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

The list continues. These videos mostly come from 1984 and are “concept videos” – the video interprets a visual story of  the song.

Rock Box – Run DMC,  1984

Well, this one might be a stretch as a concept video, but it was different. It was rap. It was metal. It was good. If there is going to be one rap/hip hop video on my list (there doesn’t have to be any), this is it. Still run to this one.

Drive  – The Cars, 1984

“Who’s going to tell you it’s too late? Who’s going to tell you things aren’t so great?”

The party is over and it is time to go home. I love this video and song because it’s honest. You can sense the agony, helplessness, patience and love that make a relationship. Sometimes folks go into dark places and true friends do the hard things to help pull them out. At least that’s what I think.

Boys of Summer – Don Henley, 1984

Ray-Ban Wayfarers....cool.

Boys of Summer was the first time I heard the term “dead head“. It was also the first time I heard of  “Wayfarers”. I need to get a pair of those, because they are cool.

Say, you know what else would be cool? If the video was on You Tube…that would be cool…but it’s not.

Very uncool.

Summer of 69 – Bryan Adams, 1985

By my count, Bryan Adams would have been 10 years old in the summer of 1969. If he was rockin’ that early he was either a prodigy – or – this song is in reference to something else entirely. Anyway, I was 13 when this video came out I knew I just had to have a guitar. I bought one with money I saved up from working at a restaurant. After a few months…I smashed it, Pete Townsend style, on the driveway because I didn’t know how to play guitar. Go figure.

More to come…..


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

1980s Monte Carlo

1980s Monte Carlo

The following is an example of how my mind tends to wander:

Recently I had writers block, so I went on a run to get some clarity.  While running, a guy drove past me in a  Monte Carlo, t-tops out (a popular choice among many young Kentuckians – THAT was the car of my teen years). I was listening to Road to Nowhere from the Talking Heads on my run and remembered liking their videos in a weird, cool way. That got me thinking about other videos I liked in my teen years. Visions of Friday Night Videos danced in my head but that was OK because now I had something to write about!

So here is a list of videos I liked. It’s just my opinion. Some of these songs were Top 40 hits, while others were not. There are many guitars, synthesizers, an accordion and even a sitar. You won’t see Madonna, Michael Jackson or Human League. No New Addition or Fat Boys. No Poison, Van Halen or Hank Jr (why would there be ANY Hank Jr?). Also, nothing after 1987/1988. So, without further delay, here is my first installment:

Subterranean Homesick Blues – Bob Dylan, 1966

To build something that will last, you need a strong foundation. At the time MTV launched, I remember my mom telling me videos were not a new thing and she had them in the 50s.  I dismissed this only to be stunned by videos of Elvis followed by Bob Dylan on an MTV segment called Closet Classics. That was the foundation.  Subterranean Homesick Blues  made an impression, because in 1987 Inxs had a video for a song called Mediate, that ripped off/ paid tribute to Dylan and that early video. Nothing new under the sun…..and that led me to the next video on the list.

Far Away Eyes – Rolling Stones, 1978

This one came from Closet Classics as well. I had watched other Stones videos but this one was different.  They looked like the Stones, but they were just kind of hanging out performing  a honky-tonk song in a studio. Straight forward and relaxed. No yelling, dancing or jumping.  These guys were  so cool…what a gem!

Heat of the Moment – Asia , 1982

In 1982 I was 11 years old. I wasn’t sure what the lyrics were getting at, but the video was cool and the guitar was loud. I remember taping it off the radio and playing it over and over and over and over.

Faithfully – Journey , 1983

My sister liked Journey, so I learned to like them. Separate Ways was my first choice for this post.  When I watched that video, I decided it did not stand the test of time – too much air key board and wall key board – so Faithfully makes the list by default. Also, this was a good one for middle school dances.

More to come……