Monday, August 18, 2008

Pop Up Video!

I have always been a fan of trivia and random facts. Consequently, one of my favorite things on VH1 (back when it primarily played music as opposed to shows like I Love New York) was Pop Up Video. Besides focusing on pop from the 80s and 90s, the little bubbles usually contained interesting if trivial bits of information accompanying the synthesizers and big hair (see George Michael in the "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go" video for examples of both).

Pop Up Video apparently airs on VH1 Classic, but my cable subscription doesn't include that channel and I'm hesitant to sacrifice any more money to Comcast for the privilege of watching a single show. However, VH1 Classic has a website that includes a number of videos from Pop Up Videos. While the picture quality is less than fantastic and some of the videos don't work, it is a fun and free way of watching the video for "Express Yourself" while learning that Madonna earned several dance scholarships (presumably for not grabbing herself the way she does in the video).

My Google quest for Pop Up Videos also led me to a fantastic video on YouTube for Buffy the Vampire Slayer, which is more than a little fantastic. The information doesn't really have a lot to do with the actual show, but it is funny and is a testament to the incredible chemistry between Buffy and Spike (who I liked together more than Buffy and any of her other love interests). Enjoy watching Spike, Buffy, et al while listening to the dulcet sounds of the Divinyls...