so i guess that that was a good topic to touch on, huh...?
was hopin' that we'd get more lists, but here's how i'll start 'em...
putting michael jackson's "thriller" (and "beat it" and billie jean" and etc...) and madonna's always controversial videos on the shelf--those are great, but back then i was drawn more toward the new wave bands and the lower budget, inexpensive, innovative videos--i'm gonna go in bursts here.
i hafta echo brian and say that, in my book, the top video of the 80's--and probably of all time--should be "take on me" by a ha. it's just all that 80's look and attitude and sound all wrapped up in a cool, creative, unique video that still rocks it hard. it's beautiful to watch and it just never gets old. love it!
and yes, that was one of the clip pics on the blog.
another was tears for fears "everybody wants to rule the world", not a bad video in its own right, but easily my pic for best song of the 80's. it captured so much of the sound and the attitude of the time and every time i hear those opening notes, i'm immediately transported back to that time and energy.
another cool video from about that time was "wouldn't it be good" by nik kershaw. cutting edge graphics again, but used really well. i'd like to see an updated version of that or that effect used in something else; the suit-as-screen thing. it's a great device.
now here's a bunch that i've recently looked up and just thought were cool for one reason or another. maybe they were stylish, maybe i'm just getting a heavy sentimental vibe offa them, but here goes...
"19" by paul hardcastle. moved into my first apartment after college with my two best friends. a house, really, and we found out that we could not only afford basic cable, but that mtv came with it. i was transfixed. and this video featuring news reports and actual footage from vietnam was in heavy rotation. very powerful.
"every day i write the book" and "the only flame in town" by elvis costello. mostly 'cause i was/am a huge fan of elvis the c. prince charles and diana in 'write the book'--charles typing with boxing gloves on...
"house of fun" by madness. i got tired of "our house" very quickly, but remember this vid as being a lot of fun, after checking it on youtube, i think it's one of those cases where my memory was better than the actual clip. still fun though, and it's got that carnival beat!
"whisper to a scream" by icicle works and "when loves breaks down" by prefab sprout were both just bands-standing videos, but i dug these songs and so dug the vids.
thomas dolby's "she blinded me with science". this was a video that kinda promised where tech and music and video were all gonna merge. dolby is a great showman too!
"aeiou and sometimes y" by ebn ozn. i remember seeing this on friday night videos (before i got cable and mtv) and thinking that it was just...i dunno. but there was something memorable about it--the way the guy says the word "cavalier"?
the early computer animated "money for nothin'" by dire straits. incredible! groundbreaking! i loved it! (kinda passe now...)
"stand by" by roman holiday--not as great as i remember, but a fun song!
there were SO MANY other videos that had cool visuals or even just moments of memorable fun. cyndi lauper and captain lou albano dancing in her mother's kitchen singing about the fun girls wanted to have. the drummer hitting that last drum in j. giels' "centerfold". the way the angel's eyes glowed in bonnie tyler's "total eclipse of the heart". years before michael did "black and white", godley and creme (of 10cc fame) did a song/video called "cry". eddie grant stepping off the couch into the floor on "electric avenue". EVERYTHING that weird al did!!! (beat it/eat it! bad/fat! genius!!) colin hay's lazy eye in men at work's "down under". suzanna hoffs super sexy eyes in the bangles' "walk like an egyptian" (how many chick rock stars did i fall in love with because of music videos...?) aimee mann standing up defiantly in the theater in 'til tuesday's "voices carry. bruce "dancing in the dark" with courtney cox! mick and david bowie "dancin' in the streets".
oh, and for everyone still wondering what the song was that prompted all of this, the song that, though i've listened to it a buncha times on youtube, is STILL rambling through my head, painting pictures in my mind...
it's "waiting for a star to fall" by boy meets girl.
soft, glowy, romantic.
makes you wish that you were in love.
or glad that you are.
can't. get. it. out. of. my. head.
wanna check out some cool newer vids?
check out lazlo bane covering men at work's "overkill".
or the gorillaz "feel good inc".
or weezer's "keep fishin'"--i dare ya!
and if you've never seen them--what rock have you been living under--DON'T MISS "a million ways" and "here it goes" by ok go!
and yes, i know...but jessica simpson's "public affair" is both an homage to madonna's early "holiday" stuff and to the nights you spent whirling around and around at the roller rink hoping for an excuse just to hold a cute girl or guys hand. don't tell me you didn't.
any more entries?
smell ya later!