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Remember That Song: 8/2/17

Can you name the artist and song:

Ain’t it funny how, when I say let’s go out
You’re always saying someone else will get me


Last Song: “You Better Run” by Pat Benatar from the album Crimes Of Passion (1980)

Well, everything I had was yours
And now I’m closin’ all the doors
Whatcha tryin’ a do to my soul

 

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Crossover Event – Favorite 80s Music Videos


It’s time for another ’80s crossover event! This time we are talking/writing about some of our favorite music videos. Here are the entries from the rest of the ’80s League. Please check all of these people out, and leave comments.

 

 
80s Reboot Overdrive – Podcast and Blog
Killer Kitsch – 1980s Music Videos

 

We were fortunate enough to grow up in a time where we saw the birth of MTV, and watch it become one of the most influential entities of the decade. Before cable TV arrived, we had 3 major networks (and some UHF channels, that only had a little static if we were lucky). Then cable TV opened up a whole new world for us. I loved having HBO and Showtime. Being a sports fan, ESPN was great. You Can’t Do That on Television on Nickelodeon became one of my favorite television shows.

However, most of my television viewing went to MTV. The day I came home from school, and cable was newly installed in our home, the first station I put on was MTV. The first video I saw was “Little Red Corvette” by Prince. I don’t think I was the only person glued to MTV at the time. It was so different than anything else we watched. And if there was a song you loved, if you watched long enough, the video would come back on within a couple of hours. MTV helped out several artists who arrived on the scene at the perfect time – Michael Jackson, Prince, Duran Duran, Madonna. Unfortunately, it ruined some artists who were huge before MTV – buh-bye Christopher Cross and Billy Squier.

Now, for this #Fave80sMusicVideos crossover event, I’ll present some videos that stand out to me. There are many, many more. But, it would take days for this page to finish loading on your screen if I listed all my favorite, and groundbreaking videos. So, we’ll start from the beginning:

Video Killed The Radio Star” by The Buggles

As any ’80s fan knows, this is the one that started it all. Not only is the song title appropriate for the first video to ever air on MTV, but it has that perfect ’80s sound. I still love this song to this day. The video itself isn’t too bad either. It doesn’t have that movie production value. There were some really cheesy and cheap videos in those early days, and this was above most of them.


ZZ Top Eliminator trilogy

While a lot of great acts from the ’60s and ’70s faded away with the dawn of the MTV generation, ZZ Top adapted extremely well. There was no mistaking their signature guitar sound of the ’70s, which made them wildly successful. But, instead of riding off in the sunset, they rode a customized 1930s Ford coupe, called the Eliminator, all the way to the stratosphere. They took advantage of the music video age, and made a marketing coup. While they weren’t the only singles released from the Eliminator album, these trilogy of videos are the most memorable. There is a storyline that runs through all three of these videos. First up…

Gimme All Your Lovin’

Great introduction to this series! I love how the first thing we see, even before the music starts) is the Eliminator. The car pulls up to a gas station, where we meet our protagonist dude, and we are introduced to the 3 Eliminator babes. The dude is a gas station attendant, who has a boss that’s a prick. The band tosses the keys, on the iconic ZZ Top keychain, to the dude, and he goes for a ride, while we listen to this awesome song! At the end, it appears the whole thing was a dream…or was it???

Sharp Dressed Man

Protagonist dude is changing into a tuxedo. He must make a lot of money at the gas station! Oh, wait. He’s a valet who gets treated like crap by coworkers and snooty, rich patrons. Then the Eliminator and Eliminator girls arrive, and the dude goes on another drive. He comes back in a new suit, and parties with the snoots, putting on the dance moves.

Legs

The third and final video of the Eliminator series features a woman as the main protagonist. She’s a mousy girl with glasses who goes to a burger joint, and is harassed by everyone there except for one guy, the cook, who is also harassed. She escapes the joint, leaving behind a food container and her glasses. The cook grabs the stuff and goes after her. She arrives at the shoe store where she works, where she is treated pretty much the same as at the burger joint. The cook gives the poor woman her stuff, then he is unceremoniously thrown out the the door by an asshole. But, he is thrown right in front of the arriving Eliminator. The Eliminator girls step out of the car, help the guy out, and go in the store, and exact revenge on the assholes in the store. Then our protagonist girl gets a makeover. After her makeover, the ladies all head over to the burger joint and rescue the guy, again, exacting revenge on the assholes in that place. The Eliminator drives off into nothing, and ZZ Top waves goodbye to us and fades away.

