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Video Time-Warp #6: American Hi-Fi – “Flavor of the Weak”

Pun in the title? Check. Catchy-ass song? Check. Goofy 80s theme-video? Check. Song about a guy-being-perfect-for-her-even-though-she-doesn’t-realize-it? Oh yes. Check and check.

I mean, what early 2000s trait DOESN’T this song have?

It’s like Cheap Trick but with more butts in the music video. (Photo by Jo Hale/Getty Images)

I, for one, love having to sit through 35 seconds of the concept of a music video before the music even starts. Reverently mocking the metal culture of the 80s was a pretty common theme in turn-of-the-century radio rock. It’s the sarcastic slogan t-shirt of the music video world. The ironic mustache.

I appreciate the power-pop qualities of this. The corny reference to Nintendo and the goofy pun in the title; it’s got a Cheap Trick aspect of it, so I can’t hate.

Rad gratuitous shot of that girl’s butt at 1:10 though. And 2:45. And 2:50. Thanks American Hi-Fi.


From “Flavor of the Weak” to this little wrecking ball. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)

So what happened to American Hi-Fi? Well, they’re still technically together, although many of the members have moved on to other projects. Singer Stacy Jones (who had previously been a drummer for Letters to Cleo and Veruca Salt) became a bigtime A&R guy with Epic Records before becoming the music director and touring drummer for Miley Cyrus during the Hannah Montana days. Now he’s drumming for Matchbox 20.

Well, that does it for this week. Now I feel old, so as always: stay off my lawn.

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