Train Hassels the Hoff in video for 50 Ways to Say GoodbyeJuly 10th, 2012 | Posted by in First Listen | Music
Remember in Happy Gilmore whenever anyone asked what happened to Happy’s girlfriend, he would say she got hit by a car or fell off a cliff and died on impact? Instead of just admitting she dumped him? The new song by Train (soon to be stuck in your head like whoa) takes that concept and runs with it. With a cheeky video full of more obscure nonsense than an episode of Family Guy.
The song 50 Ways to Say Goodbye is a break-up anthem of sorts where, like Happy Gilmore, the lead singer lists dozens of ways that his girlfriend met her untimely end. Plane crash, death by tanning bed, run over by a Prius, the list goes on.
The video balances out the various campy-on-purpose deaths of the girlfriend (eaten by a lion, decapitated by an old man driving by) with a whole bunch of comically random people. A mariachi band. The grim reaper (obvi). A body builder doing construction work. A rabbi (because she broke up with him on Yom Kippur. That bitch.) And oh yeah, David Hasselhoff. He just hangs out in the produce aisle of the food store, looking for gossip apparently.
My favorite part of the video is the snippets from various Train concerts where concerned fans (well, really one fan) hold up signs of condolences for the lead singer, Pat, on the loss of his not-actually-dead ex. At the very end of the video, they show that same kid again and this time he is holding a sign that says “Rack City Bitch.” Why? I dont know but it cracks me up every time.
Train makes undeniably catchy songs and I think we can all relate to the sentiment of being broken up with and then concocting outlandish fake-deaths for the bastards who broke our hearts. For example, did you know I had an ex-boyfriend in college who spontaneously combusted? Life sure is funny.