Friday Face-Offs: “Kids” – 6th Place

Is this the most international video ever made? We got the one guy playing the doumbek, the other guy wearing the keffiyeh (Palestinian terror-scarf-thing), two Spanish-flamenco style guitarists, all going down in the middle of the night in front of a scale model of the Berlin Wall … goddamn, they should just shut down the Olympics and instead broadcast this video for two weeks straight every four years.

Also? The one girl is using a water bottle as a maraca. That’s fifty times more exciting than anything I have ever seen at the Olympics, ever. Michael Phelps? Yawn city– get back to me when you’re holding down the beat with a half-empty Poland Spring bottle.

Another exciting thing happens at 2:55 when the resident musical genius uses a kazoo as a drum fill. That is some deep musicological shit that everyone needs to start biting ASAP!!!

When I was in college and I did the whole “travel around Europe and meet strangers and hang out on the ground in the middle of the night,” I don’t remember ever getting into a “jam sesh” like this. My loss. We could’ve rocked “Two Princes” by the Spin Doctors, I think that was the hot song back then.

(BONUS “Double Nickels on the Dime” funtoid: The classic “Political Song for Michael Jackson to Sing” was originally titled “Political Song for Jermaine Jackson to Sing,” but when SST Records sent the lyrics over to Neverland for approval, Jermaine refused to sign for the FedEx package, because it smelled like Henry Rollins’ bike shorts. AND THE REST IS HISTORY …)