Mick Jagger Burping
June 19, 2014 8:15 AM   Subscribe

Dancing in the Street with all music removed. A musicless musical video, with some interpretive dubbing.
posted by codacorolla (35 comments total) 25 users marked this as a favorite
 
Is this by the same people who did the Miley Cyrus video without music? If so, awesome.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 8:17 AM on June 19, 2014


Like so much of the 1980s, better without the soundtrack.
posted by philip-random at 8:23 AM on June 19, 2014 [5 favorites]


Dying in the street.
posted by TheWhiteSkull at 8:23 AM on June 19, 2014


That happened, and we all let it happen.
posted by ftm at 8:34 AM on June 19, 2014 [10 favorites]


Peacocking alpha males who have realised they are not going to be young forever, but are not at the acceptance stage yet. Very, very funny. Probably what I look like on the dancefloor.
posted by asok at 8:35 AM on June 19, 2014 [1 favorite]


I sorta feel like Bowie must've been hiiiiiigh, and not in a good way, to think that any of this was a good idea.
posted by aramaic at 8:40 AM on June 19, 2014


The outdoor wide shot where they're giggling and jumping around really tickled me. Awesome post.
posted by Ice Cream Socialist at 8:41 AM on June 19, 2014 [2 favorites]


Yes, it was 80s pastel hell writ large, and certainly over here it was ubiquitous and annoying because it was done for the Live Aid charity event. And the single release did top the UK and US charts for weeks, all proceeds going to Live Aid. So on that basis I must excuse it.
posted by GallonOfAlan at 8:42 AM on June 19, 2014


This thing with the original audio was bad enough (a friend of mine lamented "Jagger can't sing and neither of 'em can dance"), but it was pretty much dashed together quickly and was at least done for a good cause.

This was in 1985: embarrassing as it looks, Jagger was 'only' 42 and Bowie 37. Nearly thirty years later, Jagger (at least) is still doing pretty much the same stuff on-stage.
 
posted by Herodios at 8:44 AM on June 19, 2014 [1 favorite]


As always, Velvet Goldmine makes more & more sense. Heeeeyaaaay!
posted by kariebookish at 8:45 AM on June 19, 2014 [5 favorites]


Jagger can't sing

Wut?
posted by yoink at 8:46 AM on June 19, 2014


> Like so much of the 1980s, better without the soundtrack.

You shut your mouth.
posted by ardgedee at 9:02 AM on June 19, 2014 [2 favorites]



Yeah, shut it. (SLYT)
posted by GallonOfAlan at 9:08 AM on June 19, 2014 [1 favorite]


This video has always, since its debut, stuck with me as one of the great laugh riots of the '80s. So much fun to watch it again, with or without the "interpretive" sound.
posted by mykescipark at 9:19 AM on June 19, 2014


Zeros, just for one day.
posted by davebush at 9:23 AM on June 19, 2014 [7 favorites]


I just finished reading Keith Richards' memoir "Life", and a few times in the last half of the book, wondered if maybe he was being just a little too hard on Mick.

Having watched this: He wasn't being hard enough.
posted by JeffL at 9:23 AM on June 19, 2014 [2 favorites]


Among the many things I've long wondered about this video is why they left in the shot where Jagger drinks some water. I'm still wondering.

Also: I have the DVD of David Bowie's music videos, and while disc 2 has some neat late-career moments, disc 1 is a perfect inverse ratio of the ascendance of music video budgets and the decline of David Bowie as a singer. It begins with a simple, British TV shoot for "Oh You Pretty Things", and ends with the slick video for "Dancing In The Street."
posted by ThatFuzzyBastard at 9:33 AM on June 19, 2014 [1 favorite]


This video is scaring me - - make it stop!
posted by fairmettle at 9:34 AM on June 19, 2014


