80s Music Videos Saved My Life

I’ve kicked the habit
Shed my skin
This is the new stuff
I go dancing in


If you know nothing else about me, know this: I like to move it, move it. I don’t care how and I don’t care when. My parts must jiggle. My heart must pound. My sweaty ponytail must swirl.

But since my stupid hospital stay, I’ve had to take it easy, or my back will crumble to dust. This makes JD sad.

One day, not long after I came home from the hospital, I joined Dave for breakfast in front of the TV.

Dave was also sad that day. “I wish there was something good on at this time. They used to have ‘Big Valley’ and then ‘I Dream of Jeannie.’” He stirred his oatmeal bitterly.

“Check VH1 Clasics,” I suggested.

Aw, YEAH! 80s videos!

Dave wasn’t that excited to see Belinda Carlisle’s “Mad About You,” but I was, because remember? That was when she lost all that weight and got the cute haircut plus stylish clothes and a hunky husband who just happens to be the son of James Mason, whom I had a crush on for many years, PLUS it’s a good song. A gentle bouncing overcame me. My ponytail stirred a bit.

Oh, man, then came the Scorpions, “Rock You Like a Hurricane“!!! AIR GUITAR! From the sofa, of course.

Dave finished his breakfast and headed off to work. I wasn’t going anywhere. My cereal bowl went unnoticed as I perched forward, toes tapping and head swaying, waiting for the next video. The sense of nostalgia was only somewhat ruined by the constant screen pop-ups asking me to “make this song your ringtone.”

Next up: “Tenderness” by General Public. I could no longer stay seated. I bopped carefully to the song (think old-lady knee lifts). I can do this all morning! but then a Debbie Gibson video came on, and I returned to the sofa.

But then it was “Heart of Rock n Roll” by Huey Lewis and THEN Rick James “Superfreak“! I was dancing as hard as I could while still barely moving my body. You know?

That morning I “rocked” out to:

Van Halen “Jump.” (RSB alert!!!)

Duran Duran “Girls on Film.” YES! It’s hard to keep from popping your hips on this one. Is this on my iPod? No? WHY?

Depeche Mode “Personal Jesus.” CRAP! Sorry, Jesus. But it’s kinda slow. Cue squats and lunges.

Madonna “Like a Virgin.” A good stretching song.

I might’ve “danced” all morning, but at 10 AM, “Behind the Music” came on.” No, wait! AWESOME! Because it was Genesis, and I had seen the second half the other night, but the first half is my favorite because it’s more Peter Gabriel than Phil Collins.

It’s just as well I stopped when I did. My hips and knees were ready for some Epsom salts, and the heating pad was sounding even better than “Totally 80s,” which came on at 11.

But I was no longer sad.

And so THAT is how 80s music videos (and a lot of Montel Williams selling insurance commercials) saved my life.

Don’t YOU deserve an 80s music video morning?

What’s YOUR favorite 80s music video?


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69 Responses to “80s Music Videos Saved My Life”

  1. 1 Tracy

    Ooooh ooooh ooooh

    Just one?

    JUST ONE?!?!!?

    I am trying to figure out how to get this song to play automatically when I walk into my office – even better if I could get the video projected all around on the walls http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dIDaBF8LILk

    I don’t think I can reach my full potential without theme music.
    .-= Tracy´s last blog ..I Had a Dream, I Had an Awesome Dream =-.

  2. 2 Jaffer

    I wanted to but I will be very polite with you.

    Can I RickRoll you ?

  3. 3 Tracy


    Hello is a favorite because it’s not only a high quality, classy song but the video tells a story.


    And of course anything by Wham. Clothes were so awesomely ill fitting those days!
    .-= Tracy´s last blog ..I Had a Dream, I Had an Awesome Dream =-.

  4. 4 Tracy


    Round and Round by New Order

    Because you know, I can really relate to a video about incredibly beautiful women who feel like nobody can look beyond their spectacular outsides to see the real person with real feelings that lives inside.

    .-= Tracy´s last blog ..I Had a Dream, I Had an Awesome Dream =-.

  5. 5 cardiogirl

    Yes. Yes I *do* deserve an 80s music video morning.

    Hmm, so hard to choose just one. I really loved “True” by Spandau Ballet.
    .-= cardiogirl´s last blog ..I wonder what the parents at his kids’ school think of his ride =-.

  6. 6 Canucklehead

    Hey. I don’t leave comments often but I wanted to assure you that I’m still coming by …. best 80′s video? No can do – but I’ll narrow it down to a handful off the top of my head:

    * We’re Not Gonna Take It – Twisted Sister
    * Girls on Film – Duran Duran (yes, I know it was mentioned, but worth repeateing.)
    * Thriller – Michael Jackson
    * Girls Just Wanna Have Fun – Cyndi Lauper

    Oh, I could go on all day – but that’s enough for now.
    .-= Canucklehead´s last blog ..The Big No-No! =-.

