Writers Block, a Monte Carlo and Music Videos From My Teen Years – Part Three

Here are my final videos for your consideration. I found that most of these are still visually powerful in helping  frame a time and place from my past, and maybe your past too. I added an honorable mention section at the bottom. Enjoy and let me know what yo think by replying to the post!

Don’t Come Around Here No More – Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers,  1985

You either got this video or you dismissed it. I think I got it – Tom Petty made good music and had a sense of humor. A lot of people dismissed the video and him, until Full Moon Fever came out in 1989.

Money For Nothing – Dire Straights 1985

Behold the future! Computers? Microwaves? Sting? This video had it all and was the high water mark for Dire Straights.

And She Was – Talking Heads 1985

Maybe not their best song – or even video from 1987 – but in 2012 it’s still pretty cool. Weird cool.

Sledgehammer – Peter Gabriel, 1986

Before Sledgehammer, all I had to judge Peter Gabriel on for videos was Shock the Monkey. I am glad this video came along because Shock the Monkey was weird.  Bad weird.

With or Without You – U2, 1987

The Joshua Tree tour made a stop in Lexington, KY. Four of us piled into a 78′ Camaro and made the drive from Hopkinsville. On our way out-of-town, we had a brush with disaster: the drivers ed teacher from my school pulled up next to us at a stop light. It was a Ferris Bueller moment and did I mention we ditched school that day?

We ducked, he turned, and we were on our way to see U2! The concert was great and it’s a lasting memory from high school days.

Honorable Mention

Better Be Home Soon – Crowded House, 1988 – Not a big hit, but the effort is worthy of mention.

It’s the End of the World As We Know It – REM, 1987 – This was the first REM song I liked and gave me a reason to give them another listen.

(Get It On) Bang A Gong – Power Station, 1986 – Robert Palmer was on a roll! Who knew the guys from Duran, Duran could tear it up!

Addicted to Love – Robert Palmer, 1985 – Didn’t see this coming, but “Palmer Girls” became iconic.

Rain on the Scarecrow – John Mellencamp, 1985 – There was an interview with some farmers who were going under at the beginning of this video. We lost our farm a couple of years before, so I connected to this song/video/plight. It also reminds me of Farm Aid.

Stand Back – Stevie Nicks, 1983 – Most remember her for Fleetwood Mac, but Ms. Nicks was HUGE in the early 80s.

Legs – ZZ Top, 1983 – Cars. Chicks. Beards. Riffs. Perfect.

Hungry Like the Wolf – Duran, Duran, 1983 – Is the wolf hungry enough to eat Simon Lebon? Regrettably, the wolf is not up to the task.

Waiting on a Friend – Rolling Stones, 1982 – While watching this one you’ll see a wasted Keith Richards shuffle through the Village, fall down on a guy sitting on some steps, then shuffle off to a bar with Mick to join the rest of the band (along with some women of ill repute) and to “pretend”  play the end of the song as it fades out. I don’t think they knew what they were doing, but it was the early days so they get a pass.