody videos with their music. Maybe it's just that I am getting old, - preferring birdsong to traffic noise.
Though, complete Beethoven, 100 CDs for 100 bucks, - that is a good deal. Complete Mozart, 170 CDs at same price. See Amazon France.
#4: That's just the original... This version is much better.
I love the pipe wrench fight too, but I think they misinterpreted the video-- I'm pretty sure our sketchy hero does not have a pipe wrench of his own, and in the shot where you see one in the foreground it's actually being wielded by one of his attackers.
Being a fan of the Weebl and Bob web-toons, I prefer this version.
I always thought it was funny how they flat-out ripped off the "slam against the hall walls to return from horrible alternate reality self to physical normality" effect from the movie Altered States.
Tragically this is my era music and I just bloody loved A-Ha in the 80's. Damn, I even had a cat called, yes you guessed it, A-Ha. The neighbours must have thought I was a right moron calling A-Ha out every night about 5 pm at the tiop of my lungs....even sadder in the 80's confession time is that I thought Adam Ant was a big spunk and made myself a jacket to look just like him. Mum finally flipped when I started wearing face makeup like Boy George and refused to be seen in public with me. Like thats a BAD thing when you're 14!!
I think Frank Zappa's "Be in my Video" was the definitive smack down of that era. But it was still absolutely hilarious. Hmm, pipe wrench fight versus dance the blue again, tough call.
I rather like the 8bit version: http://z0r.de/?id=872 :)
And the answer is:
That is the most vacuous piece of meaningless fluff that I've ever not escaped because it was on this blog, and I was waiting for the punchline or a direction or what we call in the media science lab...... not more of the same.
The fourth grade whirly gurly thin vocals were unable to rise above the bullshit drum machine lack of soul, syncopation, counterpart or harmony that underly the art of music.
This is an extrapolation of the babbling wanderings had white boys never been exposed to Black people.
This makes ABBA sound like James Brown.
This is the soundtrack of the premise of Idiocracy when the women are singing of love, on Vodka, screwing their own fathers, because they lost track of who was who.
This is the removal of everything music has contributed to the human soul and the uplifting of the human spirit.
This piece of garbage noise is why seemingly sane adults suddenly commit suicide.
Jeff Tamblyn 'Kansas vs Darwin' on Texas radio
Shorter scooter: meeeyow!
I thought that was a pretty good send up. LOLed at "my own pipe wrench" and "band montage". Cute.
Here I thought it was mere pop music from my youth only to read that it is the musical equivalent of aural cancer. Thanks for the laugh PZ.
Still one of my favorite videos from the eighties. Rotoscoping also made the film A Scanner Darkly, based on the Philip K, Dick novel, much more watchable than a film featuring Keanu Reeves wandering around looking mildly dazed might otherwise have been,
The Tears for Fears one is not available in my country... whatever that means. And I thought everyone liked Denmark!
Fortunately the other one still worked. LOVE it!
I didn't think PZ was making fun of a-Ha anywhere. Did I miss something? I hope not, because I still like a-Ha....
Hated and despised much about the '80s (starting with the president), but there were some pretty good music videos. (Amid much dreck). My favorites tended to be from the Police, both for quality of music and video.
OT: If Microsoft Outlook suddenly refuses to send a message because the contact is not in your address book, add it if you want to send your message.
First noticed on 10/20/08 around 1 am PDT.
Pass the word.
To the geniuses who came up with this "improvement" (all for the sake of National Security, perhaps?), in the spirit of Thomas Pain and Thomas Jefferson, two words:
October Surprise, anyone?
The part near the end where it says "he's alive" should be "Altered States ripoff" instead. But noone would get it I guess.
Sorry, I have to chase some kids off my lawn now.
Any hope for Motley Crue's "Girls Girls Girls"?
As a relic of the big band era almost anything past 1952 leaves me cold. This one and its ilk leave me frozen to near absolute zero.
Varlo the Dull
It's each year around the holidays that the hard man grows soft, so I will admit that "Head Over Heals" by Tears for Fears is one of my favorite songs. Jebus! I must be getting all sentimental and shit.
right on, scooter
Awesome parody of the religious, Scooter.
As a relic of the big band era almost anything past 1952 leaves me cold.
Say it ain't so, Varlo...Miles, Dizzy, be-bop, the Cool???
Naa, I know you love this stuff.
This music video has been featured on Video On Trial, a Canadian show where comedians make fun of music videos:
And here I thought you were an avid Digg user or something. Pfft that is soo last week! No really it was all over Digg last week.
Other comments by Scooter:
Get off my lawn you darn kids!
Family Guy version:
That was hilarious. I can't wait to show my mom. "Take on Me" is her favorite song.
Nice Video, Shame About the Song by 'Lufthansa Terminal'.
Who cares whether all the words match up? I could just sit there and look at Morten Harket all day...
This, sir, wins the internet. I think the hair might make me go blind, though.
I'm sorry, but I feel stoopidur for having watched that video.
My wife showed me that a week ago -- TOO FUNNY.
I love "Hey, what are they doing with our magic frame?"
and "This guy's going to get an ass-full of pipe wrench!"
While looking through the other videos by the creator, I saw this: Ant Trapped Inside Computer Screen. It's an ant that somehow got behind a LCD screen and is crawling around. On it's own that would only be mildly interesting, but under related videos, there's six other videos of the same phenomena. Also a number of comments saying this happened to them too. I've heard some ants are attracted to electric fields and will infest computers if given the chance, does this happen with LCDs a lot too?
And here I am still using an antless CRT like some sort of sucker. I want a screen pet!
Love it! My daughter attended Skogfjorden Norwegian camp, a language immersion camp, through the late eighties and early nineties. American candy, music, books were all contraband and so they listened to Scandinavian music. Since she loved camp, she loved all the extremely cheesy Euro-pop of the era, and this brings back a lot of fun memories. A big improvement, I must say.
I had to stop watching this in order to avoid spewing my lunch all over my desk from laughing so hard. That is SO TOTALLY AWESOME (see I'm throwing in the gratuitous "Valley Girl talk").
I have to say "Take On Me" has always been a guilty pleasure song- the video was pretty revolutionary for it's time too, but this version really is hilarious.
They couldn't have very well made a video about the song, now could they? Most popular songs have vacuous lyrics, and Take Me On was no exception. At least this was a creative video, and not just a bunch of hoochy mammas shaking their asses. That said, I also loved the parody.
Funny how the lyrics don't matter one bit. It's still a fun song.
People need to stop bagging on music just because they didn't grow up with it. Seriously, it just makes you look like a jerk.
At least this was a creative video...
There was something wonderfully un-self-consciously arty about some of that stuff. For a few years, it seemed, there were people doing a five minute thing over a bit of pop with, apparently, absolutely no fear that anyone was going to hassle them if they temporarily went mad and thought, for that five minutes, they were Ingmar Bergman.
And good things happened from that, here and there. Sure, you'd probably be mocked by the too-cool-for-pathos crowd for even suggesting the story line this decade, but I still love that B&W unrequited circus love story done for U2's All I Want Is You (obligatory YouTube link here). Shamelessly.
Holy crap that was the funniest thing I've ever seen. I agree that was a guilty pleasure song and video...and the sketchy rotoscoping was indeed revolutionary.
My story about that song....when I first caught it on mtv, I told everyone about it (catchy song, but amazingly cool video), but didn't see it again. Asked about it at a record store, they looked it up and said the song had peaked at like #60 and was now at maybe #90. So I ordered the single, which came in in a couple weeks. It was maybe 2 months later that it suddenly shot up to number 1 and was played to death, and then the technique was copied in tons of commercials etc.
One of my favorites is from a Canadian sketch comedy show, "The Vacant Lot"
Let the pigeons go!!!