Chris Walsh (chris_walsh) wrote,
Chris Walsh
chris_walsh

Redo it. It needs to be done.

Perspective. 20/20 and all that. You've heard. And enough time has passed that it can be said:

Some 1980s songs deserve better music videos.

Music videos became The! Big! Thing! to do with rock songs. There was an explosion of work done. And as much as I adored so many of those videos I watched on first HBO Video Jukebox and then MTV and, later, VH1, I must admit that Sturgeon's Law applied. Some bands knew near-immediately that their video didn't work (like Toto with "Africa"); some needed the march of time to prove their videos didn't work. And then there was the WTF of something...

...like Bonnie Tyler's "Total Eclipse of the Heart." How do you visualize Jim Steinman drama? Who made it decided the answer was "RANDOMLY." Which led, in a later era, to things like the literal "Total Eclipse of the Heart." With perspective, knowing what happened that time, we could do this: better music videos! Get David Fincher back into it. Russell Mulcahy's still using cameras. Michel Gondry and Spike Jonze can find time. Who directs Lady Gaga's videos? IMAGINE SOMETHING BETTER. And something less "WHAT?!"-y.

What other Eighties videos deserve redoing?
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