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Anyone with kids will laugh out loud at this video. It's exactly what my kids chior looks like. I particularly love the kid on the conga during the little drummy licks. At the risk of being flamed, could it be that this video is a contrast to the sad sentiment of the song? Kids = fun times and new beginnings? Yin and Yang. Ba-da-boom ba-da bing.
I have no idea what makes a good music video, I just know that it's really hard to make a good one and there are so many bad ones out there!

This video reminds me a lot of REM's "Imitation of Life" video. It's same idea of using a high def camera to get a big shot and then using a computer to zoom in and out of different areas. The REM video had the additional quirk of being a 10 second video loop that just played backwards and forward for the whole song.

Here's a link to the REM video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CEhT2QlRBMo
Well here's the wikipedia bio for the director of the "She Called Up" video:

Robert Hales is a graphic designer and music video director from the United Kingdom. Hales has directed music videos by artists such as Jet, The Veronicas, Fuel, Stereophonics, The Donnas, Justin Timberlake, Nine Inch Nails, Gnarls Barkley and Crowded House. Not only did Robert Hales co-direct the video for Nine Inch Nails' "Star*******, Inc.", but he designed the artwork for the CD single of Nine Inch Nails' "The Day the World Went Away."

On August 31, 2006 Hales received an MTV Video Music Award for directing the Gnarls Barkley single "Crazy".

It has been rumoured that he willl direct Maroon 5's I Won't go Home Without You video. Robert Hales directed the video to Kiss You Off by the Scissor Sisters. Also Hales has also worked a groundbreaking music video for Justin Timberlake's "LoveStoned/I Think She Knows"
Lester, I agree with you completely, but in an opposite way: I have a kid and I cried to this like I never have to this song before.

The little conga drummer, the singers, the girl with the maraca...I can just *feel* that Paul is LOVING this video. I think it's what he would do if he could. The way it closes the curtains, leaving a little drummer boy visible til the very end, and then you hear the kids start to return to normal, life going on.

It captures the childlike element in the sadness of the song--laughing through the tears, to say it in a cliche--and in his personality...Pure genius.
I was actually poking around for the video this morning and was blocked out because of my location so I was thrilled to get an e-mail a couple hours later with a link. I thought it was funny ... especially the kids waving their hands in the air during the "la la las" but I kept waiting for the camera to zoom in to show the band members interspersed and singing with the kids.
Its on the Webpage now! Just saw it and I love it.
They've done it again! This video is smart, simple and funny. It obviously was not completed in 5 minutes and I doubt it cost under 100,000$ to do. The digital effects for the kids singing is superb.
I think its great and it really works well with the song.
Even though I loved the Don't Stop Now video (my favorite Crowded House video ever) , I'm happy they went in a different direction.
I'm actually happy there was no little gag. This is just simplicity, life, sadness, children playing music through it...jokes on a lower level are inappropriate to the beauty of the kids singing (to the way I read it). I'm also REALLY glad they didn't choose disrespectful closeups on kids who didn't know the words or who were goofing around. I was waiting for "candid camera" type moments, but thank goodness they chose moments that each child can be proud of, moments where they were really connecting and emoting (like the little hands reaching out on "chasm wide")...

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I agree, a shot of the band sitting in the audience at the end would've been a nice touch.

I'm kinda totally colorblind but is that a red stage curtain? That's a bit of a flashback to the "Better Be Home Soon" video and for me makes the Paul Hester connection stronger (probably just a coincidence).

I do like thinking of this video as a Paul tribute because I think Paul would've loved it! There's so much going on I feel like I see new things every time I watch it. Those kids are just so goofy and authentically kid-like. I'd love to hear the story behind the making of this video. I would also love to hear what the kids actually sounded like during this performance.
When I first heard the song I imagined a bunch of kids with missing baby teeth singing the "la la la's" so this video is almost exactly what I'd had in my head...

I have a son this age and he sings along to Crowded House with various instruments, sometimes butchering lyrics as he goes!...if you want another good laugh check him out dancing to Shark Attack...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vRE3HADvD4I

Does a momma proud Smiler
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Originally posted by justacat:
The red curtain is *definitely* a reference, IMO.

(Can one say "definitely" and "IMO" in the same sentence?)


That means it's definitely your opinion. I'd like to believe the red curtain is an obvious reference to BBHS but I kinda doubt that the director would be that familiar with the band's previous videos. Also, it's not all that uncommon for stage curtains to be red.
Right, painaporo (I'm a recovering theatre person so I am familiar with the tradition of red curtains)...I still think it's a reference; at least the red curtain said "CH" to me, even from the first album. And I can easily imagine a director watching a group's earlier videos before doing this one...

I was kind of joking about asking the question, btw. Guess when I *don't* put in an emoticon, people think I'm serious...
I guess it must depend on whether or not you have kids. I think that's possibly the worst video I've ever seen.

Maybe I just need to lighten up but a) watching kids fail to mime isn't my own idea of fun, and b) given the subject matter and emotion of the song, I'd have hoped they'd have treated it with a little more respect. (Maybe that was too much to expect given the bouncy tune Neil put this lyric to.)

I have a hard time with this song at the best of times. I like the tune and I like the lyric but I don't like the lyric put to that tune. The person who made me love this band died and this song conveys the trauma of that discovery. To wrap it in a jolly melody and do a video of kids (not even humourously) goofing it up kinda upsets me a (little) bit.

Neil's heart is in the right place, and maybe hiding the emotion of this song in these ways is a deliberate way of making the unpalatable palatable, but I think this is a disappointing error of judgment.

Having said all that, for those that like the song and have kids, I can see that this would be a fun vid. But I'm not on the same wavelength unfortunately.
Could be that it's part of letting go and moving forward. I agree with justacat that the homage to Paul could be the closing the curtain on the drummer, at the end. I think it's very respectful. It is a rather challenging balance to strike between people's continued pain, torment and feelings of helplessness; and not giving in to grief's undertoe. Seeing that much of TOE is somberish (real word?) reflection, it's fitting to have some old school CH. In my first listen of She Called Up, I thought, "Now there's a good ol' CH song." That was before paying too much attention to the lyrics, which for me made it even more poignant. Just so you know, I'm still sad about Paul, too.
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Originally posted by Lester II:
Could be that it's part of letting go and moving forward. I agree with justacat that the homage to Paul could be the closing the curtain on the drummer, at the end. I think it's very respectful. It is a rather challenging balance to strike between people's continued pain, torment and feelings of helplessness; and not giving in to grief's undertoe. Seeing that much of TOE is somberish (real word?) reflection, it's fitting to have some old school CH. In my first listen of She Called Up, I thought, "Now there's a good ol' CH song." That was before paying too much attention to the lyrics, which for me made it even more poignant. Just so you know, I'm still sad about Paul, too.


Aw, Lester, I know you're still sad about Paul. Not one of us here isn't. And I think you're spot on with everything you've said. I don't mean to be disrespectful to those who like it and I certainly don't mean to imply that liking this song or video means you're not sad about Paul. I also agree that something mournful would be the last thing Hessie would want. I just don't feel particularly comfortable with it and that's my problem Smiler
You know, one of the first thoughts I had watching it before I got into it was that it wasn't *all* that unique: on Live Earth just last month, for example, *both* Roger Waters and Madonna used kid-choruses, to quite different effect. Roger Waters let the kids be kids (Another Brick in the Wall), Madonna drilled hers like little fascist zombies...but I digress...

The point being that it's not unheard of to bring kid-choruses in; I don't think they were *solely* speaking to people with kids.

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