Video Hangover: New Radicals – “You Get What You Give”

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

“You Get What You Give”
New Radicals, 1998

Stay the hell away from our mall, Marilyn Manson!


A person isn’t safe anywhere these days
This Gregg Alexander character was always a bit of a wiseacre, so it’s tough to know exactly how to interpret his social critique. The mallrats are supposed to be all “radical” and “angry about stuff,” but generally come off as whiny, over-privileged assholes with really bad taste in hats. Maybe I’m getting old, but I felt bad for the adults, who end up assaulted, berated, and humiliated. But that’s how life is, right? One minute you’re walking through the mall in your suit, looking forward to the lunch special at the Panda Express, and the next thing you know you’re being locked in a dog cage by N’Sync’s backup dancers.

One guy, no cup
Make sure you all turn on your webcams so you can document your reactions to what happens at the 3:05 mark (and post them on YouTube). I, for one, will never look at soft serve ice cream the same way again.

I predict a (really lame) riot
A scooter in the atrium? A popcorn fight? A freaking New Radicals concert? If this is the blueprint for asserting individuality (albeit in a totally conformist, mall culture kinda way), then count me out. They could have spray painted anti-capitalist slogans on the glass elevator, or at least looted a Gap. Instead they settle for — a peach-tights-and-sweater makeover? Then again, it’s kind of hard to blame the kids, based on the source material. As generational calls-to-arms go, “You Get What You Give” isn’t exactly “Blowin’ in the Wind.”

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