There’s nothing about any of this that should work. Paul McCartney playing with the surviving members of Nirvana (including touring guitarist, and Foo Fighter Pat Smear) and playing a full on rock and roll song? My brain tells me that should not be a thing that works and rocks. Oh, Sir Paul’s also playing a cigar box guitar (or is it a ukelele, I really have no idea)? Oh heavens no. And yet, when I first saw them perform “Cut Me Some Slack,” I was blown away.
I heard about this collaboration first for the 12/12/12 concert, but didn’t actually watch the clip until today, after seeing them blaze through the rollicking track on Saturday Night Live. i was so unbelievably pumped up after hearing this performance not only because McCartney’s singles output lately has been…not the best, but also because this felt like a viable supergroup. I don’t expect them to tour or anything — though that would be pretty incredible — but there’s potential there for a really cool record. I say let’s make it happen!
Now that my wife has gone back to work and I’m watching Lucy, I find myself getting up earlier, which means I get to watch music videos on MTV (if I’m up really early) and VH1 again. I had forgotten that watching Jump Start a few days in a row essentially means you’re seeing the exact same videos in pretty much the same order but it has made me notice that there’s a strong bit of 90s nostalgia in some pretty diverse videos. Here’s a quick rundown:
First up and probably most obscure is this Falling Down parody the Foo Fighters did for their latest single “Walk.” The Michael Douglas flick about a guy who loses his shit on a hot LA day and stops taking crap from everyone came out in 1993 but as far as I know wasn’t such a huge hit. It also doesn’t have a lot to do with the song, but nobody does fun, goofy videos better than the Foo Fighters.
Katy Perry’s “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)” video doesn’t necessarily have any specific 90s references (except for that bitching Kenny G solo, I guess), but the vibe is totally early 90s. I just realized that the video above is a much longer version that has 80s stars like Corey Feldman and Debbie Gibson and Perry has said she was inspired by John Hughes movies. However, I still think that it looks like a 90s scene with the bright colors and what not. I guess it’s on the edge, but you get the idea. How they have Facebook and laptops though, I don’t know.
There’s a lot going on in Britney Spears’ new video “I Wanna Go” which pokes fun at the press, her past as a Mousketeer and the paparazzi. There’s also a Terminator ref, but the thing that drew my attention was the bit lifted from Half Baked–probably one of the best post-Cheech & Chong stoner comedies around. Making it all the better, Guillermo Diaz who played Scarface in the movie (and originally did the line Britney borrows) appears in the video. Fun stuff, but this song will always be the theme to Bravo’s summer shows and not it’s own, legitimate song to me.