May 29th, 2013 / 5:46 pm
Film & Music

Tunnel vision


Hairband videos of the late-’80s seemed meta in how they “set up” the song by showing the band, usually conceitedly, approach the stage during the opening riff or drum beat, to kind of glorify, or prolong, the imminent explosion of the song (rap songs, similarly, often begin with vignettes of rappers speaking into the mic about how they are about to start rapping). Bon Jovi’s “Livin’ on a Prayer” (1986), whose titular contraction of “living” serves the lingo of our times, was in many ways the ultimate rock anthem video, with its talkbox riff, rigged flying theatrics, and artsy black & white lavender tint. I would “air band” it (an intricately spliced combination of air-guitar, -drums, -bass, and -vocals), running into furniture, discovering bruises the next day which unfairly implicated my parents. The song tells the story of Tommy and Gina, a young working-class couple whose love for each other compensates for their stout lives — while real life Ginas preferred displaying their mammalian buoyancies at the composer of the song, whose slo-mo moments right before the nipple highlighted videos of this nature. Of milk’s offering, newly satiated from Korova bar, we come across dystopian bros entering a tunnel in which they are to beat a homeless man to death. Anthony Burgess’s prophecy can now be seen on homeless beating videos, snuff meets Punk’d, in which teenage boys competitively break faces with cinder blocks and bats, the retina display of life perhaps more convincing than a video game. Misandry just happens. One may wonder if all videos are essentially games, life’s diorama inside a cartridge, the control pad’s rubber buttons as numb nipples whose virtual and distant volition is an actual child, silhouetted with his co-conspirators, in infamous anonymity.


  1. mimi
  2. A D Jameson

      The backgrounds remind me of this.

  3. mimi

      that is a really cool book cover

      and the fact that Michael Silverblatt calls The Tunnel “The most beautiful, most complex, most disturbing novel to be published in my lifetime.” makes me really want to read it!

  4. deadgod

      I doubt “misandry”, exactly. Those youtube heroes probably feel tougher battering homeless men, but I think they’d satisfy their locally prime directives equally by battering down-and-out women, if/when they found them (and not, say, by raping them, or rescuing them). I think what these sweethearts are doing is attacking retreat into animal persistence–committing themselves to never surrendering in the way of physical homelessness.