Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Wicked Game

When MTV aired Chris Isaac's Wicked Game music video way back in 1991, I was in high school, and like all other American teens, I was very hormonal. As a baby hetero, I fell silent and slack-jawed every time I caught this video on MTV. There is a section of the video when Helena Christensen is decked out in a black lingerie set, but even as a baby hetero, I was obsessed with the main visual thread of the video, when she's wearing men's white briefs. I mistakenly thought it was the hetero soft porn that compelled me. Not.so.much.

A couple years later, after I came out of the closet, I spotted the video when I was flipping channels. Only then did I understand how truly sexy it is. And I realized it was not the hetero soft porn, but it was Helena Christensen in men's underwear.

Several years ago, during the height of the Napster days, I tried to locate this video so I could download it. No dice.

Today, for some odd reason, this video popped into my mind, and I went looking again. Only this time the angels sang down from the heavens, and I found it on You Tube. Not suprisingly, a gorgeous woman in white briefs still does it for me, and the soft porn doesn't hurt.

But there's a also new dimension to this particular obsession. When I checked Wikipedia for the date of release, I found out that Herb Ritts directed the video. Why am I not surprised? He's an amazing artist, one of my all-time favorite photographers, and I regularly flip through the coffee table book that Wifey bought me several years ago. These are two of my all-time favorites:


Can you tell this is Michelle Pfeiffer? I would give my left tit to own it. Seriously.I have another tit.I need this photo.



Woman in Sea, Hawaii, 1988


Little did I know that the MFA owns several of his photos. It's high time to visit the MFA again.

12 comments:

Kellee said...

Mmmmmmm. Love Herb Ritts. So much. You do know about the Julia Roberts in mens briefs in the ocean shot from the late 80's-early 90's, yes?

Danielle said...

For me, Herb Ritts = "Fred with Tires" (which I saw at the MFA while in college). I like the woman in the sea one too, but you can have Michelle Pfeiffer.

wenders said...

Ah, more reasons to get to the MFA...

somebunnysloveDOTcom said...

Thanks for the pics! I have been wanting (more like lusting) to go to MFA. Now I really need to go!
=:8

The Purloined Letter said...

WOW! I never saw the video (as a non-tv person) but I was in my first relationship with a woman when the song came out and kept those lines ("I never dreamed that I'd fall in love with someone like you" or whatever) running through my head for months.

Are you left-handed? If not, please give your RIGHT tit (so you can so you can shoot your bow without that bump in the way).

roro said...

"Seriously. I have another tit. I need this photo." made me laugh SO hard. And then . . . then I looked at the photo a little too long.

Speaking of things one needs, I need your address! To send you things!

Alison said...

There was a Herb Ritts book that I stalked for years as a teen in the local bookstore (called Notorious, a search informs me). Maybe it's finally time for me to buy it.

Anonymous said...

I miss Herb Ritts, he was so talented, he directed several music videos and spots, I adore the Cherish Video, Madonna looks so fresh there.

Laura said...

This one (which the MFA has) is my favorite.

Veronica said...

Now I have that damned song stuck in my head.

The Whole Self said...

ever since i read this post of yours about chris i., he's been haunting me! i randomly saw him on TV performing live, then i heard him on the radio THREE times. not a huge fan of him, but it's creampuffpannies over the old school black and white video.

miss you!

lindsey said...

i know this is behind, but i appreciate your taste in art a great deal. i was wondering what exactly your thoughts were on Francesca Woodman's photographs if you had any. i love her work and would love to hear your thoughts on it.