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Nars Glinley
08-01-2011, 09:36 AM
For me, it's a tossup between ZZ Top's "Legs" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6EXXZVdUJ98) or Rainbow's "All Night Long" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jxXzgSGhh98) (link might be NSFW since it features a dancer in a tubetop and skin tight shorts) which gave us classic lines like:
"You're kind of young but you're overage."
"Don't know about your brain but you look alright."
"Your mind is dirty but your hands are clean. You're short of class but your legs are long."

PapSett
08-01-2011, 09:49 AM
I think my favorite video of all time is Ah Ha's 'Take On Me'. Amazing concept and animation.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=djV11Xbc914&ob=av2e

FinnAgain
08-01-2011, 09:50 AM
Dire Straits, Money For Nothing.

MeanJoe
08-01-2011, 09:59 AM
Duran Duran's Hungry Like The Wolf

Alessan
08-01-2011, 10:00 AM
Peter Gabriel's Sledgehammer (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hqyc37aOqT0). Still the greatest video ever.

Uncle Jocko
08-01-2011, 10:04 AM
MTV used to play music videos? Huh.

I kid, I kid. I remember the excitement back in college when the local cable company added MTV to the lineup. Before that, the only way to see music videos was Radio 1990 on USA Network .. and didn't NBC have videos on late at night on the weekends?

Good times, good times. I was a fan of videos by ABC (the group, not the network .. Poison Arrow, The Look of Love). Also Men at Work (Who Can It Be Now, Down Under) and the Fixx (One Thing Leads To Another).

Uncle Jocko
08-01-2011, 10:06 AM
Peter Gabriel's Sledgehammer (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hqyc37aOqT0). Still the greatest video ever.

And speaking of Peter Gabriel ... loved Shock the Monkey (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bo9riZYUpTw).

Koxinga
08-01-2011, 10:07 AM
Talking Heads: "And She Was" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cZAyxUMfBvA&ob=av2e)

bienville
08-01-2011, 10:15 AM
You Might Think (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4yf2WP6K1gQ) this question is subjective, but there is actually one correct answer.

Stormcrow
08-01-2011, 10:19 AM
And speaking of Peter Gabriel ... loved Shock the Monkey (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bo9riZYUpTw).

This is the one I was going to mention. I had only a vague idea of who Peter Gabriel was when I first saw this video, and I'm like:

"Cool music, neat beats. Funny it should be coming from this normal looking guy in a business suit. Not your usual look for that kind of music..."

"...and now he's... in a white suit wearing monkey makeup! AHHHHHHH!!!!"

I was caught utterly off-guard.

Snowboarder Bo
08-01-2011, 10:26 AM
I swear I remember seeing The Residents cover of James Brown's Its A Man's Man's Man's World (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NcGknYx4sxQ) get played a few times. I know I first saw it during a movie break on Showtime, HBO or Cinemax, but I swear I saw it a few times on EmptyVision too.

I used to love seeing Mike Nesmith's Cruisin' (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dRWTz3zY1WY). Even then the Zappa-esque nature of the song and video made me laugh; the two were apparently good friends.

Before they hit it really big, Dire Straits pretty much blew my mind with Skateaway (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xQBKUPwG_Gk).

Of course that first year I hoped every day to see DEVO's Whip It (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xbt30UnzRWw).

And who didn't absolutely love Twisted Sister's We're Not Gonna Take It (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4xmckWVPRaI&ob=av2n) and I Wanna Rock (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SRwrg0db_zY&ob=av2e)?

Hypno-Toad
08-01-2011, 10:35 AM
I didn't get MTV. I had to wait for "Friday Night Videos" on NBC. It was cool not just for the videos, but because I was allowed to stay up late enough to watch.

BMalion
08-01-2011, 10:36 AM
Hell, I remember Don Kirschner's Rock Concert, you kids.

digs
08-01-2011, 10:44 AM
Thanks for the nostalgia. I was part of a generation that just could not turn off MTV. As Beavis or Butthead said: "This video's lame. I bet the next one'll be better..."

Early promos (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6nWPq6zCDkA) with Pete Townshend shameslessly telling you to call your cable company and yelling "I want my MTV!"

And the first ten minutes of MTV (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6nWPq6zCDkA), 30 years and "Video Killed The Radio Star" still holds up!

Jackknifed Juggernaut
08-01-2011, 10:47 AM
Can't say I have a favorite, but in addition to some already mentioned, The Motels' "Only The Lonely".

