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Great Song of the Moment

March 6th, 2009 by Kevin Murphy · 58 Comments

Recently I learned that MTV has put online every video the network has ever shown on air.  That’s a lot of wasted memory and bandwidth, but I appreciate the completeness of it.  Go take a look and give it a try.  If you can get past all the advertising, network tinsel and slow load times, you may find yourself stuck for hours. After sitting through the first chorus of “Love Plus One” by Haircut 100, I immediately raised the bar by a mile and looked up my favorite music video of all, made for the Replacements’ song “Bastards of Young” from the album Tim.

The Replacements |MTV Music

It isn’t new, it isn’t current, it was never that trendy, but at this moment, it’s the best damn thing in the world.  Hope you enjoy.


Tags: Great Music · RiffTrax · Trends · video

58 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Wesley Stamper on Mar 6, 2009 at 9:10 am

    Apologies to those who may be insulted by the following comparison, but this song strongly brings to mind this bit from Oscar Drill (and the Bits):

  • 2 Ben on Mar 6, 2009 at 9:12 am

    Apparently, there are severe gaps in MTV’s library. Who could forget the ever wonderful and completely lamented Cycle Sluts from Hell?

  • 3 Slade Rockfist on Mar 6, 2009 at 9:19 am

    GREAT video, Kevin! Now that I know about the video vault online, I can waste even more time in the time sink that is The Internet. Thanks.

    I’m sure you’re not the fan of modern rock that I am (not ALL modern rock, some of it SSUUUUUUUUUUUXXXXX), but one of my personal favs is Audioslave’s “Cochise” video. It’s not eclectic or esoteric, there’s nothing artistic or even original about it; it’s just rock n’ roll, scaffolding, and fireworks. FIREWORKS. And even starts by showing you the phrase “PLAY LOUD”, just in case you were going to pansy-ass your way through it at 50 dB. Fits the song perfectly, as a good video should do (unless it’s just got a guy listening to the song in his room, then what’s to fit?).

    Dig it.

  • 4 Krunchy on Mar 6, 2009 at 9:40 am

    They are totally lying!

    I don’t see either of the videos made by Heaven … the really cool looking video for the cover of “knocking on heaven’s door” nor the Van Halen video rip-off “Rock School” .. Though they do have Heaven 17.

    They also do not have any videos from the Killer Dwarfs … Mtv SOOOOO lies!!

  • 5 Krunchy on Mar 6, 2009 at 9:41 am

    Great songs, and I believe they were featured on Beavis and Butthead as well.

    Part of that weird band naming clan that included Gay Bikers on Acid … and their spin-off (no kiddling) Lesbian Dopeheads on Mopeds.)

    Ahhhh that early 90’s.

  • 6 AJ on Mar 6, 2009 at 9:43 am

    :( Vid won’t play to people outside the UK. Youtube, here I come………

  • 7 Bill Corbett on Mar 6, 2009 at 9:45 am

    The Replacements were the reason I wound up in Minneapolis.

  • 8 AJ on Mar 6, 2009 at 9:47 am

    I meant US! Damn it, my bloody brain. I’m just getting old and pathetic!

  • 9 Carpeteria on Mar 6, 2009 at 9:53 am

    So your complacent and nascent displacement was a result of the Replacements?

  • 10 Krunchy on Mar 6, 2009 at 9:58 am

    Perhaps I’m going against the grain, but I preferred their 1st album “Look Ma, I forgot to take out the trash” it’s like happy hardcore that didn’t take itself too seriously, unlike say, Husker Du; THEN the nail you with “Johnny’s Gonna Die” and “Shiftless When Idle”.

  • 11 King Artie on Mar 6, 2009 at 10:12 am

    There’s a lot of irony in the fact that MusicTeleVision has to have a separate website for music videos.

    I don’t know if that says a lot about MTV or music or both.

  • 12 Laura on Mar 6, 2009 at 10:52 am

    My brother would play this music video whenever he got bored. It’s new and actually hilarious for a rap song video. And I hate rap.

  • 13 MonkeyCheezPants on Mar 6, 2009 at 11:11 am

    They were on Beavis and Butthead; the boys greatly enjoyed their song.

  • 14 Conor Lastowka on Mar 6, 2009 at 12:16 pm

    Question: Does Gary still Got a Boner?

  • 15 jason on Mar 6, 2009 at 12:58 pm

    I think you must mean Gaye Bykers On Acid, who were an old punk rock band who came out many years before Cycle Sluts From Hell, who were kind of a joke.

  • 16 jason on Mar 6, 2009 at 1:02 pm

    Wow- no pomp; no fronting; no bouncing boobs or booty; no prancing (or as the Dead Kennedys put it “See the latest rejects from the Muppet Show shake their tits and their dicks as they lip-sync on screen”). This is a good music video. All it needed was a cat to walk by somewhere near the end of the second minute, and it would be genious.

