Thursday, March 27, 2008

Forgotten Classic Video of the Week

This song popped into my head one day last week for absolutely no reason. And since I can't think of the song without thinking of the stupid video, I figured I'd post it.

Here is Eddie Money with "Shakin'" from his 1983 album, No Control. The clip features a then-unknown Apollonia Kotero, who has pretty much returned to the land of the unknown. But hey, she had a nice run there in the mid-'80s as one of Prince's many protégés.

I think it's safe to say that, because of Eddie Money's ridiculous mugging and Apollonia's atrocious attempts at dancing, this is one of the queerest videos ever made. And I don't mean "queer" the way all the kids today do. I mean it in the old-timey sci-fi movie way. As in: Hey, what is that? Sayyyyy, that's awfully queer. What's going on? Is this some kind of gag or something?

14 comments:

Turnbaby said...

YUP LOL

I especially love the enthusiasm on the part of the 'starter' of the drag race!

Historical Wit said...

Wow, its funny what was "cool" or "hot" in the 80's. Sometimes retrospect is a scary thing.

BooRad said...

The way he keeps moving his mouth to the side....I keep expecting to hear Edward G Robinson's voice come out..."Yeah see, we're gonna win this race see..."

Malcolm said...

I actually heard this on the radio the other day. I never noticed until today that Eddie mimed to part of the guitar intro in the opening part of the video. Appolonia sure was hot!

Bond said...

I know this vide...ugh...

Loved your AI pieces this week... I am not sure what i think of David Cook...is he the next Chris (Everything i sing sounds the same) Daughtry?

Alice said...

that is one scary, scary man.

i hate how certain words have been tainted by current slang. queer was a perfectly good word! sheesh.

Beth said...

Don't tell anybody, but I love this song ...

Mike said...

Eddie....he is one willlllllllld and crazzzzzy guy. Love the side of the mouth deal. apples? Yeah I met her here in Minneapolis back in the glory days of Prince. Total deer in the headlights look on her face.

Blowing Shit Up With Gas said...

Saw him in concert once. He was totally wasted.

Moxie said...

Next week you'll have to follow up with an Apollonia 6 video. It's only fair.

fran said...

He looks like he's in an "Imitate Mr. Furley From Three's Company" contest. And he's winning.

In college one of my friends was a guitar player and ran into Eddie Money. He asked for any advice about making it in the music business and Eddie said "First get yourself a band." Uhh, thanks.

True story.

Writeprocrastinator said...

I roadied one gig for Johnny Gunn, the co-singer of this song.

Translation: I moved anvil cases here, stood around. Moved anvil cases there. Got to see the Keystone Palo Alto before it closed. Got 10 bucks, a beer and a free concert for my troubles.

genn6 said...

wow....I had no idea. Yeah, that is queer.
I love Eddie Money, and I've not seen the video before. Didn't have cable growing up, that was something we had to go to Gramma & Grampa's house for. I appreciate you dusting this one off for us.

Coaster Punchman said...

I was living in France in 1983. A friend used to write me saying "I wish you were still here - you're missing all these great songs."

Was this one of them?

 

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