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This was so odd when I saw it many years ago on late night music TV.
I looked it up years later and it makes a tiny bit more sense after some research.
 

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I was speaking to my mother about that song in that film and how if was such a moment when I heard and saw them for the first time... at the same time. An almost transcendental experience.
The Mrs's mother has mental health problems and really related to Garry Jules cover version of Tears For Fears cover version of 'Mad World' from the same film .. I explained to her who Tears For Fears were ..

.. that whole Donnie Darko scene's beautiful and honest for me .. I read the film's director Richard Kelly's book and his Mum worked in a mental health place when he was a kid which partly inspired his film ..


 
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This was so odd when I saw it many years ago on late night music TV.
I looked it up years later and it makes a tiny bit more sense after some research.
If you get the album it's off you can hear the uncensored version, which really rocks! No idea what happened to him, though.
 

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I'm not going to lie, I only really like this song because he uses the word wanker, he's got an interesting name .. Gerry Cinnamon .. and our head chef sometimes plays this at work and it cheers us all up .. the lyrics are pretty spot on though

 

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If you get the album it's off you can hear the uncensored version, which really rocks! No idea what happened to him, though.
I did go on to listen to the original. I also found a page of him "explaining" how the video came about.:

Bobby Conn explains THAT video



For all the people who have discovered me recently from the Never Get Ahead video currently posted on many blogs and on YouTube, here’s some facts you make be interested in:


1. The video is from an unrehearsed live appearance on Chic-a-go-go in 1997 or 1998 (ten years ago, shit!). Chic-a-go-go is a brilliant children’s dance show on cable access here in Chicago; it’s sort of like American Bandstand or Soul Train, but for little kids. Every week there is a random collection of kids and parents dancing to pre-recorded tracks and usually there is a special guest from the independent music scene. The guest can be local or touring acts, ranging from totally obscure noise bands to bigger acts. There is no budget and no rehearsal; they usually shoot two or three episodes in about two hours. The host is a punk rock rat puppet named Ratso and his lovely partner, currently Miss Mia Park.


2. I was asked to do a tune, and as the song was Never Get Ahead, I re-cut the vocals to remove references to fellatio. It is a kids' show, after all. I recut the tune the night before and really didn’t have time to rehearse the lip sync. I figured my sync would be terrible, but didn’t care too much about fooling people into thinking it was live.


3. The original version of the tune is on my album Bobby Conn, available through Atavistic/Truckstop Records. I think it is on iTunes, Amazon, etc. It’s my first album; please buy a copy as I haven’t seen any royalties from those people for a long time. There is also a live version on my album Live Classics, Vol. 1 released on Thrill Jockey Records. It is considerably more rocking than the original, which may or may not be an improvement.


4. This video clip was voted Worst Video Ever in a VH1 contest and has been broadcast in the UK and Europe pretty consistently for the past ten years.


5. The video was shot at 10am on a Saturday morning; I was not “coked out of my brain” as many people have suggested. If my performance seems exaggerated, well, perhaps you need to enjoy life a bit more.

6. Micheal Jackson and Motown are a huge inspiration for me, and I’m not embarrassed to admit it. I’m not really ashamed of much, really.

7. The woman in the blue dress is my friend Emily; you can see clips of her playing bass in another tune on YouTube, Passover. The woman in the plaid skirt is Monica BouBou; you can see her in most of my videos as she has played violin with me for over ten years and is my partner in crime. I can guarantee any dude that is interested in Emily or anyone else in the video that they are not interested a scumbag like you. Everyone else in the video, all the kids, etc, are just random people who showed up that day. Obviously, many of them were confused by my antics.

8. I am “for real.” As in, I am a real person. Is my hair real in the video? Is that a measure of my integrity? These are all questions for you to think about, but frankly, I am amazed at how much people seem to care about these things. It’s a sign of progress that we have the time to debate such issues over the internet. I guess that means that the larger issues confronting humanity have been pretty much taken care of. Hallelujah!

9. I have noticed that Americans have a harder time with sarcasm and irony that other cultures. We find sarcasm threatening in some way. I, on the other hand, find the emphasis on the illusion of integrity to be more frightening. The lyrics to the song both celebrate and mock political songwriting. The concept of 'the man' is a juvenile simplification of oppression. But the impulse behind it is still valid.

