I hope you are sitting down, because I am about to blow your mind.
Somehow — and I truly, for the life of me cannot fathom how this happened — I managed to make it through the past 22 years without ever having seen this music video:
I know what you’re thinking — how did an oversight of such magnitude occur? The situation is nothing short of tragic. I mean, the song was released in 1990, so for 22 years I could have been reveling in the supreme awesomeness that is this video. And it’s not like I haven’t seen the cinematic gem Cool As Ice (which I will delve into further at a later date, as it obviously deserves it’s own post). Or the live performance of this song on Saturday Night Live, during which Vanilla Ice sported a truly magnificent jacket with ‘WORD TO YOUR MOTHA’ spelled out in diamond studs on the back — possibly the best piece of clothing worn by anyone, anywhere, in the history of time. Sadly, this is the only picture I could find of it:
Seriously, I don’t understand why there aren’t multiple web sites devoted to this jacket. If ever there was a garment of clothing deserving of it’s own tumblr, surely it is this one.
Anyway…clearly I am familiar with the man’s oeuvre, is what I’m trying to say. So how the viewing of this video managed to elude me until now is truly a mystery for the ages. Now that I have seen it, it feels like a piece of me that had always been missing has fallen into place.
Also, I have come to an important conclusion. You know how people always daydream about what they would ask for if they could have one wish magically granted? I have decided what mine would be — I would wish for the dance skills necessary to perform the routine in this video from start to finish. Think of how often that ability would come in handy! Like, for example, if you found yourself in the middle of an impromptu dance-off. It is important to be prepared for such things. As a bonus, if you were ever feeling blue you could bust out these moves and instantly cheer yourself up.
As for my love of this video…will it ever stop? Yo, I don’t know. But I certainly hope not, because it is making me pretty happy.
February 11th, 2012 at 3:25 pm
things that make you go mmmm…
February 11th, 2012 at 4:02 pm
I cannot believe you are just now seeing this video. The pants! The set! The dance moves!
But, I’m glad you are on board now. Since the Rick Roll is pretty well dead, maybe you can start Vanilla Rolling people. You know, to get the most mileage out of the experience.
February 11th, 2012 at 5:27 pm
I know!! I think it’s because I was in Singapore when the song came out, and we didn’t get MTV there until like, 1993 or something. Still, it’s pretty weird that I haven’t seen it til now.
But! I am indeed making up for lost time. And your idea is an excellent one — it’s all about maximizing the potential of the situation. I like the way you think, friend.
February 11th, 2012 at 6:10 pm
I just had a flashback to ZOUK – the MTV bar. lol
February 11th, 2012 at 8:09 pm
Hahaha YES. That place was crazy.
February 13th, 2012 at 9:48 am
‘Cookin’ MC’s like a pound of bacon’.
February 13th, 2012 at 12:07 pm
SO MANY good lines…
February 13th, 2012 at 5:57 pm
I didn’t have MTV growing up, so I’ve never seen this video either. (Still haven’t, because I have a crappy internet connection at the moment.) But that song is a guilty pleasure of mine–which I’m starting to detect is a theme on this blog!