Video Hangover: “On Our Own”

Twice a week we dig up a music video so ill-conceived it’s no wonder MTV stopped playing the damn thing. But hey, at least we learned something…

“On Our Own”
Bobby Brown, 1989

THE CONCEPT
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.)

THE LESSON
Bobby Brown is no Ray Parker Jr.

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