Tuesday, January 13, 2009

THE INCREDIBLY STRANGE NAZZ PROMO

Speaking of the sad passing of Ray Dennis Steckler, did you know that besides directing all those incredibly strange movies he also made a promotional music film for Todd Rundgren's band The Nazz? Around 1968, Steckler made what can be considered an early predecessor to the music video for the song "Open My Eyes". The short film, re-broadcast on MTV's "Closet Classics" show in the late 1980s, has the same kind of manic exuberance, fast editing and overall wackyness as the music scenes in "Rat Pfink a Boo Boo" and "Wild Guitar". Check it out!:

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4 comments:

hoover factory said...

It's funny, but this is exactly what I pictured in my mind all these years each time I heard this song...

Anonymous said...

yeah score groovy rare and great

Anonymous said...

The Nazz are one of my favorite 60s bands.I had all three of their albums on CD.They had a lot going for them;Todd Rundgren as their main producer/composer/guitarist,and the other guys weren't bad either.Thom Mooney kicked butt as drummer,Carson Van Osten rocked out as bassist and Stewkey was one of the best lead vocalist/keyboardist around.With talent like that,you can't go wrong.Budd

Anonymous said...

It seems that the Nazz were going to be promoted like the Beatles or the Monkees with an image and teeny bopper mania.But that really didn't happen since they only had one hit;Open My Eyes and it's flipside;Hello It's Me.Both great songs and favorites of mine.I love a lot of their music.Todd Rundgren showed a lot of promise with this band.They should have had more hits;Not Wrong Long,Only One Winner,Forget All About It,Take The Hand and If That's The Way You Feel were all potential singles and hits for them.They were probably before their time.Liam