10 Other Weird Music Videos Released Years After the Song
Yesterday, Bob Dylan's website released a bonkers interactive music video to "Like a Rolling Stone." Its media player, concocted by a company called Interlude, lets you experience a few minutes of flipping through a satellite TV hookup on which everyone is lip-synching to the 48-year-old classic. A BBC newscaster, some History Channel talking heads, the insufferable stars of The Bachelor, a bunch of kiddie cartoon characters, Drew Carey and the Price Is Right models--they all want to know "how does it feel?"
While the interactive angle is new, the reason for releasing something like this isn't: Music videos have always been equally modes of artistic expression and big, shiny advertisements for records you can buy. On Dylan's site, now flooded with traffic, a banner ad announces that that his 47-disc omnibus boxed set is now available (just in time for Christmas). Sometimes, when a greatest hits album or soundtrack needs pimped, or someone just gets a weird whim, a new video is created for an old tune, defying the usual equation of new single = new video. Though "Like a Rolling Stone" is by far the most awesome, here are 11 other music videos for classic songs you might not know existed.
Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band - "Night Moves"
Song 1976, video 1994
A tale of teen lust oozing with nostalgia for the early '60s, Seger's breakout hit is full of descriptive detail, so it was a natural choice when Capitol moved to make a video to promote his greatest hits album. Laced with scenes of Seger performing at a derelict drive-in, the video flashes back to its Kennedy-era prime, and features a pre-Friends Matt LeBlanc eyeing a pre-Melrose Place Daphne Zuniga at a concession stand. Neither could apparently be bothered to lose their distinctly '90s haircuts for the shoot.
Paul Simon - "Me and Julio Down by the School Yard"
Song 1972, video 1988
Like Seger, Simon dusted off an old hit to promote a best-of compilation, but "Me and Julio Down by the School Yard" takes a more surreal turn. Big Daddy Kane and Biz Markie, representing the then-novel art of hip-hop, deliver a 25-second rap intro. Then Simon hangs out with a bunch of kids on an inner-city playground and teach them a valuable life lesson: Paul Simon is mean. The short, white, middle-aged singer/songwriter is an unlikely ruler on the basketball court and then, unmerciful, he strikes out a few kids in stickball. Spud Webb and Mickey Mantle show up for a while and John Madden yells at children. Still, no clue as to what mama saw.
James Brown - "Get Up (I Feel Like Being a) Sex Machine"
Song 1970, video 1988
Propaganda Films was one of the first production houses for music videos and it entered the feature film market in 1988 with the crime caper The Blue Iguana, starring Dylan McDermott and, in a small role, Flea. Propaganda got its hands on Brown's funk classic for the soundtrack and created a blazing visual cacophony of street dancers, disembodied heads, Day of the Dead figures and wiggly lines. Oh, and Flea pops up a few times, grooving out. (Something I learned while searching for the YouTube video of this one: Don't Google "Sex Machine" while in a public library.)