I rarely see music videos anymore, though regular readers know I'm age-inappropriately obsessed with MTV's Teen Mom. Last week's breezy VMAs reminded me that artists still make these mini-movies. And hey, wow, there's Philadelphia starring in a relatively new video by Passion Pit.
The WXPN-friendly song is oddly upbeat given the focus on economic malaise. Philebrity and Uwishunu get the nod for posting the video and identifying the images scrolling across the small screen. (Warning: This is one of those shot-like-you're-flying videos, so be warned if you, like me, are at all prone to motion sickness.)
As excited as I am to see the city/region getting love from the only hipster chipmunks on my running mix, am I the only one tiring of the visual stereotype? (You remember Springsteen's video for "Streets of Philadelphia," don't you? The blight. Oh, the blight.)
The Passion Pit video begins in the sunny suburbs. (I guessed Montco or upper Bucks, judging by the cul-de-sacs.) The scene moves to Maple Acres Farm in Plymouth Meeting (good catch, Uwishunu) and then Fairmount Park, the first obvious local marker. Then, like clockwork, the money shot: the littered bleakness of Philadelphia proper.