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'm offering my very own Bodacious Breakdowns which include stills from the video and my off-beat commentary. The featured video will either be selected at random or suggested by you!
Run-D.M.C. "Christmas in Hollis"
Album: A Very Special Christmas
Peak Position on U.S. Billboard Pop Chart: #78 (2000)
In 1987, Run-D.M.C. released what was the 2nd ever rap single to feature a Christmas theme (Kurtis Blow "Christmas Rappin'".) They were hesitant at first when their publicist Bill Adler presented the idea to release a song for the A Very Special Christmas album benefiting Special Olympics. But after hearing the concept for "Christmas in Hollis" and working with producer Rick Rubin, the highly successful rap group agreed to make the record.
The music video was shot during Run-D.M.C.'s 1987 tour and was directed by Michael Holman (Graffiti Rock.) It features an elf from the North Pole who manipulates Santa's Naughty/Nice list and pays a visit to Hollis, Queens, New York (for which the song is named after.) The music video also features an appearance by Daryl "DMC" McDaniels' actual mother. Rolling Stone magazine awarded it the Best Music Video of the Year for 1987.
Let's get in the holiday spirit by rediscovering the music video. Then, scroll down for what popped in my head while watching in my bodacious breakdown...