Teen: "Better"

Teen is Teeny Lieberson (guitars, keys, vox), Lizzie Lieberson (key and vox), Jane Herships (bass and vox), and Katherine Lieberson (drums and vox). The band's debut full-length, In Limbo, will be released on August 28th by Carpark Records.

The video for "Better" uses footage from that 1986 classic Quicksilver, featuring Kevin Bacon, of course. I'd almost completely forgotten about that weird bicycle/ballet scene. Children all over the US tried, unsuccessfully, to recreate this scene in their parents' living rooms. (Or maybe that was just me.)

Can anyone identify the big loudspeakers in the background?

soulful.terrain's picture


My guess would be Technics loudspeakers.

Ladyfingers's picture

First speaker I could think of with chrome rings like that.

FSonicSmith's picture

the future Legacy Whisper. After all, if less is more, more is morer.

ppgr's picture

... wireless speakers

Devil Doc's picture

What speakers? Where? I didn't notice any speakers. Maybe I should watch it again.;)


dalethorn's picture

It's girlypop all right - I like it. A little bit of Joy Division influence doesn't hurt.

dalethorn's picture

I thought of Cerwin Vegas, JBL's, E-V's, Altecs - but most of those used horn loading, so can't pick this one out. Hartley Concertmasters were really big woofers - probably bigger than the ones in the video.

jeffca's picture

This is from a really lousy movie starring Kevin Bacon that came out in 1986. It was a bomb so it's no surprise to see scenes from it in a video by an unknown pop group.

Could be just about any Japanese manufacturer since they loved blinging their boxes like that with no regard to sound (chrome rings!). It's not BIC•Venturi or Cerwin Vegas since the former had a distinctive horn tweeter and the latter always had bright red woofer surrounds (and I believe still does).

Also, back in those days, every Japanese maker had about 100 different speaker models... it was pretty crazy.

One thing for sure, they sounded like crap so I wouldn't waste too much time scanning the net for them

Notice, also, that as they pan around the room there is no other speaker to be found so I guess they were listening in mono.

popluhv's picture

Louspeakers aside, that movie isn't known for its excellence in continuity (which makes it all the more fun to watch).

Classic-Sound's picture

Sounds funny but if I remember correctly at the time it was more important everything looked big rather than sound good. If memory serves me this was one of MANY combo systems being plugged at the time as all in one systems with a cabinet to boot! being sold as premium audio sound for mass market consumption. This looks like one of the more substantial systems from Poineer at the time. It could be a Technics combo... I do know many of these systems crammed cheap as possible speakers in thin particle board boxes and called them "audiophile" grade components. Often matched with amps of some sort that had "100 watts of thundering music power!" as long as you didn't mind it also had about 20% distortion at that rating for a quick burst if you didn't blow it up trying to get there.

These speakers often weighed about 25 to 30 lbs. so they could be moved easily at home without all that cumbersome weight to bother you. And no they weren't wireless as movies had no desire to muck up the scenery with things like wires or power cords. Gheez!

If you must know some of these even had "separates" for premium sound that had a tuner, integrated amp, cassette player and turntable for "true high fidelity sound." Think boom boxes for the home.