This is a true story, readers. We'd just checked into our hotel in Auburn, Massachusetts, last week when we had to use the facilities. As we did, we looked down at the toilet bowl.
And the toilet bowl said Toto.
Yes, it said Toto. We look at toilet bowl names because Framed once interviewed Green Day and Bill Armstrong told us that "Armatage Shanks"--a song from their greatest album, Insomniac--referred to the name of a company that made British loos.
And this toilet bowl said Toto. If you don't believe us check this out.
Well, talk about synchronicity! We'd been planning on doing a video by Toto, the band, for several weeks now, but had lazily opted for more modern artists. Now, stunned and chastened by the Toilet Message, we decided on the spot that we were absolutely going with Toto this week.
For those of you who don't know much about Toto (the band), they were an L.A. combo--studio musicians, mostly--who made a bit of a splash in the '80s with hits like "Rosanna" and our favorite, "Africa." This week's video and song is "Pamela," a minor hit from the late '80s, and it's here that you'll see everything that made the '80s so special. And by that we mean the ridiculous hair.
Enjoy Toto, everyone, and we'll see you again next week. We've heard and we've obeyed, O Toilet Message.
1 -- "I wonder: If I were even more buff, would it translate to record sales?"
2 -- "Let's see...according to the script, I now 'act seductively towards Toto.' This is a joke, right?"
3 -- Well, what the hell! It is a Toto video!
4 -- "Follow Gummo, human female, and I shall lead you from this hellish, plotless event."
5 -- Today's longshoremen know and respect proper lifting techniques.
6 -- "Have I ever told you how much I like your hair?"
7 -- Whoa. The stimulus has worked!
8 -- "I mean, I really, really like your hair."
9 -- Science has now established that musicians fare poorly in a complete vacuum.
10 -- Strangely, the Earthlings offered little resistance to the invaders from the Mudflap World.
11 -- "But Gummo, why did you want me to tell them their career was in the toilet?"
12 -- "Are you an Aries? Because you seem like an Aries."