I can remember when I consumed MTV (more specifically, music videos) on a daily basis. In fact, music imagery was synonymous with the actual audio in my formative years. Hearing a song on American Top 40 that I liked instantly led me to watching the music video on MTV. Likewise, watching MTV veejay's like Martha Quinn and Alan Hunter debut new music videos often pointed me to my local record store (or to my mom when I was younger) to pickup the latest single.
This month's crossover event for The 80s League is all about our favorite '80s music videos! Our small group of '80s creators will be releasing new articles and podcasts remembering all the music videos we loved (or loved to hate) during the MTV era.
Peter Gabriel "Sledgehammer" - I'm what most people refer to as "easily amused" and the video for "Sledgehammer" always had my full attention every time I caught it on MTV. The stop-motion animation was almost hypnotizing to me and just unique from any other video I remember watching up to that point. It's also the track (and So album) that introduced me to Gabriel's music and would later find me purchasing a 3rd Bass album in the early '90s (also a great music video.)
Dire Straits "Money For Nothing" - Again, it was easy to be amused by the "Money For Nothing" video which showcased some early computer-generated animation. The video also featured rotoscope technology which infused bright neon colors into the band's performance. Add in a killer guitar riff, "I Want My MTV" lyrics, and backing vocals by Sting and you can see why the single was a #1 hit and won several awards.
Ray Parker Jr. "Ghostbusters" - The music video for "Ghostbusters" was a great supporting piece to the film and had lasting effect on the franchise. Of course, I love all the neon in the haunted house, the celebrity cameos, and spliced footage from the film. But the scene of Ray Parker Jr. dancing with the crew in New York City had perhaps the most impact as it would be reenacted in the intro for the long-running Real Ghostbusters animated series and in the 2009 video game trailer.
- 80s Reboot Overdrive Podcast - The good, the bad, and the outright weirdest '80s videos.
- 80s Reboot Blog - Dave shares 4 faves
- Killer Kitsch - Great variety in this Top 5 list
- Old School Evil - a closer look at "The Touch" by Stan Bush
- Return to the 80s Podcast
- Return to the 80s Blog
- Stuck in the 80s
- Weegie Midget - 5 hits from TV stars
Also check out a new GoFundMe project for a Retro Podcast and Media Network from Dave White who hosts the 80s Reboot Overdrive podcast and 80s Reboot Blog.