Spacehog – “In The Meantime”
Summary: We start with a sullen, sullen shot of a sullen, sullen guitar amp. And an hourglass, because Spacehog has the SECRET OF TIME TRAVEL!!!! Yes, Spacehog, playing like their lives depend on it, in front of a room full of bitchy hipsters who don’t care. They don’t even seem to care that Spacehog’s drummer has a double-freaking-kick-drum. You gotta hand it to ol’ Spacehog – they had the balls to shoot a video full of people who absolutely hate Spacehog.
Things to notice: A girl dressed exactly like your My Chemical Romance-lovin’ kid sister, except this video was filmed 13 years ago and no one had heard of Hot Topic. I have elected to take this as further proof that Spacehog has access to a Delorean or a Tardis or whatever Scott Bakula used on that show. (1:25)
Lots of transvestites, if you’re into that sort of thing. They’re not necessarily drag queens, as drag queens are gay and the first tranny we see is obviously hitting on a girl. He’s what Eddie Izzard once called a “male lesbian.” Or an “executive transvestite.” Anyway, there’s lots of gender bending in this video, because Spacehog wants to be Ziggy Stardust-era David Bowie so bad it hurts. (2:20)
Sammy Davis Jr. I swear to God. What’d I say about time travel? (3:20)
The same “broken film spool” effect that’s in, like, every video from this period. Everybody drink. (3:26)
The hourglass runs out, and goes crowd surfin’ (4:08). Because time has run out for you, Spacehog.
Verdict: You ever dream something, and then it happens in real life a week later? It’s never anything important. You never dream about the right lottery numbers – it’s always something like “I had a dream that I was drinking a Jamoca shake, and then I ran into Jim, and he was wearing a blue shirt, and the next day it totally happened!” This video is sort of like that. There’s a room full of sullen hipsters that look like they rolled in from an Elefant show circa 2003, and a girl dressed up in a style that was commonplace in 2006. Yet the video was filmed in 1995. Nothing warning us about 9/11 or Hurricane Katrina or Clay Aiken – Spacehog’s crystal ball only shows boring art parties at “hip” lofts in Allston. Thanks for nothing, Spacehog. (C-)