Ten Things...

...I Have Learned From '80s Music Videos (Part 2)

After assembling my first '80s music video tribute last January, I had nearly enough leftover bits to comprise a second installment. But for whatever reason I never finished it, and it sat on the shelf for close to a year. Lucky for you, a round of 80s Scene It? on New Year's Eve sparked me to dig up this long lost post. (NOTE: I would recommend revisiting Part 1 since it sets up a few of the jokes below.)

10. If you can't find any flower pots, creative use of hair products can be just as memorable and budget friendly. I Ran (So Far Away) // A Flock of Seagulls

9. Some of the top musical performers of 1985: Lionel Richie, Stevie Wonder, Bruce Springsteen, and... Dan Aykroyd? We Are the World // USA for Africa

8. It's amazing what you can accomplish with some clever choreography and goofy costumes. Oh and did I mention lots and lots of drugs? True Faith // New Order

7. Video never would have killed the radio star if people had first caught a glimpse of The Cars' frontman Ric Ocasek. You Might Think // The Cars

6. Man, that David Lee Roth is such a tool. There is no way he's going to make it as a solo artist. California Girls // David Lee Roth

5. It takes a lot of mullets to save Africa. Also, who else but Bono could sell a line like "Well tonight thank God its them instead of you." Do They Know It's Christmas // Band Aid

4. Wow, is there no limit to what we can achieve with these newfangled computer graphics? Dire Straits // Money For Nothing

3. Even something honorable, such as recording a duet for charity, has the potential to become, as my friend Spencer put it, "the gayest thing ever made in the history of the universe." David Bowie & Mick Jagger // Dancing in the Street

2. When forming a music duo, try to choose a partner with a bad perm and mustache. That way you'll always be front and center in your videos. Maneater // Hall & Oates

1. To help ensure a hit single, incorporate a simple, easily repeatable dance move into the video. The Safety Dance // Men Without Hats


Krissy said...

That David Bowie/Mick Jagger video made me want to rip my eyes out. I didn't realize that I could've hated David Bowie any more than I did before I saw that...

And I hope you've gotten Hall & Oates out of your system and don't follow through on the threat to dedicate an entire post to them.

Jessica said...

I however am glad you included Hall and Oats. I don't think cheese wise there is anyone cheesier than them in the 80's. Plus who can get away with spelling their chorus??? Not to mention the answering back to yourself in I can't go for that!! good times and silly songs.

And when I think of the safety dance I think of band camp pretty much every time.

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