Friday Night Videos: Synthy New Wave

The Cars: You Might Think (1984)

Another week, another video full of then-cutting-edge special effects. This video was spliced and diced and colorized to within an inch of its life. It’s full of disturbing near-stalkerish behavior, culminating in the arrival of the scary Ric Ocasek fly.

Fountains of Wayne: Stacy’s Mom (2001)

Fountains of Wayne clearly love The Cars, from the song’s “Just What I Needed”-like intro to, well, the entire music video. It also is notable for echoing a scene from Fast Times at Ridgemont High and for having an overflowing soda pop bottle stand in for more masturbatory activities.

2 thoughts on “Friday Night Videos: Synthy New Wave

  1. My community band is playing Stacy’s Mom, apparently a pep-band arrangement, this summer. I am ashamed and embarrassed. Also, for some strange reason practically every melody line is written into the French horn part, so I can’t just hide out and pretend I have nothing to do with the song.

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