For this week’s Music Video Friday, I had a chat with Brian of Hard Ticket To Home Video about Billy Idol’s exploding-toaster classic White Wedding. Thanks for doing this with me, Brian! 🙂 I’d also like to thank Pat Benatar and her shoulder shimmy shake for the inspiration.
Now let’s talk about White Wedding, shall we? Here’s the video in case any of you twentysomethings haven’t seen it:
My Chat With Brian:
B: I love when Billy’s taking the scarf off (like you didn’t think it would be him) and it gets caught on his crucifix necklace and you can see he’s pissed. That was the best take they had?
B: Then in the next shot you can see a part of the scarf hanging off the crucifix.
M: Really?? I’ve just finished watching this thing three times & didn’t even notice that. I think I was too distracted watching his mouth while he sang. Also, I was trying to decide if I ever found Billy Idol attractive in any way. Or if I do now. (No. I don’t.)
M: I’d rather be “dancing with myself”. Ha!
B: His flesh isn’t your fantasy?
M: With a rebel yell, I wouldn’t cry more more more.
M: Seriously, though, I was always really freaked out by the ring cutting the bride’s finger. Man, Billy Idol is a bastard in this video! I also can’t figure out if she’s marrying Idol or if he’s the best man or something. If he’s the best man, I think cutting the bride’s finger is a massive best man FAIL.
B: I thought that was his sister?
B: His little sister.
B: And doesn’t want his sister to get married, so he tries to change her mind with the help of some biker chicks, getting her hooked on LSD (via the ring he cuts her with, most likely) then blows up her kitchen?
M: Wait a second… I didn’t even give the lyrics a thought! He does say hey little sister. WTF? That makes the video even more disturbing!
B: Yeah so I guess it’s a “shotgun” wedding.
B: And he’s her big brother, and left home and wasn’t there to protect her when some creep knocked her up.
M: You’re blowing my mind. I’m seeing this video in a whole new light. Yet he also calls it a “white wedding” which implies that the bride is a virgin. This video makes no sense.
B: But there is no groom in this, and it does seem like they’re getting married, so maybe I’m wrong.
B: Maybe it’s about an abusive husband? This girl thinks she’s in for a fairytale wedding but it turns out to be a nightmare, mostly because of her husband’s pants and hair.
B: And she thought her home life was going to be so great but it all blows up in her face.
B: While Billy bends over at her all the time, because he’s an asshole.
M: Ohh – now we’re getting somewhere! I was actually going to ask you what you thought the exploding appliances were meant to symbolize. This video is deep! As for those exploding appliances, do you think those were on their wedding gift registry? I hope they’re still under warranty.
B: Well even if their toaster exploded, they probably got four more from relatives.
M: True. Maybe that’s what Idol is so pissed off about! Okay – I just read about the video & it said Idol is a “guest” at the wedding. And I read that he cut the girl’s finger for real. She was his girlfriend at the time & she insisted that her finger actually be cut so that it looked real. I bet those two had really kinky sex.
B: I would imagine it involved using cocaine for lube.
M: Lol! How would that even work?? (Don’t answer that!) 😉 Anyway, it’s not as cool as Ozzy snorting ants. Ozzy is way cooler than Billy Idol ever was.
B: At least Ozzy never tried to pretend to play the guitar. In this Billy is trying to play two different guitar parts simultaneously.
M: Was he playing a guitar in this video?! I didn’t notice that. I’m a girl – I was more upset by the treatment of the poor bride in this thing.
M: I wish the bride would exact revenge on Idol and all these horrible wedding guests “Kill Bill style”. That would be awesome.
B: Well at the end she’s in a cocoon, so at least she’s safe.
M: With Wilford Brimley! I thought she was covered in cobwebs… Isn’t she dead at the end? It’s like November Rain! What were these old rock stars trying to say about marriage? The only good wife is a dead wife??
M: And was Idol (or… someone at the wedding?) planning to murder the bride from the start as it looks like those guys are digging a grave outside the church? And is that a coffin they’re putting nails into?
