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"Miserable" is a single by Alternative Rock group Lit. The song is from their album A Place in The Sun. The song charted #3 on the US Modern Rock Tracks and is one of the band's biggest hits, along with "My Own Worst Enemy".

Although it was a major hit in its own right, the song is best remembered for its Fanservice-heavy music video. It features the band (A.J. Popoff on vocals, Jeremy Popoff on lead guitar, Allen Shellenburger on drums, and Kevin Baldes on bass) performing the song for a giant woman, played by special guest star Pamela Anderson, while climbing on and exploring different parts of her body.

The video helped keep the song holding onto its number three spot just as it seemed like its run was about to peter out, and for many, the video is far more well known than the song itself. It might even be the most well known thing they've ever done.


The video itself can be viewed on YouTube here.

"Miserable" contains examples of:

  • Addiction Song: The band's singer has stated that, if not interpreted as an anti-love song, it could also be about addiction. The fact that the "woman" (represented by Pamela Anderson/Vallery Irons) is described as using up his friends and plans, yet she still "means everything (to him)", and the fact that in the end she devours him support this alternative interpretation.
  • Ain't Too Proud to Beg: At least two of the band members (Allen and Jeremy) resort to begging the giantess not to eat them. It fails. She ignores their pleading and devours them.
  • As Herself: The giantess is sometimes named as her actress Pamela Anderson, but other times she's credited as her V.I.P. character Vallery Irons. (The video premiered during one episode, where the band played themselves.)
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  • Ambiguous Situation: Is the woman a giant, or are the members of the band just really small? The blank blue background doesn't clear things up one way or another. Though The band has stated on several occasions that the woman is in fact the one who is giant, while the band is normal sized, supporting that interpretation.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: Attack of the 50 ft woman in a bikini. Though it's less "attack" and more "Lounge around while a band uses her body as a performance area." At least until the end.
  • Anti-Love Song: The relationship A.J. is singing about isn't a very positive one. The chorus even says "You make me completely miserable."
  • Bare Your Midriff: The giant woman's bellybutton is revealed, thanks to wearing only a bikini.
  • Bait-and-Switch Comment: Done not once, but twice in the chorus. At first it seems like they're saying "You make me cum", then it sounds like they're saying "You make me complete", and finally, they finish the sentence as "You make me completely miserable".
  • Between My Legs: There's a couple of shots of the band framed between the woman's really long legs.
  • Big Rock Ending: While most of the song is played at a largely relaxed pace, it ends with a guitar solo that gradually builds up the tempo before launching into a fast-paced refrain of the chorus. In the video, this is set to Pam/Vallery swallowing the bassist alive and the other band members attempting to run and hide as she picks them off one-by-one and eats them up.
  • Buxom Is Better: What do you expect when you get Pamela Anderson involved in your music video? There's even a scene where she's lying on her back and the members of Lit trek across her boobs like they're hills.
  • Colossus Climb: The giantess lets the band members climb her body.
  • Cue Card Pause: The three choruses go: "You make me come...", "You make me complete...", and finally "You make me completely miserable".
  • Epic Riff: As the song nears the final chorus, there's a prominent electric guitar solo that slowly starts to build up in pace towards the Big Rock Ending. In the video, this is accompanied by shots of Pam/Vallery writhing slowly to the music and the band framed between her legs before cutting to the band lined up on her face, with the bassist standing on her lips. The riff ends right as Pam/Vallery eats the bassist, and the other members start to run for their lives.
  • Fanservice: Pamela Anderson, Ms. Fanservice herself, lounges around in a skimpy bikini and platform heels.
  • Fearsome Foot: Probably the only time this trope has been combined with Fanservice. After all the others have been gobbled up by the giantess, A. Jay is the only member left. Then one of the woman's platform heels slams down behind him, right before she catches him to make him the last course in her meal.
