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Best Rock Videos (1980s Of Course)

Fri Mar 25, 2005 2:05 am

What are some of your all time favorite videos?
The 1980s had the best. Back then there was this cable station that lived up to it's name the showed videos called MTV.
MTV is still around, I think.
There were also many other video programs on other local network stations at the time. There was also Friday Night Videos and Night Flight.
Any Chicago area members here remember channel 66?
Channel 66 played videos 24 hours a day and NO commercials, no narrations or VJ personalities.
Best of all, it was free!

My favorite is The Big Money video by RUSH.
I picked that one because it changed my life.
When I was a kid, I used to hate RUSH because I had an older cousin who was a fan and he was a total d--k, so I assumed RUSH was a band for d--ks.
I was really young at the time
Well one night in the fall of 1985, I was in bed sick with the flu. I was using all of my energy to stay up for the new Tears For Fears video 'Head Over Heals' on MTVs Top 20 video countdown.
Well I had to sit through the new RUSH video The Big Money. I could not find the remote control to switch the station so I watched to video.
I was blown away!
They're such incredible musicians!
Went out and bought all of there albums and it turned me on to different styles of music as well as inspired my to take up guitar and bass.








Other favorites:



Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers - Dont Come Around Here No More





RUSH - Distant Early Warning






Money For Nothing - Dire Straits



Everybody Wants To Rule The World" video by Tears For Fears






Beat It - Michael Jackson



"Obsession" video by Animotion



"Breakout" video by Swing Out Sister




Heat Of The Moment" video by Asia




We Close Our Eyes" video by Go West





Sleeping Bag" video by ZZ Top





"If This Is It" video by Huey Lewis and the News





"Jump" video by Van Halen


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RE: Best Rock Videos (1980s Of Course)

Fri Mar 25, 2005 2:08 am

Superfly:

You picked the wrong Van Halen video.

"Hot For Teacher" RULES.

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Fri Mar 25, 2005 2:12 am

Swing Out Sister.

Wow! I totally forgot about them from the 80's thread. I should be ashamed of myself.

You said rock, but, I like "These Dreams" by Heart and "Sledgehammer" by Peter Gabriel the best.

I really did enjoy all the White Snake, Cinderella, Aerosmith, Def Leppard, Poison, Twisted Sister, Kiss videos. Etc of the day.
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RE: Best Rock Videos (1980s Of Course)

Fri Mar 25, 2005 2:15 am

Quoting Superfly (Thread starter):
Channel 66 played videos 24 hours a day and NO commercials, no narrations or VJ personalities.

Yup...that was a long, long, looooong time ago. (or so it seems).

I'm with you on some of these...Tears for Fears, Dire Straights, Van Halen....

I'd have to add MJ's Thriller and Billie Jean
 
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RE: Best Rock Videos (1980s Of Course)

Fri Mar 25, 2005 2:18 am

Quoting OzarkD9S (Reply 1):
You picked the wrong Van Halen video.

"Hot For Teacher" RULES.

True, very true!




CactusA319:
You're like to only other person I know of that remembers that. Whan I ask other people about it, they don't remember it.
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Fri Mar 25, 2005 2:19 am

Cherry Pie with Bobbie Brown was sweet.
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Fri Mar 25, 2005 2:41 am

Who can forget "Final Countdown" by Europe - ooooh, that hair Big grin
 
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RE: Best Rock Videos (1980s Of Course)

Fri Mar 25, 2005 3:02 am

Go West! Great video. The picture didn't post, but I'd bet it's Peter Cox and that big wrench? "Don't Look Down" had a good video, too.

Tie for BEST ZZ Top: "Legs", Billy Idols "Rock The Cradle of Love" and
Donald Fagen "New Frontier"

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Fri Mar 25, 2005 3:07 am

Damn that website for not allowing these photos to link!

-Right click on the image
-select properties
-select & copy URL
-paste URL in to web browser
-enter

You will see image.  Smile
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Fri Mar 25, 2005 3:39 am

These are the images that didn’t come through.














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Fri Mar 25, 2005 3:47 am

I don't care much about promos but "Sledgehammer" was great. Peter Gabriel and Aardman Studios - can't get much better than this.
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RE: Best Rock Videos (1980s Of Course)

Fri Mar 25, 2005 4:19 am

Who could forget Robert Palmer "Addicted to Love"??

Or Aha, "Take on Me"?

still are classics
 
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Fri Mar 25, 2005 4:20 am

"Take On Me" by A-ha











20 years later, still a good video.
 
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RE: Best Rock Videos (1980s Of Course)

Fri Mar 25, 2005 4:24 am

Quoting SQA340 (Reply 12):
20 years later, still a good video.

