Monday, December 11, 2006

WHY GOD CREATED YOUTUBE™: Billy Ocean's "Loverboy"

Last week, an extended illness provided me with ample free time at home. While most of it was spent sleeping, re-watching the fifth season of Curb Your Enthusiasm or vomiting, I managed to find time to digitize a few of my old vinyl records. After giving the 7" single of Billy Ocean's Loverboy a spin, it reminded me just how much I adore the ramped-up cheesy 80s production on that song (courtesy of Robert John "Mutt" Lange, the man who made the backwards snare hit synonymous with Def Leppard on the Pyromania album). I couldn't really remember what the video for Loverboy was like, so of course that led me to YouTube and the above-embedded gem.

WTF--I mean really, W...T...F. It has absolutely nothing to do with the song. The director apparently got the concept for the video from the song's synth overture that sounds vaguely Vangelis-like, so of course this means the video must be set in a futuristic...oh, shall we say, "cantina" of sorts, populated by a madcap crew of aliens and robots that would have been slightly more fashionable had this video been released a year previously when Return of the Jedi was still in theaters. The aliens are just amazing...there's the alien with a TV for a head, the robot DJ prop dusted off from the set of Herbie Hancock's Rockit, and the pink-haired Gelfling love interest. But my favorite creatures of all are the Jawas-that-aren't-Jawas -- because they're tall -- whose miraculous reappearance at the video's climax as the choir singing the octave-higher reprise of the refrain is nothing short of brilliant.

Truly, this is why God ceated YouTube.


Blogger girlfop said...

I... I'm just...

... just so overwhelmed.

I... will have to revisit this.

It's... so... BEAUTIFUL.


11:36 PM  

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