I remember this video as being the first time I felt humiliation by...proxy? Association? What ever it is, I recall seeing this on TV when I was about eight or nine and thinking "Who is listening to this?" Granted, my idea of music was The Simpson's Sing The Blues but I couldn't fathom the person who was watching this and not burning with shame. Holy shit...what a disgrace this video is.
posted by Our Ship Of The Imagination! at 9:36 AM on June 19, 2014 [1 favorite]


I like how taking out the music and adding sound effects basically turns it into a Don't Hug Me I'm Scared video.
posted by The Whelk at 10:00 AM on June 19, 2014 [1 favorite]


For me, like many, this was a formative experience.
posted by mazola at 10:00 AM on June 19, 2014


"What shall we do David?"

"Just dance, alone in a warehouse, or a field, like people do."

"What like together?"

"No like we're in our own bubble universes, responding to music and crowds no one else can hear or see."

"Oh, like a complete mental breakdown?"

"Exactly!, here put on this flowing raincoat and twirl around like a fairy prince - I'm going to have a series of small seizures while trying to imitate a pigeon."
posted by The Whelk at 10:04 AM on June 19, 2014 [14 favorites]


I'm going to have a series of small seizures while trying to imitate a pigeon rooster on acid."

I felt humiliation by...proxy? Association? What ever it is

No, the Association were actually pretty talented, but there's not a lot of video of them playing -- and almost none of them dancing. Dunno about Proxy Music.
 
posted by Herodios at 10:11 AM on June 19, 2014 [1 favorite]


OMG this is so hysterical that I can't stop laughing at work. Thank you for making my utterly shitty day/job have a glimmer of humor.
posted by stormpooper at 10:58 AM on June 19, 2014


I felt humiliation by...proxy? Association? What ever it is

Fremdscham (German): Embarrassment felt on behalf of someone else (often someone so ignorant to what they have done that they don’t know that they should be embarrassed for themselves); vicarious embarrassment.
posted by ThatFuzzyBastard at 11:03 AM on June 19, 2014 [6 favorites]


For those few souls who wish the video for Dancing in the Street went on a little longer, I present Slowly Dancing in the Street.
posted by carsonb at 11:05 AM on June 19, 2014


This is the best and worst thing ever.
posted by blue_beetle at 12:13 PM on June 19, 2014


Also good with Psy.
posted by underthehat at 1:03 PM on June 19, 2014


I'd think it might go better, when suitably stretched, with P.S.Y.
posted by aramaic at 1:37 PM on June 19, 2014


Ha. That was funnier than I expected.
posted by Too-Ticky at 1:51 PM on June 19, 2014




About Mick's Dancing...the lightbulb over my head came on when reading this except from a Jagger biography. If it wasn't for the Stones being scheduled after an amazing James Brown performance at the T.A.M.I. show in 1964, we would probably have a 70 year-old brit standing at the microphone doing very little....

"He repeatedly jumped into the air as if trying to use the stand as a pole-vaulting stick. He danced a bit more than usual; you can see him experimenting with his own body. Here, perhaps, the Mick Jagger of ’69 was truly born — out of necessity and, in a way, an innate sense of morality. He kept up with James Brown by becoming . . . James Brown."
posted by JoeZydeco at 2:23 PM on June 19, 2014


Someone once linked to or did an FPP for this great Bowie blog, which has a nice write-up of the song and video.
posted by Mid at 4:38 PM on June 19, 2014


Ha-ha! No-music Videos kinda reflect one zeitgeist of the 20-teens for me so far.

Also good with Psy.

The first of its genre that I've seen, and a swell video.
I have also enjoyed the Beach Boys suffer from this indignity.
posted by ovvl at 4:40 PM on June 19, 2014


This, and the Miley Cyrus video, are how I imagine all music video shoots to be. Yeah, I know that they likely have the music playing as a backing track over speakers, but in my mind they listen to the backing track on headphones, so if you're a crew member, or just someone walking by the set, this is what you see.
posted by Bugbread at 10:17 PM on June 19, 2014


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