Poor Bonnie Tyler. Not only did the Amateur Transplants borrow the tune of "Total Eclipse of the Heart" for their "Anaesthetists Hymn", now one of the makers of literal videos has piled on with a hilarious take on the song's rather mind-boggling early-1980s MTV video, supposedly storyboarded by Jim (Bat out of Hell) Steinman, who must have had a little help from a whole pharmacopeia of illicit substances.
I'm not a rabid fan of literal videos unless they're vocally very similar to the original and have consistently clever lyrics. I don't like to watch three or four or seven minutes of video for only one or two good lines, and it ruins the joke if the vocal sound is too noticeably different. It also helps if I know the original video and/or song. I laughed myself sick last fall over this LV version of A-Ha's "Take on Me," the infamous "Sketchy Arm" and "Pipe Wrench Fight" video:
That one worked for me partly because it was one of my all-time favorite videos in the first place. I like an actual storyline in my videos, even if the song doesn't have anything much to do with it, and the back-and-forth between the real world and the world of the comic strip was a clever conceit for the time. (And it just occurred to me that I'm still stuck on it two decades later: it was one of my favorite elements in Repo! The Genetic Opera as well.) Was this the start of the literal video concept? I think it may have been.
But the literal video of "Total Eclipse" takes the concept to a whole other level, mostly because the original video -- which I don't recall ever seeing before -- is an incoherent head trip that suggests Tyler is an ephebephiliac with a particular yen for boarding school athletes and a phobia about choirboys. I really can't imagine what either Tyler or Steinman were thinking. I don't want to imagine what they were thinking.
So the maker of the literal video had plenty to work with; it practically satirizes itself. All he had to do was point out the "huh?!" moments (that would be most of the video) and the joke would just keep piling up. But he goes it several levels better than that. I won't spoil all the lines; watch for yourself:
"I've joined the Glee Club of the Damned."
I laughed so hard I cried.