Maastricht
08-01-2011, 10:52 AM
I came in mentioning Aha's Take on me, and I kind of expected someone to already have mentioned it. Great taste, PapSett!

Nars Glinley
08-01-2011, 10:57 AM
According to this site (http://www.smoothjazz1059.com/rssItem.asp?feedid=160&itemid=29701739), the first 25 videos played on MTV were
"Video Killed the Radio Star" -- The Buggles
"You Better Run" -- Pat Benatar
"She Won't Dance" -- Rod Stewart
"You Better You Bet" -- The Who
"Little Suzi's on the Up" -- Phd
"We Don't Talk Anymore" -- Cliff Richard
"Brass in Pocket" -- The Pretenders
"Time Heals" -- Todd Rundgren
"Take It on the Run" -- REO Speedwagon
"Rockin' the Paradise" -- Styx
"When Things Go Wrong" -- Robin Lane And The Chartbusters
"History Never Repeats" -- Split Enz
"Hold on Loosely" --.38 Special
"Just Between You and Me" -- April Wine
"Sailing" -- Rod Stewart
"Iron Maiden" -- Iron Maiden
"Keep on Loving You" -- REO Speedwagon
"Message of Love" -- The Pretenders
"Mr. Briefcase" -- Lee Ritenour
"Double Life" -- The Cars
"In the Air Tonight" -- Phil Collins
"Clues" -- Robert Palmer
"Too Late" -- The Shoes
"Stop Draggin' My Heart Around" -- Stevie Nicks w/Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
"Surface Tension" -- Rupert Hines

blondebear
08-01-2011, 11:00 AM
A Friday night favorite: Loverboy's Working For The Weekend

digs
08-01-2011, 11:05 AM
I think my favorite video of all time is Ah Ha's 'Take On Me'. Amazing concept and animation.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=djV11Xbc914&ob=av2e

And the o b l i g a t o r y l i n k (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8HE9OQ4FnkQ) to the literal version. I use it during a creativity class at an art school.

"Gonna kick some ass with my own pipe wrench..."

Ponch8
08-01-2011, 11:15 AM
Michael Jackson's "Thriller." The premiere of the video was a huge deal. There was even an hour-long special on the making of "Thriller."

Dung Beetle
08-01-2011, 11:27 AM
My brother and I would come running to see Motley Crue’s Smokin’ In the Boys’ Room (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x4E2nFXaeMA), or Ozzy’s Shot in the Dark (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Rm44ULq0X0), or Ratt’s Round and Round (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0u8teXR8VE4&ob=av2e), or…well, pretty much all of it back in those days.

Don Draper
08-01-2011, 11:32 AM
Owner of a Lonely Heart (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ELpmmeT69cE) - Yes

DigitalC
08-01-2011, 12:27 PM
Tawni Kitaen wet and rolling all over a car by White Snake.

Gangster Octopus
08-01-2011, 01:37 PM
Cry (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KxtPRF6NG7I) by Godley and Creme

Laggard
08-01-2011, 02:16 PM
Two Tribes by Frankie Goes to Hollywood

Jack Batty
08-01-2011, 02:23 PM
What I remember (from visiting my grandparents who had cable and we didn't, so I only saw about 10 hour of MTV the first few years it was running ... but I digress), was a full-length Ozzy Osbourne concert, with Randy Rhodes, shot on video ... he had the blue tights and the not-quite finished tattoos a-rockin'.

... I'd never seen anything quite like it. I don't even think I'd been to an actual concert myself at the time.

(actually, I can't remember if Rhodes played or not, but I think he did ... when did he snuff it again?)

The Tooth
08-01-2011, 02:34 PM
Not my favourite, I really have no love for her music at all, but I always associate that early 80's MTV stuff with Madonna's "Lucky Star".

Tangent
08-01-2011, 02:48 PM
Tawni Kitaen wet and rolling all over a car by White Snake.

Oh, yeah!
In a similar vein (and maybe NSFW):

Hot for Teacher by Van Halen (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g0XLKcMoXRE)

Girls, Girls, Girls by Motely Crue (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B94tdKkY_s8)

Sam Stone
08-01-2011, 02:50 PM
I think I'll go with "Sledgehammer".

Tangent
08-01-2011, 02:55 PM
Not really a favorite, but a video that stands out in my memory is the Genesis - Land of Confusion (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zU9lv_WqK6k) video with the Spitting Image puppets.

dzeiger
08-01-2011, 03:04 PM
Owner of a Lonely Heart (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ELpmmeT69cE) - Yes

With extra bonus points for making Jon Anderson look something like a badass.

