Thursday, October 25, 2007

Eating up the eighties

Sometime in the early 80s I first ran into MTV and I became fascinated by the videos. Here are some key moments of the era.

Styx - Too Much Time on My Hands. I believe this is the first video I saw on MTV. I like the excessive gesturing and facial expressions.

Cheap Trick - She's Tight. At age 12 or so, I thought this was unbelievably dirty. Little did I know we were only a few years from the 2 Live Crew.

Billy Squier - The Stroke. At the time, I assumed this about some vile act beyond my ken. I still don't know what it is about.

Joan Jett - Do You Wanna Touch. Young teen Tripp enjoyed the unambiguous nature of this anthem.

Michael Nesmith - Cruisin. Awesome doesn't suffice in describing this one. It's a long way from Daydream Believer.

David Bowie - Ashes to Ashes. So my favorite Bowie song. Soaring music, articulate and evocative lyrics and a super arty video.

Devo - Whip It. This anti-establishment rock has held up much better than hardcore.

J Geils - Centerfold. This song and video were unavoidable and planted the notion that someone you know might end up in a"girlie" magazine. 80s scholars are in agreement that Love Stinks is the superior song. The Adam Sandler version is funny.

Police - Don't Stand So Close to Me. Before Sting turned into a Very Important Artist, he had a good sense of humor as seen here.

The Producers - What's He Got. Most notable for the neck-strap keyboard and odd opener.


Brack said...

Oh man - there goes the rest of my work day.

Here are some 80's vids that I remember vividly, if not fondly. Steve Miller's Abracadabra and Jeopardy by the Greg Kihn Band just barely missed the cut.

Gary Numan - Cars

Rolling Stones - Hang Fire

The Cars - Since You're Gone

Adam and the Ants - Antmusic

Duran Duran - Hungry Like the Wolf

The Clash - Rock the Casbah

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers - You Got Lucky

The Fixx - Saved By Zero

Flock of Seagulls - Wishing

Wall of Voodoo - Mexican Radio

Tripp said...

Nicely done, these are in fact classics.

You Got Lucky is memorable and one of the better story videos.

Wishing is three times the song that I Ran is. This song influenced the Killers I think.

Since Your Gone -- Classic, the click of the heel is one of the iconic video moments.

Mexican Radio -- Love it

Brack said...

Speaking of videos, these two are in heavy rotation with the twins: