Video Review: Gin Blossoms "Hey Jealousy"

A person runs across the street, onto the driveway and through the backyard, skips past the fence and another driveway, down another sidewalk and into the home. There, Philip plays drums inside.

Robin walks into the kitchen. The screen splits into six squares, with a band member entering one of them. The play inside the house.

Robin sneaks through the window. The screen splits into six again and the band members leave. On the bottom right square, Robin steps closer to the screen.

In a split screen of three, Robin sits by a fish bowl on the left. In the center, three members of the band sit on a couch. On the right, another member takes away the guitar from another member.

Robin looks into the fish bowl. Then, he looks at the liquid in a blender.

In a multiple split of four, band members exit from a car. Meanwhile, the band also stands in front of a music store.

The band performs in the backyard of the home.

In a split screen, Robin sits on homemade swing. Robin jumps off the screen and sings through the fence.

Through a split screen of four, a car enters driveway, pieces of it shown in each frame.

The band continues to play in the backyard.

Robin, wearing a backwards baseball cap and sunglasses, walks along a bridge.

In another split screen of six, he walks the bridge. He talks to the camera in the front center square.

Robin drives off in the car and then toilet papers a house. In a split screen of four, then two and back to four, he throws part of a roll towards a tree. After the band plays in the backyard, the split screen of six returns. It shows a car driving, going either right or left, depending on the square.

In a split screen, Robin drives the car through town.

Robin stays underneath the tree, which has a ton of toilet paper on it. A split screen of four shows him with long pieces of white near him.

The settings and objects are seen again. Robin tosses one more roll onto the tree.

Rating: 1/5

The multiple screens make the action hard to follow. With six squares, there’s too many sections and no single one to put the focus. While it’s fine when there isn’t any action going on, it becomes a headache when all the band members enter a frame, then begin doing different things. Technology has at least advanced to screen shots, which let further detail be seen. Nonetheless, it’s difficult to grasp actually where the band is at certain times. The squares divide the action up even more, only offering a sliver of what is going on.

The objects and settings receive a final glance. However, due to the split screens, their significance is minor. The band is fascinated by the ordinary. But without any explanation, they stay objects and settings. Maybe they miss home and wish to be a garage band again. Perhaps fame has become suffocating and the suburbs actually feel genuine to them.

Director: David Mould  Year: 1992


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