Good Times, Great Videos

Last night a group of insane youth ministers (is there any other kind?) stayed up until the wee-hours of the morning to register our youth groups for the 2009 ELCA Youth Gathering.  It was an unenjoyable task; but one that was made a lot of fun because of the people who were there.  (And, possibly, because of the presence of beer & pizza.)

While doing meanial data-entry for a few hours, we shared stories, told jokes, and listened to music, and watched a bunch of YouTube clips…including the epic SNL cold open, which I referenced earlier today.  (I can see Russia from my house!)  Two of the videos we watched brought back memories of my childhood.  They are found after the jump.

It takes me back to a time when Michael Jackson wasn’t creepy and Steve Perry was considered handsome.  I remember being profoundly impacted by these videos as an elementary school student.  The frustrating thing is that we’re still dealing with a lot of the same issues reflected in these videos…if not more!  I’d like to believe there’s hope for a change in my lifetime.

On a lighter note, here are my reflections on the USA for Africa video:

  • 0:07 – The opening chord / bell chime has always seemed waaaay out of tune!
  • 0:25 – Signatures of all the musicians…classy.  I wonder if they used one of those four-colors-in-one-pen things, and just passed it around the recording studio.  Those were popular in the mid-1980s.
  • 0:45 – The Immortal Paul Simon…with Kenny Rodgers dialing up the 4-3 suspension
  • 1:09 – Tina Turner must have been up to three packs of Camels at this point in her career
  • 1:20 – Michael’s diamond-encrusted leg warmers (why is he all alone in the room?)
  • 1:51 – Dionne Warwick’s Psychic Hotline
  • 2:07 – Willie Nelson’s butchering of the word “by” – always made my sisters laugh
  • 2:14 – Terrible editing!  (who is the guy singing?)
  • 2:30 – Welcome to Mullettville, population: 1
  • 2:54 – Whatever drugs Cyndi Lauper is taking, I’d like some
  • 3:13 – Good thing Maestro Quincy Jones is there to conduct
  • 3:46 – Tito & LaToya Jackson (insert your own joke here)
  • 3:50 – How does Bob Dylan get the invite?  Did he have a big following after 1972?
  • 4:22 – Legendary musician, Dan Aykroyd.  What the hell?  Did Chevy Chase back out at the last minute?
  • 4:55 – Did they send the blind people into the same room for a reason?
  • 5:30 – Why does the Boss need to spend so much time studying the music?  Isn’t he just repeating what Stevie is saying?
  • 5:55 – Bette Midler makes an appearance…making me hate the fact I had red hair as a child
  • 5:57 – Harry Belafonte….easy, brosef
  • 6:48 – Thumbs Up, Lionel!
  • 7:03 – Best part of the video…posting the really complicated lyrics of the refrain we’ve heard over and over for the last 3 1/2 minutes.  Very helpful, gang.
  • 7:15 – I wonder how many people went to www.usaforafrica.org in 1985?  Had Al Gore invented the Internets yet?

Enough silliness.  Time to schlaff.

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One Response to Good Times, Great Videos

  1. Kara says:

    To get the full effect, you really need to watch the “making of” We Are The World. On this, you would see how Lauper’s body jewelry got in the way of the recording and Kenny Roger’s inability to sing the right pitch….even he knows it as he says to Mr. Simon “i’m going to do my very best to get on top of that note”

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