Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Retro Video Recap

This morning I flipped through the channels to check the weather, and I happened upon a Clash video - and then more videos from the 80s. Sure, they're cheesy, but oh so much more entertaining and strange than the slick, boring, predictable dreck produced these days....
The Clash video was 'Rock the Casbah': Armadillos galore! The band playing in an oil field! McDonalds! I know this song is trying to tell me something, but the images are confusing, they make no sense...oh, yeah! it's an 80s video! Nothing has to make sense!
So, I thought I was done, then I saw the unkempt tresses of:
Bananarama..... 'Cruel Summer' - boring song, ugly video, terrible fashion (from an English group, yet!), and what's with the 'Dukes of Hazzard' references? Weird.
Ok, by now I was kind of sucked in and repelled at the same time, and then the ever-bizarre,
'Obsession' by Animotion started up- had to watch, it's a really odd train wreck of a video: lots of costumes, bad 80s fashion, bad hair cuts & a sideways ponytail...bad lipsynching and, for my money, some of the creepiest lyrics I've ever heard in a pop song. (Seriously, I could probably write an entire entry on the incredible weirdness of the song & video.)
Madness' 'Our House' started & I had to see that one - silly, fun, and drab, as it was filmed in England....oh, and were Suggs and Matt Damon separated at birth? And what about the guy that looks a heck of a lot like Michael Palin?
Well, that was enough 80s nostalgia for me....I eventually had to get a move on so I could get into my legwarmers in time for aerobics class...

4 comments:

Cranky Yankee said...

Oh man! I loved MTV back in the early to mid 80s. There was so much weird stuff there! They were still experimenting...so it's fun to look back and see what worked and what didn't.

The Queen said...

Exactly! I was so hooked on Friday Night Videos, too.
I saw the 'Turning Japanese' video the other day- I had only ever seen them lipsynch the song on Top of the Pops!
And it was pretty bad.

K. A. Laity said...

I thought the point was to wear legwarmers yet go nowhere near an aerobics class.

The popularity of some American shows in Britain totally stumps me -- the worship of the A-Team for example: WTF?

The Queen said...

I can proudly announce that I have never attended an aerobics class in my life.

I used to work with a woman who was really into Jazzercising- to the point of attending Jazzercise conferences-and there's no way I could make fun of her because she was that into it.

The A-Team!?!? WTF indeed!