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Two Videos...Same Song

What is the deal with bands making two videos for the same song?

I never noticed Firehouse has two videos for their hit "Don't Treat Me Bad" until last night. For Christmas, Heather gave Eric a guitar book filled with music for all the songs we love. One of those songs is "Don't Treat Me Bad." He was having trouble with the rhythm so I popped the song up on YouTube. That's when I saw the two versions of the video.

Metal Mania typically only features the video with the girl going nuts, destroying all of guitarist Bill Leverty's stuff. Here's that version.

The other video reminds me of Whitesnake. It's very dark and takes place in an alley. Things (naturally) catch fire and a beautiful woman (naturally) is the antagonist. Watch for yourself.

So, what's the deal? This was during the time that labels would still spend a little money on signed bands to ensure success, so perhaps Epic executives thought two videos would equal twice the album sales. Whatever the case, it seems a little superfluous to me.

Reader Comments (6)

I know in my observations, record companies in other continents (ie. ahem, North America) insist on having updated "cooler" videos, so to speak. You know, because the foreigners (ie. ahem, North Americans) have a higher standard in eye candy and other things superficial that ultimately equates to better marketing :) A little annoying, a little insulting, but fun in the end. Am I way off?
December 23, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterlesh
you know americans arnt the only superficial ones in the world.

has anyone ever heard of glamnation? its a totally awsome site kinda like the mamas fallen angels thing.
December 23, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterChey
I remember seeing the 2nd video (alley w/fire) on MTV when it first came out. I like that version better, more focus on the band.

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I'm on Glamnation as "Bringbackglam." Send me a request.

December 24, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterAllyson
i have a dvd with them talking about the two videos it had something to do with recording one in there home town with there friends and family there but then the label wanted a more comercial video. Ill watch the vid again and make sure im right on this.
December 24, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterdirty angel
Sometimes a band started to break and a new video was recorded with more resources. The ONLY version of this video I remember "back in the day" was the second version in the alley. I saw that other version a few years back on Metal Mania and was confused at first. Then I realized just how cheesy it was... I'm thinking that's why they redid it. The alley one is a little more standard for the day... performance vid... plus includes tons of fire ... which makes sense for FireHouse. ;)

December 26, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterTyk

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