Golden Earring's Twilight Zone was awesome. (When the Lady Smiles was better, but I think the video's subject matter prevented it from getting much airplay).

Thriller was the video we all ran to the TV to watch whenever it came on.

As a kid who wasn't particularly familiar with Elton John at the time, I'm Still Standing really jumped out at me, even among the other strangeness of early videos.

And Road Warrior Sting was really cool in Synchronicity II

StusBlues
08-01-2011, 03:10 PM
Golden Earring's Twilight Zone was awesome. (When the Lady Smiles was better, but I think the video's subject matter prevented it from getting much airplay).




Now I have to watch that again. I only remember seeing it once, but don't recall anything too salacious about it (at least compared to, say, David Lee Roth's "California Girls".

StusBlues
08-01-2011, 03:14 PM
I have now watched When the Lady Smiles (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PYxp6OIEZlk)again.

It seems I was rather oblivious when I was 14.

Jack Batty
08-01-2011, 03:23 PM
Even though I didn't like Synchronicity a tenth as much as I liked all their previous albums, I do have a soft-spot in my heart for all those goofy Police videos ... expecially the one for "Synchonicity II."

Agnostic Pagan
08-01-2011, 03:34 PM
True Faith (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=og1HAkjOuL0) by New Order. I had heard of surrealism. That was the first time I had seen it. It came out in '87 so it is a bitter younger than most of the others mentioned, but still from the 'golden' age of videos.

Love is A Stranger (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o6f593X6rv8&ob=av2e) is still one of my favorite videos. Actually there are very few videos by Annie and Dave I don't like. And she is still sexy as hell.

Happy Lendervedder
08-01-2011, 04:09 PM
When I was a wee lad of 8, my family finally got cable television, and one of the first channels I checked out was MTV. First video I ever saw was Genesis' "That's All." (http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xigxw_phil-collins-genesis-that-s-all_news)

Some videos that hold a special place in my heart, for various reasons:

*Divinyls' "I Touch Myself." (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wv-34w8kGPM&ob=av3n)
Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit." (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hTWKbfoikeg&ob=av2e)
Dr Dre ft Snoop Doggy Dogg's "Dre Day." (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0xS9hvs5F7s)
Paul Simon's "The Boy in the Bubble." (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uy5T6s25XK4)
George Harrison's "Got My Mind Set on You." (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6GdeU0ww4zY)
*George Michael's "Freedom 90." (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=diYAc7gB-0A&ob=av2e)


* I was 15/16 when these songs came out, so my fondness for these videos should be somewhat apparent.

KneadToKnow
08-01-2011, 04:24 PM
Owner of a Lonely Heart (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ELpmmeT69cE) - Yes

Concur.

kiz
08-01-2011, 04:26 PM
Hell, I remember Don Kirschner's Rock Concert, you kids.

You're not the only one ;)

Tangent
08-01-2011, 04:29 PM
George Harrison's "Got My Mind Set on You." (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6GdeU0ww4zY)

I always preferred the original music video for this song (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q-xk6m8qvM8&feature=related). I was flabbergasted a couple of years ago when someone pointed out that the guy in the video is a very young Alexis Denisof (of BtVS and Angel fame).

Mewl Dear
08-01-2011, 04:47 PM
Call Me Al and Me and Julio by Paul Simon.

Snowboarder Bo
08-01-2011, 04:57 PM
You're not the only one ;)

DKRC was on back-to-back with Night Flight (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Night_Flight_(TV_series)) back in the day. That's where I first heard The Residents, Frank Zappa, Prince and Minutemen (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XIhw57H2vzo). I'm pretty sure it's where I first learned about "Bob" Dobbs, too. Good times!

corkboard
08-01-2011, 05:04 PM
Girls On Film by Duran Duran was a shocking, amazing, fascinating video at a very formative time in my youth. It caused me to, well, spend many hours in my bunk. I recently found the uncensored version on youtube, and was surprised how much they cut it for Mtv. Even edited, it made quite the impression on this young teen.

There was this one video that they played in fairly regular rotation, don't think I've heard the name of the band before or since but the song's refrain was something like "No one can stop us now, tonight we're on the loose!". It was a concert video, and the lead singer was very sweaty in some sort of yellow track suit with a tank top, and knee pads. At one point he went over to the keyboard and hammered out a solo, which I can still hear in my head. I really don't know the significance of the knee pads.

billfish678
08-01-2011, 05:16 PM
Hey (don't forget) Mickey!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KiMPuEiao3E

Pretty good looking lady at 39.

billfish678
08-01-2011, 05:34 PM
Not really a favorite, but a video that stands out in my memory is the Genesis - Land of Confusion (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zU9lv_WqK6k) video with the Spitting Image puppets.

Its amazing how many of the "characters" in the video are still news/newsworthy/discussed today.

Don Draper
08-01-2011, 05:45 PM
Love is A Stranger (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o6f593X6rv8&ob=av2e) is still one of my favorite videos. Actually there are very few videos by Annie and Dave I don't like. And she is still sexy as hell.

I remember there was a bit of a stir when this video came out. It was a minor hit in, I think '82 (it was later re-released after "Sweet Dreams" became a massive, era-defining hit and did much better.) But at the moment in the video when Annie Lennox rips off the blond wig to reveal her cropped hair, a lot of people thought that she was a man! (Remember that before Lennox, a woman in a crew-cut was almost unthinkable.)

On that track, here's a video that got played very early on - Like a Bad Girl Should (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PCYnTK9GvZc) by the Cramps. In its' very earliest days, MTV dis actually show some pretty risque stuff, but quickly toned it down to pretty much the standards of broadcast channels.

Does anyone remember the interview that VJ Martha Quinn did with (I think) the singer from Motley Crue where it looked as if the pair were passing a joint between them off-camera (the camera would be on Quinn, she would be holding her hand just off-camera to him, the camera would switch to him and he would be passing something back to her, and there would be a faint wisp of smoke disappearing in the air. I can't find anything online about it, but I remember everyone in school talking about that the next day.

Gatopescado
08-01-2011, 05:50 PM
Once in a Lifetime- Talking Heads

I still do the "chopping arm" motion once in a while for no special reason.

Icerigger
08-01-2011, 06:22 PM
The Metro by Berlin

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0pRUGsB1qGY

JohnT
08-01-2011, 06:41 PM
Hell, I remember Don Kirschner's Rock Concert, you kids.

Came on after Austin City Limits, young whippersnapper!

dinahmoe
08-01-2011, 07:52 PM
Girls On Film by Duran Duran was a shocking, amazing, fascinating video at a very formative time in my youth. It caused me to, well, spend many hours in my bunk. I recently found the uncensored version on youtube, and was surprised how much they cut it for Mtv. Even edited, it made quite the impression on this young teen.

There was this one video that they played in fairly regular rotation, don't think I've heard the name of the band before or since but the song's refrain was something like "No one can stop us now, tonight we're on the loose!". It was a concert video, and the lead singer was very sweaty in some sort of yellow track suit with a tank top, and knee pads. At one point he went over to the keyboard and hammered out a solo, which I can still hear in my head. I really don't know the significance of the knee pads.
"On the Loose" by Saga. We did that as a drum solo in marching band my sophomore year of high school.

The Tooth
08-01-2011, 08:30 PM
Once in a Lifetime- Talking Heads

I still do the "chopping arm" motion once in a while for no special reason.

Yep. Same as it ever was.

Fearless Leader
08-01-2011, 08:35 PM
Sledgehammer, hands down. It's the first video I ever remember seeing on MTV and it blew my little mind.

salinqmind
08-01-2011, 08:42 PM
MEN WITHOUT HATS - The Safety Dance...I still LOVE it today.

Synchronicity II - The Police...in fact, anything by the Police, I had a massive, heartrending crush on Sting.

I saw a video of some woman singing a rather odd song, several times, didn't seem to fit in with the usual videos, and it both attracted and annoyed me, and finally the annoyance went away and I fell in love with The Man With The Child In His Eyes by Kate Bush.

Poison Arrow - by Berlin? So elegant in a Euro-trashy way, I suppose now.

Ant Music - Adam and the Ants. Everything by AatA, I just swooned.

Ashes to Ashes, Fashion, Let's Dance - David Bowie, of course.

Frankly, I liked every video right through the 80's. I have a lot of them taped on some VHS tapes. Such happy days, back in my prime.... Good times!

Arrendajo
08-01-2011, 10:27 PM
Owner of a Lonely Heart (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ELpmmeT69cE) - Yes

This one.

Number
08-01-2011, 10:59 PM
Falco - Der Kommissar (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_w4Xulsjo5I)

You just don't see production values like that anymore.

BaneSidhe
08-02-2011, 12:28 AM
You're not the only one ;)

Same here!

My fave early MTV video was "Hungry Like the Wolf" from Duran Duran. Old school Duranies represent!!

gaffa
08-02-2011, 01:47 AM
I'm going to make a case for a few that haven't been mentioned:

"Brass in Pocket" -- The Pretenders
Chrissy actually did a reasonably decent acting job in this one, a rarity in the early video days.

"Surface Tension" -- Rupert Hines (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6FYlcMXb9lg&playnext=1&list=PL975CB0BB9D4A7BD1)
This is obscure. The only copy on YouTube is the one I uploaded back in 2006.

Obscure fact? He's wearing the same outfit that Bowie later wore in Ashes to Ashes (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CMThz7eQ6K0&ob=av2e#t=2m22s) and Kate Bush wore in The Dreaming (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M2Wa0LdCsvM).

...but my favorite is definitely:


"Time Heals" -- Todd Rundgren (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HrGoDFP-LMg)

It doesn't look amazing compared to 30 years of technical advancement, but in the context of the other videos, it was amazing. Even more amazing is that Todd directed the thing in a video studio he built himself, spending $1,000,000 of his "Bat Out Of Hell" producer's fee.

NDP
08-02-2011, 02:02 AM
I'm not going to name any videos but during the early years of MTV, the one rule I developed was that the best videos were often the ones that didn't take themselves seriously.

Bryan Ekers
08-02-2011, 02:13 AM
I never watched MTV, but I recall the kerfuffle over the Justify My Love video. I didn't know what the big deal was; Paula Abdul's Cold Hearted (Snake) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XN-Qq2umKZo) came out a year earlier and was a lot sexier.

Bryan Ekers
08-02-2011, 02:17 AM
MEN WITHOUT HATS - The Safety Dance...I still LOVE it today.

You know, that dance wasn't as safe as they said it was.

Koxinga
08-02-2011, 02:58 AM
Obscure fact? He's wearing the same outfit that Bowie later wore in Ashes to Ashes (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CMThz7eQ6K0&ob=av2e#t=2m22s) and Kate Bush wore in The Dreaming (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M2Wa0LdCsvM).



It's a Pierrot (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pierrot) costume.

(Also, neither here nor there but I'd forgotten how much of a headache it gives me to watch Kate Bush.)

Agnostic Pagan
08-02-2011, 03:35 AM
I remember there was a bit of a stir when this video came out. It was a minor hit in, I think '82 (it was later re-released after "Sweet Dreams" became a massive, era-defining hit and did much better.) But at the moment in the video when Annie Lennox rips off the blond wig to reveal her cropped hair, a lot of people thought that she was a man! (Remember that before Lennox, a woman in a crew-cut was almost unthinkable.)I think I remember reading about that after the fact, part of learning just how ridiculous our country can be at times (most of the time?). I do remember a classmate of mine back in 8th grade when Sweet Dreams came out - she went completely punk and got a purple crewcut, Annie Lennox style, and remember how much flak she got for that also.

On that track, here's a video that got played very early on - Like a Bad Girl Should (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PCYnTK9GvZc) by the Cramps. In its' very earliest days, MTV dis actually show some pretty risque stuff, but quickly toned it down to pretty much the standards of broadcast channels.Yeah, I remember being slightly peeved about that - wasn't one of the main selling points of cable channels is that they did not have to abide by broadcast standards? That did not last long.


MEN WITHOUT HATS - The Safety Dance...I still LOVE it today.I still love them also, (Pop Goes the World is my personal favorite of theirs) but they pissed me off as a teenager. Every time they came to Seattle, they always seemed to play only 21 and older venues - which never made sense to me. I could understand why The Cramps might do so, but not Men Without Hats. I don't know who their booking agent was, but someone was dropping the ball big time.

JpnDude
08-02-2011, 03:44 AM
My all-time favorite pop song, The Reflex by Duran Duran.

gaffa
08-02-2011, 03:49 AM
It's a Pierrot (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pierrot) costume.
Wrong. Watch all three videos. Bowie has a dozen different costumes in that video, and the point I linked to, 2 minutes and 22 seconds in, he's wearing something that looks like a still-suit from Dune. It has tubes all over it.

(Also, neither here nor there but I'd forgotten how much of a headache it gives me to watch Kate Bush.)
Your loss.

Bearflag70
08-02-2011, 04:08 AM
Poison Arrow - by Berlin?

