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Top5 '80s Music-Videos Which Should Be Preserved For AllTime

Postby ken worley on Thu Nov 06, 2008 1:32 pm

1. "Love is a Battlefield" - Pat Benatar....those dance moves...I thought nerve-gas had been banned under the "geneva convention"?

2. "(I'm Your)Turbo Lover"- Judas Priest....(see above)

3. "Every Little Step"- Bobby Brown....And here, I thought the ego-size that MAD-TV makes fun of was exaggerated...Watch as a 19 YO(?) Brown gyrates and "pops", with that tiny little body, under that globe-sized head...
Arguably the quintessential hip-hop vid...Ridiculous...immaculate.(ok, the tune is catchy, and the "flygirls" in those slinky little black dresses are pretty damn hot.)

4. "Lick it Up" - K.I.S.S....O.M.F.G....I never knew post-apocalyptic society could be so shiny...Not to mention cartoonlike, misogynistic, bombastic, hokey, poorly-directed, etc.....

5.(and the hands-down winner) "Let's Go All the Way" - Sly Fox...
What can I say?...Take early '80s New Wave(2nd british invasion), send it to america long enough for it to mix with neon-hip-hop, bombastic-and-ego-drenched adolescent male fantasy, and then send it back to Great Britain, to be regurgitated as a copy-of-a-copy-of-a-dead-genre-or-two...
For a final touch of surreal absurdity, add some naive/simplistic socio-political "subtext"....
(Or, just click link for best-good hirarity....)


(note: I have disqualified milli-vanilli from contention in my list, due to fab's ultimate suicide being kind of a buzzkill on the mockery.)

Any other noteworthy videos spring to mind?
(or has your psyche blocked them?)

No need to list 5...Take your best shot... 8)
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Re: Top5 '80s Music-Videos Which Should Be Preserved For AllTime

Postby fueledbycoffee on Thu Nov 06, 2008 3:16 pm

I definitely have to nominate The Safety Dance by Men Without Hats and Ashes to Ashes by David Bowie.

Edit: Another thought... Just because of the pure awesomeness of the song, and the pure 80's-ness of the video, I also have to bring up The Message by Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five.
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Re: Top5 '80s Music-Videos Which Should Be Preserved For AllTime

Postby Ubi Dubium on Thu Nov 06, 2008 11:15 pm

OK, now from someone who watched MTV from the start, and gave up on it when it gave up on 24-hour videos. I'm picking these not as the best songs, but as videos whose images have wormed their way into our culture.

1: Sledge Hammer, Peter Gabriel. Stop motion animation using humans - nuff said.

2. Money for Nothing, Dire Straits. Computer Animation (!) and "I want my MTV".

3. You Might Think, The Cars. They did this without Photoshop, even.

4. Thriller, Michael Jackson, long version. This was when he was still good, and before he had his nose removed. All the John Landis work straight out of American Werewolf in London really makes this one.

5. I can't decide, either Burning Down the House by Talking Heads, or Addicted to Love, by Robert Palmer. The Heads are hands down my favorite 80's band, but Addicted to Love brought us those amazing bimbos, which appeared in increasing numbers in Palmer's next two videos, and have now become so iconic they are showing up in Emerald Nuts commercials.
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Re: Top5 '80s Music-Videos Which Should Be Preserved For AllTime

Postby BumbleBee on Fri Nov 07, 2008 4:34 am

Nobody has mentioned "Take on Me" by A-Ha!! (1985) This is the best clip ever!!!!!!!!!!
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Re: Top5 '80s Music-Videos Which Should Be Preserved For AllTime

Postby ken worley on Sun Nov 09, 2008 6:10 am

Yep...the "pop-up-video" comments tell a lot...

I note as I watch early videos, that they weren't so much "directed" as assembled.

Back when they were a tack-on-extra to the promotion-scheme, without real proven benefit, the record cos. seemed to just let the band frolic/indulge in "playtime", etc.

