Top 10 Music Videos from the 80s...Part 4
We continue our selection of bright clips, originally from the 80s ... Why this particular decade? It's simple: it was the 80s that showed the world the brightest hits, bright new representatives of the scene, and, of course, cool music videos! On August 1, 1981, MTV was launched for the first time, an iconic American cable and satellite television channel aimed at music videos. At the same time, the clips have become an integral part of the promotion for the performers... So, let's start!
Dire Straits - "Money for Nothing"
"Money for nothing" - this is the name of this cult single, recorded by Dire Straits together with Sting! The composition has a characteristic guitar riff. The idea to write "Money for Nothing" came to Mark Knopfler when he overheard a conversation between two movers. There was a Dire Straits performance on TV at the mall, and one of the loaders started grumbling, saying, “Artists dance on stage and open their mouths into a microphone, and they get paid big money for this! And they, loaders, carry weights for pennies all day ... ”As Knopfler himself later explained, the song is sung on behalf of a“ complete stupid ”!
The video for "Money for Nothing" is interesting in that it uses computer animation to illustrate the lyrics of the song. And although today it can only cause a smile on your face, back in the 80s it was a real masterpiece! The music video was awarded the MTV Video Music Awards in the nomination "Clip of the Year"!
Pet Shop Boys - "It's a Sin"
The video clip for this wonderful song from 1987 was watched by 90 million people! “It's a Sin” (which means “It's a sin” in English) instantly became the calling card of the duet! The Pet Shop Boys played this track at all their shows! But no less remarkable is the video clip shot for the song ...
A music video was filmed for "It's a Sin", directed by Derek Jarman. Continuing the plot of the song, the clip shows Tennant as a man arrested by the Inquisition, his jailer (Low) and judge (Ron Moody). Everything is filmed in such a way as to demonstrate all the seven deadly sins ...
Def Leppard - "Pour Some Sugar on Me"
Another gorgeous composition from 1987 with an explosive clip! By the way: in 2006, the track “Pour Some Sugar on Me” was ranked second in the top 100 songs of the 80s by VH1!
It is noteworthy, but 2 completely different video clips were shot for this song! The first version shows Def Leppard playing in an abandoned Irish stately home (Mount Merrion House in Steelorgan, Dublin): during the performance of the track, the house is demolished by a huge ball and a huge female construction worker armed with a sledgehammer ... However, the second version, which was filmed specially, achieved the greatest success. for MTV: here the musicians just perform this song live ... To date, the video has gained 54 million views.
Cher - "If I Could Turn Back Time"
It is "If I Could Turn Back Time" that is considered to be the successful return of the charming Cher in the late 80s ... The composition became the leader of several countries at once! It was, and still is, quite a successful hit... The most interesting thing is that the video for "If I Could Turn Back Time" was filmed on a real USS Missouri (BB-63)!
First we see a group of young sailors, and then a spectacularly dressed Cher ... By the way: the singer's outfit (a fishnet bodysuit over a very revealing swimsuit) caused a big scandal, during which many channels refused to broadcast the clip at all! In 1989, MTV banned the video clip from being shown during the daytime: viewers could only enjoy "If I Could Turn Back Time" after 9 pm ...
Run–DMC & Aerosmith - "Walk This Way"
Initially, this track was released in the mid-70s, however ... it was received cool by the public. But that all changed with the advent of the new decade, when Aerosmith performed "Walk This Way" with the popular hip-hop group Run–DMC! The experiment of mixing rock and rap was a success! It was this duet that helped rock monsters regain their former glory, and also gave us all a wonderful, rather funny clip!
According to the plot, a real musical duel flares up between the bands! The bands sing in neighboring studios before Steven Tyler literally breaks through the wall separating them! After so many years, the video clip has not lost its relevance: its views are close to 90 million! The clip was often broadcast on MTV, in connection with which it became a classic ...
Depeche Mode - "Strangelove"
The video for the iconic Depeche Mode song “Strangelove” is filmed in black and white, which makes it elegant and mesmerizing…
Directed by Anton Corbijn. The video clip contains scenes of models posing in their underwear. Because of this, some changes were made to the video for screenings in the United States.
Bon Jovi - "Livin' On A Prayer"
"Livin' on a Prayer" is a 1986 cult hit by American rock band Bon Jovi! Even today, after so many years, this song is well known to almost every modern music lover! The lyrics of the song tell the story of Tommy and Gina, a young guy and a girl who are trying to arrange their life together despite constant hardships and trials... This track is so loved by the youth of the 80s...
The clip begins with the band walking through the Grand Olympic Hall (Los Angeles, California)… There is also footage of Bon Jovi rehearsal shot in black and white. The episodes where the band performs in front of a crowd have already been filmed in color!
CC Catch - "Strangers By Night"
A dynamic thing for all time from the charming CC Catch! The clip has a rather interesting plot with the participation of the singer herself, a young pleasant young man and even a panther!
In a word - highly recommended!
Bobby McFerrin - "Don't Worry Be Happy"
"Don't worry, be happy" is the peaceful title of this famous composition by Bobby McFerrin. "Don't Worry Be Happy" became the first a cappella song to reach the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 (the song held the top spot for 2 whole weeks!)
The video for "Don't Worry Be Happy" is quite calm, measured, and sometimes very funny!
Duran Duran - "All She Wants Is"
The video for "All She Wants Is" by Duran Duran was filmed in London and directed by Dean Chamberlain. The work was later awarded the MTV Video Music Award! It is noteworthy that it took a month to shoot the video.
Very slow shutter speeds were used to create unusual animated lighting effects around the girl and surreal lighting fixtures inside her apartment. Since Duran Duran was in the midst of a busy schedule at the time of filming, the band members could not be on set for that long. So they allowed a plaster life mask to be made from their faces! So... the real Duran Duran in this video is only seen in a few short scenes at the beginning and end of the video!