Feb
27

VideoWar ’08: The Retaliationing




Posted at 17:15 by Gavin M.

John Cole has counterattacked, and TRex has entered the melee.

Guards, seize them!

You fools; you have blundered into our trap. Now cringe, I say, cringe under the iron boot of a little thing that we like to call…Weapon X:


Above: Dschinghis Khan – ‘Moskau’ (English translation) (3:19)

Seize them!

Wait, I think TRex is still conscious. Cringe, TRex, under the, uh, canvas go-go sneaker of your demise:


Above: Jane Weidlin and Sparks – ‘Cool Places’ (3:22)

60 Comments »

  1. David said,

    February 27, 2008 at 17:21

    Dschinghis Khan? Have you no sense of decency, sir? At long last, have you left no decency?

  2. billy pilgrim said,

    February 27, 2008 at 17:27

    At 1:15, they omitted the text of “Ha ha hahahahahah!” That would have made it a masterstroke.

    This has a certain Satellite of Love feel to it. But a VMD? I don’t know, I don’t know….a Whitesnake Video with Ann Althouse would be more effective….

  3. billy pilgrim said,

    February 27, 2008 at 17:30

    Hey, I liked the Politics of Dancing.

    …okay, that says more about me than about Video War, I guess.

  4. Gavin M. said,

    February 27, 2008 at 17:32

    Hey, I liked it too. I actually have that Blancmange song on vinyl, if that says anything.

  5. gbear said,

    February 27, 2008 at 18:02

    Brothers, Sisters,
    We don’t need this fascist groove thing.

    (I’m at work so I don’t get to join the youtube pile-on)

  6. Girl from UNCLE said,

    February 27, 2008 at 18:05

    Wow, that Sparks video is a perfect encapsulation of the 80s.

    I’m going to have to show it to some of the young ‘uns I work with.

  7. billy pilgrim said,

    February 27, 2008 at 18:23

    Jane Wiedlin is from Oconomowoc.

    Just had to be said.

  8. roy edroso said,

    February 27, 2008 at 18:28

    Sparks made “#1 in Heaven” (with Giorgio Moroder!) and are therefore forgiven for everything.

  9. Jay said,

    February 27, 2008 at 18:37

    Holy shiite

    I laughed, cried, vomited, and shot buggers out of my nose all at the same time.

    “Mr. Disco summoned it.!”

  10. Echo4Mike said,

    February 27, 2008 at 18:47

    Dude.

    Jane.

    Wiedlin.

    Is off limits. She can do no wrong.

    See here:
    http://www.janewiedlin.com/aspFiles/gallery.asp#

    Although I think that Sparks’ collaboration with Giorgio Moroder works against them. They, too will be shorn and exiled when liberation comes.

  11. GeoX said,

    February 27, 2008 at 18:54

    Sparks is one of the greatest bands ever. That is all.

  12. Echo4Mike said,

    February 27, 2008 at 18:58

    You know what? We can do better than you Sadly, No! guys in your Sadly, No! Ivory Towers:

    http://nakedgaming.blogspot.com/2008/02/people-powered-warfare.html

    Oh, yeah. Watch the whole thing for the “White Man Speak With Forked Tongue” bit – it’ll knock your socks off.

    Googling “Mannequin Soundtrack” right now…

  13. TRex said,

    February 27, 2008 at 19:09

    AAAAAAHHHHH!!!

    *hisses*

    Your kung fu is strong, Master Gavin, but you cannot defeat me!!

    http://youtube.com/watch?v=C7fytJURpos

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAAAA!!!!

    *disappears in a cloud of purple smoke*

  14. Blue Buddha said,

    February 27, 2008 at 19:22

    Enough of these vicious games. Everyone get on the floor and walk the dinosaur.

  15. Smiling Mortician said,

    February 27, 2008 at 19:35

    Ahem.

    Oh, shit, I’m a butter head.

  16. Clem said,

    February 27, 2008 at 19:57

    Knowing that Wiedlin is into FemDom redeems that song. A little.

    I can’t witness this war.

  17. billy pilgrim said,

    February 27, 2008 at 20:25

    Dammit, Trex, I liked Visage too.

    Another side project of Midge Ure, of Ultravox: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fOKMxMjc8Mk

    …..umm, did I just become a VidWar aggressor?

