Monday, March 23, 2009

Apache

As we were watching one of many basketball games over the weekend, some school’s pep band was playing a tune that Chad recognized but couldn’t place. It didn’t sound familiar at all to me, so I was no help in trying to figure out what it was. This morning on his way to work Chad finally put his finger on the melody, which originally came from this song by a British group called The Shadows. It's really not too bad of a tune, and apparently a few pro and college sports teams have adopted it as a rallying song on game days.

The funny thing is, even though it was originally a decent song, Chad initially became aware of it not through The Shadows version, but rather through an incredibad remake by a Danish singer/songwriter named Tommy Seebach. It turns out Chad had actually shared the song with me many moons ago when he first found it through a column on ESPN.com by sportswriter Bill Simmons. I think I must not have been blogging yet when I first saw this, because it is SOLID GOLD in the way of comedic material. I most definitely would have posted it if I'd had a place to share it at the time!

Bill Simmons actually does a much better (and much funnier) job of describing this music video--that is, if you can actually even call this a music video. I mean seriously—I don’t even know what this is. The song, the outfits, the dancing—it’s all just indescribable. I’ll just let the video do its own talking.



Really? Was that really someone’s serious attempt at entertainment? I mean the song is beyond awful in and of itself, but the video is just out and out atrocious. I mean, I know this was likely made it Europe and it was the late 70s, but really? What is with those dancers and their ridiculous choreography? What is with Tommy’s outfit and his creepy smile and his creepy swinging hips? I know the 70s were an era of questionable tastes but REALLY? Someone really thought this was a good idea in any decade in any country?

4 comments:

Jen said...

I couldn't watch all of it. Oh my.

cw said...

I can't get this stupid song out of my head! Damn you, Tommy Seebach!!!!!!!!!!!!

(may he rest in peace) ((and not record anymore music in the afterlife))

Anonymous said...

Thanks, I was worried someone thought it was funny....its not even that. where do these people come from sa

Eric said...

I'm sorry I missed this the first time around. It's magical.