Back in 1987 when the original video vixen, Tawny Kitaen, first cartwheeled atop her future ex-husband David Coverdale's Jaguar XL (and into metal fans' hearts) in Whitesnake's "Here I Go Again" video, she and the band probably had no idea how iconic that image would become. But this week, it was announced that the video has generated more than 10 million views on YouTube, after being available on the site for only a year. That may not sound too impressive compared to record-holder Justin Bieber's nearly 250 million spins, but considering that the "Here I Go Again" video made its MTV premiere 23 years ago (and that the song was actually first recorded in 1982
), it's remarkable that it has held up so well.
Somehow this video has taken on a life of its own, inspiring parodies and tributes in American Dad!;
the movies Talladega Nights
, Death Proof
, and Old School
; and Bowling For Soup's "1985" music video
. And apparently this has inspired a whole new generation to watch the legendary car clip--albeit online, not on Headbangers' Ball
Yes, other memorable videos of the hair metal era have tallied up an impressive number of YouTube spins, some larger than the totals for videos by today's hitmakers--like Warrant's "Cherry Pie" (almost 700,000 views), Poison's "Every Rose Has Its Thorn" (about 4 million), Motley Crue's "Girls Girls Girls" (about 500,000), Guns N' Roses "Sweet Child O' Mine" (3.7 million), Van Halen's "Jump" (about 5 million), and Twisted Sister's "We're Not Gonna Take It" (3.5 million). But none of them have close to the number of "Here I Go Again" plays. Probably because none of them have a gauze-swathed Tawny Kitaen rolling around on the hood of a luxury automobile.
Whitesnake still tour and record but, of course, are not quite the rock powerhouse they used to be. And Tawny has fallen on especially hard times, with multiple arrests and somewhat disturbing appearances on the VH1 reality shows The Surreal Life
and Celebrity Rehab
. But as long as "Here I Go Again" continues to generate spins online, both the band and the girl will forever be preserved in circa-'87 Spandex. It's doubtful that Bieber's "Baby" will still be racking up this kind of video numbers in the year 2033.
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