Hi, Unk! I’ve got another Traumafession for you that, like my Three Dog Nightmare, is related to music. Funny how many traumatic images come to mind that have to do with album covers, music videos, and music in general as opposed to what one would expect from scary movies and such.
Back when I was a young tween in the early ’80s, I used to spend summers with my dad in Fort Collins, Colorado. After dad would go to bed on weekdays, I’d stay up late and catch this hour-long alternative video show called FM TV (later to be called Teletunes) out of Broomfield, Colorado.. FM TV would play music videos from all kinds of bands that MTV refused to play from The Art of Noise, Romeo Void, Ministry, The The, and Devo, to name just a few. I’d look forward to this hour every night when I could see videos by all these bands I’d never heard of before. It really broadened my musical horizons and was a great alternative to the big acts that MTV broadcast.
Anyhow, one night they broadcast the video for The Ramones’ ‘Psychotherapy’, a song (and band) I grew to love, but the video itself was CRAZY TRAUMATIC! For such a short song, they really packed all kinds of scary images into the video including:
-The members of the band in a lunatic asylum with all kinds of realistically crazy-looking people cavorting about!
-A therapist and hospital surgeons turning into scary-looking skeletons!
-An inmate having a “mini-me” burst out of his own face!
Being the early 80’s, I never saw this video again until the advent of YouTube, but the memory of it was seared into my brain for a good 20 years! I was 13 or so when I saw it and past the age of most Traumatizers, but when I saw this video late at night, by myself, on an old tv, on a music video show that seemed almost underground….the experience gave me a nightmare or two! So, HERE is the video (now a favorite, of course!). Thanks for reading!