  • 17 jason on Mar 6, 2009 at 1:09 pm

    Oh, by the way, my fav band with a ridiculous name like that was a band from San Antonio who used to play here in Houston called Fearless Iranians From Hell. They put out 3 albums and a 7″ (which featured one of the greatest and punkest songs of all time “Blow Up the Embassy”), then disappeared. I wonder what ever happened to them…

  • 18 Rob on Mar 6, 2009 at 1:16 pm

    Great googly moogly, they have Bonnie Prince Billy videos. I actually paused The Dark Knight Rifftrax to watch them.

  • 19 Wesley Stamper on Mar 6, 2009 at 1:22 pm

    There’s something I don’t like about a band that always smiles…

  • 20 Conor Lastowka on Mar 6, 2009 at 1:36 pm

    The most important Replacements question of them all: Can’t Hardly Wait, Album version or Tim version?

    Mike and I nearly came to blows over this one once.

  • 21 Matt on Mar 6, 2009 at 2:29 pm

    Awesome, thanks Kevin.

  • 22 Remmie Barrow on Mar 6, 2009 at 2:39 pm

    I am just surprised that MTV acctually played a MUSIC VIDIO.

  • 23 Hawkins on Mar 6, 2009 at 2:45 pm

    Tim version, without a doubt. Better lyrics, more rockin’, no horn setcion. What about the acoustic version that got release on the re-issues they did last year?

  • 24 Mike Nelson on Mar 6, 2009 at 3:18 pm

    No, the only right answer is “the album version.” The drama of the caesuras alone make it superior, and the horn section turns an okay song into a great one.

    Pfft. I bet you claim to like “Tommy Gets His Tonsils Out”, too.

  • 25 Ben on Mar 6, 2009 at 3:20 pm

    Actually, I bought the Cycle Sluts’ one CD and it isn’t a bad listen. The band members were great with people like Lord Roadkill and Venus Penis Crusher.

  • 26 Conor Lastowka on Mar 6, 2009 at 3:23 pm

    Oh look, I found a picture of another fan of the album version. He’s listening to it right now:


  • 27 Mike Nelson on Mar 6, 2009 at 3:26 pm

    Hey, hey, holy crap! Let’s save that kind of stuff for Kirk v. Picard, can we?!

  • 28 blackmyron on Mar 6, 2009 at 4:42 pm

    Ah, the classic “anti-video”. Not as vicious as Neil Young’s “This Note’s For You”, though.

  • 29 Kevin W. Murphy on Mar 6, 2009 at 5:11 pm

    Sweet Conor, you are so astute, insightful, approaching Levi-Strauss in your cultural insight. And yet you are so very, very wrong.


  • 30 Rob on Mar 6, 2009 at 5:38 pm

    And “Left of the Dial” is my favorite ‘Mats song, while we’re bandying about such things.

    I also really like some of Westerberg’s solo albums, Suicaine Gratification and Mono being the two most liked.

  • 31 Emily on Mar 6, 2009 at 6:16 pm

    i loove this song. there’s a band called The Cribs that do a really fantastic cover of this song. it was on their myspace a while ago, dunno if it’s still there, though. hope so.

  • 32 Emily on Mar 6, 2009 at 6:19 pm

    it is! wooooo

  • 33 AJ on Mar 6, 2009 at 6:20 pm

    Pic *cough* ard


  • 34 Bill Corbett on Mar 6, 2009 at 6:38 pm

    Conor, Mike, Kevin –

    You all have valid points. But this IS an online forum, so… you’re each one-third of a Hitler.

  • 35 takineko on Mar 6, 2009 at 7:14 pm

    There’s an awful movie called I.F.O. starring Paul Rugg, who happens to be an awesome improv comic, cartoon writer, producer, and was the voice actor of Freakazoid. I just had the thought that you guys should get him to riff it with you. I could only find one copy for sale on Ebay but it was like 50 bucks, which tells me its rare, because it is soo not worth 50 bucks!

  • 36 takineko on Mar 6, 2009 at 7:15 pm

    Paul Rugg’s blog is by the way ;) I’m sure he’d say yes.

  • 37 Mike Burgess on Mar 6, 2009 at 8:01 pm

    Neither Roid Rogers and the Whirling Butt Cherries’ “Who Put Timmy In the Trash?” nor Box Of Frogs’ “Where I Started From” are there. Assholes.

  • 38 Mike Burgess on Mar 6, 2009 at 8:03 pm

    Yes. Yes, he does. It’s a Viagra boner, but it’s there.

  • 39 Barry on Mar 6, 2009 at 8:42 pm

    Best. Video. Evar.

    Although I’m *still* waiting for them to air the TV series.

  • 40 Chris Hughes on Mar 6, 2009 at 8:51 pm

    I remember “Radio Ga Ga” being on endless repetition in the early days, and the hateful reign of Motley Crue’s “Home Sweet Home” in the late 80s. I always prefered the curated approach taken by USA’s “Night Flight” to the glut MTV offered…

  • 41 TheBaffler on Mar 6, 2009 at 10:05 pm

    I expect Mike is the neatly-parted hair?