  18. tigrismus said,

    February 27, 2008 at 20:33

    incoming!

  19. TRex said,

    February 27, 2008 at 20:46

    …..umm, did I just become a VidWar aggressor?

    Welcome, paduan. Feel the POWAH of the DARK SIDE!!!

  20. billy pilgrim said,

    February 27, 2008 at 20:52

    okay, you guys are just fomenting an 80′s dance party:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fOKMxMjc8Mk

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EpCcelpvkps

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z8p1zDXdQRQ

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZUDBzVg_-u0

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0hhm0NHhCBg

    and finally:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0bM0wVjU2-k

    Crap, it sounds like my dorm room. Gel my hair sideways and get me my pleather pants!!

  21. ortho_bob said,

    February 27, 2008 at 21:36

    One for the Worst Person In The World.

  22. Jamey said,

    February 27, 2008 at 21:37

    Cheer up. Jane Wiedlin, the sexy bee keeper look is making a comeback.

  23. billy pilgrim said,

    February 27, 2008 at 21:47

    There aren’t enough videos of guys standing motionless while tinkering with electronics for my taste.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5c81X6BiI0Y

  24. Tone In DC said,

    February 27, 2008 at 21:59

    Somebody find the video of “Start me up”. The shots of Charlie and Bill chuckling at Mick and his attempts at dancing are classic.

    …Kick on the starter and I’ll go much higher…

  25. Marsupial said,

    February 27, 2008 at 22:00

    HOW DARE YOU!! Sparks, used as a weapon in a video war? Sir, I am shocked!

  26. Chasm said,

    February 27, 2008 at 22:02

    There is only one way to stop the madness… GO NUCLEAR. You will never get this song out of your heads, you hear me? NEVER!!!!

  27. tigrismus said,

    February 27, 2008 at 22:08

    I thought you were talking about a missile, Chasm.

  28. billy pilgrim said,

    February 27, 2008 at 22:22

    Listen, I grew up in the days of Mutually Assured Destruction. You kids today have it easy. Suffice to say, when you are living with the ever present threat of total annihilation, you play for keeps regardless of the cost:

    http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-8610362188397291938

  29. Chasm said,

    February 27, 2008 at 22:36

    Close one, tig, but you were shooting love and I somehow made it out alive.

  30. DirtyFuckingHippie said,

    February 27, 2008 at 22:39

    I am forever injured after watching both of those in a row…….

    Gahhhhh!!

  31. Chasm said,

    February 27, 2008 at 22:49

    The horror. The horror.

  32. billy pilgrim said,

    February 27, 2008 at 22:56

    Of course, sometimes one must make your VMD on a budget…..

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4eNBgHMPsak&eurl=http://www.i-am-bored.com/bored_link.cfm?link_id=19228

  33. Duros62 said,

    February 27, 2008 at 22:56

    No one – and I mean no one – can overcome damage from Klaus Nomi.

  34. tigrismus said,

    February 27, 2008 at 23:45

    Oh Duros, I didn’t know we could post 100% PURE AWESOME. I think I’m suffering from sensory overload, but I still have the energy to lob this

  35. Duros62 said,

    February 28, 2008 at 0:04

    Shit, tig, was that supposed to be anti-heroin? ‘Cuz after seeing that, I think I need to start booting.

  36. Quaker in a Basement said,

    February 28, 2008 at 0:05

    In the disco vid, isn’t that Doug Henning in the green costume? I wondered what happened to that guy.

  37. tigrismus said,

    February 28, 2008 at 0:13

    Don’t do it, D! Not if you want to remain whole!

  38. sxwarren said,

    February 28, 2008 at 0:13

    It’s oddly comforting to know that the guy in the vid with Jane is so devoted to his pet that he’ll wear it on his head even when he’s working.

  39. Quaker in a Basement said,

    February 28, 2008 at 0:29

    Shields up!!

  40. Balloon Juice said,

    February 28, 2008 at 0:33

    [...] Nobody expects…JOHN CAGE! [...]

  41. Blue Buddha said,

    February 28, 2008 at 0:39

    Duros62 said,

    February 27, 2008 at 22:56

    No one – and I mean no one – can overcome damage from Klaus Nomi.

    tigrismus said,

    February 27, 2008 at 23:45

    I think I’m suffering from sensory overload, but I still have the energy to lob this…

    Speaking about Nina and teh Klaus, she redid his Total Eclipse with a couple other guys recently. The chorus was sampled from the original version. I have a version where she sings the lyrics, and actually it’s much better than this video.

