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Don’t you want the ‘80s?

Cinematically and/or musically!

There’s a fine line between homage and parody, and this ridiculous video below falls firmly on the side of homage.

The backstory: Upcoming film “Take Me Home Tonight” is a parody/homage to ‘80s teen comedies (”Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” “The Breakfast Club,” et al). It stars Anna Faris (“The House Bunny”) and Topher Grace, aka Eric from “That ‘70s Show” (who is now in danger of being typecast as “weird period piece dude”). To promo the film, Brooklyn rock band Atomic Tom (which rides the coattails of OK Go pretty hard) re-did Human League’s “Don’t You Want Me” so that a music video could be created for it.

That music video, which is below, consists of the cast of “Take Me Home Tonight” reliving as many scenes as possible from classic ‘80s movies. Grace does a weirdly accurate Marty McFly impression, as well as some breakdancing. How’s your ‘80s movie knowledge? Can you guess ‘em all?

The fun gets started at 1:08, but it really picks up at 2:00.



Bonus question: Why don’t we have as many iconic movies as we used to? The ‘00s didn’t produce as many celluloid cultural touchstones as the ‘80s…

by Stephen Carradini 02.14.2011 3 years ago
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VOTD: OK Go + Pilobus — All is Not Lost

May we suggest pretty girls the next time you decide to shoot an all-Lycra video?

At this point, music videos are all OK Go’s got going for them. In this one for “All Is Not Lost,” you get a look at the band and accompanying dance troupe from an angle that would probably get you arrested in a few states.

by Matt Carney 08.02.2011 3 years ago
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VOTD: ‘Needing/Getting’ it done

Miss the premiere of OK Go’s latest, craziest vid during the Super Bowl? Prepare yourself.

While OK Go have never been especially notable for the quirky pop-rock music it records, the painstaking amount of care that goes into their music videos is unassailable. Seriously, if Pavement had invested that much thought and energy into anything, Stephen Malkmus would have recorded 35 platinum records and currently be serving his fifth consecutive term as the governor of California right now.

But, yeah, a condensed version of this video ran during the fourth quarter of last night’s great celebration of American media. It’s so awesome as to demand a few proper watches in full, just to take it all in. The video’s YouTube page insists that the Chevy Sonic was outfitted with pneumatic arms; singer Damian Kulash took stunt driving lessons; the band sang in actual time while driving the car; and that the whole thing required four months to properly put together. Sweet lord.

Take note, musicians: If you’re going to shoot a commercial for a car manufacturer, then shoot the best damn commercial you can:



Also, below’s the halftime show for those who either missed it, or just want to watch Madonna indulge her newly reclaimed pop-idol status again.

Highlights: Cee Lo dresses like a monk, Nicki Minaj and M.I.A. (who flips the bird to the 152 million NBC-viewing folks watching at home) grab their pom-poms for the Material Girl’s new single, “Give Me All Your Luvin’,” and it appears that the Roman Coliseum’s daycare let out early as LMFAO jump in for a dance routine set to the melody from their “Party Rock Anthem” single:


by Matt Carney 02.06.2012 2 years ago
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VOTD: It’s a Newman take on ‘Old Ideas’

New Pornographers leader A.C. Newman covers a Leonard Cohen classic.

With the bevy of on-the-go, takeaway-style performances these days, it’s sometimes really refreshing to hear great musicians play in an actual recording studio. As opposed to, you know, a dirty bathroom, a tree, or a brand-new Chevy Sonic outfitted with pneumatic arms. Not that these locations are inherently bad, it’s just that too much of trying to find a funky place to play sometimes distracts from the pure, simple goodness of a richly written song.

“Hey, That’s No Way to Say Goodbye” is such a song, and it gets a terrific treatment with a some beautiful cinematic video to match its rich traditional arrangement. A.C. Newman’s anecdote is pretty poignant, too.



 Leonard Cohen’s latest album, “Old Ideas,” is out now.
by Matt Carney 02.20.2012 2 years ago
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