Sunday, May 15, 2011

The utterly insane video for Lindsey Buckingham's "Holiday Road"

The eyes of Lindsey Buckingham.

On those occasions when you think of Lindsey Buckingham's "Holiday Road," the theme song from National Lampoon's Vacation, what images come to mind? Do you think of a family going on a summer vacation? Or, rather, do you think about a dreary, totalitarian corporate prison where the miserable employees toil at rows of identical desks, the windows have iron bars, and there is toxic-looking blue liquid in the water cooler?

I generally think of the first scenario. Lindsey Buckingham, though, thinks of that second one, the business-prison one. At least that's what I gleaned from the song's truly nutty music video:

You keep thinking that Lindsey's gonna turn things around and a party is gonna break out in that office with Hawaiian shirts and binge drinking. But, no, the mood stays grim right up to the end, when "business Lindsey" sees "sexy time Lindsey" walk mysteriously into the fog-shrouded woods. (Full disclosure: I don't think I get what's supposed to be happening at the end of this video.)

Overall, I can't say that I've ever seen such disparity between an upbeat 1980s pop song and its music video. It would be like taking "Walking on Sunshine" and setting the video in a gulag. I can only imagine what inspired Mr. Buckingham to do this. But there it is, for you to enjoy.

You're welcome.


  1. I think sexy time Lindsey is hoping to be attacked by zombies/werewolves/vampires/Randy Quaid, rather than reporting back to his desk.
    Or maybe not.

  2. It's funny you mentioned werewolves, zombies, and attacking, because I got the distinct impression the ending is supposed to be a reference to Michael Jackson's "Thriller." But that makes even less sense than the rest of the video.

  3. Omg, my boring job reminds me of this video. Except I spend the whole day in solitary confinement rather than surrounded by hot coworkers...