Video Explain 8 – Black Sabbath ‘TV Crimes’

SLOW AND STEADY HE’S GOT TIME TO COMMIT ANOTHER TV CRIME

Leather jacket man shuffles down the street. Black Sabbath are playing on the television inside a pawn shop. Leather jacket man pulls a gun on the pawn shop owner. Leather jacket man takes money off the pawn shop owner and runs off with the television. Black Sabbath are playing on the television as leather jacket man puts the television in the car. Dio sings in the television as the leather jacket man drives the car.

The car pulls up to the curb. Leather jacket man sells the television to a pimp. The pimp walks down the street with Black Sabbath playing on the television. The pimp sells the television to a man with a stall, who sells it to a woman. Dio sings. Skateboarders ride past the woman. One of the skateboarders steals the television from her. Shots of Black Sabbath playing and dudes skateboarding.

Black Sabbath plays as we see skateboarders doing tricks and a woman rocking out. This continues for a while. The television falls off a building into a homeless man’s trolley. The homeless man wipes the television screen. Tony Iommi starts playing a guitar solo. The homeless man does a little dance. The homeless man sells the television to a baseball cap wearing dude. The homeless man is peeved at the small amount of change he has been given.

Baseball cap dude is excited by Black Sabbath being on the television. Red suited man wins the television in a card game with baseball cap dude. The television, still showing Black Sabbath, is placed in a garage. A man furiously cleans a yellow car. He takes the television to a pawn shop. He trades it for a red guitar in the window. The man walks down the street with the guitar. We see Black Sabbath finish the song. Dio has his arms in the air. Television static. The End.

TRIVIA:

  • Dio was the second singer for Black Sabbath, replacing original singer Ozzy Osbourne.
  • The song came out in 1992 and is about televangelists.
  • Bass player Geezer Butler says the video ‘makes no sense’

 

Video Explain 7 – Michael J. Fox ‘Pepsi Commercial’

THERE’S ONE TASTE THAT JUST CAN’T BE DUPLICATED

Michael J. Fox assembles and attaches a robot  Michael J. Fox head to a robot body. Robot Michael J. Fox wiggles his hands and opens his eyes. “Perfect, absolutely perfect” says Michael J. Fox.

Michael J. Fox goes to pick up his Diet Pepsi. Robot Michael J. Fox grabs  the Diet Pepsi at the same time. They jerk the Diet Pepsi back and forth. Michael J. Fox falls backwards. Michael J. Fox’s girlfriend comes in and hits Michael J. Fox with the door. Michael J. Fox falls down the trash compactor chute.

Michael J. Fox’s girlfriend assumes the robot is Michael J. Fox. “You just don’t look yourself today” she says. “Diet Pepsi – taste that’s generations ahead” intones the voice over. Michael J. Fox appears in the window, trying to get his girlfriend’s attention. The End.

TRIVIA:

  • Lori Loughlin from Full House plays Michael J. Fox’s girlfriend.

 

 

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Video Explain 6 – Haysi Fantayzee ‘Shiny Shiny’

PRESS THE BUTTON PRESS THE BUTTON IT’S ALL REMOTE

Fade in from white. Close up of a woman singing. Subliminal flashes including two military men and a dollar sign. Male gypsy starts singing the first verse. Images flash behind him, including Richard Nixon and a bomber plane. He sings in front of a shot of the woman singing and shots of Haysi Fantayzee. The woman and the male gypsy both sing ‘No chance!’ in front of blackness.

The woman, in futuristic 80’s fashion, sings the chorus on an orange and black flashing background. Male gypsy plays an extremely fast lead break on a guitar and throws the guitar away. On a black background both singers sing and dance in a jaunty fashion. Close up of the female singer singing. We see a crow. Zoom into a globe, a building then to a chess board.

There is a man in black playing chess with a crow. He pulls out a chess piece and takes a piece from the board shaped like a crow. Over various photos the male gypsy dances during a fiddle solo. Over a black background the male gypsy sings. The woman pokes him with a stick.

Male gypsy sings with a shot of someone polishing shoes with pearls in the background. More photos flash behind him, including a rocket ship and the woman’s legs in stockings. Male gypsy pulls down various images off the screen to reveal the woman singing.

The woman and the male gypsy dance strangely and sing the chorus. There are more shots of them juxtaposed over each other. They both karate chop the screen to the close beat puncuations. The woman stares into the distance. The End.

TRIVIA:

  • Kate Garner, the singer, is also a fashion photographer and designed the group’s eccentric outfits.
  • The lyrics are surreal, with lines like ‘I’m a hot retard, Marquis de Sade’.
  • Kate Garner appeared in the video for Eurythmics ‘Who’s That Girl’ video along with Bananarama.