  7. 7 Pricilla

    Aaaah, yes.
    The publicist remembers the requisite “Another One Bites the Dust” sing a long at her wedding in ’82

    But sadly her single heydays were the late ’70ies and DISCO!
    Dare it be spoken?!
    .-= Pricilla´s last blog ..Sunday Movies with the Happy Goats, er Chickens =-.

  8. 8 babs - beetle

    You know, for the life of me I can’t think of any eighties music that got me up gyrating, though I know there must have been. I was into the disco scene in the early eighties, with stuff like “Ain’t Gonna Bump no More, No Big Fat Woman”, “Funky Town” and “Shake Your Body Down”

    This does date me, I know ;)
    .-= babs – beetle´s last blog ..Remember the Magnabeetle? =-.

  9. 9 Spot

    Seriously? It would be impossible to pick a favorite. I loved most of them. 80′s music is still the best to get you dancing. I recently tortured my children with two full cds of it on our 16 hour drive, because I’m a good mom like that. You’re welcome offspring.

    Glad you got to get a little groove on!

    .-= Spot´s last blog ..Weekend fun and how Lu isn’t cool. =-.

  10. 10 carissa

    Ahhh 80′s videos are the BEST. My personal favorite is a little ditty called the Laboring Man. The artist is Bill freaking Paxton. It is amaz-ing. Watch it. It will make your day.


  11. 11 absepa

    It’s probably a good thing that I don’t have VH1 Classics, ‘cuz I would never make it to work in the morning if they were showing 80s videos. (Sorry that your back is whack, by the way.)

    I don’t know if I can pick a favorite video…there were so many good ones. “Rio” was awesome (Simon Le Bon nearly DROWNED, for Pete’s sake), and I loved “When Doves Cry” with Prince in the bathtub. Oh, and “Sunday Bloody Sunday,” which made me fall in love with Bono, and “Brand New Lover” by Dead or Alive. Okay, I’ll stop now.
    .-= absepa´s last blog ..The inexplicable pickle =-.

  12. 12 Lidian

    It is impossible to choose ONE favorite 80s video…Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, Sledgehammer, 1999, any one of those Duran Duran epics. And if you need a really good laugh, The Safety Dance – which combines a ridiculous, laughable video with a ridiculous, laughable, incomprehensible song (what the heck is a safety dance, anyway?) – I believe this is a Canadian offering from the curiously-named Men Without Hats – every New Year’s Eve this gets played as one of the all-time worst videos on MuchMusic (Canadian MTV) and we all fall on the floor laughing.
    .-= Lidian´s last blog ..The Swellest Sunday Morning Treat in the World =-.

  13. 13 puglette

    *sigh* well, this is it. this is a parting of the minds, my friend. i hate 80′s music. yes, i know hate is a strong word, but nothing will trigger my station changing finger faster than an 80′s song. i sent cranky email to my former favorite radio station when they started to play too much 80′s music. i was listening to 70′s LA rock during the 80′s. jackson browne, eagles. you can have a nice 80′s music chat with my hubby. it frightens me that he knows the words to so many bad songs.
    ok, now i’m crabby because i have stupid 80′s songs in my head! O_o
    prickly hugs,
    .-= puglette´s last blog ..Charlie’s Road Trip =-.

  14. 14 dcr

    So, are you saying that you cannot dance to a Debbie Gibson song?

    If so, I don’t know if we can be on speaking terms anymore… :(
    .-= dcr´s last blog ..Rocket Man, Burning Up My Shoes =-.

  15. 15 dcr

    Wait a minute… Did my comment just get thrown into moderation because I mentioned Debbie Gibson? This is so wrong. :(
    .-= dcr´s last blog ..Rocket Man, Burning Up My Shoes =-.

  16. 16 dcr

    OMG! I’m totally being thrown into moderation for mentioning Debbie Gibson. :( What is up with that!?
    .-= dcr´s last blog ..Rocket Man, Burning Up My Shoes =-.

  17. 17 LJ

    Those 80′s music video’s mean more to me than ….. white on rice …. sugar in my coffee ….. icing without cake ….

  18. 18 JD

    Tracy: No, not just one! ALL! Oh, god I love that one! I heard it on the radio not too long ago after not hearing it possibly SINCE the 80s. I need to figure out my own theme music.

    Jaffer: I wouldn’t let ANYone else RickRoll me, but you can — because you do it so good!

