Monday, February 15, 2010

voices that care

Was reading the New York Times article about the new version of "We Are The World" (to benefit Haiti, you know), when I remembered this other celebrity pastiche piece from the early 90's, "Voices that Care," which was made to support the troops during the first Gulf War--a simpler time in our nation's history when, if I recall correctly, they actually sold Operation Desert Storm trading cards (with gum and everything) at newsstands in my neighborhood. Laudably earnest sentiment of the song aside, you have to watch this video, because quite simply, it is awesome. The Nelson Brothers! Michael Bolton! Will Smith with a sideways baseball cap! Strange interlude in the middle with squiggly colored lines! Kenny G on his little weiner sax! FRED SAVAGE SINGING NEXT TO ALYSSA MILANO! Also, Dudley Moore for some reason. We're sending our love down the well (down that well)!

Awesome. I think I still have this cassingle in a shoebox somewhere at my parent's house. And so would you if you, like me, are a relic of an earlier time.


  1. Oh my god, that is incredible. I remember listening to that single...on my Walkman. (For the kids, that's an iPod that you cram cassette tapes into.)

  2. 3:33 - Milli (or Vanilli?)

    So classic. My hubby is in Iraq and I think I will send this to him with an earnest STAND TALL! subject heading.

  3. JoCykes12:12 PM

    and Celine Dion!

  4. Celine Dion is in the new "We Are The World" too. And in the opening ceremony of the Olympics. Wherever celebrities are needed en masse, she is there!

  5. Susan1:22 PM

    It's a game of name that celebrity! Everybody looks so young (and thin!)!

  6. So awesome... I think I saw The Fonz in there.

    Dan... so with you on the Walkman... my first one was so large it came with a shoulder strap!! Makes me love my iPhone even more.

  7. Karen4:12 PM

    OMG...I miss the 90's...

  8. You totally made my day Michelle.

  9. Anonymous5:36 PM

    I'm digging all the Simpsons references lately.

  10. wow. i had the same celine dion moment AND i love how they incorporated all the basketball players AND BOBBY BROWN FOR SPORT.
    alan thicke! mike tyson! little richard!
    rip luther!

  11. Anonymous5:04 PM

    Actually, she "declined to participate" in the opening ceremony for Vancouver 2010. How lame is that? Also lame - me only delurking to post this comment.

  12. I was in medical school during the first Iraq war. Now I feel really old.

  13. Wow.. My skin hair are standing as i am listening to this song. ;(.. This is really great. This song is so much of an inspiration.. Stand tall, stand proud

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