“Separate Ways” & 6 Other Music Videos With Strange Plots
Escort received a lot of attention yesterday with the release of their video “Outta My Head,” which was a shot-for-shot recreation of Journey’s video for “Separate Ways.”
Naturally, this made me fondly look back at the cheesy delight that is the “Separate Ways” video and ponder about other videos with some strange plots. Here’s a breakdown of “Separate Ways” and six other videos with strange plots that will leave you saying, “HUH?!” out loud.
Journey – “Separate Ways”
A mysterious woman is walking all around a shipping dock. Add in awkward air instrumentation, some super-earnest singing while staring directly into the camera and an “it was all a dream” ending, and you’ve got yourself a recipe for ’80s gold!
Pat Benatar – “Love Is A Battlefield”
Great song, terrible video. Pat Benatar’s character runs away from home to the big city to become a type of hooker that only slow dances with dudes. There’s then a shimmy confrontation with her pimp, which she wins, and Pat and all her friends live to dance another day.
U2 – “Numb”
The pitch: Let’s do terribly annoying things to The Edge, and he doesn’t react at all, because he’s numb. Get it? Side note: The part with the feet is just gross…unless you’re into that sort of thing. (No judgment if you are. You do you!)
Bon Jovi – “Always”
Okay, this one is a bit weird, but here’s the simplest breakdown: An artsy couple is being artsy. Then the artsy guy hooks up with the artsy girl’s roommate. Artsy girl finds out and runs to the loft of another artsy guy. They hook up. Artsy girl then calls the first artsy guy and he shows up at the second artsy guy’s loft. There’s a fight about a sexy painting…AND THEN THERE’S A BOMB?!
Billy Squire – “Rock Me Tonight”
The plot? Billy Squire dances around his tastefully decorated home wanting to be rocked tonight. It’s also step one of a one-step plan on how to kill your rock and roll career.
Huey Louis and the News – “Hip to be Square”
Not sure if there’s a plot to this one, to be honest, but if there is one, it’s, “Here’s what Huey Louis’s tonsils look like!”
Nelson – “After The Rain”
A kid with a terrible home life gets whisked away into a Nelson poster. He then meets a Native American who gives him a feather and directs him toward a trail only to see his favorite band Nelson rocking out on a rocky hillside. But then he wakes up, and it was all a dream…OR WAS IT?!
Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock blogger. The first man she ever loved was Jack Daniel. (True story.)