  42. goat or panic said,

    February 28, 2008 at 0:41

    Meet Obama’s Secretary of Defense:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AfEHboPvApc

    Strange and yet awesome.

  43. FlipYrWhig said,

    February 28, 2008 at 0:52

    One thing’s for sure: porcelain _is_ the surest plan.

  44. Blue Buddha said,

    February 28, 2008 at 0:53

    Balloon Juice said,

    February 28, 2008 at 0:33

    […] Nobody expects…JOHN CAGE! […]

    Edgard Varese:

    http://youtube.com/watch?v=a9mg4KHqRPw

  45. Duros62 said,

    February 28, 2008 at 1:11

    Good find, Quaker. A video full of win.

  46. Duros62 said,

    February 28, 2008 at 1:15

    Anyone else catch Klaus Nomi on the Venture Brothers with Iggy Pop and David Bowie?

  47. tigrismus said,

    February 28, 2008 at 1:23

    Oh, so that’s how its going to be.

    Also, have I got an organ for you! hotcha!

  48. tigrismus said,

    February 28, 2008 at 1:25

    MAD

  49. Batocchio said,

    February 28, 2008 at 1:33

    This can only end in tears.

  50. Qetesh the Qaveat Qat said,

    February 28, 2008 at 2:32

    I hate to have to be the one to do this, but I think John Cole has to be disqualified. You see, his ‘music video’ is from an 80s Australian comedy TV series. Can’t for the life of me remember the name, but they had a different mock song each show, if I recall correctly.

    Now I’ve done my Miss Priss act, I can get back to watching the Ultravox and Visage gear and relive my yoof.

  51. Qetesh the Qaveat Qat said,

    February 28, 2008 at 3:15

    Oh, well, if no-one else is game to cut a long story short, I win.

  52. Singularity said,

    February 28, 2008 at 3:15

    Take me away.

    I’m sorry it had to come to this.

  53. New Worlds » Come And Dance And Love The Fish. said,

    February 28, 2008 at 5:25

    [...] From Sadly, No!. [...]

  54. Blue Buddha said,

    February 28, 2008 at 5:27

    http://youtube.com/watch?v=tIJHkLyYK10

  55. billy pilgrim said,

    February 28, 2008 at 5:50

    awright, it’s later in the night….if you aren’t buzzed yet, you should be soon, go get a drink and let’s forget about this synth-pop BS.

    It’s not about Video war anymore, but it IS about waking the neighbors

    Time to pull out the power pop and start spinning something with a bit more bite. The Figgs are perfect, and will play until morning…..
    .

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oy9JKXDDPmo

  56. Qetesh the Qaveat Qat said,

    February 28, 2008 at 10:38

    Aha, here it is! John Cole, you are hereby disqualified. Smacked down by The D Generation.

  57. MrSparkle said,

    February 28, 2008 at 16:34

    I may have been born after the Dschinghis Khan video was originally created, but dammit, I can’t stop watching it now from the unintentionally hilarious lyrics mixed with a catchy pop beat! I hope you’re happy with the collateral damage you’ve created in this YouTube war, Gavin. I hope you can sleep soundly at night.

  58. YouTube Wars « amahchewahwah said,

    February 28, 2008 at 21:40

    [...] the theropod in the treehouse, and Gavin from Sadly, No! have been having a techno-pop YouTube war for the past few [...]

  59. Sadly, No! » We Do Not Expect You To Beg, TRex… said,

    March 1, 2008 at 3:10

    [...] YouTube war continues apace. Gavin got down and dirty and pulled out not just Dschingis Khan (with subtitles!) but Sparks (featuring Jane Wiedlin), too. [...]

  60. Ole said,

    March 1, 2008 at 17:12

    An 80ies synth pop all out war and no one has lobbed a Howard Jones yet?

    That’s just sad … but please do enjoy all that novel v-editing going on here. Doesn’t get much more 80ies than that:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XD3qA54Fn_Q

    And Chasm … do NOT use Nena as a WMD. Watched her live in Denmark around 1985 and she was teh hot! Like, really.

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