Video Hangover: Europe – “Cherokee”

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.

Europe, 1987

Some things to consider while you?re trying to figure out why someone would bring a coffee table book to the desert?

Later repealed by the more emo-friendly Magnuson act of 1943
Music-wise, Cherokee is epic, but can someone please tell us why a Swedish hair-metal band decided to sing about the forced relocation of Native Americans in the 1830s? This would be like Panic! At the Disco writing a song about the shameful evils of the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882.

Unfortunately, the Keytar had been dipped in smallpox
This video combines several of our favorite things: archeologists, completely inaccurate historical re-enactments, lone figures rocking out on a desolate bluff, and a Keytar.

If you listen closely, you can hear your seventh-grade history teacher crying
The heavy footprints, the clashing swords, the firing muskets ? many bands would have insisted that the music do the talking, but Europe was more concerned with telling a good story. Frankly, we wish more bands were as brave with sound design, if only to highlight the extreme dangers of soloing in the middle of a firefight.