A comparative analysis between two of the worst videos ever: Foreigner´s “Cold as Ice” and Journey´s “Separate Ways”.
Today, many hard rock and heavy metal bands pertaining to the Arena rock era from the late 60s and early 70s are considered classic bands. Among them are famous bands like Boston, Journey and Foreigner. It is pretty weird they represented an idea of “macho” rock which I grew up with. Maybe that is what is wrong with my friends? They believed these groups to be their role models? I am still trying to figure out why the music executives were willing to spend thousands of dollars on tours (renting the venues, arranging the logistic details, hiring the lights and sound systems, taking care of security, etc) for a concert that basically lasts one night and in their money driven world, destine no money at all to videos which are pretty much all we have left today. I have no clue how the tours were, but I would not want to go to one concert based on the videos. For today´s entry I am going to concentrate on videos by Foreigner and Journey but before I do, and since there is a high chance that I will never review a Boston video, I
Some of you were conceived to music made by these guys. No need to thank me for that mental image.
Foreigner: Cold as Ice
Journey: Separate Ways
Foreigner: Train Station.
Journey = Hangar
As we all know, to succeed in the business in the 70´s it was necessary for a band member to have either a jumpsuit (preferably silk or any shinny fabric), a matching vest and pants, white jeans or leather.
Besides the prerequisites mentioned, the guys from Journey added that “extra something”: Rolled up sleeves. (That apparently did not have an impact in the audience since the song made it to no. 8 on the Billboard 100- the other song made it to no. 6).
Both singers are wearing sleeveless shirts: coincidence? I don´t think so.
3. Hair and Make up:
“Cold as ice” had no hair and make up budget. PERIOD.
I am guessing that is either Kelly Hansen or Thom Gimbel. I´m leaning more towards Gimbel, but have not clue. Coffee is on me for whomever solves this mystery.
“Separate Ways” has a woman played by Margaret Olmstead.
I would have gone for a hint more of rouge (I assume they were going for the “Oh fuck I am in a hangar with weird man staring at me” not so subtle blushed look?). Also, I think she could have tried smiling. I do confess I LOVE THE JACKET.
4. “Air Guitar” or use of Imaginary Instruments
I admire the commitment the members of Journey had to selling records. Even though they were all professional musicians, (members of the group used to play with Santana) the guys go along with the idea of playing imaginary instruments at the beginning of the video. The only explanation I can contemplate is that they thought it would showcase their virtuosity. What I cannot comprehend under any circumstance is why they would agree to shoot the scenes with the keyboard on the wall I refuse to think that there is any other reason. It is either that or a case of collective dementia.
The Foreigner video is except from this circumstance but it does have a pretty strange solo:
Couldn’t the camera man get p there with him? Did they intend to shoot him from this angle so he seemed “unreachable” as far as guitar players are concerned? Was he not wearing shoes?
5. Director and Concept
“Separate Ways”. The director of the video, Tom Buckholtz said the concept for the video was that she was dreaming the whole thing. I think the man had never had a girlfriend. How could he think any female could dream about shirtless/rolled up sleeve men in a hangar looking like this:
“Cold as Ice”. I went to the official Foreigner site, googled and wiki´ed but could not find the director. That is how good he/she was. Am I too demanding? Is it too much to ask to have a director who given a song called “Cold as Ice” decides to do something with ice? or the north pole, or with blue colors? I am too basic? Is the best way to portray the song or the message by having a video with warm colors, light, heat, sweaty men on a train? We would love to know your thoughts.