VideoWar ’08: The Retaliationing

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)


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


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….


Hey, I liked the Politics of Dancing.

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


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


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)


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.


Jane Wiedlin is from Oconomowoc.

Just had to be said.


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


Holy shiite

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

“Mr. Disco summoned it.!”





Is off limits. She can do no wrong.

See here:

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


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


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

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…




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


*disappears in a cloud of purple smoke*


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


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

I can’t witness this war.


Dammit, Trex, I liked Visage too.

Another side project of Midge Ure, of Ultravox:

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


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

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


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


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


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…


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


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!!!!


I thought you were talking about a missile, Chasm.


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:


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


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



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


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


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


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

Quaker in a Basement

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


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


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.

Quaker in a Basement

[…] Nobody expects…JOHN CAGE! […]


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.


Meet Obama’s Secretary of Defense:

Strange and yet awesome.


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


Balloon Juice said,

February 28, 2008 at 0:33

[…] Nobody expects…JOHN CAGE! […]

Edgard Varese:


Good find, Quaker. A video full of win.


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


Oh, so that’s how its going to be.

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


This can only end in tears.

Qetesh the Qaveat Qat

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.

Qetesh the Qaveat Qat

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


Take me away.

I’m sorry it had to come to this.



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…..

Qetesh the Qaveat Qat

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


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.


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


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


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:

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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