Friday, August 10, 2007

What Sucks...Journey’s “Separate Ways” Video


A few questions, (25) come to mind while watching this thing.

Why the section where the band “air plays” their instruments?
Who in the band knew someone who owned a warehouse down by the wharf?
Why was the only girl they could find in the video a borderline Vicki Lawrence look-a-like?
Why put her in a white pleather jacket?
Why the sleeveless tee-shirt?
Why the extreme Steve Perry close-ups on “I wish you love” at the 2:19 mark?
How long was the dolly track the cameraman used on some of these shots? 30 yards? 40?
Why is there a section in the video where everyone is playing their real instruments, clearly not plugged in, except the drummer who plays a series of metal drums?
Why the keyboard on the wall?
Why do other band members pretend to sing the lead, when it is clearly Steve Perry’s voice?
What is with the “claw-like” hand motion dance the guy in the tweed jacket does right around the 55 second mark?
Why the creative decision to have all 5 band members back to back, standing on a pile of wood? They are all touching. This is around the 1:18 mark.
What’s with the “white guy fro” on the guy in the denim jacket?
Why is this girl just aimlessly walking around a wharf?
Who is the girl at the end of the video, in the bed, clearly it is not the girl in the white jacket, aimlessly walking around the wharf?
Why is this wharf empty except for the rock band Journey, and an early 80’s chick?
Was Steve Perry’s shirt sleeveless to distract from the fact that it has a purple checkerboard pattern on it?
Is it the bassist, or the keyboardist who looks the most like he’s in “Reno 911”?
Doesn’t Randy Jackson always say he was in this band? Where the fuck is he?
What’s up with the van driving by at the 1:37 mark?
Does the drummer have a shirt on that really says “foosball”?
Do you think he was really in the band or just a guy they found on the wharf?
Why is the girl in the white pleather jacket entering a warehouse, anyway (at 1:54)?
Who’s idea was it to chase Steve Perry through the wood platforms?
How is the girl at the end able to sleep if she is listening to the song that we are listening to, and if she’s not listening to that song, why is she wearing head phones to bed?

17 comments:

dehumidifier said...

this is one of those videos where journey rocks so hard they actually change the physical properties of things. or so i've heard.

Justin said...

25 questions.
One answer.

Cocaine.

I have a few questions about this video.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=kOu8x1gqW3c

The first one is: Where can I get one of those bad ass silver and black jackets?

piglet said...

Bands with faces like these are the reason animated music videos were invented.

That was so funny you could slide it into a "Flight of the Conchords" episode with no changes or explanations.

Anonymousfornow said...

It IS pretty fuckin' lame...

But Steve Perry has a great voice.

Boz said...

Absolutely!

Oscar said...

A fine voice indeed.

Invisible Woman said...

@Justin...I think that pretty much sums it up...

Anonymous said...

Steve Perry looks like Kobe Bryant.

Jon said...

Dude, this is like one of my favorite videos. These questions don't result from the video sucking, they are a by-product of this video's ass-kickitude.

Anonymous said...

I think Journey hated the idea of videos and this was their way of saying "fuck MTV" and all it stood for!!! Rock on Journey

Anonymous said...

Most all of the "crazy" things you mentioned that supposedly don't make sense are what made the video for me. This video actually turned me on to Journey and now I'm one of their best fans.

bigbro said...

What is with the “claw-like” hand motion dance the guy in the tweed jacket does right around the 55 second mark?

That would be the pianist, rocking out on his air-keyboard.

Anonymous said...

Randy Jackson was in the band LONG after this viedeo was made, for 1 album.

The Dreyfuss Affair said...

What the hell is wrong with you? This is the best video of all time. Stop questioning greatness.

The Dreyfuss Affair said...

What the hell is wrong with you? This is the best video of all time. Stop questioning greatness.

The Dreyfuss Affair said...

What the hell is wrong with you? This is the greatest video of all time. Stop questioning greatness bitch.

printed t-shirts said...

I think the drummer has a shirt with a print that says “foosball”. Thank you very much.