Video Hangover: Whale – “Hobo Humpin’ Slobo Babe”

Every week, we dig in the archives for videos that we find noteworthy, memorable, or just unbelievably stupid. And then, we break ‘em down for you. Why Video Hangover? Because when you watch as many videos as we do, you’re going to feel it afterwards.

“Hobo Humpin’ Slobo Babe”
Whale, 1993

Imagine Björk as the lead singer of a Swedish 311 cover band, and you have some idea of what’s going on here.

At least the name of the band makes sense
Given that “Hobo Humpin’ Slobo Babe” was one of those “we-recorded-it-as-a-joke-but-it-went-to-number-fifteen” kind of deals, it’s not surprising that this video leaves us with many questions. Who are all the topless boys? Why are they wearing tinfoil boxers? What’s with all the choking? Why is everybody so angry and/or not wearing pants? Are trampolines fun? Does that man’s moustache have a name?

Unfortunately, we have an exact definition for “hobo humpin'”
Cia Berg, we’re not quite sure what slobo means, but here are some other terms we will use to describe you: coy, playful, braces-wearing, armpit-licking, trashy, Courtney Love-like, sexy, picky, girlish, sorta-scaring-the-hell-out-of-us-with-your-gigantic-white-underpants.

Not that there’s anything wrong with that
All of the homoerotic cavorting in this video really made us rethink this entire era. Maybe we were in a different frame of mind back then, but the early ’90s didn’t seem like a great time for gender-bending. Aside from The Crying Game, anyway, and even that was a big secret. Then we re-watched this, and this, and this, and we remembered that yeah, the early ’90s were pretty gay.

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