Agreed! But, I'd say "The Sun Always Shines on TV" rates up there.


Hey, I can't believe I forgot Talking Heads, and "Once in a Lifetime"!


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Fri Mar 25, 2005 4:49 am

SQA340 & TriStarEnvy:
It always puzzled me as to why A-ha used that sweet vintage Rickenbacker guitar yet there is no guitar used in that song.
I have the 'Hunting High Low' LP at home, I'll have to listen to that song intensly to decifer any guitar.
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Fri Mar 25, 2005 4:57 am

TriStar:
Yeah, you're right there.

Superfly:

As I can recall, I think A-ha was mainly synth and drum machine based in the 1980s but occasionally used guitar. I have no clue either why he's in there with that Rickenbacker struming random chords but what's funny is that in another scene, he's there with a random acoustic snare drum and one stick. There's no guitar in "Take On Me" though, I think most of it was done with the Yamaha X57 or mabye even later style synths and drum machines.

I miss those old synths, I've thought about bying a moog or an X57.

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RE: Best Rock Videos (1980s Of Course)

Fri Mar 25, 2005 5:04 am

Quoting SQA340 (Reply 15):
I miss those old synths, I've thought about bying a moog or an X57.

I hope you have a lot of money. Those Mini moogs are going for over $1000 today. I almost bought one summer 1990 for only $150 and I thought that was too much back then.
I am still banging my head for passing that up!   

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Fri Mar 25, 2005 5:26 am

Look at it from the positive side: When the first mini-moog was released, it went for the price of a car... Thank god Ralf Hütter & Florian Schneider-Esleben didn't pass on them back then Big grin
 
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RE: Best Rock Videos (1980s Of Course)

Fri Mar 25, 2005 5:27 am

Quoting Superfly (Reply 8):
Damn that website for not allowing these photos to link!

Hey 'Fly, I didn't see the clip for Go West. Was I right on my guess?
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Fri Mar 25, 2005 5:33 am

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Fri Mar 25, 2005 5:39 am

Whitesnake video - something about a girl doing the splits on a Jaguar - that's all I remember from then....
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RE: Best Rock Videos (1980s Of Course)

Fri Mar 25, 2005 6:04 am

Quoting Aerobalance (Reply 20):
Whitesnake video - something about a girl doing the splits on a Jaguar - that's all I remember from then....

Tawny Kitaen. Drool.
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RE: Best Rock Videos (1980s Of Course)

Fri Mar 25, 2005 6:31 am

Quoting Superfly (Reply 16):
I hope you have a lot of money. Those Mini moogs are going for over $1000 today

Yeah, I know they're very pricy. I think I'd rather just buy a good drumset for a grand. But it is a goal for me to buy a moog, plus they dont cost as much as some of the new synths on the market that are 3+ grand! Sure, they do more but nothing can beat the classics.

Quoting Superfly (Reply 16):
I almost bought one summer 1990 for only $150 and I thought that was too much back then.
I am still banging my head for passing that up!

Yikes..

Quoting CPH-R (Reply 17):
When the first mini-moog was released, it went for the price of a car

Wow, then again, back then (1960s) cars weren't as much as they are today. If only time travel existed..

EDIT: Has anyone ever seen Moonwalker by Michael Jackson? Rather long but one of my favorite videos. It compiles all of the good videos he had and has a strange plot inbetween. I havent seen it in years but remember being impressed..

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Fri Mar 25, 2005 6:56 am

Quoting SQA340 (Reply 22):
Has anyone ever seen Moonwalker by Michael Jackson? Rather long but one of my favorite videos

I wanna say VH-1 ran it a year or so ago, a couple of times. Reading that comment made me think of another "long-form" video from The Eighties....
Remember the mini-movie for this gem?


"Kilroy Was Here". Styx. I recall that you could order the video from A&M records.
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Fri Mar 25, 2005 7:16 am

AC/DC "(you shook me) All Night Long"

1980 or thereabouts...nobody plays a Gibson SG like Angus!
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Fri Mar 25, 2005 7:41 am

Quoting TriStarEnvy (Reply 23):
wanna say VH-1 ran it a year or so ago, a couple of times. Reading that comment made me think of another "long-form" video from The Eighties....
Remember the mini-movie for this gem?

I have it.
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Fri Mar 25, 2005 10:41 am

I love STYX as well, but I never got to see the video. I suspect that I would be disappointed if I saw it now, however.
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RE: Best Rock Videos (1980s Of Course)

Fri Mar 25, 2005 10:49 am

Quoting WhiteHatter (Reply 24):
1980 or thereabouts...nobody plays a Gibson SG like Angus!

