The one where teenagers act like brats in a shopping centre…for something unusual.
How good is this song? HOW GOOD IS THIS SONG? It is so good that even U2 said that they wished they had written it. But this song is so good that even in 1998, the peak of my uber-sensitivity towards anyone who bagged out my favourite band (“Zac Hanson’s hair looks silly.” “THAT’S IT, I’M NEVER SPEAKING TO YOU EVER AGAIN.”), I LOVED this song despite Gregg Alexander threatening to kick Hanson’s asses in.
The video opens with a whole bunch of teenagers and adults sneering at each other condescendingly. This is going to end well. Of course, all the teenagers suddenly turn on, well, anyone who isn’t a teenager.
Isn’t it a great reality check when you realise that you are now old enough to be one of the harassed adults in this music video? Sigh. Speaking of, have none of these kids realised that their ringleader is, in fact, 28 YEARS OLD?
One thing I am 100% behind, is freeing the dogs from their tiny cages, because having dogs freely running around a shopping centre would only ever enhance my shopping experience.
As the teenagers take over the shopping centre, it makes you wonder how different the music video would have been with today’s youth – would they be sitting around, protesting by sending texts, making memes, tweeting insults, sending a snapchat… is that what you do on snapchat?
My only concern is if these business people are not corporate assholes but actually super disillusioned with where they are at in life, perhaps in the middle of an existential crisis. Or what if they are actually cleaners and they are dressed in a suit because they are going to a job interview? I think I am looking far too in to this, but only because I’m now one of the ‘old people’ they’d lock up, so…
To be honest, if I am ever going to take over a shopping centre, I think this kid is on the money with what I would do:
…and what of Gregg Alexander’s threats to kick Hanson’s asses in? Well, he ended up writing a song with them five years later.