    Tracy: Yeah, that one is very profound. I hate the one with the very short hair. She’s all, Look at my swanlike neck! And they ALL have typically aggressive 80s eyebrows.

    Tracy: BWAH! How we laughed at this back in the day. That ugly sculpted head. OK, I know she’s blind, but come ON! This is the first Lionel Richie video my mom ever saw (she’d always liked his music), and she was appalled. “He looks like a horse!”

    cardiogirl: Oh, that’s a good one, too. I can imitate that guy perfectly and often do, just to crack up Dave while he’s eating.

    Canucklehead: “Girls on Film” is ALWAYS worth repeating. And yes, “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” was a staple of my early MTV-watching days. Thanks for stopping by!

    Pricilla: It dare! I actually attended the infamous Disco Demolition at Comiskey Park but ONLY AFTER a thoroughly enjoyable half-year or so enjoying the “Saturday Night Fever” soundtrack. For I was a child of the 70s and always very into music of any kind.

    babs – beetle: Hey, you and Pricilla (above) need to get together and do the Hustle! OK, I do not recognize that first title, but the other two are totally respectable. Thanks for chiming in!

    Spot: You are the coolest mom EVER! I hope you played “Rock Me Amadeus” over and over. It’s an excellent way to teach kids German.

    carissa: WTF?????????? I . . . I don’t even know! How did I never know about THIS? Bill Paxton doing Devo? And according to the comments, Michael Biehn is also in it. I just can’t . . . WTF? And thank you! It’s an awesome song!

    absepa: “RIO”! Yes, that was one of my very, very favorites. Oh, oh, oh! “Sunday Bloody Sunday”! I used to work at a restaurant during college that showed MTV (we were only one of two places in town with a satellite dish). When that video would come on, I would go running out into the restaurant and watch it. YES! I think that’s the video that made ME fall in love with Bono too. Oh, please don’t stop.

    Lidian: I love “Safety Dance”! Now I’m going to waste THIS day by YouTubing all these awesome videos. I hear this on the radio every now and then . . . actually, I’m pretty sure it’s on my iPOD.

    puglette: NO! Don’t you know the best friends always have one thing drastically NOT in common, and that is what makes them such good friends? Yes, I made that up, but I am desperate. I do believe I WILL have a chat with your husband, because I’m afraid I can’t stomach LA rock. SMOOCH!

    dcr: Cannot, will not, won’t not. Debbie Gibson hates you, not my blog. Don’t try blaming this on my blog hating you. It’s Debbie Gibson. SHE’S EVERYWHERE!

    LJ: Well, now, let’s not get carried away. Icing without cake is an essential!

  19. 19 Tracy


    Let it be known that JD is now responsible for me having this song stuck in my head all morning.

    That’s okay Elton John is destined to be my best friend, we just haven’t met yet.
    .-= Tracy´s last blog ..I Had a Dream, I Had an Awesome Dream =-.

  20. 20 dcr

    Sure. Try to get out of it now. I have screenshot proof! Oh, and I already blogged about it, so it must be true. I think it’s you with a thing against Debbie Gibson. And your “Cannot, will not, won’t not” proves it.

    And I suspect this will get thrown into moderation. Again. Maybe if I double-up or triple-up on the Debbie Gibson’s. That’s two. Here’s #3: Debbie Gibson.

    Or maybe it’s that she prefers Deborah Gibson now.
    .-= dcr´s last blog ..Rocket Man, Burning Up My Shoes =-.

  21. 21 dcr

    Look at that. I mentioned Debbie Gibson again, and it gets tossed into moderation. Again.

    .-= dcr´s last blog ..Rocket Man, Burning Up My Shoes =-.

  22. 22 puglette

    i will admit that some of my best friends, including hubby, have been huge fans of the eighties music. we will just have to agree to disagree about this one subject. SMOOCHES to you, my friend!
    .-= puglette´s last blog ..Charlie’s Road Trip =-.

  23. 23 ann

    I can’t choose just one. But that is one hell of a way to spend a morning. Maybe tomorrow I should call off and stay home and watch music videos.
    .-= ann´s last blog ..Swinging into spring =-.

  24. 24 dcr

    Let’s see if I can sneak a comment through without mentioning D_____ G_____.
    .-= dcr´s last blog ..I Get Banned from “I Do Things…” for Mentioning Debbie Gibson So You Don’t Have to =-.

  25. 25 dcr

    There it is! Your blog officially does not like D_____ G_____!
    .-= dcr´s last blog ..I Get Banned from “I Do Things…” for Mentioning Debbie Gibson So You Don’t Have to =-.

