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Thursday, September 5, 2013

Top 10 Overlooked Music Videos Of The 1980s

Hi folks! Today I decided I'd switch up the content on Exciting Sounds a little bit -- instead of the vintage lounge records and audiophile stuff I tend to favor, we're going to take a look at the 1980s.

As most people know, '80s pop culture was dominated by MTV (Music Television), which launched in 1981 and has been big business ever since. Yes, every major label group during the decade released their albums AND their music videos, neither of which considered subordinate to the other. Since the idea of a "music video" was a fairly new idea -- at least in the form that it became known for -- its heyday in the early to mid-eighties was rife with enthusiastic, untamed experimentation. And this experimentation yielded some very interesting -- and oftentimes outright bizarre -- results.

This trial and error search for stable ground was, in fact, so unadulterated, that most of the shenanigans produced during this time would be an immediate "no-no" for business in the present day. Of course, that's what's so great about it -- the lack of industry restraint created (and continues to create) a goldmine for aesthetes and historians who look back and see just how strange (and awesome!) it all was.

So, now we'll start the list -- The Top 10 Overlooked Music Videos Of The 1980s (in no particular order):

"Puttin' On The Ritz" by Taco:


"Mexican Radio" by Wall Of Voodoo:


"Somebody's Watching Me" by Rockwell:


"Einstein A Go-Go" by Landscape:

"Hyperactive!" by Thomas Dolby:

"Johnny, Are You Queer?" by Josie Cotton:

"Spirit In The Sky" by Doctor And The Medics:

"Wrapped Around Your Finger" by The Police:

"Shiny Shiny" by Haysi Fantayzee:

"Total Eclipse Of The Heart" by Bonnie Tyler:

4 comments:

  1. Great choices! I would also submit to you that Missionary Man (Eurythmics) with its weird, jerky stop-motion images is also very cool!!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0-Q3cp3cp88

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    1. Oh yeah, I've never seen that before but it's cool. Thanks for sharing :D

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  2. The Bonnie Tyler song is great, but that video freaked me out as a kid (8-9 years old). It was like something out of Stephen King.

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    1. Yeah, if you just listen to the song, it doesn't sound like the kind that would inspire a video like that. I mean, the music video is awesome, but it lacks congruence in a way.

      Thanks :)

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