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Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Real McCoy's Unreleased U.S. 'Run Away' Video

This is pretty cool for all the Eurodance geeks out there like D'luv. Last week Olaf "O-Jay" Jeglitza, founder of Real McCoy, uploaded the unreleased U.S. version of the "Run Away" video to his YouTube page.

The European video contained a different mix of the song and was set in the desert, but I always felt the version that became a hit in the U.S., with the mournful keyboard chords at the intro, was a much better version. Maybe I'm biased.

Anyway, here's the Nigel Dick-directed "Run Away" video that was never released. It's very 1984 in theme, just like the song:

As for why this video never got released, Nigel says on his website, "I don't care what Clive [Davis] says, this was a great video!"

Nigel Dick also directed the original Band Aid/"Do They Know It's Christmas?" clip, plus Britney Spears' "...Baby One More Time," Backstreet Boys' "As Long As You Love Me" and Oasis' "Wonderwall."

But seeing the unreleased "Run Away" video is so great, because that song practically plays everytime I walk down the street—ala John Travolta and the Bee Gees in the opening of Saturday Night Fever!

"Run Away" originally hit #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1995.

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  • At 12:09 PM, Blogger Moogaboo said…

    Hooker, this shit is sayin' "private"... I need to see it!! And btw, what's the backstory on why it was never released?

  • At 12:10 PM, Blogger Moogaboo said…

    Maybe Clive felt the sweatshop setting too closely mirrored his own hit factory. Oof!

    Hot video. There must be more to the story of it not being released, as it's perfectly perfect.

  • At 12:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    So wait... then which video was aired in the US? Was it the German one then? And was the video aired in America changed to match the American single version, or was it just the Euro version?

    Questions questions questions.

  • At 2:07 PM, Blogger Joshua said…

    that song practically plays everytime I walk down the street

    during your morning-after walk of shame?

  • At 10:23 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Have you heard the "new" Ace of Base remix tracks of old hits? Can you reach out via Towleroad and score an exclusive interview with them?

  • At 11:24 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    It is still a great song to this day. But I wish that Real McCoy would make a 2009 trance remake of this song, though.

  • At 10:32 AM, Blogger D'luv said…

    Moog, I'm sure there is. Maybe Clive's dress was too tight when he was watching the dailies?

    Anonymous I, the one that aired here was the "European" version. No, it was different mix in the video. As for what was played on the radio, not sure, but on the original European version of Real McCoy's album, "Run Away" doesn't have the same synth chord intro. It kind of just starts on a beat.

    Joshua, I don't do the walk of shame. I just send them off the plank.

    Anonymous II, well, that's an idea.

    Anonymous III, someone did one of "Another Night" awhile back. It wasn't too good.

  • At 12:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Yeah, I already have Another Night 2004 (Hardfaze Remix). It's a very good remix; I'd keep that one over the original any day. I want to petition for Run Away 2009 remix.:(


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