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Throwback Video of the Week!

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Pay no attention to the band behind the curtain. In this case, the band is Blues Traveler. The video for their 1995 breakthrough hit “Run-Around” is an homage to The Wizard of Oz.

Many of the classic story’s main characters are represented, including Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, and the Cowardly Lion. The four of them are turned away by the bouncer at a music club. Eventually, they’re able to get in thanks to Dorothy’s clever hand stamp transferring ploy (you’ll see) but they soon discover something is amiss about the band on stage. That’s when Toto pulls open a curtain to expose the real band, Blues Traveler, playing the music while the guys on stage are only miming and lip synching.

Keep an eye out for a cameo by late MTV game show host Ken Ober as the club owner. Ober also appeared in Blues Traveler’s video for their single, “Hook”, from the same album (Four).