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This morning’s Questionable Content prompted me to head to YouTube for a Toto fix. I had completely forgotten that the video was set in a library, and that the band played on a stage made of giant books. I started to think about other music videos that were shot in the library.

I <3 the TfF one, it's just so ridiculous(ly fantastic)! What is it about 80's videos and awesomeness/librariness? Africa - Toto http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aCca5mPMp9A U Can't Touch This - Glee Cast

Everytime we Touch – Cascada

Cascada – Everytime We Touch (Video)
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Head Over Heels – Tears for Fears*

Tears For Fears – Head Over Heels
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Marian the Librarian – The Music Man (Robert Preston and Shirley Jones)
It’s not technically a music video, but it’s music and on video (well, film) so . . .
I *love* the long pause on the Indiana State Educational Journal; ye gods! that’s subtle.

and of course . . .

Librarians do Gaga – Librarians of the Future (UW iSchool)

*BONUS! The literal version of Head Over Heels

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So I’ve been thinking about John Hughes, and even though I am exceptionally fuzzy-headed today, his influence on my life is still clear.

John Hughes created my conception of adolescence.  I wasn’t even a tween when the brat pack dominated the movie scene, but I think this contributed to the potency of Hughes’ influence.  I was learning how to be a Hughesian adolescent at 7.  I watched Ferris Bueller’s Day Off weekly as a kid, and I am confident that this directly led to a) my desire for a Barbie Ferrari (seriously, coolest thing ever) and b) the unholy amount of school I skipped as a teenager.  (Sorry, Mom.)  I wanted to be Sloane.  I wanted to be the pretty girl to rock the white go go boots, but I was always more of a Jeanie (although, dude, she got to make out with pre-2.5 men Charlie Sheen, nice.)  But it was Jeanie Bueller, Samantha Baker, and Allison Reynolds that were weirdos, insecure, not rich or even wholly sane,  that spoke to me and permitted me to be the insecue, not rich, not wholly sane weirdo that I am.

We’ll miss you Mr. Hughes, thank you for your humor, and thank you for Shermer, Illinois.

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