  26. 26 Jenn of Many Cabbages

    I LOVE 80s music. I wasn’t actually allowed to listen to it much IN the 80s. I was one of the few kids who didn’t have cable, so the only way I got to see music videoes was occasionally Fox (before it became FOX) would run them on Friday nights. As soon as I bought myself an iPod, I made myself a mix of 80s fun.

    –Walk like an Egyptian
    –Blinded me with Science
    –Take on Me
    –Land Down Under
    –Safety Dance

    Etc., etc. I sing it all horribly in my car. Such joy!!
    .-= Jenn of Many Cabbages´s last blog ..The Milk Crate Redemption =-.

  27. 27 Princess Stupidhead (Janine)

    Now you’re talking. My kids were raised on MTV. No soaps, no talk shows on at my house. I was a young mommy with no mommy friends my own age. Poor me. Thank God for MTV.

    I love the 80′s so it’s hard to say which are my favorite videos, but for starters:

    I love “She Blinded me With Science,” by Thomas Dolby.

    I love all the Tom Petty videos, all the Duran Duran videos. I love Van Halen vidoes, but I also love the solo videos from Diamond Dave “Gimme a bottle of anything and a glazed donut …..TO GO!!”

    Goody Two Shoes – Adam Ant

    You Spin me Right Round!!!

    The Bangles, Devo, ok, I could go on and on.

    but I won’t because you do so much for me.
    .-= Princess Stupidhead (Janine)´s last blog ..Call me Mellow Yellow =-.

  28. 28 Kathy

    OMG. What in the world is “Big Valley?” I know “I Dream of Jeanie” but Big Valley? Poor Dave. I bet he’d have been happy with a marathon of Gilligan’s Island, right?

    For two years, all I walked to when I exercised was The Best of the 80s CD. I think I’m actually sick of it by now. But the tracks I listened to the most then were:

    “It Takes Two” by Rob Base & D.J. E-Z Rock
    “Push It” by Salt ‘n Pepa
    “Let the Music Play” by Shannon
    “Word Up” Cameo
    “Jungle Love” The Time

  29. 29 Kathy

    My URL link is doing that weird thing again where it puts your URL ahead of mine. But it’s fine on my end. Does I Do Things not love me anymore?

    Oh, wait. I’m an idiot. I was missing a “/” in there. Should work now.

    I now return you to regular programming.
    .-= Kathy´s last blog ..Does the Five-Second Rule Count for Ice Cream? =-.

  30. 30 Kathy

    I Do Things loves me again!

    OK, I’ll shut up now.

    .-= Kathy´s last blog ..Does the Five-Second Rule Count for Ice Cream? =-.

  31. 31 Barb at WillThink4Wine

    I think I was lost in the 50′s when the 80′s music hit the screne. I wasn’t really feeling the love, dude. Don’t really like anything 80′s, at least none that comes to mind.

    But then again I think I’ve lost my mind again, so what do I know?
    .-= Barb at WillThink4Wine´s last blog ..Awww…Mondays =-.

  32. 32 meleah rebeccah

    You’re a woman after my own heart. I LOVE all things 80′s Music Video’s!
    .-= meleah rebeccah´s last blog ..‘Doing Things Differently™’ – My Week In Review [Part Eight] =-.

  33. 33 Ron

    OMG…you and I need to get together and GROVE, girl!

    I’m with you…I literally cannot keep my body from moving when I hear dance music.

    We have a wonderful sterio system at work that permiates the whole cosmetic department and I’m FOREVER dancing in the isles. Quite often a customer will join me, as we start dancing together.

    (I’ve actually gotten money thrown at me)

    Pennies…but who cares – HA!

    I LOVE the 80′s music!!

    Ok, let’s see…..Turn the Beat Around, Ring my Bell, The Boss, Take on Me, True Blue, oh…I could go on an on.

    Ooooo…you got me going now, JD!
    .-= Ron´s last blog ..Hello Kitty….the nightmare continues =-.

  34. 34 Daisy the Curly Cat

    I know, I know! How about “867-5309/Jenny” by Tommy Tutone? My Mommeh cannot recall any phone numbers from the 80s except that one. Not even her old home phone number.
    .-= Daisy the Curly Cat´s last blog ..Harley’s Turn! =-.

  35. 35 Dorothy Stahlnecker

    Because I’m old, 63 I rarely watch music videos however, the 60′s music makes me smile, the Beatles at the top of my list…

    Music can make you feel so much better about life ain’t it the truth.

    Dorothy from grammology
    .-= Dorothy Stahlnecker´s last blog ..Sandra Bullock and marriage is it a thing of the past? =-.

  36. 36 Lin

    Gees, I loved the 80′s. I still do. Nothing like big hair and shoulder pads.

