Friday, March 9, 2018

Beavis and Butthead's Greatest Hits

A few other similar "Best music videos" listicles popped up over the past few days.

Some are surprisingly well packaged, and you can tell the blogger actually did some research, such as "Beavis and Butthead's Top 40 One-Liners" from Ultimate Classic Rock:

Others seemed poorly thrown together, such as Consequence Of Sound's "The 10 Greatest Music Videos of All Time According to Beavis and Butt-head," a listicle described as "videos that don't suck nads," as if "suck nads" was a phrase ever once written into the dialogue of a single B&B episode. The Ramones' clip from B&B's 1st episode is a bizarre #1, especially since they barely express anything beyond headbanging, laughing and "this rules".

It wouldn't be easy to pick their favorite video. They got excited enough about GWAR's "The Road Behind" that the commentary was almost entirely the word "GWAR" repeated over and over.

Butthead's repeated "YES! YES! YES! YES!" throughout the intro of Pantera's "I'm Broken" might have been the closest he ever got to reaching Beavis's excitability. They were headbanging far less often after Season 3 as Mike Judge forced them to watch mostly videos that they largely detested or might have enjoyed if the song or visual cliches didn't seem derivative. "I'm Broken" felt like a moment of euphoria. If we were forced to pick their favorite video of all time, this might be it.

And now, here's our completely subjective choices for their 10 greatest video commentaries...

10. Rollins Band "Liar"

9. Crowbar "Existence Is Punishment"

Pig out.

8. Soundgarden "Black Hole Sun"

Juan Valdez.

7. Danzig "Cantspeak"

Toilets of the future.

6. Mercyful Fate "The Bell Witch"

Beavis finally locates the turdburglar.

5. Annie Lennox "No More I Love Yous"


4. Live "I Alone"

3. Slim Whitman "Paloma Blanca"

Season 1, 45 seconds long. A rarity.

2. Pantera "This Love"

1. Yanni "Reflections Of Passion"

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