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.
I intended to do one of these yesterday, but it got beyond me, so, first off, a belated Happy Birthday to Neil Gaiman. I can’t believe he’s 50. The other day’s Drawbridge topic was Conan O’Brien. My favorite has been Bill Alger‘s, but they’re all pretty great.
Speaking of Conan, did anyone see Soundgarden’s performance on his Tuesday episode? First thought? Kim looks old, the bass player looks like a dad. Second though: I didn’t recognize the song, but it seemed like a strange choice. Overly sparse. Cornell can still wail though.
These guys are total goobers, but I hope my kid digs good music. (via I Heart Chaos)
Rest in peace Dino De Laurentiis, few people in this world provided me with more entertainment than you, sir! (via /Film)Every Guyed’s Ensemble: The Style of Music graphic is pretty epic. Not sure why Kanye’s suit looks like he stole it from Pee Wee Herman, but what do I know? (via Ffffound)
I don’t care about Spider-Man movies. Well, I didn’t until /Film told me that Zooey Deschanel might play Betty Brant. Her plus Emma Stone? Interest semi-renewed.
I would absolutely vote for Jay-Z as president, governor, senator, comptroller, whatever.
Tom and Lorenzo’s post about this week’s episode of Glee was really interesting to me, especially as it pointed out how one-sided teen mellowdrama can be towards the standard heterosexual standard. It’s a bummer.
I’m psyched to watch The Initiation of Sarah for this month’s Final Girl Film Club, I just have to remember!
I’ve been seeing this video from Sade a lot on VH1 and think the same thing every single time “Did Andy Samberg direct this thing?” It’s so full of 90s music video ridiculousness that it just seems like a joke. Sada, however, does not seem to be in on the joke.
Check out this story from /Film that combines two of my favorite things: Lost and FOB. Apparently the Fall Out Boys were brought in to help promote all the build up for the final season. I haven’t really been paying much attention to all that (I’d get all twitterpated), but I do love the Dharma gear they’re playing and Pete Wentz giving a shout out to Driveshaft. Good stuff. Here’s the video: