If you could pick a music video that reminded you of the '90s, which one would it be? Would you favor the classic grunge-era rock of Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit," or maybe the captivating choreography of "Around the World" by Daft Punk?
By chance, might you have brushed both of those suggestions aside and gone with "Sabotage," performed by the Beastie Boys and directed by Spike Jonze? Remember that video, with its 1970s theme and the stereotypical cops that run around doing an action-packed investigation?
Doesn't that just take you back?! Like, remember when it had those five nominations at the 1994 MTV Video Music Awards and lost them all? Are you still trying to get over the fact that it lost "Video of the Year" to Aerosmith's "Cryin'"?
I mean, what was the deal with that?
Well, anyway, I was looking for live music performances the other day, and you know what I found instead? What would you say if I told you I found that same Beastie Boys video, but repurposed as an extended Saranac Lake Pizza Hut advertisement? Would you call me up on the phone and be like, "Geoff, you're crazy!"?
Yeah, you would?
Saranac Lake Pizza Hut
Well, what if I then explained to you that it was a project done by members of the Saranac Lake High School Video Club? Would you feel pretty stupid for waking up my entire family in the middle of the night just to call and tell me I'm crazy? At that point, would you even want to hear about how it parodies the original video, and has the SLHS students running around town on a mission to get their stolen pizza back from a wily pizza thief?
What if I told you it was really funny, especially the chase scene near Lake Flower, and the slow-motion fighting in front of the high school?
And here's the clincher: What would you say if I told you they even got local television reporter Erin Connors and weatherman Gib Brown to appear in the video, pretending to "report" on a pizza theft in progress? Would it be too much to take? Would you need to sit down? Would you need to see it yourself?
Have a local YouTube video you'd like to see featured? E-mail Geoff at firstname.lastname@example.org.