Quarantined Family Breaks Out The Camera and Recreates This 1983 Journey Video Flawlessly

While everyone else is trying to get famous on TikTok, this family passed time during quarantine by making a shot-for-shot recreation of Journey's 1983 music video for the song "Separate Ways."

Like everyone else stuck in quarantine, the Heller family were simply looking for a way to have a good time together, and they found it in recreating the classic Journey video.

Steve Heller told Today that the family decided to make the video after matriarch Jana showed him the iconic video. "When my wife came to me with the idea, my first thought was, 'That sounds like a lot of work," the 43-year-old father of six told Today.

The family shot their take on the 80's rock anthem on iPhones, while each member of the family played a different band member, while one of their daughters portrayed the woman who struts throughout the video.

"We wanted to be able to 10 years from now, say, 'Remember when we were stuck in our home and we did this crazy thing and it was so much fun?'" Steven said.

Viewing the videos side-by-side shows how impressive the feat is. "Separate Ways" is a perfect representation of the 80's with corny dance moves, mimed instruments, and an incredibly earnest performance from frontman Steve Perry. "Separate Ways" was the band's first choreographed music video. Tom Buckholtz directed the infamous video for the Frontier single.

Band-members and other music video directors have spoken about their derision towards the original video. In the book I Want My MTV, keyboardist Jonathan Cain said that Perry was against the video. "He'd always say, 'We're performers, we're entertainers, but we're not actors,'" recalled Cain. "And we were not a very photogenic band."

Beavis and Butthead once ripped the original video apart during one of their famous music video watching sessions. "Is this the Partridge family?" Butthead asks as soon as the video begins. Butthead later compares the video to a turd. "This video, like if it was a turd, it would like-be like the same thing."

"At least if the video was a turd, it would like be kind of cool," Beavis jumped in.

Cain further explained in I Want My MTV what an unwelcome part of the band's history the video became, as its infamy grew. "I will never live down those air keyboards. No matter what else I've done in my career, sooner or later people find a way to ask me about the 'Separate Ways' video," he said.

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American rock band Journey, left to right, bassist Ross Valory, singer Steve Perry, drummer Steve Smith, guitarist Jonathan Cain, and guitarist Neal Schon acknowledge the audience after performing at the Rosemont Horizon in Rosemont, Illinois, June 10, 1983. Paul Natkin/Getty