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Sometimes we feel bad when we feature an outdated video here in Framed. It's like we're just phoning it in.
You know, like we did last week.
Other times we don't feel so bad, and this is one of those times. This week's video by the Romantics is an artifact of the 1980s, and is actually sort of interesting in that it's a pretty good reminder of what music videos were all about back then. Let's sum it up!
1. Girls with puffy hair wearing tight pants.
2. Musicians with puffy hair wearing tight pants.
3. That's it!
The Romantics were a Detroit band who played "power pop," a counterpoint to punk and a melodic, British Invasion-inspired return to a simpler time. Although their biggest hit turned out to be "What I Like About You," belatedly--it only hit #49 upon its release, but is still heard today in sports arenas around the land--our video is of their second-best charting song, "One in a Million," which hit #37 in 1984.
The catchy love tune is the soundtrack to this week's vid, a sort-of humorous romp in which singer Wally Palmar proves to be irresistible to hot women. It's a preposterous fantasy, to be sure, but the Romantics had fun with it as the band shamelessly mugged their way through the whole thing.
Please enjoy the video, the still frames we've provided, and--of course!--our justly-famous captions, which continue to elicit guffaws on six of the seven continents!
1 -- In ancient times, music was recorded onto great black platters that had to be shoved down the throats of music-playing machines that hated all life! Really!
2 -- The Romantics' second career as bridge chairs is largely forgotten today!
3 -- "I was wrong. It's not Fifi the lost poodle."
4 -- "Damn! This month's 'Breakout' has the best captions ever!"
5 -- Inviting babes to check out the gravity-free zone directly above his head was his "move."
6 -- The singer's feelings were often hurt by mean, well-informed critics.
7 -- "I wonder if Ringo's All-Stars are nothing but washed-up hacks? I must find out!"
8 -- "Hey, baby. Wanna meet three guys who, appearances to the contrary, would like to spend some time with you?"
9 -- "Are you really a dentist? It's in the back, on the right."
10 -- The UFO hovered dangerously close to the gravity-free zone!
11 -- And the next items to be auctioned were quality kielbasas!
12 -- "You, personally, Wally? I dunno. I guess, like, one in one point oh one."