90s Style — Episode 13 (Remember The Time, Paris tribute, Runaway Train controversy, Vale Jonah Lomu, Love song dedication)

Patrick kicked off Episode 13 with some commentary on carry over champ Remember The Time by Michael Jackson:

The second single from Dangerous, released in January 1992, it reached #6 in Australia and #3 in the US. Had a very high concept video — very much in keeping with the late 80s/early 90s MTV zeitgeist: that big videos from big stars and to feature more big stars — with cameos by Eddie Murphy; David Bowie’s supermodel wife Iman; and Magic Johnson, only a few months after he revealed he had HIV. I’ll put the video up on the website for you to check out.

And here it is:

This episode was recorded several days after the shocking terrorist attacks in Paris; Patrick wanted to reflect a little bit on this:

There was a terror attack in Paris this week. I’ve been to Paris a few times and I’ve got friends that live there. It’s a great city. I love it very much. I’m also a big fan of football and live music; being at a match like France v Germany or an Eagles of Death Metal gig would be typical behaviour for me. I have been to a football match in France — Lille vs Nice — so I can definitely empathise with the Parisians that were subject to this terrible act. Regular listeners will know that I count the year 2000 as part of the 1990s, along with 1990, and that was the year France won the European Championships. It was France v Italy in the final in Rotterdam. Italy took the lead in the 55th minute from a goal by Marco Delvecchio and it looked like that would be that, until replacement Sylvain Wiltord: (for some unknown reason Cristoph Dugarry started as striker with Henry out wide) he popped up in the third minute of added time with an equaliser. In extra time, David Trezeguet scored the Golden Goal winner and France won the Euros to go with the World Cup they won at the Stade de France in 1998. Germany and Denmark were the other two countries to win Euros during the 1990s. So to celebrate France winning the Euros and the triumph of music and football over terrorism, here is a special song for the French and the French at heart.

Patrick played some bangers from the 1990s, including some Eurotrash and even some techno, before spinning a New Zealand classic and reflecting on Jonah Lomu’s death, which had happened earlier in the day. Patrick was particularly keen to share this moment with his listeners:

Into Patrick’s Year 12 Diary he tilled, and this was the fruit of that harvest:

Patrick can't remember who this Tom is.

Patrick can’t remember who this Tom is.

Quite a longish discourse then followed, on the subject of a particularly iconic 1990s music video:

In late 1993 a song started getting high rotation on Australian radio and music video shows and it hit the charts, eventually climbing to #11. What stood this song, or more specifically its music video, out from the crowd was that in each country the song was released, the video was edited to include runaways or missing kids, teens and young adults. The song was called Runaway Train and it was by a veteran Minnesota pop-grunge band named Soul Asylum — real antecedents of the emo movement. In Australia, the song became a bit of a cultural touchpoint because several of the missing ‘runaway’ kids featured in the video ended up being unearthed in shallow graves in the Belanglo State Forest, victims of the notorious Backpacker Killer Ivan Milat. I haven’t been able to locate the Australian version of the video so I am relying on my admittedly prodigious memory: I think German backpackers Gabor Neugebauer, Anja Habschied and Simone Schmidl were featured in the video. When their families found out, they weren’t happy because they didn’t consider them runaways or miscreants. Of course, the families were even less pleased when their dead bodies turned up. A confident Reddit user confirms my memory that was a mini-music controversy and the video was recut to show only kids that had definitely runaway.

It wasn’t all great in the States either. In 2006, guitarist Dan Murphy told the Pasadena Times:

“Some weren’t the best scenarios. I met a fireman on the East Coast whose daughter was in the end of the video, and he’d been in a bitter custody battle with his wife over her. It turned out the girl hadn’t run away, but was killed and buried in her backyard by her mother. Then on tour, another girl told us laughingly ‘You ruined my life’ because she saw herself on the video at her boyfriend’s house and it led her being forced back into a bad home situation.”

The show’s denouement included some grunge, some folk comedy, an iconic ironic pop moment from the early 90s and a loving tribute to a dear friend.

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