The Dead Twelve Milkmen Monkeys
Note: this is the only song I know by the Dead Milkmen.
Things I learned only three minutes ago: the group’s name was based on Toni Morrison’s Song of Solomon.
A child of the MTV generation, images of their music video immediately flashed before my eyes. And I was able to track down a version of the video on YouTube:
As I was watching this video and feeling like I was kneeling on the carpet in my parents’ living room, something struck me as kind of odd. I was looking at the background, at where the band was recording this video.
It looked familiar, somehow.
After a few more tickets, I began to wonder: is that location the same place where Bruce Willis winds up in 12 Monkeys?
The insane asylum where he first encounters Brad Pitt?
A little more digging: Yes! It’s the same place: Eastern State Penitentiary, in Philadelphia.
Where, apparently, lots of films and music videos have taken place.
This was a first: a bit of nostalgia triggering a slightly different moment of nostalgia. A very odd sensation, thinking about time like that. And somewhat appropriate, given that one of those moments involved 12 Monkeys.