Hot For Teacher” by Van Halen

Sit down, Waldo! As with several of David Lee Roth’s solo videos, this Van Halen video begins with a kooky skit before it gets into the song. As much as I love Sammy Hagar, there have been very few showmen like David Lee Roth. The whole band was at the top of their game right here. The song starts with that iconic drumbeat, and of course when you have a legend on guitar, you can’t go wrong. Not only is the song awesome, but as a teenage boy when this song came out, I did not mind the hot bikini clad teachers. At all. Looking at it now, it seems just as creepy as Madonna’s “Open Your Heart” video where a boy watches Madonna strip and dance. I also liked how they got kid versions of the band members who liked just like them. This was a very fun and funny video.

Land Of Confusion” by Genesis

Another great song accompanied by an awesome video. Even though this video got constant airplay, I never got sick of it. This was my introduction to the caricature puppets by the British television show Spitting Image. I know that Peter Gabriel’s “Sledgehammer” and Dire Straits’ “Money For Nothing” are heavily promoted as innovative videos. But, this is the one that fascinated me. In the age of CGI, I doubt we’ll see the likes of this again.

What were some of your favorite music videos? And don’t forget to visit the other pages and podcasts of my fellow 80s League (soon to be Banzai Club)  members .

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Quote of the Day: Major League


Heywood: [Hayes has just reached on an infield single] You really knocked the crap out of that one.
Willie Mays Hayes: Oh, I plan to get at least a double out of this.
[shows Heywood his black gloves]
Willie Mays Hayes: I bought a hundred of these. One for every base I’m gonna steal. Excuse me while I take my first step toward the Hall of Fame.
Heywood: My ass.
Harry Doyle: [Hayes takes his lead off first base] We don’t know where Hayes played last year, but I’m sure he did a hell of a job.
Heywood: Real hard to steal second with your shoe untied.
Harry Doyle: [Hayes looks down, then gets thrown out by the pitcher] Throw to first… Hayes is picked off! Personally, I think we got hosed on that call.

Happy 55th birthday to Wesley Snipes!!!

 

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Remember That Song: 7/31/17

Can you name the artist and this song that charted in 1980:

Girl, but you’re too proud, and you won’t give in
But when I think about all I could win


Last Song: “That Was Yesterday” by Foreigner from the album Agent Provocateur (1984)

Great job Andy (@Torahguy)!!!

I had the world in my hands
But it’s not the end of my world
Just a slight change of plans

 

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Remember That Song: 7/28/17

Can you name the artist and song:

I had the world in my hands
But it’s not the end of my world
Just a slight change of plans


Last Song: “There’ll Be Sad Songs (To Make You Cry)” by Billy Ocean from the album Love zone (1986)

Great job Lillian (@LilliBug93)!!!

I always stop and think of you especially
When the words of a love song touch the very heart of me

 

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Quote of the Day: Purple Rain

The Kid: I’d like to dedicate this to my father, Francis L. It’s a song the girls in the band wrote, Lisa and Wendy.

Purple Rain was released in theaters on this day (July 27) in 1984

 

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Remember That Song: 7/27/17

Can you name the artist and song:

I always stop and think of you especially
When the words of a love song touch the very heart of me


Last Song: “Mixed Emotions” by The Rolling Stones from the album Steel Wheels (1989)

Get off the fence now
You’re creasing your butt
Life is a party
Let’s get out and strut

 

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Quote of the Day: National Lampoon’s European Vacation

Clark Griswold: There’s Buckingham Palace, kids. That’s where the Queen lives and works.

Audrey Griswold: Works? What does she do, Dad?

Clark Griswold: She queens… and vacuums.

National Lampoon’s European Vacation was released in theaters on this day (July 26) in 1985.

 

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Remember That Song: 7/26/17

Can you name the artist and song:

Get off the fence now
You’re creasing your butt
Life is a party
Let’s get out and strut


Last Song: “Love Will Turn You Around” by Kenny Rogers from the album Love Will Turn You Around (1982)

Out of the blue she reaches for you
And you tell her you don’t have the time

 

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