Speaking of SG's, I hope that Clapton plays his during the Cream reunion shows in May..... Now that would be an authentic reunion...
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RE: Best Rock Videos (1980s Of Course)

Fri Mar 25, 2005 11:07 am

Love the Kraftwerk reference above...Boing Boom Tschak was a good video, but does it ever look dated today!

I love A-ha (have three or four of their CDs) but never did like the Take On Me video. Not too fond of the song either. Maybe it was just overplayed for me.

Dang...I had that Styx album...on vinyl! "You're overloaded, you're suffering, you're overloaded, on sex and drugs, sex and drugs, sex and drugs - and rock 'n' roll!"

'Fly, I never developed a taste for Rush. It seemed to be the geeky guys in school who liked Rush and that was not a crowd I wanted to be associated with. Most of the 80s groups I liked were from Europe - because that's where I wanted to be instead of in my hometown.  Smile

My mom has probably 50 hours of 80s videos on Beta tapes somewhere. I recorded them off Friday Night Videos and then was blown away when MuchMusic started broadcasting. Anybody remember the VJs on MuchMusic? That guy named Steve? J.D. Roberts - who is now John Roberts and a news anchor for CBS? Erica Ehm?

How about Need You Tonight video by INXS?
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Fri Mar 25, 2005 12:16 pm

"We're Not Gonna Take It"....Twisted Sister! They were so cool! Plus they played the song it Iron Eagle, that was such a great movie! Kick Ass soundtrack too.  bouncy 
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RE: Best Rock Videos (1980s Of Course)

Fri Mar 25, 2005 12:23 pm

Damn, Superfly.. talk about bringing back some ancient memories..

The two videos that stand out for me were from the early 80s..

Def Leppard's 'Photograph'. Women in cages.. now that's classy 80's rock!

Phil Collins' 'In the air tonight'. That video was spooky to watch as a kid. It used to scare the shit out of my little brother.  scared 
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Fri Mar 25, 2005 6:20 pm

For me, it was:

Diamond Dave's "California Girls"
Whitesnake videos (for the aforementioned Tawny Kitaen)
Damn Yankees "High Enough" (who can forget The Motor City Madman machine-gunning with his axe, and his reaction to Tommy Shaw's high notes during the chorus!)

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RE: Best Rock Videos (1980s Of Course)

Sat Mar 26, 2005 1:52 am

Quoting ScarletHarlot (Reply 28):
How about Need You Tonight video by INXS?

Good one, but how about the video for "The One Thing" with the hints at sex, in it....

Hey, what about "Girls On Film" by Duran Duran?

Oh, "California Girls" is a classic. Sure seemed like a million years ago when videos were "fun" as opposed to all the stuff of today. Speaking of David Lee Roth, remember what he said at thet MTV awards show a few years back? Something like...."Remember when it was I Want My MTV?, now it's I'll flow your f****** head off!" Priceless.

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RE: Best Rock Videos (1980s Of Course)

Sat Mar 26, 2005 3:27 am

Quoting ScarletHarlot (Reply 28):
It seemed to be the geeky guys in school who liked Rush and that was not a crowd I wanted to be associated with

You missed out! Big grin


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RE: Best Rock Videos (1980s Of Course)

Sat Mar 26, 2005 9:30 am

Wierd Al and "like a surgeon" is my favorite one...
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Sat Mar 26, 2005 9:37 am

"Centerfold" by the J. Geils Band
"Two Tribes" by Frankie Goes To Hollywood
"Just A Gigolo" by David Lee Roth
 
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RE: Best Rock Videos (1980s Of Course)

Sat Mar 26, 2005 3:10 pm

Quoting MD11LuxuryLinr (Reply 30):
Phil Collins' 'In the air tonight'

I can't remember the actual Phil Collins video of the song, but there was a great 2-3 minute segment on 'Miami Vice' in the first season (Calderone's Return, part II, IIRC) where they have it playing, and show Crockett and Tubbs on their way to meet Calderone, and show closeups from different angles of Crockett's Daytona Spyder.

Soooooo many to choose from...some already mentioned above.

- Several songs by Huey Lewis & the News
- "I Ran" by A Flock of Seagulls
- Pretty much any Duran Duran video
- "White wedding" by Billy Idol is a good one
- I still like "I'm Still Standing" by Elton John, circa 1986
- Erasure
- Pet Shop Boys
- Thompson Twins
- Culture Club, of course  Wink
- "Vacation" by the Go-Go's....Belinda was GORGEOUS back then....
- 99 Luftballoons (German version is MUCH better... Wink )

I know I'm forgetting many, many more!

Cool topic...thanks for posting. I miss the '80's!
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