10. Finally, thanks for watching! I am very proud of this video, as it captures almost everything I love in entertainment. It is FUNNY, even ten years later!
 

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If this doesn't get you moving there's no hope. Fantastic groove jam which really cooks, & what seems like a very short 12½ minutes. One of the great soul singers.

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I did go on to listen to the original. I also found a page of him "explaining" how the video came about.:

Bobby Conn explains THAT video



For all the people who have discovered me recently from the Never Get Ahead video currently posted on many blogs and on YouTube, here’s some facts you make be interested in:


1. The video is from an unrehearsed live appearance on Chic-a-go-go in 1997 or 1998 (ten years ago, shit!). Chic-a-go-go is a brilliant children’s dance show on cable access here in Chicago; it’s sort of like American Bandstand or Soul Train, but for little kids. Every week there is a random collection of kids and parents dancing to pre-recorded tracks and usually there is a special guest from the independent music scene. The guest can be local or touring acts, ranging from totally obscure noise bands to bigger acts. There is no budget and no rehearsal; they usually shoot two or three episodes in about two hours. The host is a punk rock rat puppet named Ratso and his lovely partner, currently Miss Mia Park.


2. I was asked to do a tune, and as the song was Never Get Ahead, I re-cut the vocals to remove references to fellatio. It is a kids' show, after all. I recut the tune the night before and really didn’t have time to rehearse the lip sync. I figured my sync would be terrible, but didn’t care too much about fooling people into thinking it was live.


3. The original version of the tune is on my album Bobby Conn, available through Atavistic/Truckstop Records. I think it is on iTunes, Amazon, etc. It’s my first album; please buy a copy as I haven’t seen any royalties from those people for a long time. There is also a live version on my album Live Classics, Vol. 1 released on Thrill Jockey Records. It is considerably more rocking than the original, which may or may not be an improvement.


4. This video clip was voted Worst Video Ever in a VH1 contest and has been broadcast in the UK and Europe pretty consistently for the past ten years.


5. The video was shot at 10am on a Saturday morning; I was not “coked out of my brain” as many people have suggested. If my performance seems exaggerated, well, perhaps you need to enjoy life a bit more.

6. Micheal Jackson and Motown are a huge inspiration for me, and I’m not embarrassed to admit it. I’m not really ashamed of much, really.

7. The woman in the blue dress is my friend Emily; you can see clips of her playing bass in another tune on YouTube, Passover. The woman in the plaid skirt is Monica BouBou; you can see her in most of my videos as she has played violin with me for over ten years and is my partner in crime. I can guarantee any dude that is interested in Emily or anyone else in the video that they are not interested a scumbag like you. Everyone else in the video, all the kids, etc, are just random people who showed up that day. Obviously, many of them were confused by my antics.

8. I am “for real.” As in, I am a real person. Is my hair real in the video? Is that a measure of my integrity? These are all questions for you to think about, but frankly, I am amazed at how much people seem to care about these things. It’s a sign of progress that we have the time to debate such issues over the internet. I guess that means that the larger issues confronting humanity have been pretty much taken care of. Hallelujah!

9. I have noticed that Americans have a harder time with sarcasm and irony that other cultures. We find sarcasm threatening in some way. I, on the other hand, find the emphasis on the illusion of integrity to be more frightening. The lyrics to the song both celebrate and mock political songwriting. The concept of 'the man' is a juvenile simplification of oppression. But the impulse behind it is still valid.

10. Finally, thanks for watching! I am very proud of this video, as it captures almost everything I love in entertainment. It is FUNNY, even ten years later!
That's great, thanks very much for posting. It's a pretty decent album, too, but I have no idea where he is now.
 

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The Mrs's mother has mental health problems and really related to Garry Jules cover version of Tears For Fears cover version of 'Mad World' from the same film .. I explained to her who Tears For Fears were ..

.. that whole Donnie Darko scene's beautiful and honest for me .. I read the film's director Richard Kelly's book and his Mum worked in a mental health place when he was a kid which partly inspired his film ..


I helped make that cover a no.1 smash!
 

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I helped make that cover a no.1 smash!
Are you actually Roland Orzabel (or however his name's spelled) from Tears For Fears then?.. or that other one? ..

I had the cover version on cassette tape but I gave it to the Mrs's mum ..
 
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