    I’m going with “Relax” by Frankie Goes to Hollywood. Anything by the Police, Duran Duran, Hall and Oates. How about “Maniac” by Michael Sambello (?) –that whole Flashdance thing was great. I love Elvis Costello, Talking Heads, Huey Lewis and the News, Cyndi Lauper. Oh, I could go on and on.

    Makes my back hurt just thinking about you hopping around. Thanks for doing that so I don’t have to.
    .-= Lin´s last blog ..It’s a Major Award! =-.

  37. 37 Stephanie Barr

    You may not believe it but I was a huge MTV fan in the eighties. Favorite was probably “Take on Me” by A-Ha, but there were many I liked.
    .-= Stephanie Barr´s last blog ..True Romance =-.

  38. 38 JD

    Tracy: I loved that song SO MUCH when it came out. I still do. Sounds like you had a fun morning yesterday.

    puglette: Oh, phew! And now let us never speak of our disagreement again! SMOOCH! (and hug)

    ann: Do it! Call it a mental health day. It sure did wonders for my brain.

    dcr: HAHAHAHA! See, it’s not you, it’s DG! Altho I DO plan on going to see her and Lorenzo Lamas in Mega Shark and Giant Octopus, so maybe that will placate her.

    Jenn of Many Cabbages: I love all those songs. I was lucky to work at a place (1983-84) that showed MTV. Yes, I had to sort of work, but after we closed, my friends and coworkers would watch MTV until 4 AM. Good times.

    Kathy: “Big Valley” was a western, I think. Ranchers? Cattlemen? Something like that. In other words, pure Dave. Altho, yes, Gilligan’s Island would make the perfect b-fast show. LOVE “Push It” and “Word Up.” You go, witchya bad self! (My blog will never stop loving you.)

    Barb at WillThink4Wine: No, you haven’t lost your mind. 80s music is not for everyone (see above: puglette). So tell us: What were 50s music videos like?

    meleah rebeccah: YAY! I hope everyone has an 80s music video morning!

    Ron: Honey, I will GROVE with you any day of the week! I would LOVE to see you dancing in the aisles, and you’d better believe I would join you if I were there (and I would throw quarters, not pennies!) I love all those songs. They’re great butt movers. Gotta go listen to my 80s playlist!

    Daisy the Curly Cat: That’s so weird, because that’s also the only number I can remember! I wonder why that is . . .

    Dorothy Stahlnecker: Yes, SO true. And it doesn’t matter which decade. As long as it gets your toes tapping, it’s alllll good.

    Lin: YES to all! Altho I enjoyed my 80s music video line-up, my personal list would be more in line with all the ones you named. And you’re very welcome. I’ll hop around ANY day so you don’t have to.

    Stephanie Barr: I believe it! And that was one of my favorites too. We were all like, Oooh! So innovative!

  39. 39 moooooog35

    So, go see ‘Hot Tub Time Machine’ which is NOT ONLY one of the funniest movies ever, but also has the greatest soundtrack of any movie I’ve ever seen because it takes place in 1986.

    I don’t know why you’re still here.

    You never listen to me.
    .-= moooooog35´s last blog ..Wrapping up the Week – March 28, 2010 =-.

  40. 40 Surfie

    OH, I love 80′s videos! I was a child of the 80′s but was deprived and didn’t have cable. *sob* The only time I ever got to watch MTV was if I saw it at a friend’s house. (Remember when MTV actually played music? Ah, the good ole days.) So now I get to feel the nostalgia of awesome 80′s music and the new wonder of videos I’ve never seen before!
    .-= Surfie´s last blog ..Alive and Kickin’ =-.

  41. 41 Surfie

    Oh, and I forgot to mention that I enjoyed watching a show on VH1 the other day where they played the top 10 Duran Duran videos of all time, with some interview clips with the band and the host telling some other information and trivia between videos. It was awesome!

  42. 42 Patricia (The other one...)

    I uh…didn’t spend too much time in the eighties, but from what I remember it was a pretty good time…having some cookies and juice, cabbage patch kid, being scared to death by the one video that had Ronald Reagan and other notables as Alf-esque puppets…I remember my older brother telling me if it was played a certain number of times Russia would send us into a nuclear holocaust…ah, I was the last generation of sweet, sweet Cold War paranoia. What was that song? It’s going to drive me nuts all day…

    Good to hear you’re feeling up to a little Jane Fonda, J.D. The real question is, did you wear a belt with your neon pink leotard?

  43. 43 Cathy - wheresmydamnanswer

    OK confession time… I am still musically in the 80′s and always will be – I love the music then and still love it now – Soft cell, Flock of Seaguls, Men at Work, information society, erasure, Adam aunt, Go Go’s to name a few. These babies blast in my early on my itouch daily!

