Friday Night Videos: Overwrought

The Darkness: I Believe in a Thing Called Love (2002)

The moment the mists begin to clear from the heart-shaped pool, you know you’re in for a treat. But the video doesn’t reach its pinnacle of awesomeness until the band defeats the space squid with the electric power of rock. Watch closely as the drummer’s sticks spark like a Jacob’s ladder!

Guns N’ Roses: November Rain (1992)

For a time this was the most requested video on MTV, proving that we were all dumb once. I never understood why the sight and sound of a hair band singing a ballad that Meatloaf would reject as being “too over-the-top” was so popular. Looking at this thing fifteen years later proves one thing: I blame Axl and the boys for the video for My Chemical Romance’s “Helena”.

Hey, let’s have another bonus video! This one is The Lion King in 5 Seconds.

The creator of the above has done a lot of 5-second versions of movies. I recommend his take on Fargo and Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure.

3 thoughts on “Friday Night Videos: Overwrought

  1. Ah, November Rain … too many jokes, not enough time.
    * Someone left Axl’s cake out in the rain!
    * I hope Prince got his jacket back from Axl after the wedding.
    * This video really needs a flying dolphin.

  2. I’ll watch the videos later… but I had to say that his take on Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey is just as good.

  3. I suppose I don’t need to state the obvious: that The Darkness are trying to channel Queen so hard that it hurts. 🙂

    At the same time, I think the video shows that they both recognize and are willing to make great use of their own built-in absurdity. It’s actually pretty fun when a band realizes that they’re a self-parody and just go with it. Because of that, I’m not sure I’d like this song very much separate from the video.

    The GnR video, on the other hand, is an entirely different matter. GnR apparently has the reputation for “revitalizing” arena rock and singlehandedly extending its popularity for a least a few years. I think that reputation is a bit overblown, but I’ll agree that their gritty look and sound (and the contrast that made with their contemporary cookie-cutter glam bands) was “their thing”. This video and song are so far away from that. Strings?!? Seeing it makes me think a little about the spoken video pitch in Kevin Gilbert’s “Certifiable #1 Smash”.

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