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How I Met Your Mother Music Video: Robin Sparkles, "Sandcastles in the Sand"

Faux Music Video: Robin Sparkles, "Sandcastles in the Sand"

Oh, How I Met Your Mother. Not only did they bring us a legen — wait for it — dary kiss last night, they also premiered the long-awaited B-side to Robin Sparkles' "Let's Go to the Mall," a mournful breakup ballad called "Sandcastles in the Sand." We got a preview of the video last week, but that didn't make the ultimate reveal any less amusing. (Admittedly, my biggest laugh in the episode came from a well-timed Degrassi joke — but that could just be me.)

The overwrought, obviously-written-by-a-16-year-old ballad included lines like "Together we were going to travel the globe/from Alberta to Ontrario," an awesomely bad makeout session with a character played by James Van Der Beek, and cameos from Tiffany and Alan Thicke to bring real '80s cred. I think the best description might be Barney's from the episode: "You know, if you re-edit it, there's a tampon commercial in there somewhere." It also made me think of this Wilson Phillips video for the first time in a decade or so, which I suppose is something to be proud of.

Did you think "Sandcastles in the Sand" lived up to the promise of "Let's Go to the Mall" and "You Just Got Slapped"? To check out the full video, just


Photo courtesy of CBS

Additional reporting by Kate Emswiler and Kimra McPherson

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