  44. 44 Margaret (Nanny Goats)

    When my husband isn’t watching Drag Racing, the TV is set to speed dial on VH1-Classics. And he can answer any 80s band trivia question out there. No, seriously. It’s disgusting.
    .-= Margaret (Nanny Goats)´s last blog ..Goat Thing of the Day: St. Louis Zoo and Urban Goats =-.

  45. 45 Lauren

    Old lady knee lifts. Hilarious. I don’t know which band. I just know not David Hasselhoff. I like Blondie, Joan Jett, Pink Floyd, etc. I had to actually look up which bands were around in the 80s. I don’t seem to remember much about that decade. It’s about the same time my brain began its decline. What were we talking about?
    .-= Lauren´s last blog ..Adopt an indie artist! They’re housebroken and well-behaved. =-.

  46. 46 Preston

    I loved Girls on Film! Duran Duran was one of my favorite 80′s bands. How about the song, Don’t You Want Me Baby? or the Go Go’s Vacation. MTV and me go way back. And hey, your comment luv didn’t pick up my most current post. :(
    .-= Preston´s last blog ..Thai Basil in Collingswood Delivers All Around =-.

  47. 47 Jen

    Al of them are my favorite but I think my most most favorite is Take On Me by Ah Hah. That was and still is, the coolest video of all time. If you really want to have fun and dance and learn some neato factoids watch Pop Up Videos. I don’t think they make them anymore but they still air if you get up early (or stay up late depending on your idea of early/late).
    .-= Jen´s last blog ..Parent/Teacher Conference =-.

  48. 48 Jen

    All…. ALL of them, not Al. Duh.
    .-= Jen´s last blog ..Parent/Teacher Conference =-.

  49. 49 Florida Girl In Sydney

    I wish I would have been there to rock out with you! Walk Like An Egyptian!
    .-= Florida Girl In Sydney´s last blog ..Ruby the Dreamboat =-.

  50. 50 daughterbonnie

    Madonna- like a prayer. It was the first music video I ever saw ( and my last for a few years because I was way to young..maybe 6? ). I fell in love with “Land Down Under” because I had, and still have, a Colin Hay crush.

  51. 51 Janiss

    I’m a hard rock girl (Headbangers Ball for me!), and was a rock journalist in the 1980s and early 1990s, covering almost exclusively heavy metal and alt rock. So of course my favorite is/was “Welcome to the Jungle” – Guns N’ Roses’ first video, before they got cheesy and lost all sense of reality. (Or rather, before Axl got cheesy and lost all sense of reality). Plus I got to see some of it being filmed at the Scream club in L.A., at the invitation of one of their label’s A&R scouts (who’s still my friend today). Fun days.

    My least favorite 1980s rock videos? Anything that was a ballad, including “Don’t Close Your Eyes” by Kix. Which is very ironic since I’m engaged to one of their guitarists, LOL!
    .-= Janiss´s last blog ..Sparkle In Training: Agility Drills =-.

  52. 52 meleah rebeccah

    FYI: Last night, after reading this very post, I woke up with the Music Video ‘She’s Got Legs’ by ZZTop in my head!
    .-= meleah rebeccah´s last blog ..‘Doing Things Differently™’ – My Week In Review [Part Eight] =-.

  53. 53 Tippy

    Truth be told, my ipod is mostly filled with 80′s music (Depeche Mode/The Smiths/Duran Duran/INXS/The Cure to name a few) with a smattering of Korean pop (don’t ask…or do…it’s super fun bubble gum pop…the Koreans know how to market cute boys and girls…just google a group called ‘Super Junior’).

    Anyway, I digress…I don’t have a favourite 80′s video because they were all equal in their cheesy awesomeness, but if pressed, I would have to put Duran Duran’s ‘The Reflex’ as number one. That’s mostly based on the fact that I watched that same video 2-3 times a day, 7 days a week for about 2 years, so…

    Oh, and can anyone tell me the name of that really crappy video with the black guy wearing the red plastic jock strap thingy, sporting the wedge cut hairstyle?? Man, I hated that one…

  54. 54 Tippy

    It only took me an hour, but now I remember…for your unenjoyment…


  55. 55 JD

    moooooo35: That movie was listed in a recent tally of “Stupidest Movie Titles,” and I was like, WHAT? That’s an awesome title. OK! I’m gone.

    Surfie: YAY! Yes, those were happy times. I was lucky enough to work at a place (second senior year of college) that had a satellite dish, and despite many patrons’ pleas to play some sort of sporting event, we ALWAYS showed MTV. That was around 1983, so yeah. All videos, all the time.

    OHMYGOD! I’ve got to find that show! I know I will love it!

