Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Forgotten Classic Video of the Week

I was at the bar with some friends last night (yes, I know it was Monday but give me a break, it was my birthday!) and as we were leaving, I heard this song and knew immediately that it would be my video today. It's an underappreciated song by one of the more underrated artists of the '80s: "Like to Get to Know You Well" by Howard Jones.

I can't hear this song and not picture the scene from Better Off Dead where John Cusack and Diane Franklin, the ubiquitous, curly-haired fantasy girl of all teen boys in the '80s, got to know each other well by working on an old car. What a great movie. Howard Jones should have written a tune called "I Want My Two Dollars." E.G. Daily could have sung it at the prom. That paper boy really deserved his own theme song.


Anonymous said...

I want my $2 was brilliance. That French chick was so hot too. I have no idea why I'm a sucker for accents. Foreign ones, not those cheap domestic ones.

And nothing about the Van Halen video in the midst of said movie?


Les Becker said...

Holy shit, he's got more hats than me!

Travis said...

Likin the Howard.

Bond said...

OK mea culpa for missing your birthday

WOOOOOOOOOOOOOO bars on Monday's nothin'better!

Lee Ann said...

Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you, Happy birrrrthdaaaay deeaaar Beckeeeyyyeeee....Happy birthday to you!
Sounds like you celebrated in style, wish I could have been there for a drink and a toast!
Have a great day!

LoraLoo said...

Is it just me, or was Howard Jones always looking like he was very uncomfortable dancing in his videos?

That paperboy was hilarious. I wonder if he made any more movies?

Turnbaby said...


OMG OMg Omg omg--okay--

There are 'others' who understand the beauty--nay--the sheer genius of "I want my two dollars?!?!?!?!?!

Ok--I am chilled--

I love this song probably only because it is in that movie--I LOVE that frickin movie--

Of course the mere mention of John Cusack gets me all squirmy--in the good way--ok--I've rambled enough

Thanks for the video Beckers


I'll stop


Neo said...

Becky - Happy belated B Day.

I love "Better off Dead," I love that one scene where the flintstones comes on the tv and barney starts talking to him and asks if he wouldn't mind if he dated his girl. Good stuff.

Peace & Hugs,

- Neo

Writeprocrastinator said...

Say, howzabout more hard rock and metal? You can't bang your head to Howard Jones. Lord knows I've tried and no one ever, is to blame, Beck.

deadspot said...

Howard Jones and Better Off Dead in the same post? I think I'm in love.


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