City Coming Down
Somewhere in the archives I recall our discussing the Speer Family’s concept video of “City Coming Down.” I can’t find that discussion but no matter. Since I’d never seen the actual video before (and since it’s now available on youtube), here’s a clip of the video (via avfl comments via DBM, who has a “name the famous people in the skit” contest going on over at musicscribe):
It can seem quaint and a bit hokey from this historical distance (not to mention that Arvin Wynn intro that only feels like a blast from the past … hoo boy!), but recall this was in the early 80s (right?), which puts the Speers right out there in front with the rest of American popular music trying to capitalize on the new media of that era.
Maybe it’s just nostalgia but I don’t see groups of equivalent stature to the Speers experimenting like this today. I guess innovation isn’t entirely dead: there’s the EHSSQ iphone app! And of course the Hoppers and Karen Peck and others have figured out how to visually annotate their sets with overhead video projections (look at us! no … look at the video … no no! really … look at us. .. oh wait, there’s Mel Gibson’s Jesus … ohhup, there’s Kim Hopper singing the same song now but in Jerusalem, let’s compare the outfits and … no wait, we’re supposed to be watching the Hoppers now … boy they sure are singing with themselves real pretty like!). But this feels like pretty weak tea compared to the rollick and charm and good-natured, self-deprecating humor of the City Coming Down video. And isn’t that turnaround fantastic, with the restacked vocals and the big “but” kick?Email this Post