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“Jump” – Van Halen

I had a heavy near-sighted zitty friend who was obsessed with showing off the keyboard riff, growing indignant at my waning attention over the years, until our falling out, much like Eddie Van Halen and David Lee Roth, the former whose face was spat on by the latter, an image that always struck me: how ephemeral and sometimes angry friendship is. I think of the day this video was shot — in a simple black studio with some spotlights above, graceful lip syncing and vaguely choreographed jumping — as an elegy of friendship, and derision.