After a ten-year hiatus, VH1 is bringing back their legendary show “Pop Up Video.” Back in the mid-90s, “Pop Up Video” and “Behind the Music” put VH1 on the map with their fascinating portraits of life on the set and with the band. If you aren’t aware of the format of “Pop Up Video” (welcome to the world, young’un) it’s pretty much exactly what you think: Music videos play and bubbles of truth pop up and reveal interesting behind-the-scenes tidbits about the video and factoids about the band. It’s engaging, fun, and has a good beat that you can dance to. Also, it’s educational. How else are you supposed to know that Van Halen’s “Hot For Teacher” used actual whale sounds in the song? The show’s co-creator Woody Thompson is on board as executive producer of the reboot, so fans can expect more of the delightful, snarky format that originated way back in 1996. This time around fans can expect the show to expand its genre from pop and rock to include rap and hip-hop, a genre that was off limits before because they were considered the domain of sister network MTV.
Since we’re feeling nostalgic now and can’t hardly wait for the show to get back on air, here are a few of our favorite Pop Up Videos past:
There are so many things to love in Judas Priest’s “Breaking the Law”:
In the video for Men at Work’s “Land Down Under,” you learn helpful facts like that the fine for “torturing a koala” was $300 in 1996.
“The Ghostbusters” producers didn’t want to just use clips from the movie in Ray Parker Jr.’s video for their theme song:
“Pop Up Video” was fearless and had no qualms with Rick-rolling their entire viewing audience: