Sunday, November 13, 2005

A Seitz Video Extra Twofer

Today on the Alternative, the folks at VH-1 Classic provided us with a rare double. That's right, two Australian '80s videos in a row, one a relatively obscure track off a popular album, the other probably one of the more popular tracks off of a very obscure album.

First up was Midnight Oil's "Dreamworld", Peter Garret's polemic against coastal development in, I assume, his native country. This has actually long been one of my favorite Midnight Oil tunes. Nice hooks, solid melody, and as a bleeding heart liberal, the environmental protection theme resonated. As for the video, well, it's essentially a bunch of shots of the band playing in coastal areas, with Garret performing some of his patented gesticulations. There are numerous shots of Australia's lovely untouched Australian coasts, with hotels and industrial developments superimposed upon them, as if we couldn't quite grasp the message from the lyrics. OK, Peter, we get it. The whole "last square mile of terra firma gaveled in the mail" bit was pretty easy to figure out. Then again, this was the MTV generation they were shooting for. Not the brightest bulbs in the chandelier. This song is off of the Diesel and Dust LP, the first one I really remember hitting in the States, thanks to tracks like Beds are Burning and The Dead Heart. This one, in my opinion, was the best. [I totally agree, along with "Bullroarer"-Ed.]

Second up was the first single off of the first album from the obscure Australian power pop band, the Hoodoo Gurus. This was a band that my older brother used to listen to when I was too young and too uncool to listen to good music. Now that I'm older and just as uncool, I have a better handle on what's good and what isn't, but some of that old stuff still passess the test of time. The video in question, "I Want You Back" from the album Stone Age Romeos is the first of a trio of strong tracks that open that album, followed by "Tojo Never Made it to Darwin" and "Leilani". This band, in my opinion, was really underappreciated on these shores. This is what the New Porographers would have sounded like 15-20 years ago, at least up through Magna Cum Louder.

Anyway, the video manages to be one of the few with even worse animation values than the first video mentioned in the post. Highlights include guitarist Brad Shepard playing a guitar solo/duet with a very poorly animated claymation dinosaur. Keep in mind that nothing in the song has anything to do with dinosaurs, nor, really, does anything on the album, except for the album cover, which still pretty inaccurate, as dinosaurs were all long dead by the time the stone age rolled around, unless you're one of those wingnut "young earthers" who think that T-Rex (non-Marc Bolan division) was hanging with Adam and Eve in Eden. But still, there they are. All over this video. Dinosaurs as far as the eye can see, thanks to the magic of blue screen technology. It's safe to say that ILM was not consulted for this video. The other hilight, as in all Hoodoo Gurus videos, is Dave Faulkner's hair, of which I can't find a good picture.

Sorry I haven't done one of these in while, but I'm a lazy bastard. Also, I'm trying to maintain some product scarcity. [haha- not like we're burning beds either- also we love "Bittersweet" by Hoodoo Gurus, from Mars Needs Guitars -Ed.]