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Seriously, fellas?

Is this to be my generation's fate? To have the really crappy songs of its youth stuffed back down its throat without the merest dollop of irony to ease the passage?

I mean, "We Built This City" - a chunkmonkey piece of soulless popcraft from a spinoff of a spinoff of Jefferson Airplane that eventually became the "We Built This Business" ad for ITT? (6:32)

Happily, once again, the video for this is just amazing, and begging for a movie of its own. Nothing as narratively straightforward as the Scorpions of course; rather, something more allusive and symbolic with which to feed our heads. A plea against the Triumph of the Urban, a plea for a return to the land.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nsdj9NRzqC4

Open on a bucolic, even pastoral scene of unspoiled countryside:

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Ah, farm living out on the prairie - the way it oughtta be:

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But as night descends, we see that these wide open spaces may harbor the unsettled spirits...

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...of star-crossed lovers!

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"Once," moans the boy ghost, "we were concrete denizens, living it up in Sin City...

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Our only law was desire...

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Our only god, money...

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Our only governor, Chance.

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But Chance is inconstant - what was once raised on high...

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...may come crashing down...

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...sending those who sought to live it up under her fickle favor fleeing in fear.

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Once, we stood like mighty towers...

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...like the moon, we looked down over all...

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...while all gazed up to behold our glory.

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But Fate is a dark and constant watchman, and our shadows are ever reflected in his eye.

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And eventually, Fate brought us to a reckoning with the forces of order and righteousness - the very source of the blessings we had so long enjoyed.

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We pleaded for mercy...

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...but our pleas fell on ears of stone.

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Instead, only a thirst for justice roused the ancient Power, and it stood to speak our doom:

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'You will not be permitted to haunt the foul and glowing cities you held so dear in life...

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...but will instead be cast back into the primitive darkness that once covered this land!'"

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Now the lady ghost speaks. "Our horror was complete.

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We were to be cast into a land as foreign as any Far East empire...

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...with only the birds for company."

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Whew. Awfully heavy stuff from the video for the worst single ever.

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