Just like Nerve, we’re psyched to see that Vh1 is bringing back Pop Up Video, the show where you got to watch your favorite music videos peppered with trivia and snarky asides. Also like Nerve, we’re disappointed at the realization that it’s not as awesome as we remember it being when we were in middle school. It wasn’t awful… but there are more bad puns than we recall, and a lot of the factoids we already know thanks to the Internet.
Maybe it’s the video itself: Britney Spears‘ “Till the World Ends.” Not the strongest offering for a returning show, though it’s got some material.
For instance, we didn’t know that Britney was so freaked out by fecal matter that she had a crew member kicked off the set for talking about poop in front of her, as well as farting in her presence. (How does TMZ not have video of this? Sounds hilarious.) And aside from the weird commentary on her dancers getting “wet,” the facts meant to poke fun at Britney manage to do just that.
The thing is, there just haven’t been as many iconic videos in the past few years, especially once countdown shows like TRL got canceled. “Till the World Ends” definitely lands in the “uninspired crap” pile; even though it’s similarly apocalyptic to Britney’s more famous “Oops!… I Did It Again,” it doesn’t hold a candle to the videos of her heyday. But we’d love to see “Telephone” or “Rude Boy”?
The official site features old favorites like Madonna‘s “Vogue” and Mariah Carey‘s “Fantasy,” plus the 21st-century option to insert your own snarky bubbles into more recent videos.
But when it comes to Vh1′s official offerings, we’ll definitely need a few more videos to make a final ruling. Pop Up Video is back on Monday, October 3rd at 12 p.m. EST. In the meantime, there’s always Jamie Peck’s Video Decoder feature!