Video Explain 5 – Chainmale ‘Schizophrenic Breakdown’

HE SAID IT’S ROMANCE AND SO WE ALL HAD TO DANCE

The singer is at the top of a yacht. He’s wearing tight stripey pants. He takes a huge jump into the water. Riots in Brixton. A man in the crowd is stealing a television set. The singer starts singing in front of a surreal painting. He dances and sings in a mime-like fashion. He signals to the right and left of him. Eight people start dancing around him to the beat.

In a smoke filled room the singer runs from pole to pole with agility. He sings out of the window to the people at Salamanca Market below. The singer hits the chorus with the eight dancers singing along. The singer leans on a table that isn’t really there.

The singer is singing and dancing through Salamanca Market. The eight dancers continue to groove on. Close up of one of the dancers in a suit. Footage of a man being arrested by police. Riot police in front of a fire. More singing and dancing with the eight people as the chorus hits.

It’s definitely the 80’s as the singer sings, walking through the crowd at Salamanca Market. It’s a sunny day. A woman sings along with the singer as the crowd looks on. More singing of the chorus with the dancers. The singer is at Salamanca again and joins in on a group rolling dice. He rolls two fives. The group take his winnings. They sing  the chorus to him. He sings and walks, flipping his hand and dissing them.

The singer and the eight dancers sing the final chorus in front of the surreal painting. They stop dancing for a second and look upwards. They continue dancing and singing then all jump into the air. Freeze frame. The End.

TRIVIA:

  • The origins of Chainmale and this song are rather mysterious. There is a theory that the singer moved from Cape Town to Hobart, as indicated by the lyrics.
  • What is known is that the singer’s name is Michael Freeland and he was a performance artist.
  • There are few other videos of Chainmale on Youtube. In one he discusses the Brixton riots in 1981.

 

 

Video Explain 4 – Megadeth ‘Symphony of Destruction’

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ACTING LIKE A ROBOT ITS METAL BRAIN EXPLODES

A motorbike rides through a forest. Two policeman on motorbikes ride towards a burning American flag with ‘For The People’ written on it. They are guarding a limousine. Close up of fingers on a gun trigger. A flash of white. Close up of a man’s face, his eyes are fire. Fire surrounds the face. Megadeth singer Dave Mustaine’s face appears in the flames singing the first line of the song.

We see some rich fatcats and a priest drinking and laughing. They are smoking cigars. Feet walking seen through a fence. Close up of Dave Mustaine’s face. Protesters walk towards a gate. We see the rich fatcats again.

There are protesters, one has a sign that says ‘Peace Now’. Riot police on horseback. The protesters walk towards a gate. We see David Ellefson rocking out on his bass. A politician’s face is covered in graffiti. The protesters are reaching through the gate. The rich fatcats are laughing again at the table. Dave Mustaine sings to us. The drummer is rocking out.

A crows applauds as a limousine pulls up. Dave Mustaine sings to us again. Guitarist Marty Friedman looks deeply into the camera. The drummer hits hard. There are flames over a guitar. A politician gets out of the Limousine with his wife, he is clasping the crowd’s hands. Dave Mustaine sings about acting like a robot. Politician in front of burning American flag. He continues to press the flesh. Megadeth continue to rock out. The media are there.

Dave Mustaine sings. The politician laughs. He is shot by a man wearing sunglasses. The politician falls. We see fire and the band. Dave Mustaine sings the chorus. We see a  homeless man pushing a trolley. We see his reflection in the limousine. Dave Mustaine continues singing. We see a man crouched on the street. A young kid walks around him in circles with an American flag. More shots of the band and the crouched man.

The drummer athletically hits the drums. Marty Friedman plays a guitar solo. A quick flash of a youth jumping over a an American flag covered seat. The protesters are being washed down with a hose by the riot police. In between shots of Megadeth we see the crowd rioting.

Dave Mustaine sings. We see a a reflection of the American flag and fire in the limousine window. Flames. The politician is shot again. Dave Mustaine sings. The rich fatcats and the priest at a table yet again. Now flash forward and the priest shoots at the politician. A large man in a suit also shoots at the politician. The politician’s dead face is stroked by his wife.

The politician kisses a baby in front of a burning American flag. Two youths walk down the street, one pulls out a gun. Dave Mustaine looks into the distance. A limousine rolls past a burning American flag with the words ‘For The People’ underneath. The song ends. Subliminal flashes. The End.

