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Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Too short for an upright bass

It's Tuesday and so on and so forth...

Crap. Half of Tuesday has already passed me by. I could have finished this last night, but instead I chose to watch the Ricky Gervais special (which I fully endorse). The staging for the Gervais special included five, 1.5 stories high, letters spelling out R I C K Y behind the tubby comedian. Yet another image reminiscent of the Elvis 68 Comeback Special.

Anyhow, I stumbled upon the clip below sometime last week -I can't remember why - but I've decided to post it for a few reasons.

1. It's a music video that's essentially about the perils of making a music video.
2. As it attempts to mock other videos of its era, it fails to come out on top, suffering from all the ills of its time that it makes fun of. It's like a greatest hits...of crap.
3. It pokes fun at David Lee Roth mid way through. Or maybe it honors him, you be the judge.
4. It has the potential to reopen the debate as to who was a better solo performer (this time a three way comparison). Phil Collins? Peter Gabriel? Sting? Head to head (to head).


Jimbromski said...

This song is superior to Steely Dan's "Rikki Don't Lose That Number."


Jumbo Slice said...

What part makes fun of David Lee Roth? The part where he's dancing w/ the girls in bikinis? I always thought that was making fun of Elton John's "I'm Still Standin'" but now I'm not sure.

Potsy said...

hmmm. Now I'm not sure. Let's have a look at the E John video.... oh dear God. What a cock punch this is. It's amazing that MTV survived after showing this kind of crap.

But I was referring to beach scene as the DLR moment. DLR was wearing the white "guide" outfit in the CA Girls video. Collins has a similar, though more sophisticated look (being British and such) with his white tux at the beach.

Jimbromski said...

didn't Huey Lewis wear a rux on the beach in the "If This Is It" video?

/too lazy to verify it

Potsy said...

If this is it - beach? Yes.
Rux? No
Tux? Also no.
H Lewis is, however, dressed in black pants and a red shirt. Basically the Tiger Woods uniform.

Jumbo Slice said...

Okay, that's great but we still don't know which video is being parodied.

God damn it this is going to bug the shit out of me. As if I didn't have enough reasons to hate Phil Collins.

Jimbromski said...

"H Lewis is, however, dressed in black pants and a red shirt. Basically the Tiger Woods uniform."

as if to say, life is a giant sand trap, and I, Huey Lewis, will help you hit out of it and onto the green.

John Foster said...

Gervais special watched back to back with Chris Rock's new one after seeing Role Models.

I pissed my way through 4 pairs of tightie whities.

Jimbromski said...

Haven't seen the Gervais, but I caught most of CR's new special. Just my opinion but it wasn't nearly as funny as Bring the Pain. I couldn't put my finger on it but he seems to have lost something.

Where have you gone, Dave Chappelle
A nation turns its lonely eyes to you

Jumbo Slice said...

Definitely check out the Gervais special. I thought it was much better than the CR special.

I just started watching Extras through HBO On Demand. Not as funny as the BBC version of The Office but still good. My wife can't stand it though. I bet she'd like it if there were subtitles.

John Foster said...

JS - sooo racist with your subtitle comment. I suppose she would have trouble reading that as well what with her slanty...

J to the Bromski - I agree on Rock but what could possibly match Bring the Pain? This special has two big moments with ample build up that are worth the price of admission alone though. He is still the best stand up going.