The Awl has been doing a “First Video That Meant Something To Me” feature to promote their new music app. So far, this feature has certainly caused me to reflect on my age - but also has me thinking about the first video that really had a profound influence on me. I came to the conclusion that it had to be They Might Be Giants. Truth be told it would probably be Birdhouse - but Ana Ng and I are getting old… Or, hell, Istanbul.
They really made me think about band mythos and iconography for the first time. At least outside of the typical metal band iconography. They still hold the spot of being the only band fan club that I’ve ever signed up for. Via mail anyhow.