Video Hangover: “King Of Wishful Thinking”

Twice a week, we dig in the MTV/VH1 archives for videos that we find noteworthy, memorable, or just unbelievably stupid. Is it crap, or is it the greatest video ever made? You decide.

“King Of Wishful Thinking”
Go West, 1990

Some things to think about while you?re trying to figure out why there?s a mariachi band in this video:

The video shoot was also the best Bar Mitzvah ever
Apparently Go West didn?t have the same star-pulling power as Bobby Brown, so they went with the next best thing: celebrity impersonators. Celebrity impersonators are like tribute bands, but for people. So who wins the battle of the person-bands? The woman at the beginning does a passable Julia Roberts, and Roy Orbison is creepy enough to be the real guy. But we?re giving our award to the fake L.A. Kings, who don?t even need ice to pretend they suck at hockey.

Let?s play count the Kings
There?s Elvis. And King Kong. Also Neptune, the king of the sea. The L.A. Kings. There?s the King of spades. And an actual king, with a crown. The pope, he?s kind of a king. Sort of. And what else? A zebra? That?s like the king of the horses, right?

We knew John Oates, and you sir are no John Oates
It?s always fun to analyze the power dynamics of pop duos. Is it a Lennon-McCartney style partnership, or is it more of a Michael-Ridgeley ass-carrying? Who is the alpha-dog of Go West? In a video with this many questionable aesthetic decisions it can be hard to tell, but we?re pretty sure it?s not the guy with the bike shorts and the electric, stand-up bass. Richard Drummie (yes, that?s his real name) appears to be a talented musician, but he comes off looking like Vanilli to Peter Cox?s Milli.