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Aug 14, 2006

OK Go -- Here It Goes Again

Raise your hand if you haven't seen this yet.  Anybody? Anybody?  Because you darned well ought to.


(I haven't figured out how to put a video link in here, but you can get the video at OKGo.net.  Other videos are on YouTube.  Jerry -- feel free to advise on how to do that thing you do.)

I'm no rock historian, but I peg this video as an excellent homage to the earliest days of MTV, 25 years ago.  A bunch of semi-nerdy hip guys dancing, quirky humor, no technology, no budget and no sex.  A video like this could well have been Madness doing One Step Beyond* or Night Boat to Cairo.  And what about the direct references to the source code for Video Killed the Radio Star -- the rhythm, the riffs, and the synthesized voice filter?  Damn, but I enjoy this video.  Bonus: I am no longer thirteen.

2 UPDATE: yet more OK Go vids on YouTube.  Go here for A Million Ways to Be Cool (pictured at right).  That page also has links to various other performances.  The Million Ways video reminded me of the NCSSM lip sync contest of '84 in which Jason D. and I did up Devo's Jerkin' Back and Forth.  We choreographed the hell out of that piece and the performance was probably the best thing I've ever done in front of an audience except for my jerkin' back and forth one count past the final beat.  (For the record, Jason's performance was impeccable.)  I sort of wish we had a video copy.  (choreography imaging assist: we started with tennis racquet covers on our heads which stayed on for the opening four beats at which we flung them off with a neck snap.)  Of extra bonus appeal -- Jason and I had been best friends the year before but had parted ways badly.  It was nice to get back together for a show that made us both happy for ourselves and each other.  We didn't turn into friends again but we did restore goodwill. 

Now that I think about it, it was a lot like my impression of rock band reunion tours.  Now that I think about it, the same thing happened three years later in college with a parted-ways-wish best friendship that reassembled for a movie announcement / fencing skit to introduce The Princess Bride for the BFS. There is nothing like running off stage with huge smiles for a genuinely ecstatic hug -- with the sound of dozens of screaming and laughing fans to cheer us on.


*the first video I ever saw on MTV, followed by Once in a Lifetime and then (I think) something by Missing Persons.

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Man, I can't stop watching this. I even like the music. But I can't help wonder how it was choreographed. I especially liked the "skating" move and the spinning in a circle move toward the end.

Ed. note -- my friend Hilary says that little sister of one band mate was/is a high school cheerleader who helped out.

Posted by: Tarus | Aug 14, 2006 10:45:13 AM

Dang, yo, that's a good video. I'm going to watch it again!

Posted by: minty | Aug 14, 2006 11:25:07 PM

YouTube videos usually have the HTML code right on the page for embedding videos. It's in a little window; just select and copy the code and paste it into the HTML window of your blog. I'd be more specific, but YouTube is down at the moment, so I'm going from memory here.

Posted by: Jerry | Aug 15, 2006 3:06:57 PM

You haven't reached your performing peak yet--Devo was okay but accordion busking tops it easily. Besides, who was it--Liesl, Katie and Paige?--they kicked your ass that night.

Posted by: Dave | Aug 18, 2006 5:27:17 PM