The other day, and quite out of the blue, someone asked me if I had appeared in the music video for "Snapped" by the Phunk Junkeez. I was shocked, because A) I'm not a face often (or ever) recognized; and B) I'd completely forgotten about the video as I thought it had never been released. So off to YouTube I clicked and there, by god, was the music video that I'd once participated in with Kendra Gaeta and Jeff Tremaine on a summery weekend day in 1995. We were simple, lowly folk then, working on Big Brother skateboard magazine, and our only minimal connection to the big time world of Hollywood was through our friend Spike Jonze, who was starting to make a real splash in the music video scene on MTV.
This was the era of the "wonder kids," and although Spike was the primary cannonball, there were a few notable others, like Harmony Korine and Jake Fogelnest, both of whom were making waves as well. Jake, famous for his homespun Squirt TV show in New York, was the director of the Phunk Junkeez video that day, but Spike was on set as well, and that's how our dumbasses got cast as extras for the day of filming at a retail shipping store on Santa Monica Blvd. in West Hollywood. So we came, we did what was directed, and that was the last I heard anything at all about the video until asked about it the other day.
According to the official YouTube description for the music video it was "banned from MTV during the mid-'90s due to references of 'going postal.'" This is, of course, due to the fact "many postal occurrences happened during that decade, henceforth the catchphrase," and it also explains why I never heard a single word about the damn video. I'd just assumed it came out like a chunk (phunk?) of crap and never left the edit bay, but that's typical for cynical silly me. Mind you, this was also still years before the internet placed information and porn at our fingertips, and it looks like this video wasn't even uploaded until 2010.
My favorite part of the YouTube description, though, is the "Featuring Spike Jonze" claim. Spike, in modest disguise, appeared for all of 8 seconds or so at the very end of the video, but as any clever marketing guru will tell you, it's all about the hook and whatever it takes to get that almighty click. What they should have said, however, was that it featured the four-time number one box office champion movie director Jeff Tremaine, because the DP really managed to capture the magical allure of his award-winning blue eyes. I'm still mesmerized, and no doubt you will be, too. He's like Dracula! Or an Edward, I guess, if we're trying to make relevant references that aren't from the 1930s. Hashtag Team Tremaine. —Sean Cliver