In which your host recalls key music videos in his formitive years.
Right, that's that out of the way.
Possibly a formitive experience for me (but not for the reasons you might think), and a huge and hypnotic music video from a time when music videos were barely in their infancy. Baby It's You is deceptively simple - it's the band on separate stages, some coloured backdrop, strategic lighting and a smoke machine. And a thunderous combination of yearning passionate male vocals(tm) on verses and ear-hammering female chorus. You thought The Pixies invented loud-quiet-loud? Nope, the Canadians did.
My association of this song is from a family trip around the West Coast in the family Vauxhall. Grouped with Eruption's I Can't Stand The Rain and Heatwave's Boogie Nights in a seemingly endless rotate of whatever local radio station we could pick up on the car stereo, it was around Kaikoura that we heard the DJ tell all listening that siblings Leslie and Jed Knauer (two thirds of the band, a family affair, had been killed in a car accident. Or was it the other brother? Who died? Who lived? It was a load of DJ bollocks of course, but without the tools of the trade you're reading from now we believed it for years, adding a sad eerieness to those voices with every replay, as these things sometimes do.
I was entranced by the band - they looked like nothing I'd ever seen before - Jed had Luke Skywalker hair, Leslie had a short spiky barnet and a man's shirt and braces. It was mystifying - how could three people make such a HUGE noise in such a small space?
Down the years the video would get brought out for the occasional airing on TV - quite often on the New Year's Eve shows back when watching them was a fair option for a teenager not yet able to 'go out'. Incredibly it wasn't until a few years ago that I worked out why. Incredible. But still a killer song.
Despite the album being a commercial failure and the follow-up single Let's Get Back Together being really really bad, this single stayed at number one in the NZ charts for five consecutive weeks here in NZ, and even prompted a cover version in the early 1990s by Hamilton metal band Blackjack. You won't get that sort of recall on Wikipedia you know.
Oh, and for the freakiest 'live' version of this courtesy of German TV where they were also huge (oh stop it) - here.