Cinematic music Videos: Thinking 'Bout Somethin'/The Blues Brothers

We're on a mission from God.

I think I might attend church more often if it was led by the Godfather of Soul.

The Blues Brothers hit the public consciousness in 1978 as "musical guests" on Saturday Night Live. After several musicial performances and an album, they got their own movie. Directed by John Landis (Animal House, American, Werewolf in London) The film tells the back story of Jake and Elwood Blues, two "brothers" who travel the country trying to get their band back together in order to perform a gig that will save the Catholic orphanage they grew up in from foreclosure. The film is a comedy classic and is filled with several memorable scenes and cameos. As Jake and Elwood look for their former band members, they run into several prominent R&B musicians such as: Aretha Franklin, James Brown and of course Ray Charles.

The scene featuring Charles begins when the reunited band goes to a pawn shop run by Ray Charles. This of course segue ways into a magnificent musical set piece with Charles and the band playing as people outside the store perform a huge choreographed dance number. It is, without a doubt, one of the key moments of the film. This is the scene we see homaged in Hanson's music video for their song Thinking 'Bout Somethin'.

You do remember Hanson don't you? Formerly a trio of boys known for the pop hit "mmmBop"? For the life of me, I can't remember anything else they've done since...but then again I wasn't their target demographic. We have the three members of the group playing the characters from the "Ray's" scene of the film, while doing an almost shot for shot remake of the scene itself. The song is catchy as hell and the video is a lot of fun to watch.

Normally, I don't care for straight up rip-offs of movies used for music videos, but this one is damn good. You can tell that the band and the director have a genuine love of the original film and it helps that the song is well done. It also doesn't hurt that we have an incognito Weird Al backing them up on tambourine.

It's rare these days to find a music video worth a shit, due in large part to MTV's penchant for featuring Italian Stereotypes acting like they have brain damage. A truly gut churning "situation" indeed. Anyway, this video is entertaining and the song is fun.

-Rob Out.