Thursday, August 01, 2013

Retro Video of the Week: "Crymazy" by Aerosmith

I meant to post a Retro Video of the Week yesterday, but was busy at a lunch meeting Uptown with Cliff Huxtable.  And I'm not going to be around tomorrow to post a Hair Band Friday, since I will be at the greatest music festival in the world.  To make up for these misgivings, I am posting three videos for your sonic and visual enjoyment.  Back in 1993 and 1994, Aerosmith was having a renaissance, thanks in large part to three fantastic videos featuring Alicia Silverstone.  Released in July 1993, November 1993, and May 1994, respectively, "Cryin'," "Amazing," and "Crazy" were bona fide MTV hits ("Cryin'" won several MTV VMAs).  All three were directed by Marty Callner, who directed most of Aerosmith's videos in the '80s and '90s.

"Cryin'" featured Silverstone breaking up with boyfriend Stephen Dorff (probably because he was a vampire, and a philanderous one at that), getting her belly button pierced, getting her purse stolen by Sawyer, chasing down Sawyer and kicking his ass, then jumping off a bridge to make Dorff feel guilty, only to reveal a rope.  So she's not dead, but she gives Dorff the finger and my 15-year-old self a woody.

Next up was "Amazing," where Silverstone and Randall "Pink" Floyd are engaging in some sort of cyberspace fantasy.  There are motorcycles and biplanes.  It was magical.

The final piece in the puzzle was "Crazy," which was Liv Tyler's career debut.  Her and Silverstone embark on a PG-13-rated Thelma and Louise-type journey that starts with skipping school, involves an amateur erotic dancing competition, and ends with skinny dipping and a self-aware (and literate) tractor.  I cannot overstate how much I loved this video when I was 16.

Enough talk.  Here are the videos:

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