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I so agree with the kudos for "Twillight Zone" by Golden Earring. Remember the "sequel" video for "When the Lady Smiles"?

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Sunday, 6 April 2003 21:08 (sixteen years ago) link

How many of you associate songs (esp. songs from your "formative years") with their videos?

When I was in elementary school, I owned probably less than a dozen records, and I didn't listen to the radio an awful lot, so most of the music I listened to was on MTV. So...I associate almost *all* of those songs with videos, unless they were completely boring (i.e. no plot) and unmemorable. One that comes immediately to mind is Bonnie Tyler's "Total Eclipse of the Heart," with those creepy flying Jawa-eyed choir kids. That's some scary shit for a 7 year old to watch.

Joe wrote: Here's another one: Golden Earring's "Twilight Zone". What the hell is that one about?

I dunno, man, but I can't help but smile when I think about that bullet going through the card (pretty slow bullet, isn't it?) when they sing, "When the bullet hits the bone." Those action music videos were fun, weren't they? Yes's "Owner of a Lonely Heart" and "Undercover of the Night" by the Rolling Stones come to mind. The latter one was pretty disturbing and had a kind of Michael Mann-action vibe, with people being shot execution style, those creepy masked gunmen, and the car driving into the church.

Ahh. Remember "Close (to the Edit)" by Art of Noise?

Ernest P. (ernestp), Sunday, 6 April 2003 22:47 (sixteen years ago) link

Karla DeVito did backing vox for Meat Loaf and BOC. Not familiar w/ her solo career.

She got some play time with "Cool World", and later on her cover of "Midnight Confession" (pretty kickass). Of course, her main infamy is from the video for "Paradise for the Dashboard Light".

Citizen sounds awfully familiar.

All I can remember is the hook to their song went "I'm a citizen, and I've got the right to know..we are citizens".

Do you know Landscape, Jody? "My name is Norman Bates/I'm just like other guys/My name is Norman Bates..." There was another popular one too called "Bates Motel", can't remember who did it offhand, but it went "(check in check out) I'll turn my home (check in check out) I'll turn my home into Bates Motel Bates Motel..." I didn't know about Psycho back then, but I figured two creepy videos independently referencing the same motel probably meant something. :)

Joe (Joe), Sunday, 6 April 2003 23:19 (sixteen years ago) link

Yes's "Owner of a Lonely Heart"

Actually, whenever they show the video for that nowadays, it's the edited version. There's a lengthier version where the song stops in the middle, the band members turn into various animals, and it starts over again. Then, there's different 'nasty' footage as well with the guy in the story (e.g., washing his face with worms).

"Undercover of the Night" by the Rolling Stones come to mind. The latter one was pretty disturbing and had a kind of Michael Mann-action vibe, with people being shot execution style, those creepy masked gunmen, and the car driving into the church.

Definitely a great video, and yes, very very Michael Mann. I was shocked too that they would play a video like that, with the pretty graphic execution scene. By comparison, when they "World Premiered" George Michael's "I Want Your Sex" video, they really hyped it up, when there was absolutely nothing that was racy/tantalizing/explicit/whatever about the video. You could tell they had reached the SELL! SELL! stage by then...

Joe (Joe), Sunday, 6 April 2003 23:27 (sixteen years ago) link

I only connect them if I want to. If I can think up a better image, I will. The only way in which I think MTV has been bad for me is when I never hear the song away from the video. Once I do I can judge them separately but sometimes I miss key elements of song if I've only seen it on TV. Never liked Def Lep's "Love Bites" until I heard it without the boring video, for instance.

Anthony Miccio (Anthony Miccio), Sunday, 6 April 2003 23:36 (sixteen years ago) link

Remember the "sequel" video for "When the Lady Smiles"?

Vaguely (maybe). Is that the one where they operate on the guy, or am I thinking of "The Devil Made Me Do It" (another post-"Twilight Zone" video)? They also had one other MTV video after those two, but I can't remember what it was called.

Joe (Joe), Sunday, 6 April 2003 23:39 (sixteen years ago) link

the last new videos to fuck me up where QOTSA's "Go With The Flow" and the two Kelly Osbourne ones. It's a rare thing.

Anthony Miccio (Anthony Miccio), Sunday, 6 April 2003 23:42 (sixteen years ago) link

I don't have th QOTSA album, didn't think it would be my thing. Caught that video halfway through last night and had no idea who it was 'til the end. Impressed enough to consider buying.

Bruce Urquhart (Bruce Urquhart), Monday, 7 April 2003 00:36 (sixteen years ago) link

I remember being ridiculously excited for the Sisters of Mercy's "This Corrosion", and I don't even know why because it's a terrible video, but every time I hear the song, every image comes out in my brain.

I really blocked out a lot of videos though. My mom remembers me doing a mean imitation of the Papa Don't Preach dance, which apparently really stuck in her head as upsetting cos I was like 7 then, I think.

Ally (mlescaut), Monday, 7 April 2003 02:36 (sixteen years ago) link

I haven't had MTV in my house for a long, long time (early 80s when I was a toddler), but every once in a while I'd get to see it at my Grandma's house. One afternoon in 1992, I was over there with my dad, and we decided to spend the whole afternoon watching MTV. They played alot of videos back then. I remember seeing the first two Nirvana "Nevermind" videos, a couple Guns'n'Roses ("Don't Cry" and either "Knockin' on Heaven's Door" or "November Rain"), Sir MixAlot's "Baby Got Back", Metallica's "Enter Sandman", Salt'n'Peppa's "Let's Talk About Sex", and Queen's "We Are The Champions" (It was a live montage, and was aired because some kids wanted to sing it at graduation somewhere, and they were voted done by the PTA because Freddie Mercury died of AIDS. It was on MTV news)

But the one that really fucked me up was XTC's "The Ballad of Peter Pumpkinhead". You know, the video with a the faux JFK stuff in it. I haven't seen it again in the 11 years since that day, but man I still think that video is cool.

Charles McCain (Charles McCain), Monday, 7 April 2003 20:22 (sixteen years ago) link

the Alicia Silverstone trilogy of Aerosmith videos for 'Cryin', 'Amazing' and 'Crazy' made me like the songs a hell of a lot more

stevem (blueski), Monday, 7 April 2003 21:26 (sixteen years ago) link

seven years pass...

Everyone needs to stop making music videos. It doesn't get better than this (warning NSFW):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XjMQmXAJ3y4

Uncensored version: http://vimeo.com/15247292

Telephoneface (Adam Bruneau), Monday, 4 October 2010 17:17 (nine years ago) link

too late :(

http://vimeo.com/15282315

(video by our own n/a)

the parking garage has more facebook followers than my band (Jordan), Monday, 4 October 2010 17:19 (nine years ago) link

five years pass...

Creating a thread because (a) feel a need to share this weird thing and (b) can't find a relevant one to put it in.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T_91Sye6oJg

Camaraderie at Arms Length, Thursday, 22 September 2016 20:04 (three years ago) link

But then it suggested I just join this thread, so there you go.

Camaraderie at Arms Length, Thursday, 22 September 2016 20:05 (three years ago) link

I love it

Whiney G. Weingarten, Thursday, 22 September 2016 20:12 (three years ago) link

so glad it ends up focusing on a fully embodied white dude

sarahell, Thursday, 22 September 2016 20:33 (three years ago) link

two years pass...

Any good recent music videos?

. (Michael B), Thursday, 14 March 2019 22:24 (seven months ago) link


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