  • 42 Conor Lastowka on Mar 6, 2009 at 11:14 pm

    Sorry Kevin, this one I take to the grave. To each, his own, obviously, but I will ask the audience to take note that the “Album Version” was recently featured on the soundtrack to the movie “He’s Just Not That Into You”. Not that that should be considered a bad thing or anything.

    Here are the two versions, for comparisons sake:

    Great version:

    Phil Spectorized version:

  • 43 Wesley Stamper on Mar 7, 2009 at 9:22 am

    I’m now convinced that Conor is the reincarnated spirit of Clarence Darrow.
    First he associates the album version with a Ben Affleck movie, pretending to dismiss the significance of this association, then he goes for the kill by associating it with Phil Spector, knowing that he can feign innocence indefinitely, assuring us that he only meant to draw comparisons to Spector’s music, and that any associations with horrible acts of murder are purely coincidental.
    Well done!

  • 44 Earl Fando on Mar 7, 2009 at 10:30 am

    The video was kind of like Michael Snow’s wavelength, only more violent and with a rockin’ beat.

  • 45 Mike Nelson on Mar 7, 2009 at 3:40 pm

    Conor, please reveal the name of the band (you IM’ed me with it Fri.) whose lead singer offered a similar, though more full-throated, apologia.

    I feel fairly confident that should tip things in our favor.

  • 46 Invisible NanoGhost on Mar 7, 2009 at 11:51 pm

    I loved “Where I Started From” by the Box of Frogs (AKA Yardbirds Alumni)

  • 47 Invisible NanoGhost on Mar 8, 2009 at 12:03 am

    This is my first time listening to either version. I’d go with the album version, although it’s not an all-out win. There’s a few spots in the album version where there’s too many instruments in the mix. IMO. YMMV.

    I’ll now return to what I was listening to, “Arriving Somewhere but not Here”.

  • 48 Invisible NanoGhost on Mar 8, 2009 at 12:08 am

    (to be honest, the song I interrupted to compare these two versions was really “Shapes” off of “The Annazaal Tapes”, but I expect that nobody would get that reference!)

  • 49 Bullwinkle on Mar 8, 2009 at 7:57 am

    As I grew up listening to “the punk”, I have to go with Conor on this one. Tim version.

  • 50 Rubicon on Mar 8, 2009 at 10:27 am

    An excellent and surprising use of the word curated. Night Flight had a weird mix of stuff, and one of the best logos in TV history.

  • 51 Robert Denby on Mar 8, 2009 at 5:30 pm

    There’s a few spots in the album version where there’s too many instruments in the mix. IMO. YMMV.

    I believe Paul Westerberg said it best: “I hate music. It’s got too many notes.”

  • 52 NRRork on Mar 8, 2009 at 6:56 pm

    What did I just watch?

    Although I’ll agree it’s one of the better music videos ever made, but it really just wins by default.

  • 53 Montagthemagician on Mar 9, 2009 at 5:11 am

    Good call. Now I must be off. I have some bitchin in the the kitchen to do.

  • 54 Paula on Mar 13, 2009 at 2:12 pm

    There were two bands with videos played on the network that I could not find either.

  • 55 YeahSonic on Jan 13, 2010 at 10:29 pm

    In the risk of reopening the apparently volatile can of worms that is the “Can’t Hardly Wait” debate, I wish to cast my vote. Since the blog entry I am commenting on is EXTREMELY old, I’m not even sure anyone will even care enough about my opinion to read it. But, for what it’s worth…

    …I choose the “Tim” version. DEFINITELY the “Tim” version.

    It’s more rocking, more intense and energetic, less neat and polished. Now I must admit that I am not all that familiar with The Replacements’ music, but what I have heard suggests to me that the “Tim” version is set more in the heart of their style.

    Actually, this musical debate reminds me of one heated debate I had with a friend over two versions of R.E.M.’s “Radio Free Europe,” the widely-known version on their album “Murmur,” and the faster, messier outtake version on their B-sides and rarities compilation, “Dead Letter Office,” an album itself which is a strange, surprising treat.

    As in the “Can’t Hardly Wait” debate, I chose the “Dead Letter Office” version. It rocks more, it’s more free and spontaneous, and it just seems like it fits better with the spirit of the song than the more dance-pop sounding “Murmur” version.

    I remember when I first heard the “Murmur” version, and I thought something was wrong. Then I heard the “Dead Letter Office” version and said “Aaaaah, That’s better.” The raucous undercurrent of energy in that song had been released, and now I can’t think about it being done any other way. It’s also maybe the closest that R.E.M. has ever gotten to sounding punk, which is definitely something to hear.

    While I’m on the subject and on the slim chance that you read this, Kevin Murphy, I also have to thank you for suggesting I listen to “Bastards Of Young” by Replacements. As I mentioned above, I haven’t been much of a fan of theirs. But after hearing this song and “Can’t Hardly Wait,” I might have to change that. After all, Wilco almost worships them and Art Brut wrote a whole song praising them, so they’ve GOTTA be good!

    ( : )