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Why the Video for Steve Perry's “Oh Sherrie” is a Cheesy Mas

Postby tater1977 » Wed Jan 23, 2019 1:14 pm

Why the Video for Steve Perry's “Oh Sherrie” is a Cheesy Masterpiece

Erica Banas / January 22, 2019

https://963kklz.com/2019/01/22/why-the- ... sterpiece/

Today (January 22) is Steve Perry’s birthday, and while the singer is best known for his time with Journey, everyone should take some time to focus a bit on his solo career, particularly the wonder that is the video for his 1984 hit “Oh Sherrie.”

A time capsule of absurdity, “Oh Sherrie” is a video within a video, and its intro shows a frustrated Perry clearly unsatisfied with the beyond ridiculous premise of his original music video where he’s playing a King…or a Knight…or a Duke? Either way, it’s something royal. He then has to interact with a moron of a director and a horrendously stereotypical publicist figure. It all becomes too much, so he must get away…

…AND JUST SING “OH SHERRIE” OFF CAMERA! (Think of it the same way as when Kevin Bacon in Footloose was so frustrated in his small town that he had to drive to an abandoned warehouse and angry dance.)

Of course, while this is all happening, chaos is occurring behind the scenes, like the guy at the 3:35 mark ripping up the video script (classic!) However, this madness doesn’t stop Perry from wooing who is assumed to be Sherrie all while playing a broom like a guitar, because who could resist a move like that, am I right ladies?

So, why does all of this equate to a “masterpiece?” Because the video is THE definition of “it’s so bad, it’s good.” Also, with the help of a super catchy song and a massive staircase, Perry still gets his girl and rides off into the sunset, and by “rides off into the sunset” we mean totally walks off the set and away from the aforementioned moron of a director.

Good move, Steve. Would've done the same.

Perry's good natured bonhomie & the world’s most charmin smile,knocked fans off their feet. Sportin a black tux,gigs came alive as he swished around the stage thrillin audiences w/ charisma that instantly burnt the oxygen right out of the venue.TR.com
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Re: Why the Video for Steve Perry's “Oh Sherrie” is a Cheesy

Postby ADALBL » Wed Jan 23, 2019 1:54 pm

What really makes this video a masterpiece is that it was the mainstream first anti-video, video. It pointed out that things had started to go too far and that the music video was becoming more important than the music itself. I loved that he was willing to make the statement. In truth, Raised on Radio continued that theme and Journey only released live performance videos for the singles off of that record.
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