Category Archives: Music Video of the Week

Music Video of the Week – 8/25/10

Tomorrow, August 26, will mark the 6th anniversary of Laura Branigan’s death. So we will honor her with the video of the week, my favorite song by her – Solitaire:


Laura Branigan (July 3, 1952 – August 26, 2004) was best known for her smash hit “Gloria”. It was on the Billboard Hot 100 for 36 weeks, at the time a record for a female artist. The song was on her debut album in 1982 – Branigan. In the spring of 1983, Branigan released her second album, Branigan 2. This album had the top 10 hit, “Solitaire”. “Solitaire” was first major hit for songwriter Diane Warren. Branigan 2 also had another hit – “How Am I Supposed to Live Without You”. It was the first major hit for its co-writer, Michael Bolton. Michael Bolton – mullet extraordinaire, later released the song himself, and was successful. I like Laura’s voice a lot better than his. But, it was a really good song for both singers.

Branigan continued her string of successful albums in the ’80s with 1984’s Self Control, which had an awesome song – “Ti Amo,” and 1985’s Hold Me, which had the hits “Spanish Eddie” and “I Found Someone”, which was another Michael Bolton written song. Cher also performed the song. Again, I like Branigan’s version much better. In 1987, Branigan released the album Touch. This album had the song “The Power of Love”. This was another hit that was also remade by another singer. This one was redone by Celine Dion. Once again, Branigan’s version was better in my opinion. She has a very powerful voice, but she doesn’t rip through your ears like Celine does.

Laura Branigan’s career started to slow down in the ’90s. She did have some success with 1990’s self-titled album, which had the hits “Moonlight On Water” and the ballad “Never in a Million Years.” Branigan released her final album in 1993 – Over My Heart. There weren’t any big hits from that album. Then in 1994, Branigan left the music industry after her husband, Larry Kruteck, was diagnosed with colon cancer. He died on June 15, 1996.

Laura Branigan died on August 26, 2004. She died in her sleep at her home from a brain aneurysm. Her ashes were scattered over Long Island Sound.

Other Half Entertainment, Laura’s management company at the time of her death, continues to oversee her career legacy through her official website, www.LauraBraniganOnline.com, her official MySpace and Facebook pages.

Here is a list of my top 10 Laura Branigan songs:

10. Moonlight on Water
9. Never In a Million Years
8. Ti Amo
7. Spanish Eddie
6. Shattered Glass
5. The Power of Love
4. I Found Someone
3. How Am I Suppose to Live Without You
2. Gloria
1. Solitaire

Music Video of the Week – 8/18/10

This week’s selection is Men At Work’s classic, “Down Under”:


“Down Under” appeared on Men At Work’s debut album Business as Usual. The album and song made Men At Work the only Australian artists to have a simultaneous #1 album and #1 single in the United States. The group won the 1983 Grammy Award for Best New Artist.

Personally, I think this video is a lot of fun, and I couldn’t get enough of it when it came out. When I think of videos from MTV, this is always one of the first that pop into mind. The first Return to the ’80s article was about “Down Under” hitting number 1. That article includes a poll about your favorite Men At Work song. Here is the poll again, and you can continue to vote on it:

Music Video of the Week – 8/11/10

This week’s selection, in honor of the 2011 Van Halen reunion, is “Jump”:

“Jump” is the only Van Halen song to reach all the way up to number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. It was the second single released off of the 1984 album. This is a simple video of the band performing a mock concert. David Lee Roth jumps a lot, and Eddie Van Halen has a funny smile on his face the whole time. I remember that I loved the video, but that goofy smile annoyed the crap out of me. You would think he was high or something!
But, the song shows how talented Eddie is. Not only is he one of the greatest guitarists of all time, but he is also a damn good keyboard player too. This is one of those songs that is instantly recognizable from the first note.

Music Video of the week – 8/4/10

This week’s selection is “Electric Avenue” by Eddy Grant:

“Electric Avenue” was released in 1982, and appeared on Eddy Grant’s 1983 album Killer on the Rampage. The song is named after a market street in the Brixton area of London, England.
Technically, “Electric Avenue” is considered to have made Grant a one-hit wonder, but I remember that I did like the song “Romancing the Stone” from the movie of the same name:

In the mid ’80s, Grant left the limelight, and, moved his family to Barbados. Then he started his own recording studio called Blue Wave. His clients have included Mick Jagger, The Rolling Stones, Sting and Elvis Costello. It’s where the Rolling Stones prepared for their “Steel Wheels” tour. Now his studio is called Ice Records, and it promotes Classic Calypso, Soca and ‘Ringbang’ music. Ringbang is a new genre that Grant has developed. The following is from Grant’s official web site:

“in my heart, I know that Soca and Ringbang have the same potential as reggae to achieve great popularity… but there has never been any proper commitment to marketing these artists and their music. We are not Sony, and the artists on board realise it will take time. It is an upliftment process.”

