OK, I have a confession to make. I have never seen the Made for TVhorror movieBad Ronald, the one with Scott Jacoby as a creepy guy who kills a mean girl so his mother locks him up in a closet so he doesn’t get arrested but she dies and he is still there when a new family moves in…
But I LOVE this music video made from it. And, anyway, I think you don’t need to see it after seeing this. Oh yeah, have patience, watch it on YouTube, thanks.
Joe Dea was a music video director back before that was actually a job description. I don’t think I ever met him but I knew him tangentially through my VERY brief volunteer work at the late 70s/early 80s groundbreaking television newsmagazine/video production company VideoWest. Founded by Fabrice Florin (whom dad knew somehow) and staffed by a bunch of people who went on to work for MTV. Joe Dea made some of the best comedy sketches and also some of the best music videos. Joe Dea has a YouTube channel, now, and a lot of the old VideoWest segments are posted there. (I don’t know why this show is not better documented, overall.) What I do recall about the show is that each week had a theme like “sex” or “death” or “politics“. The show was also very aware of the video art scene. I think they would broadcast documentation from the then-still-active Ant Farm, for example.
And, Joe, if you read this, I would love to see “Beach Blanket Armageddon” again, if it still exists.
What I like so much about The Monkee’s Head is how it is largely a parody of their own show. It has amazing songs (“The Porpoise Song” especially) a cameo by Frank Zappa and what seems like the gags that were too weird or political to go on the air.