I like to mute the sound on music videos and watch them. Sometimes, I just can’t concentrate on the video’s narrative with all that loud music playing. When I recently watched Tone L?c’s “Wild Thing” with the sound muted, I saw a heart-breaking story of a frustrated man with a troubled relationship with women.
At the beginning of the video, we meet Tone L?c, a middle-aged man, who can’t seem to get a girlfriend. To escape this soul crushing reality, he fantasizes about being the charismatic lead singer for an 80’s emo girl band.
In his fantasy, he’s a natural showman. He dances, sings, and weaves seamlessly around stage. His band mates back him up with their intoxicating guitar and tambourine playing.
But when Tone L?c tries to use his skills to seduce his band mates, reality creeps in once more. Like the women in his real life, his sexy band mates ignore him. No matter how rudely he sings in their face, they never look his way. And by the end of the video, a very frustrated Tone L?c has no choice but to abandon his fantasy altogether.
Of course, my interpretation of “Wild Thing” has nothing to do with the real Tone L?c, the hip-hop artist. It should not deter you from seeing him perform at the Oyster Bake on Friday, April 11 at Saint Mary’s University. In terms of the music video’s narrative, however, it’s obvious that the “wild thing” in video is his untamable frustration he has with women.
"Wild Thing" Directed by Tamra Davis (1988)
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