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Is 'After the Rain' an Unintentionally Funny Video?

Posted on Tuesday, August 16, 2011 at 12:02AM by Registered CommenterAllyson B. Crawford | Comments5 Comments

My friend Carlos wrote a cool top 10 over at Noisecreep called "Top 10 Unintentionally Funny Heavy Metal Videos." The list is pretty good but the inclusion of Nelson's "After the Rain" gives me pause.

Is the video for "After the Rain" really funny? That is, funny in an unintentional way? I guess I never thought about it much, but maybe the clip really is funny. Sure, it's not rip-roaring, thigh-slapping hilarious, but amusing nonetheless. I mean, the screaming, drunk dad is upsetting. But it is funny to think a teen boy would have a picture of the Nelson twins on his wall. And of course the Nelson twins come to life and suck him through a vortex to the secret land of Narnia. And by Narnia, I mean a pyro-fueled concert in the middle of the woods (where did they get the power for their amps in the woods?) And don't get me started on the Native American and the feathers. I don't get it.

You know what? By watching the video again I'm thinking the director had to go into this insanity with intent, right? I mean, how does something come off the rails so bad? I can't imagine the pre-production meeting for the "After the Rain" video to be something so serious that the Nelson twins said "We want a serious video with a real plot line. A sad kid. Bad dad. A massive concert in the middle of Narnia while we wear crushed velvet jackets." No, that just doesn't happen.

Does it?


 

Reader Comments (5)

What makes this video even worse is when you think how much money was spent on it. I'm sure it made the band sick once they figured out that they paid for it. Same thing about Krokus' "Screaming In The Night". How many peole were in that thing? I've seen movies with a smaller cast.
I was a little disappointed in the list. Too many Euro ones that no one saw. To me the worst one is a Grim reaper video where there is a guy in a wolf's head leading an medieval army or something. Just atrocious.
Unfortunately, with videos being so new, many metal/hard rock bands were at the mercy of some directors that had no idea about the genre.
August 16, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterscott whitt
I was thinkin' the same thing as Scott. There's funnier videos out there. Krokus' "Screaming In The Night" has to be one of THE funniest ever, but it's pretty obvious these guys were havin' a p*ss as they say in the U.K.

No, what we are lookin' for is UNINTENTIONALLY funny.

Here's my Top 10:

1) Winger, "Heading For A Heartbreak"
2) Extreme, "Kid Ego"
3) Poison, "Every Rose Has It's Thorn"
4) Guns'n'Roses, "Don't You Cry"
5) Pretty Boy Floyd, "Rock And Roll Will Set The Night On Fire"
6) Roxx Gang, "Red Rose On My Grave"
7) Mr. Big, "To Be With You"
8) Alias, "I Need You Now"
9) Europe, "The Final Countdown"
10) Tuff, "I Hate Kissin' You Goodbye"

I could keep going and I probably will later. This is just the tip of the iceberg. And, yes, there's definitely funnier, tho "unintentionally", for sure.

p.s. I actually like all of the videos in my list, save for G'n'R, Poison, Extreme and Mr. Big and Winger. Those truly s*ck, IMHO. Note, I said "video", not band. I happen to LOVE Poison and I think G'n'R are/were pretty good. But Wingjob, Unextreme and MR. Bore, not so much.
August 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMetalboy!
Everybody do yourself a favor and check out #7 on that list from Carlos over at Noisecreep. (it's from Candlemass) For God's sake, that's the best laugh I had in a while!!! 8>)
August 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGary
Why wasn't Krokus' Screaming in the Night included? That is one hilarious video! And Judas Priest's Hot Rockin'? I nearly choked on my Dr. Pepper watching that after reading the commentary.."Rob Halford's personal coming out party...at the end the guy is flaming; literally!" Ahh..hahaha!

On topic..yes the Nelson video is unintentionally funny. Just look at it!
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