You'll see videos where it looks like each of five band members were picking childhood movie/tv fantasies to live out.
a car chase, an exploding cardboard shack on a runway somewhere, a knight on horseback scooping up a bikini-girl from a beach, a skydiver landing in a swimming-pool of whipped cream, and a motorcycle jump over a mound of dirt in the woods....all in the same video.(a ballad, no less).
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Re: Top5 '80s Music-Videos Which Should Be Preserved For AllTime

Postby Rainswept on Sun Nov 09, 2008 8:28 am

Land Down Under ~ Men at Work

Fight for Your Right ~ Beastie Boys

Whip it! ~ Devo

Mr. Roboto ~ Styx


And you can't leave out :
Working for the Weekend ~ Loverboy


!980's songs that don't have videos, but are awesome:

Life's Been Good ~ Joe Walsh

Jane Says ~ Jane's Addiction

1980's song that people are going to go confirm the date for:

Down In It ~ Nine Inch Nails
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Re: Top5 '80s Music-Videos Which Should Be Preserved For AllTime

Postby ken worley on Sun Nov 09, 2008 8:39 am

I guess my thread title was too vague....
My natural cynicism led me to assume all would understand immediately that my
"should be preserved for all time" was meant to convey the idea that said preservation
was for the purpose of serving as a warning.

You know, like the pictogram they're trying to invent for the nuclear rod-dumpsite.

Still, I am not displeased with the addition of good '80s references to this topic.
But that seems to be the majority.

Where is the cheese to laugh at?

c'mon, people, surely you remember some absolutely awful things....
the '80s was lousy with awfulness...


*resurrects endless "Down Under" tape loop/aurvurm from last week*
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Re: Top5 '80s Music-Videos Which Should Be Preserved For AllTime

Postby Rainswept on Sun Nov 09, 2008 9:00 am

See, I took it to mean as if in a time capsule. Some good, some bad, some just odd... just things that are representative. It would have had another one or two on it if Prince wasn't such a control-freak of his videos.

I forgot one of my favorite 80's songs:

Fast Car ~ Tracy Chapman

And for the bad:

Hangin' Tough ~ New Kids on the Block

The Final Countdown ~ Europe

And one of the worst ever:

The Greatest Love of All ~ Whitney Houston : Sexual Chocolate!!!
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Postby BumbleBee on Sun Nov 09, 2008 6:57 pm

@Rainswept, what about "Once in a Lifetime" by Talking Heads...
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Re: Top5 '80s Music-Videos Which Should Be Preserved For AllTime

Postby Ubi Dubium on Sun Nov 09, 2008 9:14 pm

Oh, you were looking for awfulness. I misunderstood.

The problem with a lot of the bad videos from the 80's are that they were just plain boring. Some singer with a big ego, bigger hair, moody lighting, singing a repetitive ballad with lots of close-ups. Yawn. On heavy rotation. Double yawn. Nothing to preserve there.

Cue the RickRoll!

OK, so bad songs with a memorable video. I nominate Torture by the Jacksons. Way over-the-top pretentious, interesting, if stupid, visuals, and Michael is represented by his glove, and a waxwork.

And also Physical by Olivia Newton John. Memorably bad.
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Postby Rainswept on Sun Nov 09, 2008 10:46 pm

Ubi Dubium wrote:And also Physical by Olivia Newton John. Memorably bad.


Heh, Maybe you should try a Different Version
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Re: Top5 '80s Music-Videos Which Should Be Preserved For AllTime

Postby ken worley on Mon Nov 10, 2008 6:16 am

Rainswept wrote:
Ubi Dubium wrote:And also Physical by Olivia Newton John. Memorably bad.


Heh, Maybe you should try a Different Version




umm.....anything you'd like to just come out and tell us, rs?....


If you want a heterosexy version of the song, find kylie's 'live in sydney' concert dvd.
Herself in slinky dress, singing a sultry version from inside a cage, its outside dripping with sexy dancers, writhing in a whorish defiance of both gravity and decorum.

(I love that sort o' thing.)


As to the original...sure cheesy. bad production values.
Shot on videotape for, prolly, like, 7 bucks...but.
Just like "Hey Mickey", a LEG man can't hate either video completely, eh?
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Re: Top5 '80s Music-Videos Which Should Be Preserved For AllTime

Postby fueledbycoffee on Mon Nov 10, 2008 6:47 am

The Sisters of Mercy had a thing for way over-priced, totally pretentious, yet somehow awesome videos. Dominion and This Corrosion are perfect examples. They are so 80's it hurts. I nominate them.

http://it.youtube.com/watch?v=qWvOHT0zfXY
http://it.youtube.com/watch?v=boinZ5BIlkw&feature=related
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Re: Top5 '80s Music-Videos Which Should Be Preserved For AllTime

Postby Ubi Dubium on Mon Nov 10, 2008 9:11 am

Ok, I looked at Sisters of Mercy. Long black nails, big 80's hair, and... Petra? Why would they film this in Petra? Makes no sense at all. I second the nomination.

And how could I have forgotten to mention Mickey? The Scary Cheerleaders win for sheer awfulness. Toni Basil may be a great choreographer, but keep her behind the scenes, please!
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