“On Our Own”
Bobby Brown, 1989
Bobby Brown promotes Ghostbusters II, with a little help from Rick Moranis, Donald Trump, Jane Curtin, Christopher Reeve, Iman, and some space hookers.
WHAT THEY WERE THINKING
?Okay [available celebrity], here?s your motivation: you?re [walking/getting out of a limo/playing the cello in the middle of the street] in New York when you look up to see Bobby Brown on a [building/newspaper/phonebooth], and he?s dressed like [MC Hammer/Max Headroom/Tour de France rider]. Needless to say, you are [surprised/mortified/in need of a better agent].?
WHERE THEY WENT WRONG
Any song that features a rap summarizing the plot of Ghostbusters II was probably doomed from the start, but, unfortunately for Bobby et al, this video manages to encapsulate a number of questionable-in-retrospect late-80s trends. These include, but are not limited to: gumby haircuts, tin-can R&B, square shoulder pads, epilepsy-inducing edits, and Rick Moranis. (Although it was fun to see The Donald, pre-Apprentice, back before his toupee took on that evil orange sheen.)
Bobby Brown is no Ray Parker Jr.
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