Sunday, September 19, 2010

Moby for people who hate AT&T and Herman Melville

I just wrote two (count 'em) posts that were derived from a single video - a post in this Empoprise-MU music blog called People they fall apart, and a post in my Empoprise-BI business blog called People they come together. Both posts are based upon an AT&T Blackberry commercial that included both Herman Melville's Moby Dick and the Moby (Richard Melville Hall) song "We Are All Made of Stars."

But what if you don't like AT&T? (Some people don't.) And what if you don't like Herman Melville? (Some people don't.)

Well, here's an AT&T/Herman-free version of Moby's song. You have to click through to see it; embedding disabled by request, probably because it wasn't posted by a record label.

But the person who did post it, perry8999, provided some helpful information.

("Stars" in order of appearance):
0:10 Moby
0:27 Kato Kaelin
0:44 Verne Troyer
0:51 Corey Feldman
0:59 Todd Bridges & Gary Coleman
1:13 J.C. Chasez
1:17 Dave Navarro
1:25 Sean Bean
1:31 Dominique Swain
1:52 Ron Jeremy
1:57 Thora Birch
2:04 Tommy Lee
2:10 Molly Sims
2:19 Angelyne
2:27 The Toxic Avenger
3:13 Robert Evans

At the time of the video release, MTV posted an article, the meaning of the video, and the celebrities involved. Sadly, one of the two celebrities named below is no longer with us.

All the locations are classic, iconic Hollywood venues: Hollywood Boulevard, seedy strip clubs, bars, tattoo parlors, and, of course, Kinko's. "Places," Moby said, "where normally you'd have debauchery and degeneracy and hedonism happening, but there's a banal side to it. My hope is, through showing the banal side of degenerate Hollywood, there's a sense of humanity to it as well, and we reveal endearing qualities in these iconic figures."

And what better way to illustrate that than with a "Diff'rent Strokes" reunion? "To see Gary Coleman and Todd Bridges together is a fantasy that we've had for a long time," Moby said. "I hope the rest of the world appreciates it just as much as we did. Sitting in Del Taco, watching the two of them sing lyrics to one of my songs, it was really special."

After Gary Coleman's death, Coleman's appearance in this video (and others) was cited as the number one of ten reasons Gary Coleman was cool.

P.S. For those who get confused, it was Corey HAIM who passed away earlier this year, not Corey FELDMAN.
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