Just Sing, a cautionary tale
In today’s installment of our “Just Sing” series, an illustrative of example of what happens when singers don’t just sing (h/t, KC). To wit, the Hoppers, reviving an old 70s tune, “I Wish We’d All Been Ready.”
Never mind the fact that I liked the second verse better the first time the Hoppers sang about this idea when it was called “That’s Him.” It’s being touted as the Hoppers’ first ever concept video. Ok. But one does wonder: why is the concept of filming singers while they sing and splicing in staged vignettes that illustrate particular aspects of the lyrics’ narrative … why is this just now occurring to the Hoppers? Didn’t, among others, the Speers do this (though much more creatively, I’d add), like, three decades ago?
Well, no matter. I’m probably not the target audience here. And if you’ve got to put Connie (or Claude) solos on albums (and you do, of course), this ain’t a bad way to generate some traffic around a tune that probably would otherwise languish. Still, I think every youth lock-in from the 70s and 80s that showed those melodramatic and badly acted end-times movies attempting to scare kids into the arms of Jesus called, and they want their video back.Email this Post