For some reason I have always remembered this clip. I saw it before I knew anything about anything and it always stuck with me. It was 1995 so I was 11 and didn’t have any cool older siblings telling me about punk rock so I had to hear about a punk band from Kurt Loder. That punk band was the Circle Jerks. I didn’t know who they were or what a circle jerk was (not sure if I knew about solo jerks either) but I knew the hook of their version of “I Wanna Destroy You” was really catchy and they looked like weirdos.
I also didn’t know who Debbie Gibson was. Turns out she was a less-than Tiffany pop-singer who was doing her things around the time I was like 6. And judging by the interview clip she’s on a totally different vibe than the dudes in the Circle Jerks. But by some weird happenstance Debbie Gibson did background vocals on The Circle Jerks record that came out in 1995. Not the most important era of Keith Morris’s band, but not the most important era of Debbie Gibson either. The thing I took most from this video is that The Soft Boys wrote a real cool song.