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.