    Patricia (The other one . . . ): I know! I know! I bet you’re thinking of Land of Confusion by Genesis. I was a tad older at the time, but the scene of Reagan emerging slow-mo from a bed of water somehow freaked me out. And, shoot. I forgot the belt. But not the leg warmers!

    Cathy – wheresmydamnanswer: I HAVE AN ITOUCH TOO! And my “80s Upbeat” playlist gets played into the ground. Erasure! Love them. Falco, Go Gos, Duran Duran . . . ah. Good times.

    Margaret (Nanny Goats): I would love to challenge your husband to an 80s music trivia contest. Seriously! A good friend of mine and I almost wrote a video trivia book. (What was the name of the boat in “Karma Chameleon”? “Who played Cyndi Lauper’s father in “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun”?) So NOW who’s the pathetic one?

    Lauren: Hey, wake up! Maybe you need to do some knee lifts to get things moving around in yo’ brain. The 80s were something of a blur for me as well, but for different reasons.

    Preston: I’m sorry! Comment Luv is flukey sometimes. I LOVED any Duran Duran video. The first time I saw them on MTV was on some late-night show (may have been 120 minutes) and they were doing “Planet Earth.” I was mesmerized. Who ARE these guys? They get made fun of today, but they were awesome in their time.

    Jen: YES! That was definitely in my top 10. And I still listen to it today. I freaking LOVE Pop Up Videos. They are still on; I saw one recently, but it was at an odd time. OK, that’s it. I’m checking my TV listings. What’s on VH1 Classics? Ooh, we’ve got “Totally 80s” from 8:30-10 and “One-Hit Wonders” after that. I’m set.

    Florida Girl in Sydney: WOOOO! Maybe we can schedule a trans-continental rock-out one of these mornings.

    daughterbonnie: Oh, me too! I LOVED him. He had such a great voice, and Men at Work were so awesome. And he was cute. I remember winning a (the) Men at Work album. HIGHLIGHT!

    Janiss: WOW! You have just written a very interesting comment. I have to say, I’m not a big GnR fan, but I do like the RAWK. I’m more of a Zeppelin girl myself. But that’s awesome that you got to see the video being filmed AND that you are engaged to a ROCK GUITARIST! OK, I just watched the video — which one???

    meleah rebeccah: HA! There’s a deeper meaning in all of this . . . I just don’t know what it is!

    Tippy: If you like the Smiths, the Cure, Duran Duran, Depeche Mode, then I am definitely Googling Super Junior. I totally trust your taste on this one. And I see you already answered your own question, but I knew before I read your 2d comment. WORD UP by Cameo!

  56. 56 muskrat

    Wait, we can still see videos on TV? I thought reality killed the video star.
    Must see if we get VH1…I gave up on MTV shortly after undergrad.

  57. 57 Kathryn

    Aw. I can just picture you…gingerly bopping to the beat.

    I can’t hear the word Zumba without thinking of you…

    WANG CHUNG, baby….Everybody have fun tonight!!
    .-= Kathryn´s last blog .. =-.

  58. 58 Chris@TheSnackHound

    No one has mentioned the ever so Gimmicky “You Might Think” by the Cars yet…

    I always thought “The Safety Dance” was a bit strange – what were they trying to be…extras from “The Princess Bride” or some strange 3rd string Renn fest revival? What was up with that??

    What’s the one where Pat Benatar singlehandedly fights the Nazi’s and is a bomber pilot or dreams she is one?

    And “Eat It” just has to be mentioned since
    .-= Chris@TheSnackHound´s last blog ..75 Years of Chili =-.

  59. 59 Chris@TheSnackHound

    Whoops…I meant to say Eat it is worth a mention since its a frame by frame redo of Beat It
    .-= Chris@TheSnackHound´s last blog ..75 Years of Chili =-.

  60. 60 Patricia (The other one...)

    Aw, man, now I have the Safety Dance in my head…I always wondered what exactly the safety dance was…dancing with a helmet and shinguards? Safe sex? Wearing sunscreen at the beach?

    …You can dance if ya wanna…you can leave the world behind…

  61. 61 Janiss

    @JD The guitarist with the big black hair (Brian). His hair is still black, not quite so big (thankfully)… and he still does shows with Kix about a dozen or so times a year (and gets paid quite well for them!).

    I saw quite a few videos being filmed when I was doing rock journalism, including an Aerosmith clip (and damn if I can’t remember which one it is now… all I recall is meeting Steven Tyler and marveling at how short he was!). I saw quite a few things going on in those days, and most of it wound up in print. A few things, however, were unprintable.
    .-= Janiss´s last blog ..Sparkle In Training: Agility Drills =-.

  62. 62 Tippy

    JD, for your viewing pleasure…don’t let the foreign language and hairstyles sway you from enjoying the pure POPness!


