You really didn’t want to work today, especially in the States where we’re heading into the 4th of July holiday weekend. So, thanks to Julie Meloni at No Fancy Name, I’m blowing off stuff today to re-live memories of grad school through 1980s music videos. I still remember the mad rush to finish experiments to get home by 11 pm on Sunday nights to catch MTV’s 120 Minutes.
Here are a few of my favorites:
2. Wall of Voodoo – Mexican Radio
6. Crowded House – Don’t Dream It’s Over; kind of sad to see the late Paul Hester on drums, who later played the chef in The Wiggles’ “Fruit Salad” (I told you I have to fight off the kiddie music). Also related is Split Enz’s, “I Got You,” the first video I think I ever saw on some late-night cable show that preceded MTV.
8. Dear God from XTC.
9. And a couple from undergrad years (for my sister and brother John): Robert Hazard and The Hooters, Cyndi Lauper (whose ‘Time After Time’ was co-written and performed with guys from the Hooters), Dexy’s Midnight Runners, and ‘We Are The World’ before some of these artists became parodies of themselves.
10. And, of course, the first video to air on MTV: The Buggles‘ ‘Video Killed the Radio Star.” (Isn’t this one of the dudes from ‘Yes’?)
Happy weekend, everyone!