Ninety 90’s Songs: Damn, I Wish I Was In Color

Oh wait, it was. Apparently MTV, which was in the process of scaling back its music video aspect in favor of crappy reality TV, found the original too erotic or something. Really, MTV? So this awesome song had to re-shoot, and do so in all black and white? There are already so many monochromatic videos! You’re making it worse!

#76 “Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover” by Sophie B. Hawkins. Damn, what a song. Seriously. Did the 90’s have brazen female artists, or what?   Passionate vocals, electric guitar, a solid back beat, and even a brass line, with all these elements it’s easy to see why this single did so well.  I’ve never heard a singer pull off the word “shucks” like Sophie did and her “damn”s are purely sexual.

The video, composed of some gorgeous dance numbers that are equally as passionate as the delivery of the lyrics, used a mix of lighting and coloring effects. Unfortunately MTV didn’t go for it. Maybe she did look like she was wearing some kind of diaper, but the mix of modern dance and burlesque was clever and engaging. Damn, I wish MTV didn’t suck.

Obviously a decent amount of money was invested in the first, because the second video is hum drum in comparison. It’s monotone and Sophie is tailored in grungy sleeveless flannel and some jeans with the 90’s-obligatory rips at the knee. They couldn’t even afford to give her shoes for most of the video and we have to see the dirty bottoms of her feet when she tries to recreate her writhing choreography.

Regardless, she still looks sexy and it’s fun to see her groove with the band and backup singers. While she hit her peak early in the decade, Sophie continues her career to this day, even appearing on NBC’s “Community” where she performed this single and another hit of hers. Here are *both* videos, so you can decide if MTV was just being provincial and prudish.


One comment

  1. Guess What?! They also did this with Lisa Stansfield around the SAME EXACT TIME!.. with her single ‘Change’. the UK video is so gorgeous… I mean just perfection, emotion is perfect. Then they decided for the US one they would have it black and white in a room. It’s crap!

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