Oh man, this is so much more fun than politics. I’m going to expand our buddy Schultz’s question about music videos, and ask the rest of you to do the same. From each category, name your favorite video, and it can be as obscure, as recent, or as obvious as you’d like.
A) Video showing a band performing the song? (i.e. The Who “You Better You Bet”)
In the very early days of MTV, there were very few videos to show all 24 hours, so they tended to repeat a lucky hundred or so. One set of videos is taken from a small Pat Benatar concert where she does “Fire and Ice” and a few others. The one I thought FRICKIN’ ROCKED was “Promises in the Dark”, which has the ass-kickingest guitar part by Neil Geraldo possible.
B. Video showing a story? (i.e. “Safety Dance”)
Perhaps the seduction of Adam Ant in “Goody Two Shoes” would do nicely here, but to me, the greatest, most heartbreakingly beautiful video of all time is Peter Gabriel’s Sledgehammer. At the end of the wild ride, when he lets go of basic song structure and has that amazing minor-key riff (“I kicked the habit, shed my skin”), Gabriel himself turns into the stars and melds into the background… I dunno, somehow it always gets me.
C. A mix of the two? (Cars- “You Might Think”)
I’ll go with Is There Something I Should Know? by Duran Duran – I know the purists will demand Hungry Like the Wolf with its Indiana Jones plotline and Sri Lanka shoots, but give me bizarre post-apocalysm with epaulets and parachute pants any day of the week.
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