Greg Kihn did Nothing but Win with his Music Video for “Jeopardy”

Ever wondered what it would be like if you had your wedding planned by Roger Corman and H.P. Lovecraft? Well, Greg Kihn must have when he made the video to his awesome tune, Jeopardy!

Right off the bat I have to tell you, dear readers, that this video used to scare kids “S” less! As our hapless groom, played by Kihn himself, sinks deeper and deeper into matrimonial madness, we are presented with nightmare fuel that contains everything from tentacle creatures to zombies to enough fused flesh to give Cronenberg a serious case of envy. But, I loved it all (although viewed today, my favorite part has to be when Kihn plays a piece of splintered pew as a guitar to ward off evil…that’s just sublime genius)!

So, do yourself a favor and check out the ultra-fun video right here, and until next time, Stay Spooky!

Daniel XIII

Daniel XIII: equally at home at a seance as he is behind the keyboard! Raised on a steady diet of Son of Satan comics, Kaiju flicks and Count Chocula, ol' XIII is a screenwriter, actor, and reviewer of fright flicks! What arcane knowledge lurks behind the preternatural eyes of the Ouija Board Kid?

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12 thoughts on “Greg Kihn did Nothing but Win with his Music Video for “Jeopardy”

  1. I saw this not on MTV but on some afternoon video show on Dayton, Ohio TV. Scared me to death (as most videos from that time did).

  2. You weren’t alone in that, Doug. This video, and the terrors contained within, was spoken about on the playground in hushed tones and whispers as if that tentacle beast would burst forth from under the slide and swallow us whole for even mentioning it!

  3. Atari Adventure Square says:

    I guess the original ‘Jeopardy’ was engraved in me early on, cuz it’s foremost in mind whenever I hear Weird Al’s genius version (though it’s probably the only Weird Al tune where I get lost in the template and see tentacle wedding nightmares while I’m supposed to be having a good time with Alex Trebek).

    Another great classic music vid retrospective, Daniel (and eye-catching, spooky header graphic – with an almost zombified-groom).

    While we enjoyed, laughed at, and relished the cheesiness of our Canadian MTV content, this one kept us rapt with its uneasy camera (unnerving corridor shots at the beginning with the parents, odd chorus pan-down, and such) which led to outright horror.
    I think a lot of us growed-up sorts would look upon the ‘death of celibacy’ notion as still horrifying if you don’t match up right.

    Maybe that’s why Weird Al’s spoof might’ve took it to an enjoyable level of comfortable fun, but the wide-eyed, haunted faces viewing Kihn’s visual masterpiece amidst the MTV cheese – and pondering the true meanings for years – is what I’m a part of, still to this day.

    And I get a huge kick out of those guitar riffs.

    But yeah, I can’t hear Beat It anymore without seeing Al in a fat suit.

  4. Thanks! I’m really glad you liked the art I did for the piece! I based it on stills from the video, among with some abstract imagery to represent the eldritch horrors that plagued our hero! I also agree with your analysis of the aesthetic camera choices that add the video it’s distinctive eeriness!

  5. Atari Adventure Square says:

    I gotta add that when X-Files first appeared, Mulder reminded me of someone, but I couldn’t place who.
    A bit later, I remembered Greg Kihn (but not the video’s content) and larfed for a sec and dismissed the whole ‘funny-brain’ bit of associative cogitation.

    Now, watching this eerie monster video, the whole X-Files connection just makes more sense.

    I’d love to see that episode.

  6. Chick says:

    Is he picking up a different bride at the end of the video? I always remembered it as him realizing his own bride was ditching the wedding too and they decided to just forget the ceremony itself but still be together. I guess that’s all my child mind could wrap itself around. But that’s a different chick altogether, isn’t it. Naughty Greg!

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