Seven Videos That Got Away From Me During Blogging Hours

noah | April 30, 2008 12:00 pm

It’s the last day of the month, a time for desk-clearing and “to do” list-finalizing and, in the case of April 2008, celebrating that a pretty horrible 30-day stretch is near its end. With that in mind, I’m going to use the last posting day of each month for “Rule Of Sevens,” in which I put together a couple of seven-item, mostly-commentary-free lists–from aborted post topics to my current best-of-the-year rundowns–for your reading pleasure. In the first installment, please enjoy these seven videos that I really wanted to post on various days during April, but didn’t, for reasons ranging from “I got distracted and watched it five times in a row instead” to “All I can really say about this song is ‘it’s awesome and you should listen to it now.'”

1. Unrest, “Make Out Club”

(It’s not just a pop gem, it’s also the inspiration for the name of one of the first indie-rock social networks.)

2. Paula Abdul, “Straight Up”

(This was on VH1 Classic during my red-eye back from California Monday night. Idol looniness aside, this song is still terrific.)

3. Motley Crue – Don’t Go Away Mad (Just Go Away)

(I always felt like this song never got its due, in part because it was always overshadowed by the way inferior “Sam Ol’ Situation.” Pro: the rolling bass line in its intro. Con: The dumb “Too Young To Fall In Love” reference. Actually most of the lyrics are not that great.)

4. Expose – Let Me Be The One

(This may be one of my all-time summer jams. I always take it out of storage when the temperature creeps over 65.)

5. Ida Maria, “Oh My God”

(Right, I know, I’m cheating because I posted this already. But this song is worth checking out if you missed it the first time. And for those of you who want to hear a different version of it, here’s the band on Later With Jools Holland.)

6. Toto, “Hold The Line”

(Blame the ad buyer at the Mets’ TV network who sold a package that included lots of Mohegan Sun ads soundtracked to this song.)

7. Cyndi Lauper, “She Bop”

(This video’s coyness makes me lament the days before MTV’s standards and practices department allowed overly blatant masturbation references to sluice through every programming hour.)