  • Giant Woman: The most common interpretation of what Pamela's character is. She's huge and the members of Lit are much smaller than she is.
  • Hot Paint Job: Jeremy's signature shoes have white flames decorating the tops.
  • I Am A Humanitarian: In the end, the woman just eats the band members one by one.
  • Kill 'Em All: At the end of the video, every band member gets eaten by the giant woman.
  • Light Is Not Good: Pam/Vallery has golden blonde hair, wears a bikini that is almost entirely white, and even has white nail polish. However, that doesn't make her good. Despite seeming friendly at first, once she's done being climbed on by the band, she starts gleefully devouring each member one-by-one as they beg for mercy.
  • Lilliputians: One interpretation of the video is that the members of the band are very tiny.
  • Literal Man Eater: At the end, after luring them into a false sense of security by letting them walk all over her body, and flirtatiously waving, giggling, and smiling at them, the giant woman eats the band members one by one.
  • Male Gaze: The video opens with close-ups of the woman's body, and that's before we get to the scenes of the band climbing on her. The video also uses it as a tool to trick the audience. Aside from the Giant Woman wearing nothing but a bikini and high-heeled shoes, the band also specifically plays on places like her butt, her thighs, and her breasts. Combined with her occasional flirtatious smiles and giggles directed towards the band, makes it seem like she's just there to be eye candy. So it comes as a suprise when the last 17% of the video is dedicated to her gleefully devouring the terrified male band members.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Pamela Anderson's character wears little more than a white bikini with black trim, and black platform high heels, and the camera pans across her legs, butt, and other such body parts as the band climbs on her. Making her an example of this trope.
  • Nice Shoes:
    • As always, Jeremy Popoff, the band's lead guitarist, is rocking his custom-made white-flame sneakers (dubbed "Hot Rods") in the video. After Pamela/Vallery swallows him, she spits out one of these white-flame shoes, which gets treated to a Dead Hat Shot.
    • The giant woman rocks a pair of high platform heels. The band even performs on one of them.
  • Sensible Heroes, Skimpy Villains: All the members of Lit are fully clothed, with the only real skin showing coming from Allen (the drummer) in his blood red shorts. Meanwhile, Pam/Vallery, the woman making them miserable, is only wearing a bikini and platform stripper pumps.
  • Sibling Team: Lead vocalist A. J. Popoff, and lead guitarist Jeremy Popoff are brothers.
  • Side Boob: Despite the slightly sports bra like nature of the bikini top, the video still features a couple shots of side boob while Pam is swaying to the band's music. Which adds to the Fanservice-y and Male Gaze-y nature of the video.
  • Spit Out a Shoe: After eating Jeremy, the giant woman spits out one of his white-flame sneakers.
  • Strange Stage: The band often performs on top of the giant woman, like on her butt, her knee, her hip, her platform shoe, etc.
  • Stripperiffic: You expect Pamela Anderson to wear anything more sensible than an itty-bitty bikini and platform pumps in a music video?
  • Title Drop: The chorus builds up to a title drop with the phrase, "You make me completely Miserable."
  • To Serve Man: Each band member barely makes a whole mouthful for the giantess. Doesn't stop her from eating them, though.
  • Undignified Death: The video ends with three in a row for Baldes (the bassist), Allen (the drummer), and Jeremy (lead guitar). They're all Swallowed Whole by a giant woman. Each of the three guy's deaths are undignified in different ways. Baldes chose to stand on Vallery's lips, which makes it easy for her to eat him and makes him look stupid. After that the surviving members run for their lives, but Allen is easily caught by the woman and starts pathetically putting up his hands, pleading not to be eaten, only for her to ignore him and callously eat him anyway. Jeremy spends his last moments cowering behind a speaker while Vallery sneaks up on him. And after he tries to plead for his life, she slurps him up and casually spits out one of his shoes.
  • Walking Swimsuit Scene: The woman is wearing nothing but a white bikini and platform heels.
  • White Void Room: The video takes place in a blue featureless expanse. Makes it hard to gauge the scale of the characters.


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