Thursday, February 26, 2015

Jan Terri

There is a certain enigmatic quality to Jan Terri's music videos. Judged by any standard metrics, they are certainly awful. The lyrics are terrible, the camera work is shabby, and Terri pretty much has no screen presence. They definitely fall within the "It's so bad, it's good" category. Upon my first viewing I succumbed to a head shaking, surreal state of confusion as I tried to understand how and why these things ever got made.

Yet, like many of the other bad music videos I've posted, they seem to have a way of getting stuck in your head. Perhaps it's an appreciation for the sincere, yet naive effort that was put into their creation. Terri is a woman with a dream and though the results of her efforts may not be so great, you've got to give her credit for trying. Then again, maybe the terrible lyrics are actually what make the songs so catchy. It's as if their oddness creates this little replay loop in your head and the next thing you know you're catching yourself singing "I don't wanna lose you tonight" while doing the laundry.

Whatever the case may be, if you haven't come across these videos yet, take a moment to enjoy the work of the now legendary Jan Terri. You'll be glad you did.

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