“The songs I write as Wolfie’s Just Fine often take place in the worlds of pop culture from my youth,” says musician/comedian Jon Lajoie. The band name is itself a reference to Terminator 2: Judgment Day.
WJF hit most horror fans’ radars in 2016 with the release of “A New Beginning“; it’s an homage to Friday the 13th: The New Beginning and the feelings of discovering horror for the first time as a kid. It struck a chord (pun intended) with many genre aficionados who came of age in the 1980s.
WJF’s latest moves into the 1990s with an homage to Tremors. What makes “Trying to Sleep” so unique, though, is the fact that Lajoie sings from the perspective of the monstrous Graboid! Give it a spin below.
“This is my love letter to the 1990 B-Horror movie Tremors, which, for many reasons, had a big impact on me as a 10-year-old (and subsequently, for the rest of my life),” Lajoie explains. “A little backstory…
“Without saying too much about it, the Wolfie’s Just Fine EP Perfection, Nevada thematically lives in the world of the movie Tremors, and the song ‘Trying to Sleep’ is written from the point of view of one of the Graboids. I’ve always wanted to shoot a music video for this song, but in the end, the visuals I saw were so intertwined with the movie that it kind of felt like sacrilege to attempt to superimpose other images onto it. And since I’m social distancing, and have A LOT of time on my hands, I made this.
“Breaking it down shot by shot was an absolute joy, and made me love and appreciate the movie even more than I already did. I’m forever grateful that the director, Ron Underwood, screenwriters Brent Maddock and S.S. Wilson, and the entire cast and crew came together 30 years ago to make a strange and unique piece of timeless pop culture, that, not only entertained me, but provided a world for me to explore and get lost in 30 years later.
“Disclaimer!! I don’t own the rights to any of the footage (Universal does!). I’m not making money off this video in any way (it’s not monetized anywhere), and so I hope maybe the creators and copyright owners will see this for what it is, a loving homage to their brilliant, and lasting work. (And free promotion! It’s streaming on Netflix right now, go watch it!).”
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