Video: The greatest music video ever?

posted at 8:49 pm on June 1, 2011 by Allahpundit

That’s Roger Ebert’s verdict, and for once he might be right. You don’t need to know the backstory on this to appreciate it but you’ll enjoy it more if you do. Quite simply, Grand Rapids ended up on some magazine’s list of “America’s Dying Cities”; the locals took exception and set out to prove that they’re still very much alive, and this is the result — 10 minutes, featuring a cast of 5,000, paid for with $40,000 that the director and a colleague raised themselves. Displays of civic pride are often rote and occasionally schmaltzy, but this one manages to be genuinely touching. It’s a time capsule from the heartland, certainly the most American music video ever made whether or not it’s the greatest. You’ll enjoy every minute. And trust me, you’ll want to watch every minute, if only to marvel at the coordination.

One take, guys. One. Take.

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i absolutely LOATHE that horrible song.

leftnomore on June 2, 2011 at 11:52 PM

Wonderful! I’ve already watched it four times! Good job!

theaddora on June 3, 2011 at 2:34 AM

The last time I even heard Grand Rapids mentioned was when George C. Scott was trying to save his daughter from the porn industry in Hardcore.

Good video.

Dr. ZhivBlago on June 3, 2011 at 4:32 AM

Grand Rapids ended up on some magazine’s list of “America’s Dying Cities”; the locals took exception and set out to prove that they’re still very much alive, and this is the result — 10 minutes, featuring a cast of 5,000, paid for with $40,000 that the director and a colleague raised themselves.

I have to say that if all it takes is a $40,000 check to totally clear several entire city blocks of all automobile and pedestrian traffic then I have to wonder if the city isn’t already dead.

Dollayo on June 3, 2011 at 4:47 AM

For all of those wondering why Hialeah is on the list, may I present the Second Greatest Music Video Ever!

ncc770 on June 3, 2011 at 5:57 AM

Sheer genius. Brought a tear or two to me eyes. Bravo Zulu!

olesparkie on June 3, 2011 at 11:39 AM

In 2010 Grand Rapids was named the “most sustainable midsize city in the U.S.” by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Civic Leadership Center and Siemens Corp. Grand Rapids was chosen over finalist cities Davenport, Iowa and Hoover, Alabama” Wiki

Someone must be seriously wrong.

Zaire67 on June 3, 2011 at 2:24 PM

Greatest video ever? You’ve apparently never seen the music video for “Friday” by Rebecca Black. In all seriousness though I’ve thought “Sabotage” by the Beastie Boys was the best video of all time.

Shock the Monkey on June 5, 2011 at 12:43 AM

You know who specializes in precise, choreographed one-take scenes like this, right?

Hollywood :)

ernesto on June 2, 2011 at 9:53 AM

Not with 5,000 people, they don’t, unless they are all CGI.

unclesmrgol on June 6, 2011 at 2:04 AM

How many takes?

flataffect on December 30, 2011 at 5:47 PM

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