The MTV era of music was by far the best and gave us thousands of great (and not so great) music videos to accompany our favorite songs on the radio. As a fun way to rediscover these weird, ground-breaking, sexy, epic, and just plain fun visual masterpieces, I'll be offering my very own bodacious breakdowns which will include stills from the video and my off-beat commentary. The featured video will either be selected at random or suggested by you!
Journey "Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)"
Released: January 5, 1983
Peak Position on U.S. Billboard Pop Chart: #8
"Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)" is one of the most notoriously "80s" music videos in existence. The video has been on numerous "worst music video of all time" lists (including MTV) and widely famous for its "air instrument" segments. What's intriguing when looking back at this video is that it was the band's first choreographed video. Playing imaginary instruments at a warehouse in New Orleans probably wasn't the band's best introduction to the MTV generation.
Beyond the visuals, many other stories surround this video like Steve Perry's girlfriend demanding the video's model to be fired. Temperatures were frigid during shooting which caused Perry to frequent his camper to stay warm. When Beavis & Butt-head criticized the video in the early '90s, keyboardist Johnathan Cain apparently was outraged enough to implore his manager and MTV to limit rebroadcasting the segment.
The bottom line is, criticism of the music video has never really overpowered the music. The video never tarnished their commercial success and I believe the more we make fun of it (which I'm about to do yet again) probably helps to further Journey's impact on the music industry throughout the '80s and beyond.
Rediscover the music video and then check out my bodacious breakdown...