TRIVIA:

  • The song featured in Beavis & Butthead, they thought it was cool.
  • James Hetfield of Metallica kicked Dave Mustaine’s dog when Mustaine was still a member of Metallica.
  • The Pied Piper of Hamelin is referenced in the chorus to the song.
  • When Megadeth won a Grammy in 2016, the backing band played Metallica’s ‘Master of Puppets’ as Mustaine took to the stage. Mustaine was fired from Metallica in 1983.

Video Explain 3 – Aerosmith ‘Dude (Looks Like A Lady)’

THEN SHE WHIPPED OUT A GUN AND TRIED TO BLOW ME AWAY

Someone is using a pneumatic drill. Steve Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith fame walk by. We hear someone whistle. We pan up to see that the person drilling is a female in a safety helmet. Steve Tyler puts his hands to his face. He is shocked for some reason. Steve Tyler starts singing on stage with Aerosmith. He is wearing a kimono. He is dancing and pouting while he sings. He thrusts his microphone stand emphatically. The song fully kicks in. Steve Tyler dances and struts.

The song keeps going and the band continue to play on the smokey stage. Steve Tyler grabs his crotch as he sings. His mouth is huge. There is a shot of a woman in her underwear. Joe Perry manoeuvres his guitar. Shot of a scantily clad woman with a saxophone. The woman in her underwear whips a chair. Steve Tyler sings right into the camera.

Aerosmith continue playing onstage. We zoom in on a bride and groom. They turn around and the bride is a man with a long beard and the groom a woman with a moustache. Steve Tyler keeps singing. Behind shot of another woman in a green dress playing saxophone. Steve Tyler throws a woman in the air and catches her. He kisses her on the stomach. We follow a hand to a woman’s leather clad behind. Her Skirt is ripped off and reveals an Aerosmith tattoo on her buttocks.

Joe Perry plays a ripping guitar solo. Steve Tyler does the Walk Like An Egyptian dance.  After the guitar solo Steve Tyler sings another verse. He thrusts his crotch. Aerosmith are rocking out on stage to the chorus.

The bearded bride and a different woman kiss. Steve Tyler grinds the microphone stand. Aerosmith keep playing as the song mercifully fades out. The End.

TRIVIA:

  • Steve Tyler based the song on a time he mistook Vince Neil from Motley Crue as a woman at a bar.
  • The song was originally titled ‘Cruisin’ For The Ladies’
  • The song was used in the Robin William’s film ‘Mrs Doubtfire’
  • Steve Tyler has defended  the song by citing the lyric ‘Never judge a book by a cover or who you’re going to love by your lover’

Video Explain 2 – Starship ‘We Built This City’

 

WHO RIDES THE WRECKING BALL INTO OUR GUITARS

There is a small village. Birds fly past. The sky turns dark as two singers appear. A UFO flies past. Now a bass player and guitarist are behind a giant snare drum. The snare drum is being hit. The singer sings and dances on the spot. He has a mullet. He is singing and dancing in front of the darkened village. Frozen images of people appear around him.There is a close up of a cool dude in sunglasses and a close up of a woman’s face.

The singer keeps singing as people look to the sky. We see the Abraham Lincoln monument. People gather and walk towards the  Abraham Lincoln monument and stare at it. The singer sings to the Abraham Lincoln monument. The Abraham Lincoln monument comes to life. He stands up and sings ‘Rock n Roll’. People stare at him. The singer raises his eyebrow at Lincoln.

The female singer sings to us in front of shots of clubs. More and more frozen people appear until she is surround by 80’s people in leather jackets. She continues singing. A giant pair of dice fall from a building. A crowd of people run through the city. A giant dice now chases them.

Guitarist plays a passionate guitar fill as figures walk behind him. The man and lady sing in front of the city. People run frantically across the city like ghosts. The guitarist plays wildly. More people running as the man and woman sing.

A crowd stare upwards at a skyscraper. Starship are playing on top of the skyscraper! The band sing the triumphant chorus of ‘We built this city on rock n roll’ People are climbing up the scaffolding around them. The drummer has an amazing mullet and belts out an excellent drum fill.

Now a crowd of groovers dance with Starship. Fade to black. The End.

TRIVIA:

  • ‘We built this city’ is often cited as one of the worst songs of the 1980’s.
  • Bernie Taupin (Elton John’s writer) wrote the lyrics.
  • Ironically the song’s theme is anti-commercial and anti-corporate.
  • One of the lyrics is about police choking people in Los Angeles.

Video Explain 1 – Nirvana ‘Heart Shaped Box’ (director’s cut)

I WISH I COULD EAT YOUR CANCER

Probably Jesus is in a hospital bed with an intravenous drip that is full of blood and a fetus. There is a black crucifix under the bed, printed into the hospital floor. The room is surrounded by grey curtains. Kurt Cobain, Krist Novoselic and the drummer seem to be waiting for Jesus to wake up. Kurt looks bored.

