A Farewell To (My Little Brother)
This is the fourth in a weeklong homage to one of the greatest musicians of the modern era. Please don’t look for any other videos other than the ones I’ve posted, or else it will ruin the surprise.
Remember the classic song “Frere Jacques”? Well, Jan Terri took a giant shit on that classic, put it in a witches’ cauldron, did some voodoo, put it into a Magic Bullet, made some delicious margaritas, then went and and crafted a better version that will forever replace that silly tune with a sublime piece of artistry. That’s right, prepare to get your mind blown by “My Little Brother”.
As fourth on the list of TFGJTVOAL, you may think this isn’t as good as the other 3. WRONG! This ranking was merely a ruse because they are all the number one best, and I just had to break them down so your mind didn’t get blown from so much amazingness at one time.
This video holds a special place in my heart for an innumberable number of reasons. First, Jan sings in French. I don’t know about you, but she sounds so authentic, Marion Cotillard will probably win another Oscar for lipsyncing to her songs in a lavishly detailed biopic. Second, this song has so much pep, and I fucking love pep. Third, denim upon denim upon denim!! Fourth, I can always get behind a good shopping montage. Fifth, far and away the best line in the song is “Don’t you wanna take a cruise trip?” Let’s break this line down, shall we?
Jan is urging her brother to get out of bed and get going, why? She wants to convince him to go on a cruise trip. This line comes out of nowhere, like a Great White Shark lurking in the deep of the ocean. The song is akin to swimming in the ocean (or maybe paddleboarding if you’re a douche), minding your own business, everything calm and tranquil, and then getting your lower extremities torn asunder from your body. It comes out of nowhere, and it makes no sense. And yet, for some reason you’re not too angry, because it’s only natural that sharks eat humans, as it is only natural that Jan wants to go on a cruise trip with her brother. In Chicago. In the middle of winter.
Also, I would like to call your attention to how Jan futher emphasizes said “cruise trip” by standing next to the water and violently jerking her thumb behind her to indicate said “cruise trip” vessel. Subtle.
This is one of those rare songs that have moments that make no sense, yet at the same time make perfect sense. Kind of like Shaggy’s “It Wasn’t Me”. No, EXACTLY like Shaggy’s “It Wasn’t Me”!
So on that note, have fun with this song. It makes no sense, but since when does lack of sense preclude having a good time? That’s right: never.
Ok, I just realized that “wanna take a cruise trip” might be a euphemism for something. I’m leaning towards “incest”, but I’m just spitballing here.
Tomorrow marks the last day of our Top 5 Greatest Jan Terri Videos Of All Time. But never fear, for Jan Terri shall forever live on in our hearts, in our minds, and in our