ABC

Koxinga
08-02-2011, 04:14 AM
Wrong. Watch all three videos. Bowie has a dozen different costumes in that video, and the point I linked to, 2 minutes and 22 seconds in, he's wearing something that looks like a still-suit from Dune. It has tubes all over it.


Your loss.

Whatever, dude.

Icerigger
08-02-2011, 06:13 AM
Rio Duran-Duran

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e3W6yf6c-FA

CaptMurdock
08-02-2011, 07:54 AM
R.E.M. - Stand. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bLaSXpqp__E)

corkboard
08-02-2011, 08:49 AM
"On the Loose" by Saga. We did that as a drum solo in marching band my sophomore year of high school.

Yeah, that's it. Saga. Huh.

A couple more: Tom Petty's post-apocalyptic world view in You Got Lucky. Africa, by Toto.

Dung Beetle
08-02-2011, 08:58 AM
One of the all-time greats, Cyndi Lauper’s Girls Just Wanna Have Fun. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PIb6AZdTr-A) When I hear this song, my head automatically tilts side to side at the part where she does it in the video.

Now, this one is my favorite video ever made. Tom Petty’s Don’t Come Around Here No More (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h0JvF9vpqx8). If I were Tom, I’d never take that costume off. Alice cake FTW!

Koxinga
08-02-2011, 10:16 AM
Corey Hart, Sunglasses at Night (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X2LTL8KgKv8&ob=av2e)

Uncle Jocko
08-02-2011, 11:33 AM
Owner of a Lonely Heart (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ELpmmeT69cE) - Yes

Thanks for posting the long version of this video. I remember the first time I saw it .. it starts like any old performance video in some studio, and got all the way to the chorus, but then .. WTF? Band members turning into animals? The entire song starting over? Some dark movie-like thing set in a fascistic society? Very cool. Of course, soon they started playing the shortened/combined version which wasn't nearly as cool.

I'm not going to name any videos but during the early years of MTV, the one rule I developed was that the best videos were often the ones that didn't take themselves seriously.

Weird Al! I love his stuff ... Ricky, I Lost On Jeopardy, Eat It, Fat ... remember when he'd "take over" the network and call it AlTV? "Fish heads, fish heads, roly poly fish heads ..."

JohnT
08-02-2011, 11:55 AM
Michael Jackson's Billie Jean which was, iirc, the first video ever put in regular rotation by MTV which featured an African-American artist.

On March, 2nd, 1983, nearly two years after the network debuted.

SeldomSeen
08-02-2011, 12:28 PM
I didn't pay MTV much mind at first....until my girlfriend at the time told me about this really neat video she'd fallen in love with. It was Bonnie Tyler's Total Eclipse of the Heart (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=840B27zYfOk). So, watching it with her, this was my introduction to the music video as a separate art format. I always kind of liked Bonnie Tyler, so it was a good choice for an intro.

Interesting aside - I looked up some background info on Bonnie Tyler prior to writing this. I never knew, until now, that she was originally from Wales. Had always just assumed she was an American artist. Ignorance fought!
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Infovore
08-02-2011, 12:41 PM
I didn't pay MTV much mind at first....until my girlfriend at the time told me about this really neat video she'd fallen in love with. It was Bonnie Tyler's Total Eclipse of the Heart (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=840B27zYfOk). So, watching it with her, this was my introduction to the music video as a separate art format. I always kind of liked Bonnie Tyler, so it was a good choice for an intro.

Interesting aside - I looked up some background info on Bonnie Tyler prior to writing this. I never knew, until now, that she was originally from Wales. Had always just assumed she was an American artist. Ignorance fought!
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You *have* seen the literal version (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lj-x9ygQEGA) of this, right? If not, go there now! You won't be disappointed :) (sorry if this was posted before and I missed it--I didn't read through every response).

My favorite early video is The Eurythmics' Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qeMFqkcPYcg). I'm straight, but to this day I have a mad girl-crush on Annie Lennox from that video, with her orange hair and her suit and her riding crop. :D

Dung Beetle
08-02-2011, 01:17 PM
Yeah, if I could carry off that haircut like she did, I'd do it in a second! Same color and all.

Tangent
08-02-2011, 01:24 PM
You *have* seen the literal version (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lj-x9ygQEGA) of this, right?

Holy crap, that was hilarious!

SeldomSeen
08-02-2011, 03:22 PM
You *have* seen the literal version (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lj-x9ygQEGA) of this, right? If not, go there now! You won't be disappointed :)

Like!!:p

shiftless
08-02-2011, 03:36 PM
What? MTV had videos? I only watched it to see Martha Quinn.