The Robin Sparkles video on last week’s How I Met Your Mother got us thinking… what if another Canadian teen pop star, Alanis Morissette, was just a one-hit wonder whose best-ever video was 1991’s rarely seen “Walk Away”? Infested with copious amounts of velvet spandex and pre-Friends Matt LeBlanc, the video’s sometimes difficult to watch, especially when the young “lovers” decide to converse. I was getting a faint Britney Spears “But I thought the old lady dropped it into the ocean!” vibe from the convo Alanis and Matt had in the “downtown cafe” about his broken car. “Get it fixed.” Duh, Matt. It’s so easy.
Like many early-career videos, this one’s flaws are so awful they end up being pluses. The video exists, for one. That’s a perk. Alanis is totally believable as a hyper-produced sellout. Also funny. ’80s hair, sports bra, abs: Check! But my favorite so-bad-they’re-good elements might be LeBlanc’s horrible, horrible delivery on his billiards strategy and dumbfounded “What?” look when he realizes the time. Dude, it’s 10:30! Time to go meet a 17-year-old who’s going to sit in a cab and make annoying faces until she finally lets you in!
Wait, I lied. The best parts are the random cuts to Alanis dancing. Where is she going? She looks like she’s on a mission somewhere (off-camera, perhaps?), but she never actually walks away! DO IT! Say goodbye! Quick, become angsty and jaded, otherwise we won’t want you anymore!