Who knew that Mike + The Mechanics were such storytellers?

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December

In 1986, Mike + the Mechanics were a hit and their video for All I Need Is A Miracle was a popular play with the story of their fictional band manager losing the band's money and the feel-good ending. Before you can stay Caddyshack 2, we present its sequel entitled Taken In.

Taken In is a fine melancholic hit that only made it to No. 32 on the singles chart and features Paul Young (no, not that Paul Young) on vocals instead of Paul Carrack. In the video, veteran English actor Roy Kennear reprises his role as Roy the absent-minded band manager and his latest screw up is double booking Mike + the Mechanics lodging while on tour. Hijinks ensue when the band discovers they are staying in the same lake house as Richard Belzer (in a career low) and his swarm of rugrats. Taken In is a morose song about bad luck and bad decisions and all that is ruined when the video is turned into an unfunny comedy with awkward and unnecessary dialogue cluttered throughout the video.

This wasn't Kennear's first go around in a music video as he had a sizeable role in The Beatles Help movie. However, Kennear will be best known to American audiences as Veruca Salt's father in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Unfortunately Kennear died two years after the Taken In video was filmed as he broke his pelvis falling off a horse while filming The Return of the Musketeers and died of a heart attack one day later while in a Spain hospital. All in all, a nice depressing end to this week's installment of "Great Song/Horrible Video" on Lost and Found.

 

 

[Last modified: Friday, December 20, 2013 9:17am]

    

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