Rico Suave vs. Mr Loverman: Battle of the Tiny Todgers

Rico Suave vs. Mr Loverman: Battle of the Tiny Todgers

For this One On One I want to explore two videos that might be said to be plumbing the depths of both misogyny and actually quite hilarious sexual braggadocio. Having watched them back-to-back (yes, I did really did that!) I realised that Gerardo and Shabba Ranks have much in common: they’re both one-hit wonders who’s one hit was basically a personal sexual manifesto; they’re both from countries outside the pop mainstream (Gerardo is Ecuadorian, Ranks is from Jamaica); and they both in all probability (and based on the wholly scientific, completely provable ‘Brag-Horn Principle’ which states that the level of Read more »

A Stalker’s Tale: Darkness in the heart of Lionel Richie’s ‘Hello’…

A Stalker’s Tale: Darkness in the heart of Lionel Richie’s ‘Hello’…

Ok, we’ve been doing this for nearly 6 months now and I feel the time has come to tackle one of the most (in)famous music promos of all time, a video that purports to tell a heart-warming tale of seemingly unrequited love finally being resolved (requited, even). It’s a video that reeks of the 80’s and is one of the most memorable of that decade, and yet there is something – a few things, in fact – that has always bothered me about it, and it is these sinister anomalies which I intend to explore in detail today… On the Read more »

Get your hands off of my wench: Thor and the mystery of the Dark Gnome.

Get your hands off of my wench: Thor and the mystery of the Dark Gnome.

Thor and how it came to represent some kind of ridiculous extreme of the genre with their Dark Gnome. For this analysis we are going to take a look at a video with a reputation. Not a good one either. This is a video that has received a fair bit of stick over the years, many would say with good reason. In an age when Heavy Metal was drenched in ludicrous costumes and chest-beating machismo, Thor came to represent some kind of ridiculous extreme of the genre. Their stage show at the time included such antics as bending steel bars, Read more »

Wouldn’t It Be Good: Can Anyone Solve This Pop Video Mystery??

Wouldn’t It Be Good: Can Anyone Solve This Pop Video Mystery??

Can Anyone Solve This Pop Video Mystery, Nik Kershaw’s signature hit ‘Wouldn’t It Be Good’? For this first analysis of 2014 I’d like to go back to 1984 and what must be one of the most baffling videos of the decade, that for Nik Kershaw’s signature hit ‘Wouldn’t It Be Good’. Ostensibly a tale of what would appear to be a stranded alien trying to get home – something the director might well have derived from David Bowie’s role in cult sci-fi pic The Man Who Fell To Earth – the film actually contains a number of unsolved and possibly Read more »

Foreigner´s “Cold as Ice” and Journey´s “Separate Ways”: No budget?

Foreigner´s “Cold as Ice” and Journey´s “Separate Ways”: No budget?

A comparative analysis between two of the worst videos ever: Foreigner´s “Cold as Ice” and Journey´s “Separate Ways”. Today, many hard rock and heavy metal bands pertaining to the Arena rock era from the late 60s and early 70s are considered classic bands. Among them are famous bands like Boston, Journey and Foreigner. It is pretty weird they represented an idea of “macho” rock which I grew up with. Maybe that is what is wrong with my friends? They believed these groups to be their role models? I am still trying to figure out why the music executives were willing Read more »

Fish Heads: What Society Turns Us Into.

Fish Heads: What Society Turns Us Into.

The video for “Fish Heads” is an endless source of inspiration. We have decided to tackle our second request together. Both of us found there is a lot to discuss with regards to this video and we are even thinking about starting a side project dedicated exclusively to it (maybe it even deserves its own podcast). As you will see. the video for “Fish Heads” is an endless source of inspiration. However, on this post specifically, we want to focus on the rejection of society and repressed sexuality expressed in the video through the use of Freudian symbolism. The fact Read more »

Britpop: The age of the party vegetable.

Britpop: The age of the party vegetable.

An in depth study of Oasis´ “Don´t Look Back in Anger” and Blur´s “Country House” and the repercussion of these videos in their era. For this One On One I’m taking you back to the days of Britpop and the rivalry that defined the scene that took Indie music out of the working-class terrace and in to all-together more expensive surroundings. And indeed, it’s this move in to ‘a very big ‘ouse in the caaantry’ – as Damon Albarn put it in his finest Dick Van Dyke impersonation – that forms the centre of this analysis. Firstly, we have Oasis. Read more »

The Safety Dance – An Elizabethan Riddle

The Safety Dance – An Elizabethan Riddle

The fascinating riddle that is the video for “The Safety Dance” by Men Without Hats. As the video begins we are seemingly transported back to medieval England. One man and his minstrel dwarf are a-wandering gaily across the field raising the first of many serious questions in this analysis. Where have they come from? Have they left their friends behind because they “don’t dance” as the lyrics suggest? Was minstrelsy a common occupation for dwarves in medieval times? Does he ever stop playing the mandolin? Have they been cast out from their home village for excessive mandolin-and-dancing based jollity? Putting Read more »

One on One: Dead or Alive

One on One: Dead or Alive

We take a look at two videos by the band Dead or Alive, “You Spin Me Round” and “Lover Come Back to Me” and analyze them thoroughly. For the second post, I thought I would take on a fascinating challenge. Yes, it involves the band Dead or Alive and their biggest hit “You Spin Me Round (Like A Record)” and follow-up single “Lover Come Back To Me”. I didn’t choose “Brand New Lover” because I do not like to do what is expected of me. You spin me round Lover come back to me http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DPMn__VKWPI Again, I have decided to Read more »

“Obsession”: Porn for costume fetishists.

“Obsession”: Porn for costume fetishists.

The video, the fashion, the dance moves, the weirdness behind Animotion´s most famous video and how it became an Obsession. We thought we´d start with ‘Obsession’ because since we thought about starting this blog, it has become a part of our daily lives and we have been practically obsessing over it. Enough said… Before analyzing a video, we like to check the “essential element chart”: Body part close up X Group member face close up X Synthesizer shot X Shoulder pad zoom in (extra points for male shoulder pads) X Random location shot X The key to the video can Read more »