Name: Adam Bernard Home: Fairfield, Connecticut, United States About Me: Entertainment journalist with 15+ years of experience. Supporter of indie music. Lover of day baseball, fringe movies, & chicken shawarma. Part time ninja. Nerdy, but awesome. See my complete profile
I know it’s been a while since the last installment of From A to B 90’s Style, but if From A to B 90's Style is what you've been waiting for this is your lucky day because your favorite dynamic duo are back! In this episode fellow superstar journalist Bear Frazer and I are taking a look at clips by Mariah Carey, Smashing Pumpkins, Alice Deejay and Soul Coughing. Enjoy!
Adam: Let's start with a true classic in every sense of the word.
Adam: Yeeeah, one of the best remixes EVER! Bear: How incredible is this, an angelic girl out of a 90's movie singing in a park and then ODB going apeshit near a gated carnival fence. Adam: Hey, that clown is tied up. I never noticed that before. Remember when Mariah was the finest chick in the game? I do. Bear: Remember when she was so innocent in the “Dreamlover” video? Adam: Heck yeah. Hey, look, rollerblades. Oh this isn't dated. Nice kneepads Mariah. Bear: OMG! Clownie! I didn't know Slipknot was in this video! Adam: Mariah, ODB and Slipknot... what a trio. Bear: Notice everyone seems happy on the rollercoaster, except her. Perhaps that’s because she hasn’t seen Slipknot yet. Adam: Damn she was fine, and damn Dirty was nuts. I remember being at a press conference with ODB and Mariah and lemme tell you Mariah is STUNNING in person Bear: Is it me, or does she look thinner back then? Adam: Thinner and less plastic surgery. Bear: Yeah. You know Nick Cannon if wildin out over that marriage. Derek Jeter must be kicking himself. Adam: Please, everyone knows he doesn't have that kind of range.
Bear: Time for some rock.
Adam: He's a zero, it says so on his shirt. Bear: Like Vanilla Ice said in his movie, drop Billy Corgan and get with Batman. Adam: What? Are you taking the film Cool as Ice in vein? Bear: Umm... look, the Asian guitarist, Jimmy Iha! Adam: You're not a rat in a cage, you're a band playing while everyone else works. Bear: Dude, I didn't know they had electrical outlets on top of dirt hills. Adam: This must be he acoustic version. Bear: Notice how Billy Corgan looks less of an alien? It’s because of the hair. If you didn't notice, yes, he has hair. Mot much. Just enough. Adam: This video is pretty meh. Bear: Notice how it turned into Smashing Pumpkins featuring the mud people from Woodstock '94? Adam: Yeah, and now they're gonna bury a guy alive. None of this has anything to do with the song. Bear: It's taking way too many people to bury people alive. The Undertaker could do this during a commercial break. And out of no where is a fire hydrant Adam: So the moral of the story is... water is good? Bear: Yes. Adam: Dude, what's with all the spitting? You're a rock singer, Billy, not a shortstop. Bear: Perhaps instead of "Rats in a cage," it's "human trafficking on a dirt mountain?"
Adam: OK, no let's move to a song that reminds me of my last year in college.
Adam: I heard this song every night in every bar on Long Island during my senior year. It was some sorority’s theme and when they sang the hook I'd mutter "yes." Bear: Evidently, that sorority must've housed pillheads. Adam: He's waiting for Billy Corgan's army of muddy minions to help him out. Incidentally, tremendous use of widescreen. Bear: Ha ha! It looks like Mr. and Mrs. Smith ripped this video off. Adam: Yeah? Never saw it. Bear: You should. Angelina Jolie is hot in it and Brad Pitt, well, he's funny. Adam: This looks like the worst honeymoon ever. Bear: Sand hills are very futuristic. Adam: He's running up these sand hills like "no, I swear I parked my car right HERE!" Bear: Dude fell! He’s like, "I'm tired of doing the running man in the desert." I would be, too. Adam: Primal scream. Bear: Seriously, this is a great commercial for Aiwa headphones. A little long, but cool nonetheless. Adam: And apparently, because he went alone he died.
Bear: My last choice is a video I’ve never seen, but let’s do it.
Adam: Oh jeez, is this another Bear Frazer special I am sure to dislike? Yeah, looks to be. Bear: Time for the Mighty Mighty Bosstones! Oh wait. Oh. It's Soul Coughing. Adam: You're the only person I know who listened to college rock while in high school. BTW - that doesn't make you "advanced." Bear: Notice dude is running around in a tunnel? That's not good. You breathe heavier when you run and you're supposed to hold your breath in a tunnel. Adam: "What's our budget? Ah, let's just film it in a tunnel at a Chuck E. Cheese." Bear: OK, he's walking upside down. That's just weird, just like the string falling from his Gap sweater. How does he not know the thread is being pulled, huh? Adam: This song makes me think of hacky sacks and girls with hairy legs talking about how "free" they are. Bear: He must not like his Gap sweater. Adam: Someone call Weezer! This guy is jackin their ish! Bear: That is Rivers Cuomo in ten years.
B-Listers are a select group of artists that were featured in my Artist Of The Week series that ran every Monday from April of '06 to April of '11. All of these artists have two things in common; extreme talent, and a flight path far too under the radar for my liking. They took on the title of B-Listers as they embraced being featured by me, Adam B. Check out the AOTW Archives for all the interviews.