September 8, 2007

Back to the 80s (again)

This is the crap that made the 80s what the 80s was...

Freaky kid - Art of Noise "Close to the Edit"

Usually regarded as one of the greatest, hasn't aged that well - A-Ha "Take on Me"

Such trashity trash from a band that was awesome before this - ZZ Top "Legs"

Because it's always this way - Van Halen "Hot for Teacher"

Computer graphics at their absolute finest - Dire Straits "Money for Nothing"

A jazz giant steps into the 80s - Herbie Hancock "Rock It"

He used it a half dozen other times, but this was the first - Peter Gabriel "Sledgehammer"

The finest eye makeup - Scandal "The Warrior"

Weirdly, he went on to work with computers, not music - Thomas Dolby "She Blinded Me With Science"

Early comic book love comes through here - Alan Parson's Project "Don't Answer Me"

Back off a little, man - Wall of Voodoo "Mexican Radio"

The coolest video of the 80s - Godley & Creme "Cry"

Seriously, cover the camera in tin foil? - Flock of Seagulls "I Ran"

The hair, the makeup, it's like the New York Dolls all over again - Twisted Sister "We're Not Gonna Take It"

One you might not remember Frankie Goes to Hollywood "Relax" (the banned version)

My personal favorite - Men Without Hats "Safety Dance"

The eyes, the makeup, the marching band outfits - Adam Ant "Goody Two Shoes"

The Scottish show up - Dexy's Midnight Runners "Come On Eileen"

LA big hair rock and Milton Berle - Ratt "Round and Round"

Tall hair and rockin', bagpipe-esque guitar - Big Country "Big Country

Bang your heads - Quite Riot "Cum on Feel the Noize"

Too many cameos - Talking Heads "Wild Life"

The black and white revlution that didn't quite hold - Madness "Our House"

The thin white duke up against a wall - David Bowie "Let's Dance"

Punk or pop? - The Clash "Rock the Casbah"

Surf/pop/bubblegum/rockabilly rock returns - Bow Wow Wow "I Want Candy"

I'll take it just barely over "You Might Think" - The Cars "Magic"

Tough call from this crue - Duran Duran "Rio"

The least trivial bit of triva, first song played on MTv - The Buggles "Video Killed the Radio Star"
They swear that the choice was at total random. I'm gonna throw the flag on that one.

Best use of a multi-color powdered wig - Falco "Rock Me Amadeus"

How can I not be able to embed John Cougar's "Jack and Diane"?

Well before he was an actor - DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince "Parents Just Don't Understand"

Weirdo political overlap - Genesis "Land of Confusion"

Weirdness reigns - Eurythmics "Sweet Dreams (are made of this)"

Ignore the gloves - Pat Benetar "We Belong"

Creepy Alice in Wonderland pastiche - Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers "Don't Come Around Here No More"

And a bonus of the greatest live band owning the biggest concert of the 80s - Queen "Radio Ga Ga"

Can you even imagine having the sheer force of personality, the control to have half a million people in the palm of your hand, clapping in total unison like that? Freddy Mercury was an absolutely amazing individual, prone to such extremes in all areas of his life, but to be him for this one moment must be as close to being an absolute god as any human has ever known. The glimpse of the crowd at about 3:05 with Freddy in the center of the screen is rock and roll.


Sphincter said...

Thank you for the trip down memory lane. In a truly scary moment the other day, I heard "one Night in Bangkok" on the OLDIES station!OLDIES! O-L-D-I-E-S!


Joey said...

the 80s were the worst decade for music since the dawn of mankind.

that being said, im really sorry that freddy had the misfortune to get stuck in it. Eh, Queen was better in their pre-synthesizer days anyway.

achilles3 said...

the 80s ruled.
Freddie was a God...If could sing like Freddie that's what I would do all day long.

PHSChemGuy said...

Always a pleasure, Sphincter...more 80s still to come...gotta let the blog purge a while, though...otherwise load times become awful...

Joey - you are so wrong about the's the music of my childhood, and the greatest years of music are invariably whenever you were in middle school...studies have been done...

Lakes - he sure as hell was...

coachsullivan said...

Joey, may the fleas of a thousand camels take up residence in your underwear.

The 80's were the worst decade for music? To that sir, I say you're dead wrong. I would go so far as to say that only the 60's are definitively better. The crap music of the 50's, 60's and 70's simply doesn't get played anymore. The cream rose to the top, and that's all that radio deigns to play anymore. But because we actually embraced the kitsch factor of the 80's, you still get some of the nonsense tunes in rotation on 80's stations and VH1 Classic.

The birth of rap/hip-hop...however you take it today, the original DJs and MCs were freakin' awesome. Actual videos on MTV. U2. "Nebraska." "The Boys Of Summer." Michael Jackson doing the triple shot of "Off The Wall," "Thriller," and "Bad." There'll never be a more impressive three album start to a solo career. INXS. Cyndi Lauper doing vastly superior music to the over-hyped Madonna. The greatness of guitar rock classics like "Back In Black," "1984," "Hysteria," and "Appetite For Destruction." The re-emergence of Aerosmith. Prince, for the love of all that's good! Mellencamp! Springsteen at his commerical height. Queen truly hits their mainstream heights in the early 80's and then dominates Live Aid (I've got the four-disc DVD set and Freddie Mercury is absolutely mesmerizing). And I'm just scratching the surface.