Fight For Your Right: How the Beastie Boys crashed the party.

Fight For Your Right: How the Beastie Boys crashed the party.

Following on nicely from our post on Run DMC and Aerosmith we look at the other big rap-rock hit of the 80’s and the Jewish trio who changed hip-hop, the Beastie Boys. In 1986 hip-hop was still in it’s infancy, barely 10 years old and still viewed by many as a bit of a novelty, notwithstanding the success of ‘Walk This Way’ and the role it played in bringing the sound of guys rapping in to the mainstream. However, Run DMC hadn’t managed to sustain the level of success and in commercial terms at least their career would be one Read more »

The 80´s: The decade, the music, the playlist!

The 80´s: The decade, the music, the playlist!

The 80´s!!!! Our take on the decade is finally here! Now we’re talking! Culture, fashion and film This post could actually be 10 posts just on culture, fashion and film…I think we could do soundtrack playlist from movies of the eighties, then another playlist for seventies sitcoms and TV series, and another one on eighties fashion. It is a never ending source of amusement and fun! The eighties are seen as a decade of excess and extremes. From Boy George to Madonna, artists, especially musicians, set out to push boundaries of what was conventional. Disco was on its way out, Read more »

Milli Vanilli – Girl You Know It’s TRUE?!?!?!?!

Milli Vanilli – Girl You Know It’s TRUE?!?!?!?!

The biggest scandal in music videos history…Milli Vanilli. I have screwed up or dare I say “we”, we have screwed up. I think we lost our north. It is time we face reality and apologize for an inexcusable miss…we dared to write about music videos and spend productive hours watching clips and we forgot to talk about Milli Vanilli! The biggest scandal in music videos history…a scheme basically created by the existence and predominance of music videos, the industry´s worse low point (although there are other terrible ones out there like exploitation and revenue appropriation and well, taking artists and turning Read more »

Madonna: Videos by albums. Take 3.

Madonna: Videos by albums. Take 3.

A look at Madonna´s third album “True Blue”. Time to resume my analysis of Madonna´s videos album by album. I am enjoying revisiting her although the album I’m looking at today isn’t one of her best, or not one that has great videos anyway… Her third album is “True Blue”. It was released in June 30th, 1986. It was a success worldwide, and it was a more mature album, dealing with work and relationships, the album was dedicated to her then husband Sean Penn. She also incorporated elements of classical music into her pop music, and received positive reviews from Read more »

Madonna: Videos by Albums. Take One

Madonna: Videos by Albums. Take One

Well friends, it is finally time to tackle the Queen of Pop and the most important female superstar of the last 30 years. She is also one of the artists that got the importance of music videos and knew how to ride that wave. She is unique, influential, talented, intelligent and undeniably an icon and the world´s most famous female pop performer. Since she has a long career and a long video trajectory, I think the best way to approach this is by choosing a video (or 2 when they are extremely good) per album. Let´s star with her first Read more »

A Stalker’s Tale: Darkness in the heart of Lionel Richie’s ‘Hello’…

A Stalker’s Tale: Darkness in the heart of Lionel Richie’s ‘Hello’…

Ok, we’ve been doing this for nearly 6 months now and I feel the time has come to tackle one of the most (in)famous music promos of all time, a video that purports to tell a heart-warming tale of seemingly unrequited love finally being resolved (requited, even). It’s a video that reeks of the 80’s and is one of the most memorable of that decade, and yet there is something – a few things, in fact – that has always bothered me about it, and it is these sinister anomalies which I intend to explore in detail today… On the Read more »

Girls On Film: social commentary or sexual fantasy?

Girls On Film: social commentary or sexual fantasy?

One of the most chauvinistic videos ever made: Girls on Film by Duran Duran. An essay. For this Friday’s post we’ll be taking a look at a video which marks the start of two separate strands we’ll be developing over the coming months. Firstly, we’re going to be taking a serialistic look at Duran Duran, one of the great videos bands of the 80’s. And secondly, it marks the first of a series of posts looking at some of the more controversial videos ever made, videos that sparked debate, ruffled feathers and achieved a high level of notoriety. Taken from Read more »

We Couldn’t Get Closer Than This: The videos of The Cure and Tim Pope

We Couldn’t Get Closer Than This: The videos of The Cure and Tim Pope

In depth look at the videos and relationship between The Cure and director Tim Pope. For this post I want to take a look at a creative relationship between a band and a director that is a hugely significant one in the history of the pop video, as well as being a big part of my life when I was a teenager. The Cure were always one of the more interesting and inventive groups of the 80’s and indeed were one of the first ‘alternative’ bands to really crossover in to the mainstream. During their heyday they were an ever-present Read more »

The 80s: Why I am not a romantic

The 80s: Why I am not a romantic

The Police´s “Every Breath you Take” and Glenn Medeiros “Nothing is gonna change my love for you” and why growing up in the 80´s was not the ideal period to grow up and be a romantic. I grew up in the 80´s. I think it would be impossible to deny the influence that era had in me, my musical taste, my idea of the world, etc, etc, etc. I have always thought that music impacts my view on life and romance…it was probably because of songs like this that I am not a romantic. Times were different then, and I Read more »

Ferris Bueller: My idea of success

Ferris Bueller: My idea of success

Life wisdom from one of the most iconic films of the last 60 decades: Ferris Bueller´s Day Off. “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” Lately I have been thinking a lot about happiness, success, what I want out of life and what I should do to make it happen. I want to follow Cameron´s advice “I am not going to sit on my ass as the events that affect me unfold to determine the course of my life. I’m going to take a stand. I’m going to Read more »

Freddie Mercury or Boy George: Who is the fairest of them all?

Freddie Mercury or Boy George: Who is the fairest of them all?

Two Divas: Freddie Mercury and Boy George. Two videos and the question: who is the fairest of them all? For the final one on one of the year, I chose two videos that made an impact on me when I was a child. Both videos were topping the charts in 1984 (I was 7 years old) and they are among the first music videos I remember. I adore both groups and songs and especially both front men so I thought it would be nice to end the year deconstructing them. “I WANT TO BREAK FREE” – QUEEN The song is Read more »

Slash Goes Beyond

Slash Goes Beyond

We take a look at the role of the band’s iconic lead-guitarist Slash on some of the most recognizable videos Guns n’ Roses made. For this analysis we’re going back to the early 90’s and the biggest rock band in the world at that time, Guns ‘n’ Roses. Having released two double lp’s at once – a statement of grandiose intent if ever there was one – the band were at the peak of everything: fame, creativity, cocaine use, rampant megolamania. Out of this period came what has become known amongst G’n’R fans as the Del James trilogy, videos shot Read more »

The Safety Dance – An Elizabethan Riddle

The Safety Dance – An Elizabethan Riddle

The fascinating riddle that is the video for “The Safety Dance” by Men Without Hats. As the video begins we are seemingly transported back to medieval England. One man and his minstrel dwarf are a-wandering gaily across the field raising the first of many serious questions in this analysis. Where have they come from? Have they left their friends behind because they “don’t dance” as the lyrics suggest? Was minstrelsy a common occupation for dwarves in medieval times? Does he ever stop playing the mandolin? Have they been cast out from their home village for excessive mandolin-and-dancing based jollity? Putting Read more »