Jamiroquai's "Virtual Insanity" was the first music video with which I fell in love. I fell hard. My parents bought me that goofy hat and some fresh sneakers, and then I rearranged the furniture in my neighbor's basement so I could recreate the moment Jay Kay narrowly, but confidently skitters past the gliding sofa (video below). We didn't have a special effect budget so Alex, my best friend, had to manually push the couch — naturally.
I loved that video so much that I kept buying Jamiroquai albums for years, even though I couldn't tell if I actually enjoyed the band's modern-funk vibe. This was 1996. I was 11. I couldn't be sure of anything. So I saved my money, and blew it all on a copy of Canned Heat and a Sony Discman.
Today, I can finally recreate that video, this time without Alex's help. We live in different cities now, and I haven't been in that basement in almost two decades. I'll have to share this little game with him. And you know what? Listening to the song again, I do like it. Good job, 11-year-old me.