FERG BLURBS -- Journey's "Separate Ways" Video Is A Masterpiece

August 14, 2017

This is a post that, essentially, is just to illustrate the ridiculous thing that is the music video for Journey's "Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)". 


The video is infamous in Journey-fan circles, and really, in music-heads around the world, for its whacky and cheesy choreography and odd sets. In it, Steve Perry and company are essentially running around a wharf, shot in New Orleans, doing dramatic poses and playing invisible instruments while a woman, presumably the "love interest" of the song, walks around and through their set. There's a point where all the band members are miming their instruments, and another where the keyboard player Jonathan Cain is playing his keyboard up against a wall.

It's been considered one of the worst music videos ever made, making #13 on MTV's Top 25 Worst Music Video Countdown in 1999. But, I'm here to tell you that it's a masterpiece.

Too often, bands get so full of themselves that they need to make another piece of "art" on top of the music they produce. Journey, at the time, was a band that didn't do "music videos" in the traditional sense. Up until "Separate Ways", many of their videos had been footage of concerts with the song rolling over it. And, while the band certainly wanted to make something that didn't embarrass them, I think this video was a great opportunity for Journey to prove that they didn't take themselves too seriously.

The music video is screamingly cheesy. And it looks like Journey is having fun with it. And that's what I love about it! It's infamous, and it may be objectively "bad," but maybe it's so bad that it's good? That's where I'm at.