I really, really dislike the 80s for so many reasons. In fact there are so many reasons it’s holding up another blog posting because there’s so much to just hate about the 80s. Thankfully I wan born so late in the 80s all I remember is the left over crap they had in the early 90s, but that’s difficult for people to understand. Irregardless just because I seem to have avoided a big chunk of 80s music today so I resurrect some 80s horror.
A Flock of Seagulls – I Ran (So Far Away)
My oh my, they still play the song, but I’m sure you’re never going to see the video that often. A Flock of Seagulls has severely left a mark on modern pop culture that even 30 years later kids are still jamming to this at the disco, and wearing that fashion too. Poor souls. I realistically can’t even title this a classic due to the cheap value of it all (count the cameras as they spin, the crappy actors hired, the total lack of enthusiasm from the group). I am a sad panda, and now every time I’m dancing and hear this, I will be just that little more depressed while dancing.
Dead or Alive – You Spin Me Round
So it turns out there’s not just like one version of this video, there’s like several of different lengths and even a 2003 remake(YOU ARE WARNED ABOUT THIS ONE). I mean thankfully they’re not trying to play instruments and doing something fun, but ol’ Pete there needs to get a damn haircut and stop stealing the limelight. I think there’s a good chunk of Thai influence on this video and that would probably explain a lot of what happened to Pete Burns in the years to come.
Frankie Goes to Hollywood – Relax (Don’t Do It)
Thanks greatly for the thinly veiled abstinence message there Frankie. However, I don’t trust laser men in sunglasses and white gloves such as yourself trying to do some Rick Rolling moves. Point to note: he’s wearing some RAY BANS! I guess you could cite them as being pre-historic millennial hipsters. In all honesty however, the lazer thing is a bit cool. While it is common place in our modern lazer discohalls, this sort of thing was rare and awesome and they had a lot of fun with it in the video.
Pet Shop Boys – West End Girls
Oh you sly 80s broody music video, with your fancy electronic graphic effects and severely depressed lead singers. Yeah I imagine that those West End Girls are tough and mean, but since you feature none of them in your broody walk in broody glum London East side, I don’t have much to go on. But what do I fully know. Perhaps that West End Girl smashed your East Side Boy’s heart into little pieces. Chump. Next time stay central. Fun Fact: This video lost MTVs Best New Artist to the less broody a-ha’s Take on Me.
Bronksi Beat – Smalltown Boy
Every so often I do step in to the somewhat archaic past (ie the 80s) and after some poking around find things that are highly relevant to the major topics of today (nearly 30 years later). It acts as a small reminder that however much everyone wants things to change, that change is sadly slow acting and we all need to step up our game to get shit done. Really, this video and song speaks as loudly now today as it did back in 1984.