By Chris Moore:
Hello all you faithful Laptop Sessions viewers! I’m back so soon after my previous post to announce a milestone that, in all actuality, doesn’t really mean all that much to anyone other than me…
…my 100th “favorite” YouTube video!!
That’s right, today I clicked on the “Favorite” button for the 100th time since I signed up for YouTube on October 26, 2007. I figured that it was time to take a retrospective glance back through my 100 favorite videos and choose the top ten best videos — my votes for the ten best videos on YouTube. You may not agree with me, and you may even outright disagree with some of my choices. But you can tell a lot about me based just on these ten.
So, without further ado, here they are in reverse order:
10) “Please Stay” Live at the Webster Theatre
Possibly my all-time favorite moment touring with MoU, and it’s captured here on video! We played not only the Webster Theatre but, as a last-minute promotion, the main stage! This is probably one of my favorite songs I’ve ever written and my favorite performance — for once, I think we all felt like we had, if only for a moment, made it to the big time.
9) Counting Crows – “1492” Live in the Studio
What a cool video — an inside peek into what the recording process looks like for one of my favorite bands, as they recorded one of my favorite albums of the year!
8) The Wallflowers – “Beautiful Side of Somewhere”
This is the official music video for this Rebel, Sweetheart track. It’s such an interesting concept, incredibly rendered. I love to watch it. I love to listen to it. And I NEVER would have seen it without YouTube for two reasons — one, I never watch music video television, and two, those stations would never play the Wallflowers anyway. (Which is a big reason why I don’t watch them!)
7) Jeff Tweedy – People Talking During Concert
This is the video that officially pushed my interest in Wilco and Jeff Tweedy to the next level. I officially felt like I had reached fan status after watching this and cracking up, loving his onstage presence and personality. I could see Jim or I wanting to say this to some of the crowds we have played in front of!
6) TNA: Sting arrives to help Christian Cage
One big change for me this year has been my loyal viewing of wrestling. I never would have believed it if someone had told me even a couple years ago that I would spend every Thursday in Jim’s parents’ movie theater of a basement, eagerly awaiting the next match on TNA: Impact!. But I do, and this video is one of my all-time favorites. Does it get any better than seeing Christian Cage in the ring (albeit a not-so-flattering moment for him) and then seeing the lights go down, only to come back on to the sight of Sting clearing house? The answer is no!
5) Elliott Smith on David Letterman
One of my absolute favorite videos and truly proving the merits of YouTube, as I would never have seen this performance of Smith’s “Stupidity Tries” otherwise. It’s not just that it’s a great performance, but I love to watch this because — if only for three minutes — the typically reclusive Smith took center stage on a primary late-night talk show, playing one of his best tracks from perhaps his greatest album. I love it!
4) R.E.M. – “Living Well is the Best Revenge”
This is the music video they released for this track off their 2008 album Accelerate. What an intriguing concept: play the song in the car, while driving! This is exactly what Jim, Mike, and I would do when we were in high school and college, just driving around and making up ridiculous songs (especially when accompanied by Alberto Distefano)! A great YouTube find…
3) Adam Sandler – 50 First Dates
This is the first of two videos that Jim will no doubt recall… as I played him this Adam Sandler clip about 100 times this past year. He already had a similar clip on his iTunes that I used to beg him to play every time I saw he was on his computer with iTunes open. It’s hilarious, classic Adam Sandler combined with a reference to the Beach Boys. How could it get any better?
2) Barenaked Ladies- “Pollywog in a Bog (Extended Version)
I first chose the Kevin Hearn-illustrated “Drawing” video for this list. Then, I remembered this amazing music video for this Snacktime track. This is one that you will enjoy — any age, any musical preference, whether you like BNL or not. Puppets playing musical instruments, a reggae-style middle, and did I mention REALLY cute puppets? Yet another case of BNL creating impressive work that relatively few will ever see.
And, the moment you’ve all been waiting for…
1) Super Troopers – Farva food scene
Okay, this comes with the disclaimer that this is some mature language in this clip. And by some, I mean a lot. But it is, hands down, my favorite YouTube clip of all time. It is my favorite moment in the Super Troopers movie. It makes me laugh no matter how many times I play it, and I’ve played it a lot. If I played the Adam Sandler clip for Jim 100 times, then I played this one for him 1,000 times! And, whenever I watch or even think of it, I am reminded of spending fun, relaxing times with my closest friends of all-time, watching late-night movies, eating late-night snacks and Taco Bell, drinking fruity-flavored beers, and just enjoying life. So, this video wins based on all the criteria I can think of — number of times played, memories evoked while viewing, overall quality, etc. Go ahead, you know you’re interested…
Okay, I can’t resist. Here are the “HONORABLE MENTIONS:”
– “Sting Custom Titantron (TNA Theme)” – Very appropriate (and oft-employed by yours truly) while turning the light off and on, appearing with a baseball bat to beat up a friend. Jim can vouch for this one!
– “The Wallflowers – ‘One Headlight’ (Feat. Bruce Springsteen)” – The clip isn’t the best quality, but the performance is top-notch, the duet is a match made in heaven (in my mind, at least), and I would have completely missed out on this great video if it hadn’t been for YouTube!
– “Cowboys of Moo Mesa intro” – For some reason, I found this online after a conversation with Jim and just played it and played it. And played it. And played it some more. I think Jim, Mike, and I will someday do a full-band version of this… that’s how well we know it now! And YOU tell ME — how many people do you have in your life that know the “Cowboys of Moo Mesa” lyrics by heart? There you go ladies, that’s at least one reason to look up my number and cross your fingers…