Music Video(s) of the week – 7/28/10

This week’s selection is ZZ Top’s classic Eliminator trilogy:

“Gimme All Your Lovin'”

“Sharp Dressed Man”

“Legs”

ZZ Top was a blues-rock band.throughout the ’70s and early ’80s. Then, with the release of the 1983 classic. Eliminator, they reinvented themselves with a more synthesizer type sound to go along with the guitar,bass, and drums. And ZZ Top took advantage of the rise of MTV, with some of the stations most memorable videos. They had a new icon – a cherry-red 1933 Ford Coupe hot rod nicknamed The Eliminator.

With the new look and sound, the band released the trilogy of videos which feature a trio of mysterious, sexy women who roam around and rescue people from seemingly dire situations. The band members – Billy, Dusty, and Frank – also appear out of nowhere in the videos and offer keys to the Eliminator.

The video for “Legs” won the 1984 MTV Video Music Award for Best Group Video. This was the first year the award was given.

Music Video of the Week – 7/21/10

This week’s selection is “In a Big Country” by Big Country:

“In a Big Country” was released as a single in 1983 and was featured on the band’s first studio album, The Crossing.
The band is often described as a “one-hit wonder” for the popularity of “In a Big Country” in the United States. However, they continued to have success in Europe and were a great road band more famous for their live shows more than their studio albums. Frontman Stuart Adamson once remarked about the song in an interview, part of which was shown on a VH1 special celebrating “one-hit-wonders” that,
“ If we’re known for nothing more than just that one song, I’d be pretty happy with that. ”

Music Video of the Week – 7/14/10

This week’s selection is from one of my favorite groups – Journey, and their video for “Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)”:

I love the song, but even I have to admit, the video is pretty silly. Air instruments?!? Really?!?!? I could even take air guitar, but I’ve never seen air drums or air keyboards before. Why didn’t they just go all out and have Steve Perry sing into a hair brush?!? At least they didn’t do that throughout the whole video.
This video was directed by Tom Buckholtz and featured the band playing at the Louisa Street Wharf in New Orleans.

“Separate Ways” was the first single for which the band shot a video. Previous songs, such as “Any Way You Want It,” “Don’t Stop Believin’,” and others were performances that were taped and edited.

Like I said, Journey is one of my favorite bands. So, one of these days I will do a full article on them. I have seen them in concert a few times. Steve Augeri was really good, so I didn’t miss Steve Perry as much as I thouhgt I would have. But the last time I saw them, they opened for Def Leppard, and they were actually horrible and turned me off for a while. The new lead singer was Jeff Scott Soto, and it seemed like the band just pulled him off the street and put a mic in his hand. The drummer, Deen Castronovo, actually did the ballads like “Faithfully” and “Open Arms”, where they couldn’t get away with drowning out the singer’s voice.
Now, the new singer, Arnel Pineda, sounds incredible, and I will probably give them another chance.

I had a hard time deciding what video to show this week, so I chose “Separate Ways”. I was think of showing “Girl Can’t Help It” so that you could see American Idol judge, Randy Jackson in spandex, and with a cool hairdo. Oh, what the hell, here’s a bonus video:

Music Video of the Week – 7/7/10

Here is the inaugural Music Video of the week. Appropriately, this week’s pick will be:

Video Killed the Radio Star- The Buggles

As most of you may know, The Buggles secured their place in pop music history by being the answer to the trivia question: “What was the first act ever played on MTV?”. They were a one hit wonder with this song in the U.S., and only had moderate success in the U.K. with a few other songs such as “Living in the Plastic Age”, “Clean Clean”, and “Elstree”.
In 1980, the members of The Buggles – Trevor Horn and Geoff Downes – joined the band Yes to replace lead singer Jon Anderson and keyboardist Rick Wakeman. Then Yes temporarily disbanded in 1981.
After Yes broke up, Downes and Horn resumed work on a second Buggles album, entitled Adventures in Modern Recording. But that album wasn’t too successful, and they broke up.
Geoff Downes then joined his former Yes bandmate Steve Howe in supergroup Asia, together with John Wetton (ex-King Crimson), and Carl Palmer (ex-Emerson, Lake & Palmer). Downes is the only original member still in that band.
And the other Buggle, Trevor Horn went on to become a successful producer for such acts as ABC, Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Art of Noise, Seal, Tina Turner, Paul McCartney, Tom Jones, and Cher.