Here's one small sign that the long-fomented '80s retro revival might be getting long in the tooth, and pop culture is getting ready to devour the next decade: Buckingham U. Badger is appearing in a grunge video. This video both recasts and serves as a homage to "Hunger Strike," the early '90s classic featuring a duet between Chris Cornell and Eddie Vedder. It's more of a cameo, really, as the suited mascot appears at only a couple of times betwixt shots of classic Madison locations like Bascom Hill and Vilas Beach. Much of the video consists of UW students playing air guitar of the crunching chords and lip-synching the howls of "huuungrrrraaaaayyyyyy-ay-ayyy!."
The short music video tribute follows below.
"Hunger Strike" was famously recorded and released on a self-titled album by Temple of the Dog, a short-lived grunge supergroup featuring members from both Soundgarden and Pearl Jam, recorded just before the formation of the latter and hitting it big just after the success of both bands breakout albums in 1991. The album is in large part a tribute to Andrew Wood, Cornell's roommate at the time and the lead singer of Mother Love Bone, whose surviving members Stone Gossard and Jeff Ament would form the nucleus of Pearl Jam.
This video was also made as a tribute, with an ending title card dedicating it in memory to Jeff "juvy" Maddrell.