M: Also, why do those chicks in tight leather pants smack their own butts? Are they the bridesmaids??
B: I think he means that getting married is basically ending the life you knew.
B: Those chicks smack their butts because they’re nice butts and you needed more titillation in this video than Billy’s nipples.
M: You’re very deep, Brian! And it makes more sense with that being a cocoon instead of cobwebs. This video is better than I realized! And I agree that those are nice butts. One of the chicks in leather is the same one playing the bride, actually.
M: Did you know this video was directed by David Mallet? I knew his name but didn’t realize just how many videos he’d directed. Holy shit! If you want to do this again sometime, I’m sure we may end up doing another one of his. He did most of Bowie’s videos. And I have even more respect for him now that you’ve made me realize that White Wedding is super deep & not just about hot chicks in tight leather pants. And exploding toasters.
B: And a shitload of AC/DC and Joan Jett. Bowie’s Ashes to Ashes video is so creepy.
M: That’s probably my hubby’s favorite video ever! Of course, if it isn’t he’ll bitch at me when I post this tomorrow. If I post this bit. Are we done with White Wedding?? I like how I just typed out “Whore Wedding” by accident…
B: We’ve probably rambled on long enough.
M: Okay – We’re done with Billy Idol’s nipples! Thanks for the chat, dude! 🙂
B: But they’ll still haunt me until the end of my days.
Whoo-hoo! Now I’m Dancin’ With Myself, too!
Umm…. I hope you literally mean “dancing”. lol 😉 (That’s my favorite song of his)
Of course! I used to really like his music.
That’s my favourite song of his too. He had the Spike haircut thing going on too.
It’s a great song. 🙂 Doesn’t seem to get as much recognition as his other stuff.
I THOUGHT THIS WAS A PRIVATE CONVERSATION??!!?!!!
Oh! Oops! Hey little sister, what have you done??!!?!!!
Reblogged this on Hard Ticket to Home Video and commented:
What have I done??
HAHA! Love this!
“Are they the bridesmaids?”
Hehe. It was a fun chat! Gotta love these cheesy old videos. 😉
AWESOME! I love this idea. I wanna chat music videos too!
I’m glad Brian was able to help you see this video in a whole new light. And that Billy is shit at taking off a scarf.
Thanks, Smash! When I started posting these videos, I didn’t expect any replies. And I didn’t really get any until I posted the Pat Benatar video. I thought only old farts like me liked cheesy old 80’s videos! They are definitely fun to chat about. They’re so ridiculous yet so GOOD, dammit. 😉 And Brian made me appreciate this video on a whole new level. I totally re-watched it again after he said that to see the scarf hanging off the crucifix. Funny. Billy Idol can’t play guitar or take off a scarf!
I love old music videos too! Did you ever get into the show Pop-Up video? Where they’d show little facts about the video in bubbles while it played? I loved that show so much. And music videos are the best thing ever to watch when you’re stuck on some lame treadmill or stationary bike.
Oh yeah – I forgot all about Pop-Up video! I loved that! 🙂 You know, I never thought to watch music videos while working out. I either watch some TV show, which kind of sucks as you can’t get a good rhythm going that way or I just listen to music, which gets boring. Music videos are the perfect solution! Why the hell don’t I do THAT?! Thanks, Smash! I’m going to have a super hot bod now after working out to music videos all the time. 😉
Yayy! Glad I could be helpful! 🙂
Hehehehe funny post mate. I haven’t heard that song for so long!!
Thanks! 🙂 Gotta love some old Billy Idol (and especially cheesy old videos). Well, this song is all I’ve heard for the past few days as it’s now STUCK IN MY HEAD. Thanks a lot, Brian! Lol
Its stuck in my head too!! 😦
Hehe. Sorry about that… 😉
love this song eventhough i never was the biggest fan of idol
Yeah, he was never my favorite but he had a few good songs 🙂
As do they all….
Ah the 80’s… the WTF decade 🙂
Nooo – it’s not the “what the fuck?” decade. It’s the “Fuck YEAH!” decade! 😉
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