120 Reasons To Live: The Dentists

Nothing did more to further the cause of Alternative Nation-building than 120 Minutes, MTV’s Sunday-night video showcase of non-mainstream acts. For nearly two decades, the program spanned musical eras from ’80s college rock to ’00s indie, with grunge, Britpop, punk, industrial, electronica and more in between. MAGNET raids the vaults to resurrect our 120 favorite and unjustly forgotten videos from the show’s classic era.

#100: The Dentists “Gas”

How come British indie bands got a perpetual pass on referencing sports (read: football, re-read: soccer)? Don’t they segregate the jocks from the music geeks over there? It’s fine to do it on your own time, Steve Malkmus and the rest of the indie-rock fantasy basketball league, but don’t let it cross over into, say, your album titles. Here’s the flimsy evidence: the Housemartins’ London 0 Hull 4. The Wedding Present’s George Best. The Dentists’ Some People Are On The Pitch They Think It’s All Over It Is Now. The Dentists didn’t get to make a video until 1994’s Behind The Door I Keep The Universe, but they made it count; “Gas” shows off their love of the Soft Boys, Smiths and R.E.M.