Ultimately, we will all be called upon to defend the music of our youth. Some day, my kid is going to come to me and say, “Dad. The 80s. What the hell?” And I will say to her, “I was 13 when 1989 ended. It wasn’t my fault.”
(I’ll have to find some way to explain how Teddy Riley appeared in 174 bands between 1990 and 1995, but that’s another problem.)
Take Knight Crawler here. Clearly, they’ve spent about $193 on this video and they’ve hit all the 80s rock video highlights — long hair, tight pants, skanks, well, skank — none of it makes a lick of sense. Why the hell is there a woman in stone-washed jorts gyrating arhythmically on a “gritty” street corner? Why does the guitar player have one foot planted on the wall? Why is the drummer air drumming when he could be playing his drums?
That said, the terrible visuals do district somewhat from the lyrics and when you think about it, that’s a video’s primary job. Nobody likes Katy Perry for her musical ability.
Jason Harris still loves New Jack Swing and he will not apologize for it. But Kris Kross and ABC are indefensible.