Wednesday, July 25, 2007

WHY GOD CREATED YOUTUBE™: "Love Touch" by Rod Stewart

Tiree helps us take a (some may say entirely unwanted) trip down memory lane today by pointing me in the direction of the video for Love Touch, Rod Stewart's synthesized-steel-drum-touting pop ditty that served as the theme song for the forgettable Debra Winger/Robert Redford romdramedy Legal Eagles. Tiree expressed nostalgia for the days when movie-song music videos clumsily incorporated footage from the original movie in them, and I have to agree: my favorite aspect of these videos (like El DeBarge's Who's Johnny, another movie-song video that takes place in a courtroom) is that they make absolutely no attempt to match the footage shot for the video to the cut-in clips from the movie, at least in terms of film stock quality; they flip-flop from 35mm film stock to video and back again while intercutting footage of the musicians into scenes from the movie like an intentionally bad Conan O'Brien sketch, and expect the audience to either not notice or not care because OMG Rod Stewart just sort of made eye contact with Robert Redford! Appalling. And that's not even taking into account how these videos rarely seemed able to snag the lead actors for the video shoot (Ghostbusters and the still photo at the end of Quicksilver Lightning notwithstanding), as here the only movie actor we see actually on set with Rod The Mod is Roscoe Le Browne, who gets to cower in fear as His Rodness prances on top of his judicial bench while the single-demographic (ie. "leggy female dancer") jury gets down to "deliberating" and, ultimately, sending a still-crooning Mr. Stewart up the river.

Truly, this is why God created YouTube.


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