Band of Brothers

A story in this week’s True absolutely demands that I include the video mentioned in the story, so it’s being published here (with the video) rather than in the newsletter. From True’s 29 September 2013 issue:

First, of course, the story:

Band of Brothers

When their brother was going to get married, and they were asked to be co-best men, Baddy Paris and Rufus Starlight decided they couldn’t really give a proper wedding speech — they would “cry too much,” they thought. So the brothers, who work with professional cameraman Ferris Ferhat, wrote a 1980s-style electro-pop wedding song and asked Ferhat to direct and produce a music video. “We Are Brothers” is so bizarre, yet catchy, that it went viral, bringing over a million views in its first week online. They not only brought up humiliating bits from the groom’s past (“You were a loser. Your haircut was a mullet. … What were you thinking?”), but didn’t spare themselves, either. “The metallic outfits were meant to enhance the electro vibe and make the guys look adequately ridiculous,’ Ferhat says. “They were left over from another shoot and were originally worn by female dancers and are about three sizes too small for Baddy and Rufus.” Newlyweds Robin and Helen loved the video, Ferhat says. (RC/London Telegraph) …Here’s to them never releasing a divorce video.

And now, in all its amazing 1980s glory, the video:

The Lyrics

He is your brother.
And just because he’s older,
He will always try to boss you.
No matter what you do,
You must obey him!

He is your brother.
And just because he’s younger,
You will learn to tell your fists no,
When he beats you on Nintendo.
Do not hit him!

Ahhhhhhhhh
Don’t leave us,
You are our jesus.
But you look like mother.
Don’t want to lose you,
To another.

Ahhhhhhhhh
Don’t leave us,
You are our jesus.
She may be your lover,
But do not forget,
You are our brother!

You were a loser,
Your haircut was a mullet.
You could not play the bassoon,
You had a dark blue bedroom,
What were you thinking?!

You also had a mullet!
I was always the cool one.
I was the budding rock star,
I’m awesome at the guitar….
…But you work for me now!

Ahhhhhhhhh
Don’t leave us,
You are our jesus.
But you look like mother.
Don’t want to lose you,
To another.

Ahhhhhhhhh
Don’t leave us,
You are our jesus.
She may be your lover,
But do not forget,
You are our brother!

You were working as a salesman,
In a homeware & design store.
You only ever wore black,
Your life was made of Habitat.
You were lonely.

Ooooooooooohhhhhhhhh
That was when you met her,
Though you would never tell us.
But then we finally guessed it,
Out came your dirty secret –
You loved your boss!

Ooooooooooohhhhhhhhh
You loved your boss!!!

You are my brother.
Just look how far you’ve come now.
I used to change your nappy,
Now you’re old & saggy,
Fat like Paddy.

You are my brother.
I always looked up to you.
But now to me it’s quite weird,
Cause you have hair & a beard,
Just like our Daddy.

Ahhhhhhhhh
Don’t leave us,
You are our jesus.
But you look like mother.
Don’t want to lose you,
To another.

Ahhhhhhhhh
Don’t leave us,
You are our jesus.
She may be your lover,
But do not forget,
You are our brother!

My favorite part? That the brothers got their “Daddy” to play along. Fantastic!

11 Comments on “Band of Brothers

  1. I saw this earlier on MSNow and just loved it. Thanks for widening the share, as I think many secret 80s pop lovers (like me) will enjoy the fun and funkiness.

  2. Oh wow! I would have loved to have seen the video of the bride & groom WATCHING this!!

    Wow: I didn’t think of that. It would be a hoot! I’m sure they were boggled. -rc

  3. Extremely wierd and at the same time touching. It is great that the couple enjoyed and appreciated the video. What the world needs now is — not love, but, more brotherly love like this. What a wonderful world this would be.

  4. May be retro, and it may be odd, but it’s about 20,000 times better in quality, sound and visuals than much of what I see being pushed by the big studios today. What that has to say about the current professional stuff, I’ll leave up to you to consider.

  5. It is amazing what these guys did for their brother and his fiance’. The creativity is beyond most of us. This family must be so close for the brothers to put in this kind of effort! My brother and I didn’t do anything like this for each other. In fact, my brother treated me more like a business opportunity throughout life, rather than as a brother. These guys seem like the type that would walk through fire for each other. Great job, guys!

  6. This is my kinda music!!!

    I would love to be able to something similar myself. But sadly, my most crazy ideas will have to stay in my mind, due to lack of technical (and possibly economical) Resources as well as know-how of myself. This in combination with my shyness and drive to do something.

  7. I noticed at the bottom of the video player screen that the video over six minutes long and thought to myself, “Oh gawd, really? I have to sit through six+ minutes of some sort of drivel…???”

    Then I clicked the “Play” button. Incredible! Those guys are great. I watched every second of it and now am forwarding it to my sons, my daughter and son-in-law, and my brother.

    Thank you, Randy!

  8. Can’t wait for my oldest son to get married! Better yet, my Grand Children would love something like that. Of course it would have to be secretly made! My wife would never be a part of it. Should I mention that I’m also a Pastor? Thank you for showing this. It’s gotta be good to have such a close knit family that can laugh at themselves.

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