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Somebody Please Put Me Out of My Misery

Did you ever get a song stuck in your head? Usually songs that won’t go away are the annoying ones. Things like Toto’s “Rosanna” or the McCartney/Wonder duet “Ebony & Ivory”. This week’s cranial throbbing, for me, is courtesy of the worst song ever: Starship’s “We Built This City“. (And, in case you were wondering, the band’s name makes it eligible for posting on a science fiction blog that already has a music category. So there.)

What puts an extra layer of pain on this particular ditty (and by “ditty” I mean “dogpile”) are my memories of the horrendous video. There’s a lyric in the song that goes “‘Cause we’re just simple fools!”. (Leave alone for a minute that I am one of the ones who misheard the lyrics as the nonsensical “‘Cause we’re a ship of fools!”) The lead singer, Mickey Thomas (visit the website and click track #4 on the Flash jukebox at the top of the page. Go ahead. I dare you.) strikes a pose that can only be described as…well, actually it’s juts indescribable. But I’ll try. He makes 2 fists and holds them up in some sort of (I guess) emotional and heartfelt moment of communication. These guys get it. Quite frankly, it irritates me; mostly because I cannot get it out of my head! Grrrr! Kevin suggests that maybe the video director is responsible for this move. OK, well, at some point you have to take the responsibility for looking like a doofus. Thomas’ only defense is that it was the 80’s. Knee deep in the hoopla indeed.

Anyway, since I can’t get that damn song out of my head, I think it’s time to take stern measures. I need to meet the problem head-on. What I need to do is get it out of my system, see the damn video, and (hopefully) realize that it’s not as bad as I remember, or at least that I over-exaggerated the horror of it all. Googling yielded nothing (nothing!) on this video. No clips….not even screenshots. Can someone please, please find (or copy to the web) some captured footage/image of this painful video moment (“‘Cause we’re just simple fools!”) and put me out of my misery?

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John DeNardo is the Managing Editor at SF Signal and a columnist at Kirkus Reviews. He also likes bagels. So there.

4 Comments on Somebody Please Put Me Out of My Misery

  1. Might I suggest the less drastic measure of getting a less annoying song stuck in your head — that way, at least you can enjoy it on continual mental replay and it will just fade… try clicking #1:

  2. Earworms…

    You know those awful tunes that stick with you, even though you loathe them? “We Built This City” by Starship is one of those for…

  3. Thanks to John L. for at TexasBestGrok (The World’s Best Blog With Both “Texas” and “Grok” in the Title ™) for coming through with a link to the awful snippet in question.

    And just in time, too. I was starting to forget about it…

  4. I just watched the video (I don’t know why but I did) and I’m left scratching my head over one thing. When did Abe Lincoln start singing and join Starship?

    I hate to admit it but I remember buying that tape and playing it over and over. Please forgive me for that transgression.

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