Cocky, and real sweet

by Yule Heibel on September 10, 2004

This summer I had a chance to get reacquainted with a former high school pal who lives in (and works out of) Toronto. Kathy sent me this link to a music video for the song “Cocky” by Toronto’s Mind the Gap. Along with the band, it stars her son Julian Cervello as a cocky kid whose Candide-like actions play out against the backdrop of the band’s music. The lyrics are both romantic (“Everyone knows that you love me”) and alienated; the rocker pose is cheekily kaput but totally cocky. The video plays on that, and it’s a really smart, witty juxtaposition of action and music: lots of fun. The music combines with interesting scenes to tell a story acted out in vignettes, with several unexpected curves thrown in, which produces something that is more than the song or the story alone. See the video by clicking on this link, and then clicking on “Watch” to see it. (Note that it requires a Windows plug-in, which puts us Apple users at a disadvantage.) Oh, and added media bonus for some: the band’s singer, lead guitarist, and songwriter is Jake Epstein, who plays Craig Manning on CBC‘s Degrassi: The Next Generation. (Since I don’t have tv, I’m afraid this means little to me, but then, I’m probably weird not to have tv, right? Whatever. See the video.)

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