News

Pop-Up Video returns, we wonder if it was always this bad

Pin it

Pop-Up Video, VH1's music-video show that featured "pop-ups" with information about the artist and the video shoot, thematically linked factoids, and joke-y asides, is returning to our TV screens on October 3rd. I don't know about the rest of you, but I loved this show as a child. While I can never remember any concrete details about watching it — except maybe something about the Spice Girls? — I distinctly remember being sad when it went off the air. But now it's back! And the show has released one of the first videos to get the Pop-Up 2.0 treatment, Britney Spears' "Till the World Ends."

God, I'm not sure how to say this. It's… it's really not good:

I honestly need to know: was the show always this bad? Were the jokes always so hammy and tepid and telegraphed? "The atmosphere on set was pretty hot" and "Some of the dancers got wet" are the kind of painful double entendres I expect from my drunk uncle Rory, not a beloved show from my youth. (Also: whoever thinks there is not already an underground dance party planned for December 21, 2012 clearly has no idea how many Hurricane Irene parties I was invited to.)

I know I could go to YouTube and find some old clips, but honestly, I don't want to. It would be too painful to find out that, yes, this show was always bad. So here we are: the '90s nostalgia trend is now literally destroying my childhood memories. Sorry, Clarissa: it looks like I won't be watching you again after all. I can't take the chance.