Video Hangover: Dog Police – “Dog Police”

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.

“Dog Police”
Dog Police, 1982 (?)

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Apologies in advance for getting this stuck in your head
Those of you with long memories might remember the Dog Police fondly from the early years of MTV, when it was a staple of left-field segments like “The Basement Tapes” and “Al TV.” Those of you with short memories might watch Dog Police and wonder why people think fondly about the early years of MTV. She’s a dog, get it? A TOTAL DOG! But the crassness of the joke is more than balanced out by the nuanced performances of, say, the dwarf waiter, who tries to steal the dog-girl while the idiot lead singer is in the bathroom, and the guy in the yellow jumpsuit, who plays the keytar and looks just like William H. Macy. And, as spoofs (man, I hate that word) go, the production values are surprisingly passable. The bit of fast-forward magic in the chorus is an ingenious, low-budget move (see it at 1:32) that nine-tenths of the hack directors who clutter YouTube would do well to emulate. Of course, that doesn’t excuse the shot of the dog’s mouth at 1:26, which might be one of the most horrific and unnecessary closeups of all time.

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