    This next one is from a sub group of Super Junior (yes, they have a sub group, well, actually they have 3 sub groups in total) called Super Junior M…yah, I know…


    I love that this video has the theme of every 80′s movie ever made…’You will only ever be loved if you look hot’! S’true!!

  63. 63 Jay

    Being half brain-dead right now, I can’t think of my favourite 80s video, but I do love VH1 Classic! I used to spend a lot of time listening to it very, very quietly (how is this possible, you ask?) at 3 or 4am when I had insomnia – of course, this was before The Laptop …

    Sorry you’re not feeling too good. So many of us aren’t right now. *Sigh* Take care of yourself though, you can’t have your back crumbling to dust. That would be Bad. *Shakes fingers sternly*
    .-= Jay´s last blog ..Conversations with a son, and Face of the Week! =-.

  64. 64 JD

    muskrat: Yes, it is still possible to watch videos on your TV. Check out VH1 Classics. Mainly AM. And then report back here to tell me how much work you get done.

    Kathryn: Zumbaaaaaaaaaa. I miss it so much! But one day I will RETURN! With a vengeance. I agree: WANG CHUNG!

    Chris@TheSnackHound: I remember how much we loved that Cars video. Another example of video innovation. “Look! She’s all big, and he’s all small!” Didn’t take much, did it? Oh, and yes, the Pat Benetar one. “We Belong to the Night”? I wonder if you’d ever see a video like that today. I freaking love “Eat It.” The best one Weird Al ever did.

    Patricia (The other one . . .): ‘Cuz your friends don’t dance, and if they don’t dance, well, they’re no friends of mine. Yup. We didn’t know what it meant, but we loved it. The perfect one-hit wonder.

    Janiss: OK, I gotchya! Thanks for responding. HE’S CUTE! I want a guitarist husband. That’s so cool. I guess it helps to be a rock journalist, but I’m sure you have many fine attributes. Is any of your writing online (other than your blog)? SO COOL!

    Tippy: THANK YOU! I was having trouble finding these guys. Every search came up in . . . Japanese. Wow, they really are cute, aren’t they? What a boy band they are. And I don’t doubt that they have sub-groups. It seems to make perfect sense.

    Jay: Wow, thank you for that stern finger shaking. I needed it! I hope you’re feeling better very soon as well. I guess you kind of need a spine, so I will be very careful.

  65. 65 Janiss

    @JD Well, I DID have a site with some of my favorite rock articles reprinted online, but it’s been in makeover mode for the past THREE MONTHS (I have the slowest WP webmaster in existence). Hopefully, it’ll be done soon and my stuff will be back up. It’s actually my name url, janissgarza.com – right now, it’s just the old homepage but none of the links work.

    BTW, you probably DON’T want a guitarist boyfriend. They look good, but they’re weird and they spend way too much time messing with guitars. And god forbid if you’re out with him and he runs into a fellow guitarist. You will not understand one word of the 20-minute conversation that ensues. That said, he IS great, can grill the best salmon ever, loves animals, gets invited to some pretty rad parties and – unlike most guitarists – actually makes a good living in music.
    .-= Janiss´s last blog ..It’s No Fun Being a Feral Cat in Los Angeles =-.

  66. 66 Dave

    I’d have to say that anything by the Pet Shop Boys would have to be up there in my favourites list.

    And it’s really cool I found this post, since I did a series of posts on 80s One-Hit Wonders and am now doing a series on the 90s. I love 80s music! Even the bad stuff.

    And I’m a Debbie Gibson fan. I know, I know…

    Great stuff, and I am now definitely following your blog.
    .-= Dave´s last blog ..One Hit Wonders of the 90s (Part 9) =-.

  67. 67 JD

    Janiss: I can’t wait to read some of your articles. Thanks for the URL. I’ll be checking back.

    Maybe the idea of a guitarist boyfriend is better in theory. Regardless, he sounds like a great guy, and that’s all that matters.

    Dave: Thank you, and welcome! All fans of 80s and 90s one-hit wonders are more than welcome here. Even Debbie Gibson fans!

  68. 68 JD

    Princess Stupidhead!!!: So sorry. You were trapped in moderation for some reason. LOVE all the videos you listed. Thomas Dolby was so different from anyone else making videos then. HA! And yes, Diamond Dave. I’d forgotten all about his little solo career. Oh, but please DO go on!

  69. 69 aiki @ techno music

    I think we could definitely do with going back to some of the innovation that was going on in 80s videos. IM trying to think of a recent video that even apporached sledgehammer of originality? Current videos seem to mainly consist of boot shaking girls in short skirts and men in bling posturing and making half assed gang signs.


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