Throwback Thursday: Mario Lemieux, the song.

Today’s TT is straight out of the so-bad-it’s-good file.

What it is, exactly, is somewhat elusive. We believe it’s the music video to a song called “Mario Lemieux” by a band called “Better Tennis.” Problem is, you won’t find any tangible proof that the song or the band exists outside of this page, so take it all with a grain of salt.

Whatever it is — whoever spliced the images, recorded the song, and copied Mario Lemieux’s bio from Wikipedia and pasted it on their Vimeo page to accompany this bland piece of electro-pop — it’s all oddly fascinating.

Here’s a synopsis of what you’re about to see:


Scene 1: Lemieux is presented the Hart Trophy in 1988 by a bespectacled, be-afroed Phil Esposito.

Scene 2: Lemieux scores a goal

Scene 3: A blonde woman with an 80’s perm (who bears a striking resemblance to Lemieux’s current wife) speaks.

Scene 4: Some exterior and interior shots of the Lemieux home, followed by scenes of Mario around the house: Mario playing piano, Mario selecting a bottle of wine from his wine rack, Mario slipping out of the pool, Mario choosing another bottle of wine, Mario sipping some V8.

Scene 5: Lemieux playing hockey, interspersed with clips of fans, the blonde speaking, Mario boating, Mario riding horseback

Scene 6: Two men wearing suits and ties sit down for a meeting.

Scene 7: Mario sinks a putt on a golf course.

Scene 8: Lemieux skates past a camera placed on the ice, on an empty rink.

Sequentially it makes little sense. Yet with a little imagination a loose narrative emerges, the kind that would not seem out of place in a dream. Do you dream about Mario in the 80’s? Would you like to? Prepare to have your mind blown:

BETTER TENNIS – Mario Lemieux from Riley Wave on Vimeo.

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J.P. Hoornstrahttps://allpuck.com
J.P. Hoornstra is a writer based in Southern California.

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