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Update from last year’s Halloween special

tn_nightmareonmystreetLast Halloween I did an important, should’ve-been-award-winning piece called Analysis: “A Nightmare On My Street” vs. “Are You Ready For Freddy?”, in which I compared and contrasted the Freddy Krueger themed song by DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince with the one by The Fat Boys. Today I have a brief update, or sequel if you will, to that piece.

In the piece I embedded the “Are You Ready For Freddy?” video, but said there was no video for “A Nightmare On My Street.” In the comments it came up that people including Jake thought they remembered seeing a video. I feel like I would remember such a video existing, but more importantly it’s not on Youtube, on any of the many extras-packed DVDs and Blu-Rays of the Elm Street series, in the excellent 4-hour documentary NEVER SLEEP AGAIN, or on the DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince video collection.

Since then I’ve encountered other people who think they remember seeing it, so I looked into it again. Wikipedia says

“The song was considered for inclusion in the movie A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master, but the producers of the film decided against its inclusion. New Line Cinema, copyright holders of the A Nightmare on Elm Street film franchise, sued DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince’s record label for copyright infringement, forcing the label to destroy a music video produced for the song. Both sides eventually settled out of court.”

but since this section is not sourced I wondered if some of it could be an urban legend. The very specific language of the disclaimer sticker on the record supports the existence of a lawsuit or threat of one, but would they really have made a video before that happened?

Talking about it with an unnamed person I joked that I should ask Jaden Smith on Twitter, see if I could get a weirdly capitalized answer from him. She said why not ask DJ Jazzy Jeff? Which of course was the right thing to do.

Today I have what I believe is confirmation of Wikipedia’s claim that there was an unreleased video:

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So why do so many people think they remember seeing a video that was never released? It’s possible that people are mixing their recollections of the Fat Boys video with the more memorable song that they listened to more often. Or – and this is the theory I’m leaning toward – the song is just so vivid that it conjures up imagery in your mind that you might later remember as a video.

Or it could be yet another phenomenon caused by Freddy magic. Dream demons or dream masters or some shit like that. Who knows.

On a personal note, I would like to say that I saw DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince open for Run-DMC at the Paramount Theater in 1988 and to this day I think “The Magnificent” is one of the best DJs ever. I’m glad he’s out there still doing his thing under the radar instead of playing Will Smith’s intern in the BAD BOYS movies or something.

I’m still an awe of his “Transformer Scratch”:

And I’m glad whenever I see him pop up somewhere, like on this VH1 Hip Hop Honors tribute to LL Cool J with The Roots and Eminem:

VERN has been reviewing movies since 1999 and is the author of the books SEAGALOGY: A STUDY OF THE ASS-KICKING FILMS OF STEVEN SEAGAL, YIPPEE KI-YAY MOVIEGOER!: WRITINGS ON BRUCE WILLIS, BADASS CINEMA AND OTHER IMPORTANT TOPICS and NIKETOWN: A NOVEL. His horror-action novel WORM ON A HOOK will arrive later this year.

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8 Responses to “Update from last year’s Halloween special”

  1. I saw you tweeting at Jazzy Jeff, but I never saw if he replied. Good to know that this has been solved. Or…has it?

  2. I swear I saw the video for this. If I recall correctly, it was done very similar to the Parents Just Don’t Understand video, with that weird background and squiggles and other 80’s crap. Maybe it was just a clip on Entertainment Tonight or that MTV movie show with Chris Connolly or something, but I feel like I definitely saw it.

    Then again, Freddy used to scare the crap out of me at that age, and anything even tangentially related would send me turning off the TV at record time, so maybe I’m just Leonard Shelby-ing everything.

  3. “All the boys with AIDS be quiet!!!!!”

    Pure class, Will. Pure class.

  4. Did anybody else notice in the credits of STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON that Jazzy Jeff performed all of Dre and Yella’s scratches? They could have gotten literally any turntablist in the world for that gig, but they chose him. I think that’s cool. Will may be the superstar, but the hip-hop community knows who the real talent in that duo is.

  5. Whoah, really? I did not notice that. That’s really cool. It makes sense. You can see from that “Rock the Bells” performance that he’s good at doing other DJ’s styles. I wonder if he could do Terminator X?

  6. Random thought: Is NIGHTMARE ON MY STREET one of the earliest examples of Nerdcore?

  7. Vern, all differences aside I DO have an image in my brain of this video existing.

    HOWEVER, both Freddy and the song itself are implanted deep in memory so perhaps I am wrong. We must consider that during this time, Freddy Krueger passed Dracula as, like, the most successful box office movie monster of all time. I remember watching or reading a news story about it in the Fall. So he was kind of a big deal.

    You and I could both be brainwashed and wrong.

  8. Man I bought Jeff’s solo album back in the day… remember it was pretty solid except the ill-conceived collaboration with Masters At Work

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