There’s a poppy field with clear blue sky. Two crows on a crucifix that has a ladder against it. Jesus now has a Santa hat on. He places a poppy into the field of poppies. Jesus climbs the ladder to the cross and is now crucified. There are now three crows on the crucifix. Jesus blinks and looks around to the sky as the screen turns white.

Kurt, Krist and the drummer play as the band Nirvana. Nirvana plays in the poppy field and the sky has now turned a reddish pink. The crucifix no longer contains Jesus and there are two crows perched on each side of it. Close up of Kurt squeezing his face. Kurt continues to sing the chorus with close ups of his face interspersed with the band playing. His eyes widen. A crow joins in on the chorus singing ‘Hey, wait!’ on a red background. The crow’s face is close to the screen. More close ups of Kurt singing and smiling sarcastically and playing with Nirvana.

Amongst the poppy fields is a young girl in a white outfit, possibly a KKK garment. She is staring at a fetus hanging from a tree. A large lady with grey wings is walking on the spot and reaching out to a tree full of hanging fetuses. Her skin has been removed except for her face. The young girl is jumping up and down trying to reach a fetus from a tree of fetuses.

The sky is blue again. Jesus is still crucified with two crows perched on his cross and is now wearing a religious head piece instead of a Santa hat. The young girl skips past him. She is now looking up at Jesus and jumps, trying to reach up. She skips past him again and the large lady stares at us with red sky and crucifix in the background.

The sky is now reddish pink again and Nirvana launch into the chorus again. More close ups of Kurt singing exuberantly. He kicks the ground and slaps Krist in the face while they are playing their instruments. The young girl stares at us with poppies behind her.  She throws a poppy into the field. After finishing the chorus, a blurred Kurt runs a hand over his face.

The young girl’s Klan hat flies away. Butterflies fly past a crucifix with reddish pink sky, followed soon by the Klan hat. The hat falls into a red puddle. The puddle changes to black and white as a forest and a river grow inside the puddle. The Klan hat has now turned black and the puddle is red again. The young girl is now at the hospital in a black Klan outfit. Jesus is in the hospital bed again. There is a fetus in the intravenous drip connected to Jesus.

Now Jesus and the young girl have disappeared. Kurt is in the room now, playing a chord on his guitar. The guitar is plugged into an amplifier that is now connected to the intravenous drip. There is the young girl in the room again staring at us. Kurt, Krist  and the drummer are sat in the hospital room again and Kurt swings an old style time piece back and forth, like a hypnotist. The young girl touches the hospital bed which now has Jesus in it once more.

The large lady walks down a path surrounded by trees. We now see Kurt lying with his eyes closed in the poppy field. There is a white flash and we see another angle of Kurt on the ground. The large lady walks towards us. Kurt is now covered in fog as he lays on the ground. The young girl, now in white again, looks at Kurt and then back towards the large lady. A poppy falls toward Kurt’s body. We see Jesus pushing a wheelchair along a path, past the crucifix towards a forest.

The young girl now pushes a wheelchair along the path. The time piece, which appears to have a whistle attached, falls through Kurt’s sleeping body. The young girl opens her eyes and looks at us. Blood appears to start flowing through a white sheet (or possibly a blouse)

Pink curved walls house a box with Kurt, Krist and the drummer inside. There is a black heart attached to the box with windows, like a skyscraper. Kurt is spun around in circles by his band members.

Nirvana are now in a pink room with white stars on the walls and a bed. Kurt swings back and forth on a rocking chair singing. Krist and the drummer are in the background. We see the young girl again – she is in this room alone. In one shot she has a heart shaped box. Kurt swings the time piece on the bed. The young girl turns around in the room to see an empty bed. Meanwhile, Kurt falls off his rocking chair while singing. Still in the pink room, Kurt sings the remainder of the song. The drummer pulls a stupid face behind him. As we hear feedback Kurt smiles, breathes heavily and then frowns.

We are back in the hospital from the start of the video. The band are still waiting for Possible Jesus to wake up. Krist opens the grey  curtains and the screen turns white. The End.

TRIVIA:

  • Anton Corbijn directed the video. He also directed the Joy Division biopic ‘Control’
  • The video was mainly Kurt Cobain’s idea and he designed the treatment for it.
  • The film was colourised to make it look similar to the Wizard of Oz. It was filmed in colour then changed to black and white and recoloured to look like technicolor film.
  • After Lana Del Ray covered ‘Heart Shaped Box’ Courtney Love tweeted that song was about her vagina.

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