Post by The Mad Plumber on Aug 9, 2009 10:41:04 GMT -5
For Billy Joel's "We Didn't Start The Fire", here are two versions: the first I suppose being the official music video that I don't really care for and the second I suppose being an unofficial music video of sorts that I think would have been a far better direction.
Dull, dull, dull. Like Cold Case, the characters in this video are apparently so shallow that they have to embody every gimmick and fad of the era just so that the viewer has no doubt what decade the story is taking place at. The video seems really oblique to the lyrics of the song and Billy Joel is doing nothing!
Now, here's the version I do like ...
This was how I first heard this song. When I was in junior high, every classroom had a television and the students were required to watch Channel One during the homeroom hour. The homeroom I was assigned to was monitored by a history teacher, and he would occasionally play videos as alternatives to Channel One. He played this video, though I have no idea what the origin of it is. How sad it is that I find a cut-and-paste edit collage is far better than a filmed video that features the song's actual singer. Nevertheless, this was a far better direction to have taken the video.
Note that it was also very difficult for me to find this video since every YouTube user with a cheap-as-nails editing software has their own take on the music video.
Post by The Mad Plumber on Aug 22, 2009 9:50:28 GMT -5
Robert Palmer - "Simply Irresistible"
This is probably the late singer's most recognized solo work. Even if it was probably the most overused of anthems, I still find it enjoyable. I believe I saw in an interview Palmer saying that he found the video direction largely contradictory to his own character or tastes.