Weekend Video – Dancing in the Streets
This weekend we’re all about facts. Fact: David Bowie & Mick Jagger are two of the greatest musical minds of all time. Fact: Dancing in the Street is a catchy ass song & the sexual tension in this music video is off the goddamn charts. While the original music video is great, the sexual tension really gets ramped up when you take away the music. Enjoy this glorious video and more importantly, have a great weekend everybody.
With Halloween creeping up tomorrow, I thought it’d be appropriate to feature one of, if not THE best song that makes you think of Halloween. To think this music video was created in 1983 still blows my mind. Have a great day on purpose.
First of all, if you haven’t seen this episode of SNL please go back and watch it in it’s entirety. There was not one bad sketch (outside of the cold open) and SNL took their recipe of giving McCarthy oddball characters to play and shot it to the moon. The ‘horror movie test audience’ and ‘pick up line’ sketches were amazing, and every other sketch was good to great. I can’t wait until McCarthy hosts again so her opening monologue can be a Timerblake-esque five timers celebration. But back to the Beyoncé sketch; this is a great example of SNL taking a ridiculous concept and finding the humor in it. Beyoncé was criticized for her new music video/song Formation as well as her Super Bowl performance, because once someone’s goes against what the majority of people believe they should be doing, people get angry. I really can’t say enough good things about this sketch, and the fact that it was filmed and edited in two days blows my mind. Watch this now, and then go back and watch it again.
I don’t care if I have to do it by myself, but I refuse to let Hotline Bling GIFs go. I’ll quit my job and create thousands of them if I have to. I’ll include myself in them, doing the chicken peck. Whatever it takes to keep this magical thing going. I don’t know if Drake did this accidently or if he knew this video would take off the way it did, but either way he’s a beautiful sorcerer. Plus, Mr. Bean just makes everything better.
Reality TV is a weird monster. TV executives put these odd and mostly deranged people in front of a camera, then panic when something odd and deranged happens. In Duck Dynasty, the hillbilly swamp guy who makes his money selling duck hunting whistles turned out to be a homophobe. In 19 Kids & Counting, one of the kids turned out to be a sexual predator who molested his own sister. In Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, the mother ended up dating a pedophile. If you were shocked by any of these situations then I really don’t know what to tell you. There are seriously messed up people in this world, and the more reality television that gets created, the more we’re introduced to them. Like anything else, reality TV was cool at first. Real World/Road Rules, Survivor, American Idol; all entertaining, all fun to watch. But in 2015, I just want reality TV to die a quick and painful death. It’s all 100% garbage, and even the stalwart shows like Idol and Survivor are boring because you’ve seen it a million times. Honey Boo Boo was never good, and the fact that we still have to watch this stupid kid do stuff is infuriating. Now she’s making a music video. OH GOOD. For the love of all that is holy, please never put a camera in front of this kid again.
Look at that screenshot above. You don’t even have to watch the video and you already know it’s going to be amazing. The whole video takes place at a middle school talent show and it just makes you want to dance. The main character is an under sized child and he’s got all the funk you can handle, but my favorite part is the kid in the crowd they cut back to once in awhile getting his groove on. The performance is so good even THE JANITOR is dancing. All the doubters (including the cool girls) at the beginning of the video stand up and cheer once the performance is over, and much to my surprise, Bruno Mars, Mystikal and Mark Ronson take time out of their busy schedules to actually be the judges at this talent show and give the performance a well deserved 10. I don’t know who created this music video, but they deserve all the awards.
Look I know this is fake, but in the words of Kevin Malone: “believe in something, man!”. I’ve always been a big fan of Maroon 5 because a lot of people tell me I look like Adam Levine…’s less talented cousin, Phil Levine. Plus the guy can sing with the best of him, and he’s well on his way to becoming a respected supporting role type of actor. On top of it all, this song is fantastic. So suspend your belief for a couple minutes and watch Adam Levine and his perfectly trimmed beard “surprise” some wedding folk.
They are the kings of the one-shot music video, and for good reason. Every single one of their videos outdoes the last one in technical skill and scale. The “bigger is better” mantra works for OK Go, can’t wait for the next one.